|Tommy Skarlis' Catch Heats Up the PWT Scales
Tommy Skarlis captured the day one In-Fisherman Professional
Walleye Trail tournament top spot at Mobridge, SD. Fishing under
clear skies and with temperatures at 100 degrees most of the
day, the 4-time PWT winner, found the right combination.
The Lowrance Pro-Am contestants fishing the Regional series
presented by MotorGuide competed on Lake Oahe. Many fished near
Mobridge, while some traveled upstream, but most ventured down-river.
They were scattered all the way to the Highway 212 bridge. Trolling
played a significant role. Anglers ran crankbaits over and through
the trees that were flooded when the reservoir was formed about
50 years ago.
Another popular tactic was contour trolling with lures or
spinners baited with night crawlers or PowerBait. Skarlis and
the other pros will reveal their specific tactics on the third
and final day of the Lowrance Pro-Am, Friday, July 28, in the
Mobridge ALCO store parking lot. Skarlis from Waukon, Iowa,
leads with 14.09 pounds for a tournament limit of five walleyes.
The 2005 Mercury Champion, David Andersen, Amery, Wis., is
in second with 13.27 pounds. Pro Robb Christensen, Loretto,
Minn. is in third with13.06 pounds, and pro Doug Iverson, Pierre,
SD, is in fourth with 12.96 pounds. Two anglers are tied for
fifth with 12.76 pounds. All statistics, photos and information,
including the popular Mercury Real-Time scoreboard can be found
Despite the July heat, walleye fans had fun at the ceremonies.
They begin at 3 p.m. daily Thursday and Friday. However, when
anglers catch their limits, they return to the scales, so action
can occur anytime after 10 a.m. The PWT Pro-Am pairs amateurs/co-anglers
with three different pros during the tournament. Pros provide
the boat, gear, bait, gas and decide where to fish. Al Telford,
Appleton, Minn., fished with Skarlis and leads all amateurs/co-anglers.
Rookie pro Mike Sigl, Black Creek, Wis. and amateur/co-angler
Steve Sahly, Sioux Falls, SD, registered the Coleman Big Fish,
5.23 pounds. If it holds, it will be worth $2,000.
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