Could Bob Propst Jr Repeat at Chamberlain?
Apr 5th, 2007 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Apr 5th, 2007 at 12:00 AM
Showing his Super Pro status, In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail pro angler Bob Propst, Jr., captured the day one lead at Chamberlain, SD. Propst from Bode, Iowa, won the PWT tournament at Chamberlain last season.This tournament, the Berkley/Lund Pro-Am, the first Regional Series event presented by MotorGuide, will conclude Friday, April 6. Cold, windy weather forced cancellation of day one, but calm conditions greeted anglers today. The temperatures were unlike typical springtime in South Dakota, starting at 20 degrees, and under a hazy sky with sun peeking through, the afternoon temperatures couldn’t push above freezing.Walleye anglers persevered with layers and layers of warm clothing and Gore-Tex. Many wore Gerbing’s heated foul weather suits. With the winds almost calm until 2 p.m., fishing was actually better than most anglers expected, with 64 percent catching 5-fish limits.Propst stuck with jigs and Berkley PowerBait Power Minnows, casting shallow bluff-banks and rocky shorelines for 11.14 pounds. This is the same presentation he won $55,000 with last year. However, today, at least one-third of the field cast Power Minnows. Trolling in the 25 to 30 foot depths with leadcore and crankbaits provided Steve Alverson, Chester, SD with second place (10.69 pounds) and the Coleman Big Fish at five pounds.Holding third place is veteran pro Mike Gofron, Antioch, Illinois, with 10.51 pounds. Two rookie pros are in fourth and fifth, both with 10 pounds. Eric Schuelke, Jackson, Wis., and Chad Shilling, Akaska, SD, are proud of their first PWT tournament day.Anglers head out tomorrow morning and weigh-in at 5 p.m., at Cedar Shore Resort, on the scenic Missouri River. With the size limits and under the no-upgrade rule, each boat with one pro and one amateur/co-angler could weigh two walleyes over 20 inches and three from 15 to 20 inches, or all five from 15 to 20 inches. Of the 473 walleyes and saugers weighed, fewer than 20 exceeded the 20-inch mark.Following Chamberlain, the MotorGuide Regional series heads east to Winneconne, Wis. for the Johnsonville Brats Pro-Am April 25-27.The PWT is an integral element of the In-Fisherman Communications Network headquartered in Baxter, Minnesota, and INTER-MEDIA, America’s leading producer of targeted media. PWT promotional partners include: Mercury Marine, Lund Boats, Berkley, Lowrance Electronics, Optima Batteries, Minn Kota, Realtree, MotorGuide, Johnsonville Brats, Outdoor Channel, Coleman, Northland Fishing 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, Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge, E-Cell, Cannon, Fin-Tech Tackle and Do-It Mold, Chamber at 605-234-4416 and Cedar Shore Resort, 605-734-6376