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Tommy Skarlis Wins Third PWT
Tournament; Lake Erie Flexes Muscles
Dunkirk, New York......Tommy Skarlis, Walker, Minn.,
In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trial (PWT) victory Number Three
July 11. He won the $63,000 first prize as the top pro angler
MinnKota Northeastern Pro-Am.
Shortened by windy conditions mid-morning on day
three, Skarlis won with
a two-day weight of 81.65 pounds for 10 walleyes. When the PWT
day due to weather, the objective is to quickly get all contestants
safety, and a weigh-in does not occur. A light breeze at
7 a.m. grew to
steady Lake Erie 20 mph southwesterlys in about two hours, with forecasted
25 to 40 mph winds by noon. Tournament director Charlie Moore
event at 9:20 a.m., and boats returned to Chadwick Bay Marina
NY, or safe harbors.
PWT pro and Miller High Life big fish winner Dwight
Minn., and amateur partner John Collopy, Ashville, NY, capsized, but
rescued by PWT pro Sheldon Meidinger, Bismarck, ND, and amateur partner
Ludeks, West Chicago, Ill. Niemi split the $3,000 big fish money
day one amateur Adam Fernell, Canton, Ohio. PWT pro Dave Truett,
Valparaiso, Ind., and amateur Kevin Gerdes, Fairhaven, Mich., won $1,000
a day two 10.72-pounder.
Skarlis found his fish less than 30 feet deep over
nearly 90 feet of
water, and trolled lead core line to take his lures to them.
every trolling tactic imaginable to find walleyes as deep as 80 feet.
Crankbaits and spinner/nightcrawler harnesses were on the terminal
This is the third PWT win for Skarlis in as many
years. He is the
fourth PWT veteran pro to win this season. Dave Kraft, Bismarck,
less than a pound behind the winning 81.65-pound weight, and won $20,000.
He placed second at the PWT event earlier this year on Lake Erie¹s
basin. Kraft also leads the DeeZee East Division standings.
His day two
42.66 pounds earned the $500 Gander Mountain Heavyweight award.
Putnam, Grand Ledge, Mich., fished with Kraft and won a $300 gift card
Third and fourth place pros were Gary Gray, Oshkosh,
Wis., and Ernie
Olson, Foley, Minn. They were within .09 pounds and .12 pounds
respectively to win $13,000 and $11,000. The 2002 PWT Angler
of the Year
John Kolinski, Greenville, Wis., was fifth, for a $10,000 payday.
of $280,000 was paid to the top 40 pro and amateur anglers.
The top amateur was Fredonia, NY angler Greg Linder.
He won a Lund
boat, Mercury outboard and Eagle trailer 17-foot walleye boat package
at $15,000. North East, Pa. amateur Mike Baker place second and
in merchandise. Other amateur prizes included $600 to Rob Marz,
Pointe, Mich, who advanced 53 places to win the Coleman Cool Under
award. On the pro side, Dan Stier, Pierre, SD, collected $1,000
up 63 places. Local tournament coordinator Craig Robbins with
Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau earned the PWT Key Award for his
This was the fourth tournament of the season, with
the tour heading west
to Mobridge, SD July 30. The sixth and final qualifier takes
Escanaba, Mich., starting Aug. 22. The top pro anglers fish the
and Mercury Championship Sept. 12 in Houghton, Mich. where one contestant
could win the $1,000,000 Quantum performance tuned rod and reel prize
Michigan state record walleye is broken.
Walleye fans everywhere can catch the Dunkirk and
Lake Erie action on
TNN, Sunday, Aug. 17, at 8:30 a.m. central time. Special sections
be featured the Sundays prior to and following that show. The
13-week series is now airing. News, photos, statistics, standings
can be viewed on the PWT web site: www.professionalwalleyetrail.com.
The PWT is an integral element of the In-Fisherman
headquartered in Brainerd, Minnesota, and PRIMEDIA, America's leading
producer of targeted media. PWT sponsors include: Mercury Marine, Lund,
Berkley Gulp!, Trilene, PowerBait, Realtree, Miller High-Life, Nissan,
Frenzy, Lowrance, MinnKota, Optima Batteries, Gander Mountain, Blue
Northland Fishing Tackle, Lindy Legendary Fishing Tackle, Coleman,
Eagle Trailers, Raymarine, Rapala, Matzuo, Pflueger, Ram rod holders,
Control, DeeZee, Cotton Cordell, Seal Skinz, Aqua-Vu, IMCO, Plano,
KeepAlive, Stowmaster.net, Quantum Performance Tuned rods & reels
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