|New’ Names Hold Top Spots at PWT Cass Lake Super Pro
The top three Super Pro anglers at the Optima Batteries/Berkley
Pro-Am have all captured second place finishes, but never an
In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail victory. They are one
day away from that feat. Fishing on northern Minnesota’s
famed walleye factory, Cass Lake, the three pros have stitched
two great days together in the final Super Pro event of the
season, presented by Minn Kota.
Holding first place with a two-day total of 27.77 pounds is
Brad Davis, Jackson, Wis. He has been in the game for many years,
and has second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh place
trophies, but has not stepped into the winner’s circle.
Chase Parsons, Brillion, Wis., has racked up 27.12 pounds, and
as the youngest pro, won the PWT 2005 Rookie of the Year title,
and placed second in the Championship that season. He has several
top 10 finishes, including a sixth this year, already netting
$16,819 in prize money. Jefferson, SD pro Gil Mollet has second
and third place trophies, and a third at Mille Lacs two months
ago for $13,000. He has 25.72 pounds for third place, following
a 15.80-pound catch on day two.
The Coleman big Fish of the tournament, 6.89 pounds, was caught
by Jay Weber, Annandale, Minn., which vaulted him to fourth
place overall with 25.15 pounds. He was fishing with amateur
Rob Rehms, Ankeny, Iowa. A number of five-pound plus walleyes
came to the scales, but anglers talked of the dozens of walleyes
they landed each day.
Typical patterns ranged from lead core crank bait trolling
to live bait rigs with chubs, leeches and night crawlers. Chubs
were the favored tactic. Boat control was lesson number one
learned by the amateurs, according to their comments on stage.
The Optima/Berkley Pro-Am continues for the final day Thursday,
Sept. 6, with the weigh-in ceremonies at Stony Point Resort,
just east of Cass Lake on Highway 2.
The final standings will reward the winning pro with an $86,000
payday, while the top amateur wins a Lund 1675 walleye boat
with a 60-hp Mercury outboard valued at $19,000. Currently,
Wayne Linstad, Bemidji, Minn., leads the amateur race. In addition,
the Johnsonville Angler of the year will be crowned with a $35,000
cash prize. The top 30 in the Super Pro series will be invited
to the Mercury Championship, presented by the Dow Chemical Company
on Saginaw Bay in May 2008.
The PWT is an integral element of the In-Fisherman Communications
Network headquartered in Baxter, Minnesota, and InterMedia,
America's leading producer of targeted media. PWT promotional
partners include: Mercury Marine, Lund Boats, Berkley, Lowrance
Electronics, Optima Batteries, Minn Kota, Realtree, MotorGuide,
Johnsonville Brats, Outdoor Channel, Coleman, Northland Fishing
Tackle, The Dow Chemical Company, StowMaster, Reef Runner, Yo-Zuri
Quality Lures, Smooth Moves Seat Mounts, Kwik Pfyt Mud Flaps,
Yellow Bird Planer Boards, Allstar Graphics, International Truck,
Ram Mounts, Element Edge, Pflueger, Plano Tackle Systems, E-Cell,
Cannon, Fin-Tech Tackle, Do-It Molds, Cass Lake Chamber of Commerce,
800.356.8615, Palace Casino & Hotel, 877.972.5223 and Stony
Point Resort, 218.335.6311.