BAY CITY, Mich. – Boater Nathan Seiferlein of Marine City, Mich., caught five walleyes that weighed 25 pounds, 10 ounces and earned $3,850 Saturday as winner of the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League Michigan Division event on Saginaw Bay. The victory placed Seiferlein one step closer to qualifying for the Walleye League Finals on the Mississippi River in Moline, Ill., Sept. 13-15. Seiferlein’s co-angler, Jay Gordert of New Baltimore, Mich., earned $1,925 for the win.
Seiferlein and Gordert were trolling crawler harnesses to catch their quality-sized, tournament limit of walleye.
Rounding out the top five are boater Pete Studders of East Tawas, Mich., who earned $1,925, and co-angler Daniel Leach of Linwood, Mich., who earned $963 plus a $200 contingency bonus (five walleyes, 22 pounds, 5 ounces); Jeff Seyka of Milford, Mich., who earned $1,650, and co-angler Charlie Roberts of Melbourne, Fla., who earned $825 plus $150 contingency bonus (five walleyes, 21 pounds, 8 ounces); Dennis Gulau of Midland, Mich., who earned $1,237, and co-angler Sam Christoff of Clarkston, Mich., who earned $619 (five walleyes, 21 pounds, 3 ounces); and Thomas Witkowski of Saginaw, Mich., who earned $1,237 plus $300 contingency bonus, and co-angler Mike Eiden of New Haven, Ind., who earned $619 (five walleyes, 21 pounds, 3 ounces).
Three FLW Walleye League divisions – Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin – each feature three one-day events during the regular season. 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 35 boaters and 35 co-anglers from each FLW Walleye League division advance to the $116,900 Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League Finals, set for Sept. 13-15 on the Mississippi River in Moline, Ill. Anglers finishing in the top 10 in each division also receive priority entry into the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour for 2008, and the points champions from each division will also advance to the 2007 Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship in Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 27-30.
The Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League was created to provide the grassroots walleye angler a chance to compete in professionally administered close-to-home tournaments with lucrative cash awards.
Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Series, Stren Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail presented by Abu Garcia, Ranger Owners Tournament Championship Series, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series, Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series and Wal-Mart FLW Striper Series. These circuits offer combined purses of nearly $43 million through 241 events in 2007.
Wal-Mart and many of America’s largest and most-respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as an FLW Outdoors sponsor in 1997 and today is the world’s leading supporter of tournament fishing. For more information about Wal-Mart, visit Walmart.com.
For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments, browse FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000.