Church Tackles Walleye
here for more info or to order on-line
Lodging food and more
Weather Forces PWT to Cancel Final Day at Bay
de Noc; Kuffer Wins!
Escanaba, Michigan......With winds howling at 25
mph and skies filled
with lightening, In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) directors
canceled the final tournament day at Escanaba, Mich.
³Waves were building to more than four feet
off Portage Point,² said PWT
tournament director Charlie Moore, after he ran about five miles into
Bay. He also noted, ³The forecast was for 25 mph and stronger
winds.² He noted that two-thirds of the field fished the
vicinity or Big Bay de Noc, a run of 25 to 30 miles from the Escanaba
Tournament directors met with the PWT Advisory Council
them of the decision. ³Safety is our Number One concern,
and being safe
means these men and women can fish another day,² Moore said.
With the cancellation, pro Andy Kuffer, Fair Haven,
Mich., day two
leader, was named the winner of the Lowrance/Lund North Central Pro-Am.
won $64,500, for his first PWT victory. This is his fourth top
finish in 21 PWT events. He ran spinners and nightcrawlers in the Big
Noc Round Island area. ³After catching two big fish on day
two, I went to
my small fish¹ spot and got all my slots (under 23 inches) and
8-pounder. It was a good decision,² Kuffer said.
Kuffer also advanced 25 places in the Dee Zee East
Division to qualify
for the Mercury Championship, set for Sept 12-14, at Houghton, Mich.
Kraft, Bismarck, ND, leads the East Division top 10 into the Championship.
A total of 51 anglers will compete, with a $1,000,000 prize available
Quantum Performance Tuned rods and reels if the Michigan walleye record,
17.3 pounds, is broken.
Of those fishing the entire PWT tour, pro Bill Ortiz,
claimed the Angler of the Year title. ³With the $25,000
prize from PWT and
$10,000 from Mercury Marine and sponsorship contingencies, this is
million dollar payday,² he said. This season he finished
in the money at
every tournament (2nd, 6th, 15th, 16th, 34th and 36th, for total earnings
$73,700. He has a previous PWT title, and in nine years
of PWT competition
has won a total of $200,000. If he also wins the Championship,
$250,000 from Mercury. Keith Kavajecz, Kaukauna, Wis., 2002 PWT
and Angler of the Year leader going into the Escanaba tournament, finished
second. Gary Parsons, Glidden, Wis. was third.
Final tournament results put John Gillman, Freeland,
Mich., and Pat
Schuette, Manitowoc, Wis., in second and third, for their biggest PWT
to date, $20,000 and $13,000, respectively. The top three anglers
48.04 pounds, 40.98 pounds and 39.74 pounds. Amateur Bob Kubacki,
River, Wis., won the Lund 17-foot walleye boat with a Mercury outboard
Eagle trailer, a $15,500 prize.
Many walleyes in excess of seven pounds came to the
scales for the
Miller Big Fish awards, including a 9.46-pounder, which paid $3,000
Ronnie Rhodes, Lorain, Ohio, and amateur Wally Thiel, Heartland, Wis.
Kuffer and amateur John Matchinski, Manistique, Mich., won $1,000 for
9-pounder on day one. Kuffer and Matchinski won $500 and $300
Gander Mountain Heavyweight award caught on day one, 27.36 pounds.
Naig, Cylinder, Iowa, won the $1,000 Coleman cool Under Pressure award
advancing 92 places.
Other year-end results included naming the pro Rookie
of the Year.
Kevin Schweder, Janesville, Wis., won that honor for placing 12th,
68th this season, winning $7,000. He also qualified for the Championship.
Also Championship bound is the Mercury Top amateur Aaron Abaurrea,
ND, who will represent all amateurs, and compete with the pros.
His goal is
to turn pro in 2004, but the schedule has been moved up seven months.
The PWT web site, www.professionalwalleyetrail.com,
contains results and
statistics, along with photos and information about the anglers.
Real-Time Scoreboard posts results as soon as anglers weigh their fish.
More details will be posted as the Championship approaches.
Delta County Chamber of Commerce executive director
Vickie Micheau and
Great Lakes Sportfishermen fishing club representative Tom Polkey received
PWT Key Awards for their year-long support and commitment to bringing
tournament to Escanaba. They headed up the local organizing efforts,
directed hundreds of volunteers. Local businessman, Jeff Richardson,
of Richardson Jewelers, donated PWT Bulova watches to the top five
the top amateur. At the Mercury Championship, he will donate
diamond and gold ring to the winner.
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
Delta Chamber of Commerce 1-888-335-8264.
Clix Banner Exchange
Walleyes Inc. website is maintained
Tyler Fishing the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Circuit, Masters
Walleye Circuit and the Wal Mart RCL Circuit. All rights reserved.Copyright
Please visit these site sponsors
R-A.M Mounting Systems,
boats, Mercury Outboards,Bedford
Sales , Church Tackle, Panther
Webfoots body sock,
Rigs Tackle ,Dual Pro Charging Systems,
Rods and Reels,