PORT CLINTON, Ohio – Dave Hall of Chesterland, Ohio, caught three walleyes that weighed 16 pounds, 4 ounces and David Leach of Linwood, Mich., caught five walleyes that weighed 16 pounds, 4 ounces in the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League Michigan Division event on Lake Erie. The tie placed Hall and Leach one step closer to qualifying for the Walleye League Finals on the Mississippi River in Winona, Minn., Sept. 11-13.
In the event of a tie in FLW Walleye League competition, anglers have the choice of a one-hour fishoff or splitting the combined first- and second-place prize money. Hall earned $3,727 for the tie and Leach earned $3,727 plus a $500 Ranger contingency bonus. Hall’s co-angler, Michael Stankiewicz of Canton, Mich., and Leach’s co-angler, Carter Tillage of Rochester Hills, Mich., each earned $1,864 for the win.
Rounding out the top five are David Kolb of Ada, Mich., who earned $2,130 plus a $300 Ranger contingency bonus, and co-angler Robert North of Troy, Ohio, who earned $1,065 (five walleyes, 16 pounds, 2 ounces); Nathan Seiferlein of Marine City, Mich., who earned $1,775, and co-angler Ryan Lescoe of Novi, Mich., who earned $888 plus a $150 Ranger contingency bonus (five walleyes, 16 pounds, 1 ounce); and Dennis Lantzy of Warren, Mich., who earned $1,420 plus a $200 Ranger contingency bonus, and co-angler Terry Crampe of Rockford, Mich., who earned $710 (five walleyes, 15 pounds, 13 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 $133,400 Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League Finals, set for Sept. 11-13 on the Mississippi River in Winona. Anglers finishing in the top 10 in each division also receive priority entry into the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour for 2009, and the points champions from each division will also advance to the 2008 Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour Championship in Bismarck, N.D., Sept. 24-27.
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.
Tournament pros aren’t the only ones winning big this season. With the introduction of FLW Fantasy Fishing, FLW Outdoors offers anyone the opportunity to enter for their chance to land the catch of a lifetime with the opportunity to win $7.3 million in cash and prizes. Players can become a virtual pro angler by signing up for Player’s Advantage, providing them with exclusive insider information that could guide them to a $100,000 victory at every Wal-Mart FLW Tour stop and the Forrest Wood Cup. Player’s Advantage will give them an edge over the competition and increase their shot for a $1 million cash grand prize that will be awarded to the FLW Fantasy Fishing cumulative points winner. Those who visit FantasyFishing.com today can sign up for Player’s Advantage and FLW Outdoors will include a $15 Wal-Mart gift card.
FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world. In 2008 alone the organization is offering more than 90,000 anglers the chance to win over $40 million through 230 tournaments in 10 circuits targeting bass, walleye, redfish, kingfish and striped bass. FLW Outdoors is also taking fishing mainstream with the largest cash awards in the history of fantasy sports, $7.3 million.
For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments, browse FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000. For more information about FLW Fantasy Fishing and Player’s Advantage, visit FantasyFishing.com.
Awards are based on a full field of 125 boats in every tournament.