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CROW, SWANK LEAD WAL-MART RCL WALLEYE TOUR
PIERRE, S.D. (June 18, 2004) – Robert Crow of Paterson, Wash., and co-angler
Robert Swank of Darby Mont., landed a 16-pound, 4-ounce limit Friday to
open a 4-ounce lead over their closest competitors in the $401,750 Wal-Mart
RCL Walleye Tour stop on Lake Oahe.
Crow and Swank used Rapala Husky Jerks trolled at 1.7
to 1.9 mph to target walleyes suspended in 20 feet of water. The catch
was Crow’s heaviest of the tournament and solid enough to give the pair
a final-round lead over No. 2 seeds Scott Pitlick of Pierre, S.D., and
co-angler Stephen Froelich of Eagan, Minn, who caught five walleyes weighing
16 pounds after Froelich edged into the semifinal round by 2 ounces and
Pitlick squeaked in as the No. 20 seed thanks to a tiebreaker.
“Anytime you go into the last day with a lead, it’s
nice,” said Crow, an RCL Tour veteran who estimates that he and Swank caught
25 fish over the course of the day. “I just hope that I make the right
choices tomorrow and come out on top.”
Crow entered Friday’s semifinal round as the No. 4 seed
after catching five walleyes weighing 15 pounds, 14 ounces Wednesday with
co-angler Gregory Karch of Oshkosh, Wis., and five walleyes weighing 13
pounds, 1 ounce Thursday with co-angler Chris Brown of Rapid City, S.D.
Swank was the No. 4 seed after catching five walleyes weighing 12 pounds,
5 ounces Wednesday with Terry Nelson of Pierre, S.D., and five walleyes
weighing 15 pounds, 15 ounces Thursday with pro Robert Heaford of Mason
“We threw a couple of extra limits away that other teams
would have liked to have had,” said Swank, who is fishing his second RCL
Tour season. “I think if I can add another 14 pounds, I’ll be in good shape.”
Weights were cleared Friday for the top 20 pros and co-anglers
who made the cut out of an original field of 145 pros and 145 co-anglers.
The 10 remaining pros are casting for a top award of $90,000 in cash and
prizes, including a Ranger, Crestliner or Lund boat powered by Evinrude
or Yamaha, and the 10 remaining co-anglers are chasing a top award of $15,000
cash. The winners in each division will be determined by the heaviest two-day
Rounding out the top five final-round qualifiers are pro
John Zirzow of Fort Collins, Colo., and co-angler Jim Schleicher of Maxwell,
Neb. (five walleyes, 15 pounds, 7 ounces); Nelson and Chester Jones of
Michigan City, Ind. (five walleyes, 15 pounds, 1 ounce); and pro Frank
Christianson of Blomkest, Minn., and co-angler Dale Hein of Spring Lake
Park, Minn. (five walleyes, 14 pounds, 7 ounces).
Overall, the 20 semifinal round teams fishing Friday weighed
in 99 walleyes, including 19 five-fish limits. The day’s catch totaled
248 pounds, 7 ounces.
The final takeoff starts at 7 Saturday morning from Spring
Creek Resort, which is located 10 miles north of Oahe Dam on Highway 1840.
The final weigh-in starts at 3 p.m. at the Wal-Mart store located at 1600
N. Harrison Ave. in Pierre. The community is invited to attend the takeoff
Pros and co-anglers fish for a combined boat weight and
are randomly paired each day. This is the fourth and final regular-season
tournament in their quest to qualify for the $1.4 million Wal-Mart RCL
Walleye Championship in Moline, Ill., Sept. 29-Oct. 2 where the world’s
top pros will fish for as much as $400,000 cash and co-anglers will chase
as much as $150,000 cash. Cash awards are presented to the top 60 anglers
in each division at every regular-season tournament.
The RCL Tour is administered by FLW Outdoors and named
after boat manufacturers Ranger, Crestliner and Lund. FLW Outdoors, the
world’s leading marketer of competitive fishing, is named after the legendary
founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood. Other FLW Outdoors-sanctioned
tournament trails include the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye League for weekend anglers;
the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, the world’s most lucrative bass-tournament series;
the EverStart Series, designed as a pathway to the FLW Tour; the Wal-Mart
Bass Fishing League for weekend anglers; and the Wal-Mart Texas Tournament
Wal-Mart and many of America’s most respected companies
support FLW Outdoors and its six tournament trails. Wal-Mart has been the
title sponsor of FLW Outdoors since 1997.
For more information about the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Tour, visit FLWOutdoors.com
or call (270) 252-1000.