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JOHNSON/LAWRENCE BY A NOSE AT LAKE CHAUTAUQUA
PAIR WINS CABELA'S MWC WALLEYE TOURNEY WITH 23.88 LBS.
Jamestown, NY-By the slimmest of margins, a scant .69 of a pound, New
Yorkers Larry Johnson (Corfu) and Jason Lawrence (Binghamton) topped
team field to win the Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit tourney held
17-18 on New York's Lake Chautauqua at Jamestown. After weighing
first day five fish limit of 17.12 lbs., which put them at the top
leaderboard, they added two more walleye on day two for a 23.88 lb.
and the victory. Their first MWC win, at this Outdoor Channel
tournament, earned them $8,500.
"I thought we blew it. Good thing we had a good first day.
I'm going to
pay off my boat with my share of the winnings," explained a relieved
happy Johnson. He continued, "I fish this lake a lot, for fun
tournaments, it's my home lake. This is one of the toughest bites
experienced. We usually troll but the fish weren't having any
of that, so
we switched to jigging the weeds."
Lawrence said, "We fished two areas, Chaney Point and Smith Boys Marina
the southern half of the lake. The water was seven to nine feet
you could only see about two feet down. We cast lightweight jigs,
1/4 ounce tipped with crawlers parallel to the weedline until the sun
fully up. After that time, we moved into the weeds and vertical
pockets. Chartreuse and green were our best colors. It's
a tough and
demanding way to fish but it sure paid off."
Second place finishers, also from New York, were brothers Wade (Bemus
and Bob Oram (Franklinville) with nine fish weighing 23.19 lbs. worth
$4,200. They also jigged the Smith Boys Marina area but used
gold 1/8-ounce jigs.
Third place went to the Bradford, PA brother team of John and Mike
Their eight fish weighed in at 20.27 lbs., earning them $2,000.
previous teams, they jigged the weeds with crawlers but found success
Shaney's Point area of the lake.
The top six teams shared the $17,300 cash purse. An additional
paid in big fish prize money. Pennsylvanians Fred Lorenzo (Kane)
Pura (Johnsonburg) took day one big fish honors and $675 for their
lb.walleye, while Fred Forsythe (Coudersport, PA) and Peter Lewis (Webster,
NY) collected the same amount the second day with a 5.81 lb. walleye.
Richard Nagy and Bill Pinskey (Mt. Pleasant, PA) won $1,000 for the
finishing Ranger Boat owner team in the Ranger Cup series. They
sixth for an additional $600. Tournament teams donated $540 to
Conservation Fund which will be used for fishery related projects in
where MWC tournaments are held.
The Chautauqua County Industrial Development Agency, Chautauqua County
Visitors Bureau and the Chautauqua County Sports Fishing and Hunting
Promotions assisted the MWC staff in tournament operations.
Number of teams: 36
Number of fish:
Total cash and prizes: $19,650
Water temp: 70 to 75 degrees
Water level: Normal
Jigging the weeds
Water clarity: Two feet
Light weight jigs
Openings exist in the remaining 2004 MWC tournaments. Entry fee
is $600 per
team. Further tournament information can be obtained at
www.masterswalleyecircuit.com, or by calling the MWC toll-free at
2004 Cabela's MWC Remaining Schedule
Linwood, MI, Saginaw Bay August 7-8
Walker, MN, Leech Lake September 18-19
In addition to Cabela's, MWC sponsors include-The Outdoor Channel, Lindy
Legendary Tackle, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, North American
Fishing Club, Ranger Boats, Smithwick Lures, Cotton Cordell, MotorGuide,
Daiichi Hooks, Panther Marine, Lure Eyes, Xtreme Sports and