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PWT Pro Gary Parsons Takes Slim Lead on Lake
Oahe at Mobridge, SD
Mobridge, South Dakota.....²Fishing in the trees
is tough, takes
persistence and lots of tackle,² said tournament leader Gary Parsons.
Glidden, Wis. pro knows the value of hard work, and has claimed two
In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) victories on Lake Oahe,
1994 and 1998.
Fishing from Mobridge in the northern reaches of
South Dakota¹s Lake
Oahe, the Realtree/Optima Batteries Western Pro-Am anglers found walleyes
throughout the system. The best fishing method proved to be trolling
crankbaits right over the tree-tops, which are cottonwoods that lined
Missouri River channel prior to flooding more than 50 years ago.
anglers were live bait rigging and jigging, also.
Parsons is the only two-time PWT Angler of the Year.
He has cashed
checks in two-thirds of the PWT events fished, averaging nearly $4,000
tournament. He leads the Western Pro-Am with 22.23 pounds.
Close behind is
another two-time PWT winner Scott Fairbairn, Hager City, Wis.
He is only
five one-hundredths of a pound back. A new face in the top ranks
Montana pro Dale Gilbert with 21.61 pounds. Day one leader Keith
Kaukauna, Wis. slipped to sixth place.
The big fish seemed to vacate the system, but Parsons
said, ³I think
they¹re not far away, because every practice day they were biting.
they dropped down deeper into the trees.² The trees topped
out about 30
feet below the surface in 60 to 70 feet of water. The day two
Fish award went to pro Jim Klick, White Bear Lake, Minn., and amateur
partner Dave Evert, Minneapolis, Minn. Their $1,000 walleye weighed
pounds. Many stories were told on stage about big fish hitting,
into the trees to safety.
Top amateur Dave Tuthill, Sandy Lake, Penn., holds
a three pound
advantage over Luke Stout, Ashland, Wis. Stout won earlier this
year on the
Mississippi River. The top amateur tows home a Lund/Mercury 17-foot
boat valued at $15,000. The total prize package approaches the
mark, with the first place pro winning $63,000. All prizes will
immediately following Friday¹s weigh-in at the Bay Resort just
Mobridge on Highway 12. Festivities begin at 3 p.m., with awards
by 6 p.m.
³The walleye fans are great and they should
be rewarded at Friday¹s
ceremonies with lots of information about fishing spots and methods,²
Parsons said as he encouraged people to enjoy the fun. The PWT
parade in front of the spectators in their boats, unloading their catches
the stage. ³It¹s like a mini-Championship,² he
After Friday¹s fishing, the top 10 pro anglers
from the Dee Zee western
division will be invited to fish the world¹s most prestigious
the Mercury Championship, set for September in Michigan¹s Upper
Another 10 from the east division will be named after the August tournament,
along with 30 from the field fishing all six PWT tournaments.
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