| PWT Tournament Leader Sholts Holds on for Second Day
Fishing a rock-covered hump in about 24 feet of water proved
the ticket for Al Sholts, as he retained the lead after two
days at the Realtree/Lowrance Pro-Am. He takes a two-pound lead
into the final day on Lake Mille Lacs.
The In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) tournament,
part of the Regional series presented by MotorGuide, concludes
Friday, June 1. Weigh-in ceremonies begin at 3:30 p.m., at Hunter’s
Point Resort on the lake’s east side. In addition to the
stage show and tips from the pro anglers, a total of about $200,000
in prize money and merchandise will be awarded to the top 30
pros and top 30 amateurs Friday.
Sholts, from Alexandria, Minn, has been rigging with night crawlers
and leeches, and hovering on walleyes he spots on his Lowrance
electronics. “On day one, and during practice, Dave Albright
and I fished alongside each other, but he told me I could have
the spot, and he would fish elsewhere; that’s real sportsmanship,”
Pros and their amateur partners fished for the best five fish
they could bring to the scales, but all had to be less than
20 inches long, unless each person caught a fish exceeding 28
inches per day. Two of those came to the scales on day two.
Dean Nathe, Wausau, Wis., with a 28-incher, moved from 88th
place to 8th place.
The pro leader has a cumulative weight of 26.78 pounds. Tom
Backer, Fargo, ND is in second with 24.52 pounds. Steve Bradt,
Hudson, Wis., is in third, while his son, Geoff Bradt, Osceola,
Wis. is in sixth place. Mark Courts, Harris, Minn., is in fourth
with 23.23 pounds. Bob Heaford, Mason City, Iowa, is just one-hundredth
of a pound back in fifth place.
The leading amateurs are Rick Willett-Johnson, Omaha, Neb. in
first; Sean Lofgren, Moorhead, Minn, in second, and John Hagemeyer,
Albuquerque, NM in third.
The calm conditions affected some anglers, and the best bite
occurred for most anglers before 11 a.m. Rigging with live bait,
running spinners with crawlers or PowerBait worked for some
anglers, while others trolled with leadcore and crankbaits.
When the wind died, the “slip-bobber” anglers switched
to other tactics.
Comments ranged from “great” to “stupendous”
when PWT emcee Jim O’Rourke asked anglers about the quality
and quantity of walleyes (many in the 24 to 27 inch range) they
were catching. Willett-Johnson said, “It doesn’t
get any better than this.”
Youngsters had fun catching trout in the free trout pond and
climbing the free climbing wall. Those activities, sponsored
by the Outdoor Channel, will take place from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.
on Friday, June 1.
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Electronics, Optima Batteries, Minn Kota, Realtree, MotorGuide,
Johnsonville Brats, Outdoor Channel, Coleman, Northland Fishing
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