2008 PWT Can-Am Pro Named, Ready to Face Off
Apr 11th, 2008 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Apr 11th, 2008 at 12:00 AM
The In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail first-ever CAN-AM Super Pro tournament combines the best of two walleye worlds. The top-ranked Canadian and US walleye anglers compete head-to-head in Dryden, Ontario, in August. Team Captains are John Butts, Canada, and Gary Parsons, United States. These PWT pros and past winners selected their teams recently, and they are listed below. Judging past performance, this will be a very competitive event. The Canadians hail from Calgary to Toronto and have won more than 75 tournaments. The US team of PWT pros claims nine PWT Champions, 12 Angler of the Year winners and 80 percent have won at least one PWT tournament. They hail from nine states. The CAN-AM will also force the pros to broaden their fishing horizons. This is the first PWT artificials-only walleye tournament. Jigs and rigs commonly fished with live bait will now be festooned with PowerBait, Slurpies and Gulp! Thousands of walleyes have been caught and PWT tournaments won on artificials; still the majority of the walleye fishing public depends on live bait. PWT pro Bob Propst, Jr., won the 2006 and 2007 Missouri River tournaments in Chamberlain, SD., with jigs and PowerBait. Casting crank baits (Yo-Zuri, Reef Runner, Frenzy and Rapala) was extremely effective on Wabigoon’s relatively shallow walleyes during the 2007 PWT Super Pro. They could again be a threat to win. Twitch baits and larger swim baits could also play a part. Walleye fishing with bass tactics like Fin-Tech and Northland bass jigs rigged weedless with various plastic offerings may also prove to be the winning edge. Expect these names to be talked about going into the CAN-AM, and when the winners share their secrets with Gulp! and PowerBait Shaky Shad, Power Minnow, Power Grub and Power Pogy. Northland Mimic Minnow and Minnow Spins and Slurpies have been effective tools for several years, and will be part of most anglers’ arsenals. CAN-AM pros “talk” at sport shows across both countries this winter revitalized the notion that casting spoons and spinnerbaits could prove very deadly. Team Captain Parsons selected his 25 pros based on four criteria: 1.) performance at Wabigoon last year; 2.) shallow water experts; 3.) scroungers – guys who can catch limits no matter what; 4.) those experienced with catching walleyes on artificials. Team Captain Butts based his process on overall angling ability, ability to fish artificial bait, past angling history on Wabigoon, sportsman ship, ambassadors of fishing and an overall commitment to the sport of professional angling. Butts said, “Narrowing the pool to 25 was tough. In looking across Canada, I realized there could be 25 from most provinces. I know there are another 25 guys looking in who could compete, and lots more who would do well. But, my guys all expect to win!” Parsons echoed those sentiments and said, “This was one of the toughest things I’ve ever had to do. There are many, many more great sticks out there. Everyone on this list is going up north with the full intention of bringing the traveling trophy home to the USA.”Team CanadaJoe Barron, Dryden, Ont.John Butts, Dryden , Ont. (Captain)Mike Cortens, Dryden, Ont.Dave Cryderman, Thunder Bay, Ont.Scott Dingwall, Dryden, Ont.Dan Dolinski, St. Albert, AlbertaTerry Ewanchyna, Saskatoon, Sask.Lloyd Gillis, Red Lake, Ont.Jeff Gustafson, Kenora, Ont.Shawn Hannah, Erin, Ont.Sheldon Hatch, Perth, Ont.Doug Hartle, Calgary, AlbertaDarren Kennedy, Dryden, Ont.Alex Keszler, Winnipeg, ManitobaChris Kindraka, Spruce Grove, AlbertaLonnie Lundmark, Dryden, Ont.Dean McDonald, Dryden, Ont.Russ McDonald, Dryden, Ont.Brent Nickle, Dryden, Ont.Jamie Robinson, Wawa, Ont.Ted Stewner, Winnipeg, ManitobaGeoff Stadnyk, Grand Coulee, Sask.Wayne Wagner, Winnipeg, ManitobaRandy Wihlidal, Regina, Sask.Lorne Wood, Red Lake, Ont.Team USATom Backer, Fargo, NDMark Brumbaugh, Arcanum, OhioDaryl Christensen, Montello, WIMark Christianson, Walker, WIScott Fairbairn, Hager City, WIMike Gofron, Antioch, ILPerry Good, Brainerd, MNKeith Kavajecz, Kaukauna, WITom Kemos, Oconomowoc, WIJohn Kolinski, Greenville, WIMark Martin, Twin Lake, MIPat Neu, Forestville, WIErnie Olson, Oak Park, MNRick Olson, Mina, SDBill Ortiz, Richland Center, WIChase Parsons, Brillion, WIGary Parsons, Glidden, WI (Captain)Dan Plautz, Muskego, WIDanny Plautz, Milwaukee, WIBob Propst, Jr., Bode, IowaTodd Riley, Amery, WIBruce Samson, Minnetrista, MNRon Seelhoff, Burlington, COTommy Skarlis, Waukon, IowaBill St. Peter, Bay City, MIThe CAN-AM Super Pro dates are Aug. 13-15, with daily weigh-in festivities (free to the public) in the Dryden Arena. Wabigoon and lakes accessible by boat are open. Under the Pro-Am format, each set of partners will be able to weigh five walleyes daily. Amateur partners fish with a different pro each day. Lures will be limited to artificials-only. Pros receive 150 percent cash payback. Every amateur wins merchandise prizes from PWT sponsor partners. Visit www.professionalwalleyetrail.com for CAN-AM details.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: Berkley, Lowrance Electronics, Optima Batteries, Minn Kota, Realtree, Outdoor Channel, Northland Fishing Tackle, The Dow Chemical Company, Fin-Tech Tackle, StowMaster, Reef Runner,Yo-Zuri Quality Lures, Smooth Moves Seat Mounts, Kwik Pfyt Mud Flaps,Yellow Bird Planer Boards, Allstar Graphics, Ram Mounts, Element Edge, Pflueger, Plano Tackle Systems, E-Cell, Cannon, Do-It Molds and Dryden Chamber of Commerce (807-223-2626).2008 Super Pro Can-Am Details1. John Butts is the Canadian team captain and will select his team.2. Gary Parsons is the United States captain and will select his team.3.The event will be a Pro-Am.4. The pro entry fee will be $1,500.5. The pro payback (cash) will be 150 percent.6. Canadian sponsors may mean additional purse or team money.7. Regular TV and Walleye In-Sider coverage will occur.8. Artificials Only!9. Will weigh fish in water (Shimano system).10. Same rules as 2007 will apply.11. Pros will only have their “weigh-fish” in their boats when they reach the timekeeper’s boat.12. Individual trophies will be presented to winners.13. A large traveling trophy will also be presented to the winning team.14. News releases and web sites will promote the contestants, the Can-Am format, the teampersonalities, winners, etc.15. The team captains will be elected for the following year from among the team membersthe 2008 Dryden Can-Am.16. Future sites in Canada and the US will be discussed with the teams.17. Future format adjustments, rules revisions and policies will be reviewed with teams.For more info click here for the PDF.