Bob Propst, Jr., Repeats with 2nd PWT Win in 2 Years at Chamberlain
Bob Propst, Jr., claimed the Berkley/Lund Pro-Am victory in
the opening tournament of the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye
Trail 2007 season. He was competing in the MotorGuide Regional
series on the Missouri River and Lake Francis Case in Chamberlain,
His $66,000 win places him atop the Johnsonville Brats Angler
of the Year race, the same position he occupied after a $55,000
win in Chamberlain last season. He fished a similar pattern,
but concentrated on deeper water about 40 miles south of Chamberlain.
His lure of choice last year was PowerBait Power Minnows. This
year it was Berkley Gulp! Specifically, the chartreuse 2-inch
Minnow Grub vertically jigged in 20-plus feet of water made
the difference. He pinched off a bit of the tail, added a minnow,
and caught his fish in the right order.
His 11.14 pounds eclipsed all other anglers in the weather-shortened
tournament. PWT officials called off day one due to strong winds
and cold temperatures. The “middle” day proved very
fishable, though cold (20 degrees at take-off, up to 30 degrees
later in the day). Day three dawned cold with a 10 mph breeze.
All computer forecast models called for very strong winds, and
coupled with the 17-degree air temperatures and 40-degree water
temperatures, the third day was also canceled. The winds were
blowing at 20 mph by 9 a.m. and 25 mph at the 10 a.m. awards
Jim Kalkofen, PWT executive director, in meeting with the Advisory
Council representatives, said, “For 18 years, safety has
been our most important operating guideline, and the decision
to protect people is the reason for canceling the day.”
Marty Glorvigen, PWT pro and Council member said on stage with
his 29th place trophy, “I wanted to go fishing earlier,
but with the strong winds now, you made the right call.”
Winning on the amateur side was Corrie VrBicky, Omaha, Neb.
He towed home a 17-foot Lund boat with a 60-hp Mercury, valued
at $19,000. The second place pro and amateur, Steve Alverson,
Chester, SD won $15,964, while Mark Huntley, Sergeant Bluff,
Iowa won $3,050 in merchandise and gift certificates from PWT
sponsor partners. They also claimed Coleman Big Fish, a 5-pounder,
which paid $1,500 to Alverson and $500 to Huntley.
As a special “thanks” to the PWT amateurs/co-anglers,
Mercury Outboards presented rebate gift certificates to second
through sixth place winners of $500 to $1,800. The top 30 amateurs
and top 30 pros all won cash and/or merchandise or gift certificates.
Mike Gofron, Antioch, Illinois, won another top-10 place finish
with a third and $11,530. He holds the record with the most
PWT top-10s, now at 33. Two rookie pros were fourth and fifth.
Eric Schuelke, Jackson, Wis., won $8,868, and Chad Shilling,
Akaska, SD, won $8,426. Past PWT Chamberlain winner Mark Martin,
Twin Lake, Mich., was sixth, with $7,982.
The hospitable staff at Cedar Shore Resort earned the PWT Key
Award. Ron Madison, general manager, in accepting the award
said, “We really love having the PWT guys and gals here,
and look forward to seeing you in Chamberlain again.”
The Regional Series hits the water in Winneconne, Wis., April
25-27, with a full field of 120 pros. More schedule news, photos
from Chamberlain, entry blanks for a chance to fish with the
pro anglers in the Pro-Am format, and other details are on the
PWT website, www.professionalwalleyetrail.com.
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