Bradt, Berscheid Win Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League Event on Mille Lacs
May 31st, 2005 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified May 31st, 2005 at 12:00 AM
AITKIN, Minn. (May 30, 2005) – Boater Geoff Bradt of Osceola, Wis., and co-angler Rick Berscheid of Long Prairie combined for a total of five walleyes weighing 13 pounds to claim victory at the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League Minnesota Division tournament held Saturday on Mille Lacs. Bradt claimed $2,485 plus a $500 bonus for the win, with Berscheid earning $1,243 plus a $250 bonus. Bradt and Berscheid trolled mid-lake mud flats in 25 feet of water with 1/2-ounce Lindy Rigs on 12-foot leaders to catch their tournament-winning limit of walleyes. Finishing second were Mark Leadens of Elk River ($1,278 plus $400 bonus) and Todd Springer of Luck, Wis. ($639 plus $200 bonus) with five walleyes weighing 12 pounds, 5 ounces. Scott Lamoreaux of Coon Rapids ($1,065 plus $300 bonus) and John Grahek Jr. of Grand Forks, N.D. ($533) caught five walleyes weighing 11 pounds, 11 ounces to finish third. Kirk Decamp of Rockford ($923) and Dennis Springer of Luck, Wis. ($461) claimed fourth place with four walleyes that weighed 10 pounds, 4 ounces. Finishing fifth were Dan Krukow of Rochester ($639 plus $200 bonus) and Chad Smith of Maple Grove ($319) thanks to a four-walleye catch that weighed 8 pounds, 10 ounces. The Minnesota Division’s next event will be June 25 on Cass Lake. Boaters and co-anglers who finish in the top 35 in final points standings in each FLW Walleye League division will advance to the no-entry-fee $115,000 Wal-Mart FLW League Finals Sept. 8-10 on the Mississippi River in Winona, Minn. The winning boater at the finals will receive an Evinrude-or Yamaha-powered Ranger 621 boat. Every angler who receives weight credit in a tournament earns points, with 200 points awarded to the winner, 199 points for second, and so on, except for Super Tournaments, which award 300 points to the winner, 298 to second, and so on. FLW Walleye League boaters and co-anglers fish together for a combined boat weight, with boaters competing against other boaters and co-anglers fishing against other co-anglers. The Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League meets the needs of America’s fishing masses by providing professionally administered, close-to-home, affordable events with lucrative cash purses. Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League and seven other national tournament circuits offering a combined $30 million in awards through 214 events in 2005. The 27-year-old organization is the purveyor of America’s largest and most prestigious fishing tournaments, including the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, EverStart Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour and Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series. For more information on FLW Outdoors and its tournament programs, visit FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000. Wal-Mart and many of America’s largest and most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as title sponsor of the FLW Tour in 1997 and today is the title sponsor of all FLW Outdoors events. For more information on Wal-Mart, visit Wal-Mart.com.