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Gary Parsons Claims $63,000 with Third PWT
Victory on Lake Oahe
Mobridge, South Dakota.....Adding yet another star
to his walleye trophy
case, PWT Pro Gary Parsons won the Realtree/Optima Batteries Western
on Lake Oahe. This is his third victory on this sprawling Missouri
Reservoir. It paid $63,000.
The In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT)
water about 25 feet lower than a year ago, but quickly reacted to the
of the walleyes. The ³bite² switched from a predominant
live bait bite just
prior to the tournament to a trolling bite over the submerged tree-tops.
Shad Raps were the ticket, as long as they ticked the tree tops, which
proved costly. The 50-year old cottonwoods ate thousands of crankbaits.
Parsons, from Glidden, Wis., said, ³Fortunately
for me, I stumbled onto
this pattern early, and was able to fine-tune it.² This
Parsons¹ PWT average winnings to $4,800, for 69 events.
He has 15 top 10
place finishes and is the only 2-time Angler of the Year. He
30 miles south of host-city Mobridge, as did many pro anglers.
second after leading on day one was Parsons¹ tournament and business
(and brother-in-law) Keith Kavajecz, Kaukauna, Wis. Parsons weighed
pounds; Kavajecz won $20,000 for 31.33 pounds, also trolling.
Third place was a tie between John Butts, Kenora,
Ontario, and Scott
Fairbairn, Hager City, Wis. They each weighed 31.32 pounds, and
apiece. Trolling was their top method. Brad Davis, Jackson,
fifth with 31.05 pounds and he earned $10,000. A total of nearly
was paid to winners, which included a Lund/Mercury 17-foot walleye
amateur winner Kevin Madigan, Yuma, Arizona. His prize was valued
than $15,000. He is moving to Casper, Wyoming, and said, ³There¹re
walleye lakes there!² The race was extremely tight due to the
³slot-limit² regulations. Each set of Pro-Am partners could
walleyes from 15 to 18 inches and two over 18 inches.
PWT Key Awards for organizing a very successful off-site
tournament week went to Mobridge chairman Jeff Jackson and Grand River
Casino and Bay Resort representative Scott Gates. Other special
to pro Tommy Skarlis, Walker, Minn. and amateur Joshua Summer, Chokio,
for advancing the most places. Skarlis won $1,000, and Summer
their Coleman Cool Under Pressure Awards.
The Gander Mountain Heavyweight award was split among
two sets of
partners. Kansas amateurs Mark Conrad, Wellington, and Larry
Halstead, each won $150. Their pro partners, Kavajecz and Davis,
weighed the biggest daily weight, 12.21 pounds, each won $250.
Big Fish of the tournament was split between amateur Conrad and
Kavajecz. Their day one walleye of 5.34 pounds paid each $1,500.
Poll, Fond du Lac, Wis., and amateur Matt Fabian, Breezy Point, Minn.,
$1,000 for their day three 5.20 pounder.
The Western Pro-Am was the final PWT tournament in
the Dee Zee western
division, and the top 10 pros were invited to the Mercury Championship.
They will be part of a 51-person contingent fishing for more than $1,500,000
in prizes. A million dollar prize from Quantum Performance Tuned
reels is up for grabs if the Michigan state record walleye, 17.3 pounds,
broken. They will be led by Ross Grothe, Northfield, Minn.
Second is Barry
Walker, Big Springs, Neb., third is Rich Boggs, Nisswa, Minn., fourth
John Butts, Kenora, Ontario, fifth is David Andersen, Amery, Wis.,
Terry Ryckman, Toledo, Ore., seventh is Myron Sylte, Williston, ND,
is Jeff Zbasnik, Hazen, ND, ninth is Mark Christianson, Walker, Minn.,
10th is Dale Gilbert, Ulm, Montana. The Mercury Championship
is set for
Houghton, Mich., Sept. 12-14.
The 10 eastern qualifiers will be named after the
PWT tournament in
Escanaba, Mich. Aug. 22-24, where the field will be led by current
the Year leader Kavajecz on famed Little and Big Bay de Noc.
Championship group of 30 pro anglers will be the top contenders of
fished the entire 6-tournament circuit.
The PWT is an integral element of the In-Fisherman
Network 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,
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
Mobridge Chamber of Commerce (888-614-3474).
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