NASCAK LEADS WAL-MART FLW WALLEYE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIP
Chwierut takes co-angler title, $19,100
PIERRE, S.D. (Oct. 6, 2006) - Despite a torturous 60-mile run
in pounding waves, pro Richard Nascak of Winona, Minn., and
co-angler Jerome Chwierut of Lake Villa, Ill., were all smiles
Friday after catching five walleyes weighing 17 pounds, 6 ounces.
The catch was the heaviest of the tournament since a 19-3 limit
crossed the stage on opening day and more than enough to give
Chwierut a $19,100 victory in the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour
Championship Co-angler Division. It also catapulted Nascak into
the final day of competition with a huge 5-pound, 12-ounce lead
in his bid to win his first FLW Walleye Tour title and $150,000.
Why is a 5-pound lead so critical on a lake that has already
produced a 10-pound, 10-ounce walleye earlier this week? Because,
unlike the preliminary rounds of competition, which featured
pros and co-anglers fishing together for a combined five-walleye
limit, only the pros are competing Saturday. That means instead
of having the option to weigh in two walleyes over 20 inches
and three between 14 and 20 inches, the pros will only be allowed
to weigh in four walleyes, including just one over 20 inches.
The combined weight from Friday and Saturday will determine
the winner, and culling is not allowed.
"That's going to make it tough on the other guys,"
said Nascak, who has earned three top-10 finishes on the FLW
Walleye Tour. "I figure if I can just bring in my four-fish
limit, I'll be tough to beat. The first four fish I catch are
coming back in. I'm not going to take any chances."
Nascak caught five walleyes weighing 12-15 Wednesday while fishing
with co-angler Mike Taylor of Midland, Mich., to finish opening
day in ninth place. He then added five walleyes weighing 13-12
to his total Thursday while fishing with co-angler Dewey Watson
of Twin Falls, Idaho, to advance to the finals as the No. 2
seed with a two-day total of 26 pounds, 11 ounces.
Nascak has been catching fish all week trolling just south of
the Highway 212 bridge with Reef Runners and Shad Raps on Fireline
and leadcore. He is not alone, however, as four of the top six
finalists - including Scott Allar of Welch, Minn.; Tom Brunz
of Madison Lake, Minn.; and Scott Steil of Richmond, Minn. -
are all trolling the same stretch of water.
For Chwierut, the 2006 championship is in the record books,
and he is $19,100 richer after his impressive catch earned him
$11,000 Friday plus a $6,000 bonus from Ranger, a $1,600 bonus
from Evinrude and a $500 bonus from Castrol. To get to the finals,
he caught five walleyes weighing 11 pounds Wednesday while fishing
with pro William St. Peter of Bay City, Mich., and five walleyes
weighing 13 pounds Thursday while fishing with Brunz. His two-day
total of 24 pounds advanced Chwierut to the final day of co-angler
competition as the No. 2 seed.
"This feels terrific," said Chwierut, who finished
third at the FLW Walleye Tour Championship in 2001. "We
didn't have a fish in the boat until 10:30 a.m. then we made
some adjustments and had five in the livewell by 11:30 a.m.
and were heading back in because of the rough water."
Allar, who led the opening round, slid to second place Friday,
and his co-angler partner, Jimmy Cox of Bono, Ark., won $15,500
with five walleyes weighing 11-10.
Cox is perhaps most well known in bass-fishing circles for his
Mizmo Bait Company, but he has made quite a splash in the walleye-fishing
world in recent years with three top-10 finishes, including
fifth place at last year's FLW Walleye Tour Championship.
Rounding out the top 10 pros and co-anglers are Kevin McQuoid
of Isle, Minn., and Dana Delp of Lansing, Mich. (five walleyes,
9-3, $5,000 co-angler winnings); Brunz and Keith Strauss of
Syracuse, Ind. (five walleyes, 9-1, $8,500 co-angler winnings);
Rick Olson of Mina, S.D., and Watson (three walleyes, 8-7, $4,500
co-angler winnings); Steil and Jason Wrosch of Melrose Park,
Ill. (five walleyes, 8-0, $2,000 co-angler winnings); BFGoodrich
Tires pro Dustin Kjelden of Brookings, S.D., and Flo Swank of
Pierre, S.D. (three walleyes, 7-14, $1,800 co-angler winnings);
Gerrick McComsey of Fort Pierre, S.D., and Darrell Martin of
Forest Lake, Minn. (one walleye, 2-15, $1,600 co-angler winnings);
Troy Morris of Bismarck, N.D., and Mark Fling of Hudson, Colo.
(one walleye, 2-9, $1,400 co-angler winnings); and Richard Franklin
of Bemidji, Minn., and Adam Adler of Oconto Falls, Wis. (zero
walleyes, $1,200 co-angler winnings).
The original field of 51 pros and 51 co-anglers representing
18 states and Canada was cut to the top 10 Thursday evening,
and opening-round weights were cleared for the start of the
An overall catch of 33 walleyes weighing 77 pounds, 1 ounce
crossed the stage Friday, including five five-fish limits.
Spring Creek Resort, located off Highway 1804 in Pierre, will
host Saturday's final takeoff at 7:30 a.m. followed by a 4:30
p.m. weigh-in at the Wal-Mart store located at 1730 North Garfield
Road in Pierre. The tour's popular Family Fun Zone featuring
interactive displays, product samples and games for the entire
family opens at 1 p.m. outside the weigh-in tent at Wal-Mart.
Fans visiting the Family Fun Zone can register for the chance
to win an 1850 Ranger Reata powered by a 175 horsepower Evinrude
E-Tec outboard. One lucky fan will be drawn during the final
weigh-in and given the chance to cast a lure at an 8-inch target.
If the lure lands in the target, the fan wins. Participants
must be present during the weigh-in to qualify. Additionally,
Ranger and Evinrude will offer test rides in the latest models
from Ranger Boats on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Oahe
Marina located at 20439 Marina Loop Road in Ft. Pierre. All
activities are free.
National television coverage of the FLW Walleye Tour Championship
will be provided by FSN (Fox Sports Net) on November 5. "FLW
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stationed around the world in 177 countries and aboard Navy
ships through broadcasts on the American Forces Network.
The Pierre Chamber of Commerce is hosting the 2006 FLW Walleye
Tour Championship on Lake Oahe. For more information, call 1.800.962.2034.
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