Day 3 Results - In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail on Wabigoon Lake:
Bill St. Peter Wins 1st PWT Canadian Tournament
Bill St. Peter leap-frogged past second day leader Mark Brumbaugh in the In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail Super Pro at Dryden, Ontario. Both walleye pros were competing in the Super Pro series tournament presented by MinnKota, the Lund/Mercury Pro-Am.
St. Peter, Bay City, Mich., has been fishing in the PWT pro ranks for eight years and qualified for Mercury Championships every season. He has 35 money finishes in 53 events. He is a past winner, and currently ranked fourth in the Johnsonville Angler of the year standings. He wants a shot at the Mercury Championship presented by The Dow Chemical Company for 2007 qualifiers in May of 2008 on St. Peter’s home waters of Saginaw Bay. Gary Parsons, Glidden, Wis., maintains the Angler of the Year lead.
The winner netted $45,000 cash and a 20-foot Lund boat rigged with a 200-hp Mercury outboard, valued at $41,000. Brumbaugh won $20,000 for second place. Their winnings pushed their career PWT earnings to more than $300,000 each.
Mark Courts, Harris, Minn. was third, good for $18,000. The Super Pros fished with and made friends with many new anglers, most from Canada. Of the 52 amateurs/co-anglers, 36 were from Canada. The amateurs fished with the pro’s tackle and went to the pro’s spots, riding in state-of-the-art walleye boats. The top amateur was Reid Norine, Oakdale, Minn., who will pick-up a new 2008 Lund 1675 with a Mercury 60-hp outboard, valued at $20,000.
The big fish award went to St. Peter and amateur partner Greg Waites, Dryden, for a 10.04-pounder. It was worth $500 to Waites and $1,500 to St. Peter. The Dow Chemical Company Heavyweight $1,000 award went to St. Peter, also. Parsons won the Coleman Cool Under Pressure award for advancing 36 places. On the amateur side, Glen Rowan, Thunder Bay, Ontario, advanced 43 places to win the special Coleman cooler. The second through sixth place amateurs earned Mercury rebate certificates worth $500 to $1,500.
Three Dryden Chamber of Commerce employees received PWT Special Achievement awards for their dedicated service to make sure the entire tournament week was a very smooth operation. They organized and managed a large corps of volunteers and attended to hundreds of details. The large crowds at all activities and the final weigh-in were very impressive. The announcement that the PWT would be back in 2008 brought amateurs running with checks to enter, but the early entry timeframe will be later this fall.
Tactics varied from St. Peter jigging in 9 to 12 feet, adjacent to rock reefs, to Brumbaugh casting 400 series Rip Shads and Frenzy Flicker shads in 3 to 8 feet of water to slip-bobbers, bottom bouncers and spinners. The consensus was as Bill St. Peter said on stage, “Any place you go, you can catch walleyes, thousands of them.” Brumbaugh loved the variety, “If walleyes were biting by the hundreds every day, so were smallies, pike and muskies. What a great spot to fish!”
Scott Glorvigen, Grand Rapids, Minn. Super Pro said, “I stayed at Indian Point Camp, and they were great. The camp operators from around the lake received rave reviews from the contestants, and the entire community rated an A-plus for hospitality.
Photos of the entire week are available on the PWT web site, www.professionalwalleyetrail.com.
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