Hometown Walleye Pro Takes
PWT Lead on Lake Winnebago
Oshkosh, Wisconsin.....Hometown walleye professional
angler Gary Gray
fished his favorite spots to take the lead in the MinnKota/Mitchell
Pro-Am on Lake Winnebago today. Gray’s catch, 25.08 pounds, was
of the tournament through the first two days. His total is 39.67
The In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail event concludes with weigh-in
ceremonies on the Pioneer Resort lawn, 3 p.m. Friday.
Gray is a PWT winner, and during his career, has
averaged $2,834 per PWT
tournament fished. He has 11 top 10-place finishes, including
half a dozen
third place trophies. He has won many Lake Winnebago and other
tournament titles. He won the prestigious Miller/In-Fisherman
Angler of the
Year title last year and leads again this season.
Day one leader Mike Gofron, Antioch, Illinois, the
2001 PWT Championship
winner, limited again, but slipped to second with 37.98 pounds.
West Allis, Wis., is third with 36.66 pounds. On the amateur
Hosking, Gray Lake, Ill., leads the field. Amateurs fish each
day with a
different pro, accumulating their three days of walleye weights.
amateur wins a Lund 17-foot walleye boat equipped with a Mercury outboard
an Eagle Trailer. The top 40 amateurs win merchandise prizes
The 40 winning pros start with a $53,000 first prize;
second wins $15,000;
third collects $10,500; fourth nets $9,500; fifth gets $8,500; for
payout of nearly $250,000.
The Oshkosh event is the fourth tour stop, with Devils
Lake, North Dakota,
July 10-12, and Saginaw Bay, Michigan July 31-Aug. 2. Amateur
exist in both, and entry blanks are available on the PWT web site,
www.in-fisherman.com, or by calling PWT headquarters, 218-829-0620.
As a result of tournament catches, the Wisconsin
Department of Natural
Resources biologists collect significant data which show trends in
populations, year-class strengths, condition of the fish and returns
tagged during spring surveys. The biologists from the Oshkosh
been conducting these surveys and assisting with catch and release
for the past 10 years. Throughout the tournament, 82 percent
walleyes have been released. Approximately 400 fish have been
daily, or about two and one-half fish per boat per day.
The hot, humid day started with southerly winds which
switched to the west,
then calmed to nothing, with reports of late afternoon fish cooperating.
Many anglers are trolling crankbaits and spinner/nightcrawler rigs
suspended main lake walleyes. Others are pitching jigs at shorelines
testing the river currents.
Miller High Life Big Fish of the day was a tie at
6.57 pounds with Gray
catching one and amateur Jim Muzynoski, Jr., Bozeman, Montana catching
another. The big fish pays $1,000 daily, with the largest overall
currently a 7.90 pounder caught by amateur leader Hosking on day one,
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