Day Two of Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour on Lake Erie Cancelled
Apr 29th, 2005 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Apr 29th, 2005 at 12:00 AM
PORT CLINTON, Ohio (April 28, 2005) – Even the best fisheries have their bad days, and this was the case on day two of the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour event on Lake Erie. While forecasts called for improving conditions Thursday, a major storm blew into the Port Clinton area, and competitors were recalled shortly after the field had launched. The second day of competition was subsequently cancelled due to the inclement weather. Pro Greg Schenecker of Watertown, S.D., and co-angler Dale Todd of Janesville, Wis., will retain their lead from day one with five walleyes weighing 30 pounds, 4 ounces. Anglers will be paired with new partners on Friday and competition will resume with the cumulative weights from days one and three determining the top 10 pros and co-anglers who will advance to the fourth and final day of competition Saturday. Rounding out the top five teams are pro Richard LaCourse of Port Clinton and co-angler Joseph Fallaw of McHenry, Ill. (five walleyes, 29 pounds, 14 ounces); pro Patrick Neu of Forestville, Wis., and co-angler Jeff Sather of Montevideo, Minn. (five walleyes, 29 pounds, 5 ounces); pro Larry Lambert of Lakeside Marblehead and co-angler Michael Watson of Spirit Lake, Iowa (five walleyes, 27 pounds, 11 ounces); and pro Mike Schaefer of Fond Du Lac, Wis., and co-angler Don Jelinek of Fargo, N.D. (five walleyes, 26 pounds, 5 ounces). Pros and co-anglers fish for a combined boat weight and are randomly paired each day. The FLW Walleye Tour is the world’s most lucrative professional walleye-fishing series. At the $650,000 million Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour Championship on the Mississippi River in Moline, Ill., Sept. 28 – Oct. 1, pros will fish for as much as $140,000 cash and co-anglers will chase as much as $22,000. Daily takeoffs at Port Clinton start at 7 a.m. at West Harbor Launch Ramp. Friday’s weigh-in starts at 3 p.m. at the Waterworks Park on Perry Street and Saturday’s weigh-in starts at 4 p.m. at the Wal-Mart store located at 4070 East Harbor Road in Port Clinton. The community is invited to attend daily takeoffs and weigh-ins, which are free and open to the public. Anglers from 21 states are fishing. Normally, the full field competes during the three-day opening round for one of 10 final-round slots based on their three-day accumulated weight. Because of the cancellation of day two, anglers will be cut based on their two-day accumulated weight. Weights carry over to day four, with the winner determined by the heaviest three-day weight in this event. Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour 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.