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June 19, 2003
Brainerd, Minnesota....Lake Erie has a reputation
for big walleyes.
The In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) "big fish" record
been written on this Great Lake. The PWT entourage returns to
basin, with headquarters in Dunkirk, New York.
The eastern basin fishery traditionally kicks into
high gear this
time of year, making it a favorite summer walleye hotspot. PWT
and their amateur partners will fish it July 9 - 11.
The top anglers all had six-pound or better averages
catches in 2001 when the PWT fished these waters for the first time.
Barach, Barryton, Mich., won his first PWT tournament trolling for
walleyes that year, and said, "What I learned by fishing the eastern
was amazing. These fish are like walleyes anywhere, except deeper."
He said, "The deep walleyes are impacted by currents
more than most
people suspect, and trolling speed is critical. It can be much
down 40 to 60 feet than on the surface." Last season, many anglers
discovered walleyes shallower than ever in the eastern basin.
The PWT pro
anglers search for walleyes wherever they live, and that's what amateurs
learn. Amateurs share experiences in three different pro's boats
Amateurs also share the pro's tackle and go to the
one" spots. The partners even share the weight they catch.
The top 40 pro
and amateur anglers win nearly $300,000 in cash and merchandise prizes.
Pros fish against other pros for the top prize of $63,000, while the
amateur tows home a 17-foot Lund walleye boat powered by a Mercury.
an Eagle trailer.
Amateur openings still remain, and those anglers
wanting to learn
more about Lake Erie walleyes can enter now. Call PWT at 218-829-0620
enter, or download an entry blank from the PWT web:
All festivities take place adjacent to the Ramada
Inn and Chadwick
Bay Marina in Dunkirk. Stage shows begin at 3 p.m. daily, July
9-11, with a
chance to meet and greet pro anglers from throughout North America.
Lake Erie PWT & World Records
Heaviest 1-Day Catch: Ted Takasaki, 53.20 pounds
Heaviest 3-Day Catch: Tommy Skarlis, 138.28
pounds (15 fish)
Most 10-pound walleyes (or more) in a tournament:
346 in 2002
Most 12-pound walleyes (or more) in a tournament:
21 in 2002
Heaviest tournament average: 7.90 pounds for
every walleye weighed, 2002
The PWT is an integral element of the In-Fisherman
headquartered in Brainerd, Minnesota, and PRIMEDIA, America's leading
producer of targeted media. PWT sponsors include: Mercury Marine, Lund,
Berkley Gulp!, Trilene, PowerBait, Realtree, Miller High-Life, Nissan,
Frenzy, Lowrance, MinnKota, Optima Batteries, Gander Mountain, Blue
Northland Fishing Tackle, Lindy Legendary Fishing Tackle, Coleman,
Yamaha ATV, Eagle Trailers, Raymarine, Rapala, Matzuo, Pflueger, Ram
holders, Drift Control, DeeZee, Cotton Cordell, Seal Skinz, Aqua-Vu,
Plano, KeepAlive, Stowmaster.net and Quantum Performance Tuned rods
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