Bobby Crow Edges ‘Mr. Walleye’ for Day Two PWT Lead at Mobridge, SD
Jul 28th, 2005 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Jul 28th, 2005 at 12:00 AM
The In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail touring pro anglers found Lake Oahe’s walleyes scattered on day two of the Johnsonville Brats/Mercury Pro-Am. The world’s best walleye anglers are fishing out of Mobridge, SD, and talking about the numbers of fish from 12 to 15 inches in the system. “The future looks great out here,” said day two leader Bobby Crow, Paterson, Wash.Crow overtook day one leader Gary “Mr. Walleye” Roach, Merrifield,Minn. Crow’s 24.03 pounds is a pound better than Roach. Mr. Walleye, one of the seniors on tour at 68 years old, earned his living as a guide for many years before Crow was born, and all those years in a Lund boat. Crow, 29 years old, guides on the Columbia River when not on tour.Keith Kavajecz, Kaukauna, Wis. holds third with 21.76 pounds. A total of seven pro anglers are within four pounds of Crow. The daily weights reflect the PWT 5-fish limit per boat, but only two of those may exceed 20 inches. “The 20-inchers have been scarce, but the entire system has a tremendous forage base (the smelt are back), and several very successful hatches will make Mobridge a walleye destination for years to come,” Roach said.A 7.22-pound walleye propelled pro Dave Randash into fourth spot. Fishing with amateur Gary Stanton, Overland Park, Kansas, the duo split the $1,000 Coleman Big Fish daily money. Stanton is also the leading amateur/co-angler.Tomorrow, July 29, at the Bay Resort, west of Mobridge, approximately $300,000 will be awarded. The first place amateur/co-angler wins a Lund/Mercury 17-foot walleye boat on an E-Z Loader trailer. A Lund 2025 with a Merc 200 on an E-Z Loader is part of the first place pro’s $64,000 prize. The top 40 win cash or merchandise. Activities start about 3 p.m., and walleye fans get a chance to see the pro’s boats up close and personal as they parade them in front of the stage.The PWT works closely with the Mobridge Chamber of Commerce(605-845-2387) and the Grand River Casino (605-845-7104) these business partners: Mercury Marine, Lund, The Outdoor Channel, Berkley, Optima Batteries, Realtree, MotorGuide, Lowrance, MinnKota, Trilene, Frenzy, Blue Fox, Powerbait, Johnsonville Brats, Northland Fishing Tackle, Lindy Legendary Fishing Tackle, GULP!, Coleman, Storm, Boat Buckle, Smooth Moves Seat Mounts, Kwik Pfyt, E-Z Loader, Raymarine, Rapala, Matzuo, Pflueger, Ram rod holders, Gerbing’s Heated Clothing, Aqua-Vu, Save Phace, Plano, Stowmaster.net, Navionics, Access Roll-up Cover, Yellow Bird, DOW Chemical, Dave’s Lures, The State Bank Group, Yo-Zuri and Reef Runner. The PWT is an integral element of the In-Fisherman Communications Network headquartered in Brainerd, Minnesota, and PRIMEDIA, America’s leading producer of targeted media.