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South Dakota Angler Mike Kulm Wins $64,000
at Missouri River PWT Tournament
Chamberlain, SD......Claiming his first In-Fisherman
Walleye Trail (PWT) victory and $64,000, was pro Mike Kulm, Rapid City,
He did it over the course of three days, May 12-14, with 30.40 pounds.
Those 15 walleyes paid about $4,300 each at the Trilene/PowerBait Pro-Am
Artificial Challenge. Competition took place on the Missouri
The top placing amateur was Paul Kampfe, Sidney,
Neb., who towed home a
$17,000 Lund boat and Mercury outboard on an Eagle trailer.
He also split
the big fish $3,000 cash honors with pro Leon Houle, Lino Lakes, Minn.
caught a 9.40 pounder on day one. And, Kampfe and Houle won the
Mountain Heavyweight Award of $300 and $500 gift cards.
Kulm, fishing his sixth PWT season, has placed third
in 2001, and 10th
in 2000, on two Missouri River systems. He currently leads the
Western Division. The top 10 divisional anglers at the end of
qualify for the Mercury Championship. Kulm fished the first two
the dam, about 20 miles upstream from Chamberlain. He ran three
bottom bouncers with crankbaits in the heavy current. On day
pattern did not work for him, and he jigged the bluffs about three
south of the dam with Northland FireBall jigs and minnows.
Taking second was pro Jim Randash, also from Rapid
City, and a close
friend and fishing buddy of Kulm¹s. He employed similar
tactics for his
$20,000 paycheck. Randash is a past Mercury Championship winner.
place pro, Dave Andersen, Amery, Wis., won $13,000. Gerrick McComsey,
Pierre, SD, placed fourth for $11,000, and Mike Gofron, Antioch, Ill,
fifth, to extend his PWT record with the most top 10 place finishes,
any PWT pro. He won $10,000.
Johnnie Candle won the Coleman Cool Under Pressure
$1,000 award for
advancing 62 places. He also placed 34th for $2,000. Rookie
Swanson, Fort Collins, Col., finished 13th and won $4,000, and leads
Stowmaster Rookie of the Year race. Tommy Skarlis, with a $5,000
finish following a win in Wisconsin last month, leads the PWT Angler
The PWT Key Award was bestowed on Jessica Schoenhard,
Chamber of Commerce Executive Director, for the great treatment shown
anglers and their volunteer efforts. ³Chamberlain is one
of our favorite
sites, with Cedar Shore Resort and marina the perfect location for
tournament. The fishery is the best it¹s been, and I want
to come back,²
said winner Kulm. His sentiments were echoed by most pros as
The tour next stops at Cass Lake, Minn., June 2-4,
with headquarters at
Stony Point Resort. A total of $280,000 in cash and merchandise
is paid out
at each stop. For photos, schedules, details and more, check
the PWT web
site at www.professionalwalleyetrail.com. Pros fish with amateur
every day of the three day tournaments, and a handful of amateur spots
remain at Bull Shoals, Ark., June 23-25.