|PWT Pros Fish with Celebrities to Raise $100,000-plus for Boomer's
The In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail pros joined
sports, Hollywood and poker celebrities for a fund-raising (and
event at Manitoba's Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge, Sept. 20-21.
The winners were pro Mark Christianson, full-time walleye
pro and guide for 29 years and Robert Williamson III, World
Series of Poker
pro. In accepting the first place trophy, Williamson said, "This
great week and to thank the Boomer Esiason Foundation for Cystic
(B.E.C.F.F.), I will donate an additional $10,000 to help the
corporate sponsors, the Foundation realized more than $100,000.
Christianson said, "He's the most positive guy I've ever
met. He told me
we'd win before heading out on day one, and he had never caught
This was the first measure, photo and release event for the
PWT. Pros were paired with celebrities and their top five fish
each day of the two-day event. The first place team measured
a total of
240.75 inches. Second went to pro Bobby Crow and World Series
winner, Hoyt Corkins with 239.50 inches.
Pro Ron Seelhoff and Discovery Channel's "Survivorman"
Stroud tied for third with pro Sheldon Meidinger and actor Rick
Both had 238.25 inches. Many pros trolled up their limits daily,
jigging spoons and jigs and PowerBait accounted for some fish
remote, fly-in lake. In addition to walleyes, anglers landed
and lake trout.
The other top PWT pro participants included Bill St. Peter,
Jim Carroll, Mark Martin, Dave Van Oss, Daryl Christensen and
This special opportunity was granted to the top 10 pros in the
Angler of the Year race. Their partners were Dale Jensen, Arizona
Diamondbacks owner, Kris King and Mike Gartner, NHL Hall of
Flansberg, the human calculator, Dave Krieg, former Seattle
quarterback, and Don Lamont, Travel Manitoba.
Many special accolades went to the Aikens Lake Lodge staff.
"The setting in Manitoba's wilderness, walleyes of all
sizes, the fly-in
experience and food fit for a king were enjoyed by the entire
Jim Kalkofen, PWT executive director. PWT sponsors E-Cell and
donated an extra $5,000 to the Foundation. Nick Koken representing
Foundation said, "This was great for the first annual Celebrity
Contacts for more information and details are Aikens Lake
Lodge, www.aikenslake.com; Travel Manitoba: www.travelmanitoba.com;
Foundation at www.esiason.org. An entire photo gallery is available
media use at the PWT web site, www.professionalwalleyetrail.com