EVINRUDE ANGLERS TAKE SEVEN OUT OF EIGHT TOP POSITIONS AT FLW WALLEYE CHAMPIONSHIP
Sep 29th, 2010 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Sep 29th, 2010 at 12:00 AM
Sturtevant, Wis., September 29, 2010 – Evinrude professional walleye anglers took a near sweep of FLW’s Walleye Championship event this weekend in Walker, Minnesota. Evinrude anglers captured first, and then third through eighth place at the Championship event. This victory is the 8th consecutive win for Evinrude team members. In addition, all three Angler of the Year awards went to Evinrude team members with Chisago City, Minnesota native, Chris Gilman, capturing the championship tournament title. Meleen, 2010 Angler of the Year, finished in 4th place.
The three Angler of the Year awards went to Evinrude anglers – Bill Shimota for the Western Division, Tom Keenan for the Eastern Division and as announced last month, Paul Meleen captured the overall Angler of the Year title. Paul, an Isle, Minnesota native, received the award with 818 points over six qualifying events, after fishing the required Eastern and Western divisions on the FLW Walleye Tour. Bill Shimota tied in the points race for his division, but accumulated more weight during the season to earn the title. Keenan secured the Eastern Division win with 421 points over three events. Keenan was the 2006 Angler of the Year. The Angler of the Year is determined by the total accumulated points from all six regular season events.
“We are extremely proud of these guys for earning their new titles of ‘Angler of the Year’ and ‘Walleye Champion’,” stated Chris Berg, Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning for Evinrude. “Our Evinrude professional anglers work extremely hard throughout the season and rely heavily on their equipment. We’re glad to have them on the Evinrude team knowing they can trust their equipment and focus on fishing and winning,” Berg concluded.
Gilman, an Evinrude team member since 1996, secured the final win with two walleyes weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces Saturday to win the 2010 FLW Walleye Tour Championship. Gilman had a four-day catch of 16 walleyes weighing 42-15.
“I’ve waited a long time to win this championship,” declared Gilman. “I’ve remained consistent in my strategy and my equipment. I rely heavily on my rig and in the conditions we had this weekend, having the Evinrude on the back assured me I would bring my catch in without any trouble,” he added.
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