Jakuz, Zaja win Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League on Winneconne
Jun 6th, 2005 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Jun 6th, 2005 at 12:00 AM
WINNECONNE, Wis. (June 6, 2005) – Boater Clifford Jakusz of Stevens Point, and co-angler Jim Zaja of Cudahy, combined for a total of five walleyes weighing 16 pounds, 11 ounces to claim victory at the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League Wisconsin Division tournament held Saturday on the Wolf River Chain. Jakusz claimed $2,835 plus an $500 bonus for the win, with Zaja earning $1,418. Jakusz and Zaja jigged Lindy Fuzzy Grubs with leech trailers through cane beds in 1-3 feet of water. They reported the wind picked up around 10:30 a.m. and really improved the bite. Jakusz leads the Wisconsin Division points standings with 596. Finishing second were Dennis Skurulsky of Waukesha ($1,458) and Dieter Voigt of Appleton ($729) with five walleyes weighing 14 pounds, 3 ounces. Lynn Niklasch of Oconomowoc ($1,215) and Scott Lietzau of Menomonee Falls ($608) caught four walleyes weighing 13 pounds, 9 ounces to finish third. Jeremy Goddard of Green Bay ($891 plus $225 bonus) and Kyle Harmsen of Waupun ($445) tied for fourth place with five walleyes that weighed 13 pounds, 3 ounces. Also tying for fourth place were James Tiemann of Marinette ($891 plus $225 bonus) and David Palecek of Green Bay ($445) with five walleyes weighing the same. The Wisconsin Division’s next event will be the season-ending super tournament presented by Evinrude July 9-10 on Lake Winnebago/Menominee. 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 http://www.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.