LaCourse Wins Walmart FLW Walleye League Michigan Division Event on Lake Erie
Jun 23rd, 2009 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Jun 23rd, 2009 at 12:00 AM
MONROE, Mich. (June 23, 2009) – Rick LaCourse of Port Clinton, Ohio, caught five walleyes that weighed 31 pounds, 11 ounces and earned $2,170 Saturday as winner of the Walmart FLW Walleye League Michigan Division event on Lake Erie. LaCourse’s co-angler, Mark Lyons of Marion, Ind., earned $1,085 for the win.
Lacourse said he caught his fish using custom made spinners fishing seven miles east of Kelley’s Island.
Rounding out the top five are Erik Furseth of East Lansing, Mich., who earned $1,085 and co-angler Kenneth Setser of Lapeer, Mich., who earned $543 (five walleyes, 28 pounds, 5 ounces); John Allen of Mansfield, Ohio, who earned $930 and co-angler Thomas Kaus of Lake Zurich, Ill., who earned $465 (five walleyes, 26 pounds, 14 ounces); Ed Stachowski of Canton, Mich., who earned $775 and co-angler Ken Lynce of Kirtland, Ohio, who earned $388 (five walleyes, 26 pounds, 7 ounces) and Rich Mealey of Westerville, Ohio, who earned $620 and co-angler Zak Jobes of Norton, Ohio, who earned $310 (five walleyes, 26 pounds).
Boaters and co-anglers are randomly paired for the event and fish for a combined boat weight. Boaters compete against other boaters, and co-anglers compete against other co-anglers. Cash payouts extend through 20th place based on a full field of 100 boats.
Four FLW Walleye League divisions – Michigan, Minnesota, Heartland and Wisconsin – each feature three one-day events. Every angler who receives weight credit earns points, with 100 points awarded to the winner, 99 for second, 98 for third, and so on. These points determine angler standings.
The top 30 boaters and top 30 co-anglers from each FLW Walleye League division at the end of the season advance to the 2009 Walmart FLW Walleye League Finals set for Sept. 17-19 on Lake Wissota in Chippewa Falls, Wis., where they will compete for a Ranger 621 powered by a 200 horsepower Evinrude or Yamaha outboard and a Ranger Reata 1760 Angler, respectively. Anglers competing in the no-entry-fee League Finals may also participate in an optional payout that could boost boater winnings by $8,400 and co-angler winnings by $4,200 based on 120 boaters and co-anglers participating. The fee for participation in the optional payout is $300 for boaters and $150 for co-anglers. Qualifiers may elect to participate any time after qualifying through the Sept. 16 FLW Walleye League Finals pretournament meeting. Please check the online rules to view the payout table.
The boater and co-angler point’s champions from each division also advance to the no-entry-fee 2009 Walmart FLW Walleye Tour Championship in Bismarck, N.D., Sept. 30-Oct. 3 for a chance to compete for as much as $150,000 in the Pro Division and $20,000 in the Co-angler Division. Anglers finishing the season in the top 10 in each division also receive priority entry into the Walmart FLW Walleye Tour for 2010.
The third and final regular-season event for Heartland Division anglers will be on the Illinois River in Spring Valley, Ill., Aug. 1.
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