McCartin Leads FLW Walleye Tour Day Two on Devils Lake
Jun 16th, 2005 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Jun 16th, 2005 at 12:00 AM
SPIRIT LAKE, N.D. (June 16, 2005) – Pro Joe McCartin of Land O Lakes, Wis., caught five walleyes weighing 28 pounds, 15 ounces Thursday, giving him a two-day total of 10 walleyes weighing 50 pounds, 13 ounces to lead the inaugural Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour Open on Devils Lake. Pros are competing for a potential top award of $100,000, while co-anglers are competing for a potential top award of $20,000. While many anglers noted tough fishing conditions throughout the day Thursday, weights were still solid – comparable to Wednesday’s catch. Anglers reported that walleyes are moving a lot and the action is sporadic. Warm, stable weather should make the bite more predictable as the tournament progresses. “I jumped around a lot today,” McCartin said. “Yesterday I was fishing in 5 feet of water, but the wind stopped today, and I moved out deeper. It was slow. We were getting about one bite per hour. But I was the only boat there, so I think I’ve got enough fish there for another two days. That deep pattern should get better each day with this hot weather.” Rounding out the top five pros are Aaron McQuoid of Isle, Minn. (10 walleyes, 47 pounds, 10 ounces); Carl Grunwaldt of Green Bay, Wis. (10 walleyes, 45 pounds, 15 ounces); Kevin Goligowski of Maplewood, Minn. (10 walleyes, 45 pounds, 11 ounces); and Mark Courts of Harris, Minn. (10 walleyes, 45 pounds, 1 ounce). Brian Drake of Merrimac, Wis., leads the Co-angler Division with a two-day total of 10 walleyes weighing a hefty 56 pounds, 4 ounces. Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Mark Magness of Fargo (10 walleyes, 51 pounds, 1 ounce); Fred Gordon of Willmar, Minn. (10 walleyes, 48 pounds, 6 ounces); Heath Fremstad of Mondovi, Wis. (10 walleyes, 43 pounds, 13 ounces); and Daryl Zimney of Jamestown (10 walleyes, 42 pounds, 7 ounces).
Pros and co-anglers fish for a combined boat weight and are randomly paired each day. The full field competes during the three-day opening round for one of 10 final-round slots based on their three-day accumulated weight. Weights carry over to day four, with the winner determined by the heaviest four-day weight. 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 Redfish Series and Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour. For more information on FLW Outdoors and its tournament programs, visit FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000.