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Steve Bohn Keeps Lead; Needs One More Day to ‘Rock & Roll’ to Victory
Michigan walleye pro Steve Bohn stretched his Lowrance-Lund Pro-Am lead on day two of the $300,000 tournament. This is the third In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail tournament he has led, but it could be his first victory if his fish continue to bite.
His 67.34 pounds (a limit of 5 walleyes per day) average nearly seven pounds. Like most of the PWT pros, he is trolling spinners and night crawlers. “The key is to find them and stay on them,” Bohn said.
Moving into second place, eight pounds back, was pro Greg Yarbrough, also from Michigan. His day two catch was anchored by the largest fish of the tournament so far, 11.61 pounds. It could be worth as much as $2,500. A number of 10 and 11-pound walleyes have been weighed. Mark Christianson, Walker, Minn., holds third place, and Ken Zmudzinski, Jennison, Mich., is in fourth. Sheldon Meidinger, Bismarck, ND moved to fifth place.
On the amateur side, Todd Swenson, Munising, Mich., leads, followed closely by Jeff Quist, Blair, Neb. Amateurs partner with pro anglers, and compete together for the maximum weight they can bring to the scales with five walleyes. The top 40 amateurs win merchandise prizes including a Lund-Mercury walleye boat valued at $17,000. The top 40 pros win big, starting with a first-place prize of $64,000.
The pro fields are filled with the best walleye anglers in North America. After they apply, they face the PWT Credentials Committee, and the top 120 are invited to fish. Amateurs repeat a familiar refrain all season, like Swenson said, “I learned more in two days (so far) than I have in the past three years of walleye fishing.”
Fishing in the shadows of downtown Cleveland and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, PWT anglers weighed their catches in Voinovich Park. Final-day weigh-in festivities Friday will be followed by awards ceremonies. Activities begin at 3 p.m.
Through two days, the contestants have weighed 500 walleyes per day, averaging four pounds each. Under the direction of the Ohio Division of Wildlife, all fish are promptly cleaned and frozen for the Cleveland Food Bank and the Salvation Army. The fillets will be donated to the needy.
Of interest is that many fish in the 22 to 25 inch class are being caught,
which will lead to the next wave of big fish in a couple years. And, last
year’s record hatch are now seven to nine inch eating machines, being caught
and released regularly.
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