Category: Tournament

 Oct 10th, 2005 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Oct 10th, 2005 at 12:00 AM

Ortonville- Roger and Susan Hugill became “Best of the West” by winning the World Walleye Association West Regional Championship October 8th and 9th on Big Stone Lake.Roger and Susan went into the event already crowned the WWA Minnesota Team Challenge Team Of The Year and Husband and Wife Team Of The Year. After this event they currently lead all teams in points for the title of WWA National Team Of The Year heading into the WWA National Championship to be held next year in the spring of 2006.Though the bite was rather tough on Big Stone Lake throughout the weekend, Roger and Susan started out strong on Saturday by catching four walleyes weighing 9.83-pounds which included the big fish of day one weighing 3.37-pounds. Trolling spinners on a breakline in 8-12 feet of water was the technique the Hugills used to catch their fish.But day two wasn’t as kind to the Hugills. They weren’t able to catch a weigh fish all day but their sizeable basket on day one was enough to carry them through to victory.Second place went to the South Dakota Team Challenge team of Carlyle Schliem and Bruce Dohman. Though Carlyle and Bruce didn1t catch a weigh fish on day one, they came back strong on day two of the event catching only one fish but that fish weighed a whopping 7.86-pounds and vaulted them into second place giving them the honors of big fish of the tournament! Carlyle and Bruce trolled Shad Raps to catch their fish.Third place went to another Minnesota Team Challenge team, Tim Cain and Dan Strehlo. Tim and Dan pitched jigs tipped with crawlers or minnows to catch their three fish on Saturday and one fish on Sunday that combined for a total weight of 7.24-pounds.Those teams that competed in either the WWA East Regional Championship or the WWA West Regional Championship will now be invited to compete in the no entry fee WWA National Team Championship that will be held in the spring of2006 on the Mississippi River to determine both the WWA National Team Champion and the WWA National Team Of The Year.To see pictures of the winning teams or a complete list of how all the teams finished, visit the WWA website at www.worldwalleye.com which is hosted by the leaders in multi media technology, OutdoorsFirst Media.For information on fishing the World Walleye Association, a “Tournament Circuit For Fisherman, Run By Fisherman”, visit the website or call 920-651-1066The World Walleye Association is proudly sponsored by Yarcraft Boats, “The Dry One!”.

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