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September 13, 2003
Veteran Pro Dan Plautz Takes 5-pound Day Two Lead at PWT Championship
Houghton, Michigan......Veteran pro Dan Plautz, with
Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) wins to his credit, jumped into the
day two. The Muskego, Wis. 2-time PWT winner was competing against
world¹s best walleye anglers in the 2003 Mercury Championship,
conclude Sunday, Sept. 14.
Fishing the Keweenaw Waterway and Portage and Torch
Lakes, Plautz landed
a Championship limit of four walleyes weighing 19.77 pounds on day
total of 36.59 pounds is five better than Keith Kavajecz, Kaukauna,
Rookie of the Year Kevin Schweder, Janesville, Wis., jumped into third
place, 25.91 pounds. Day one leader Perry Good, Brainerd, Minn.,
fourth place, a few ounces behind Schweder.
Kavajecz landed the largest walleye at 8.21 pounds
on day two. It could
be worth $3,000. The Quantum $1,000,000 bonus for the angler
Michigan state record (17 pounds, 3 ounces), is still up for grabs.
The top five anglers were trolling Portage Lake,
with an emphasis on
matching the precise depth. Spinners with nightcrawlers trolled
high all the way to 40-plus foot depths produced walleyes, and so did
crankbaits for some. A couple of the ³jiggers² moved
into the top 10, also,
indicating that the system holds huge numbers of walleyes.
During the practice time, Kavajecz said, ³With
my underwater camera, I
saw more walleyes in this system than anywhere I¹ve been.²
that sentiment, ³My fish bit early, and I know they were only
a few of
hundreds down there, but I couldn¹t get any others to go.²
PWT Angler of the Year Bill Ortiz, Dodgeville, Wis.,
made a big comeback
and moved from 43rd to ninth, and with a monster catch on the final
could win the Championship and the Mercury $250,000 bonus. The
Mercury incentive goes to the Angler of the Year if he also wins the
A large crowd numbering 3,500 walleye fans, cheered
and welcomed the 51
contestants into the Michigan Tech Ice Arena. Youngsters quickly
the 250 complimentary Plano tackle boxes, and all said they¹d
return on day
three for one of the 1,000 Shakespeare rod and reel combos. The
sport show running in conjunction with the walleye Championship has
huge crowds to the first-ever sport show in Houghton.
The Sport Show will open at 10 a.m. Sunday, Sept.
14, with the final
stage show and festival set for 4 p.m. with special music. The
will weigh walleyes at 4:30 p.m. The winner will receive $108,000,
including a Lund 20-foot walleye boat and Mercury 200-horsepower outboard.
A special $3,000 winner¹s ring, crafted by Richardson¹s Jewelers,
Mich., goes to the Champion. All pros win a minimum of $2,000,
prestigious event, which does not require an entry fee.
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, Frenzy, Lowrance,
MinnKota, Optima Batteries, Gander Mountain, Blue Fox, Northland Fishing
Tackle, Lindy Legendary Fishing Tackle, Coleman, Storm, Eagle Trailers,
Raymarine, Rapala, Matzuo, Pflueger, Ram rod holders, Drift Control,
Cotton Cordell, Seal Skinz, Aqua-Vu, IMCO, Plano, KeepAlive, Stowmaster.net,
Quantum Performance Tuned rods & reels.
Day Two Bio Dato:
Air Temp: 63š @ 7 a.m. 75š @ 5p.m.
Water Temp: 68š
Wind: 5-15 mph
Seas: Calm to 1-foot
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