Arnoldussen Wins FLW Walleye Tour Season Opener On Detroit

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 Apr 10th, 2010 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Apr 10th, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Trenton, Mich. (April 10, 2010) – Pro Dean Arnoldussen of Appleton, Wis., and co-angler Todd Macker of Columbus, Mich., caught five walleyes weighing 33 pounds, 15 ounces to win the FLW Walleye Tour Eastern Division tournament on the Detroit River. After starting the day in third place, Arnoldussen had a three-day catch of 15 walleyes weighing 101-13 to win by more than 2-pounds over his closest competitor. He took home $31,232 for his efforts.

“I stayed consistent all three days,” said Arnoldussen. “I was in the lake fishing in about 14-16 feet of water trolling spinners; we just jumped around until we found some good fish and stayed on ’em.

“I think the difference for me this week was the fact that I was fishing higher than most of the rest of the anglers. I was staying above the fish in about 7 feet of water.”

Rounding out the top-10 pros were:


      2nd:  Richard Fike, Farmington, Pa., 15 walleyes, 99-6, $3,425

      3rd:   Don Loch, Iron Mountain, Mich., 15 walleyes, 94-3, $2.936

      4th:   Tom Keenan, Hatley, Wis., 15 walleyes, 94-3, $5,946*

      5th:   Dan Stier, Mina, S.D., 15 walleyes, 91-11, $2,957*

      6th:   Mark Meravy, Shorewood, Ill., 15 walleyes, 89-11, $1,713

      7th    David Kolb, Rockford, Mich., 15 walleyes, 87-11, $1,468

      8th:   Jon Bondy, Windsor, Ontario, 15 walleyes, 86-10, $1,223

      9th:   John Campbell, Marco Island, Fla., 15 walleyes, 83-5, $979

      10th: Ed Stachowski, Canton, Mich., 13 walleyes, 80-1, $734

*Includes contingency awards

A complete list of results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com

Todd Macker of Columbus, Mich., earned the victory in the Co-angler Division and took home $2,847. His three day weight totaled 100 pounds, 5 ounces. He fished with Mark Meravy, Alan Szoke, and Dean Arnoldussen over the course of the tournament.

“We don’t catch pigs like this back home,” said Macker, who fished in his first tournament ever. “This was just awesome; I had a great, great three days of fishing. This is like a dream come true, it’s an average fisherman’s fantasy!

“My pros and I were on the lake all three days, yesterday was just non-stop, I was with Alan Szoke and we must have pulled in over 40 fish. All of my pros were phenomenal. I couldn’t have asked for a better tournament debut.”


Rounding out the top-10 co-anglers were:


      2nd:  Troy Cox, Jonesboro, Ark., 15 walleyes, 95-10, $1,139

      3rd:   Joseph Bruno, Strongsville, Ohio, 15 walleyes, 92-04, $854

      4th:   Bruce Frevert, Centerville, Iowa, 15 walleyes, 92-4, $740

      5th:   Rich Carmack, Trenton, Mich., 15 walleyes, 88-8, $683

      6th:   Kyle Schuchard, Essex, Ontario, 15 walleye, 86-4, $626

      7th:   Randal Sterr, Oconomowoc, Wis., 15 walleyes, 84-5, $569

      8th:   Mirko Canji, Belle River, Ontario, 15 walleyes, 83-8, $512

      9th:   Barry Gropp, Walled Lake, Mich., 15 walleyes, 80-13, $456

      10th: Jeff Edwards, Washington, Ill., 13 walleyes, 77-1, $399

Overall there were 48 walleyes weighing 262 pounds, 14 ounces caught by 10 boats Saturday. The catch included nine, five-walleye limits.

In FLW Walleye Tour competition, pros and cos are also competing for valuable points in the hope of qualifying for a shot at the FLW Walleye Tour Championship being held on Leech Lake in Walker, Minn., Sept. 23-25.



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