With a final-day catch of 17 pounds on June 4, Dave Anderson, Apple Valley, claimed the $64,000 first-place prize at the PWT's Cass Lake tournament.
Anderson's three-day catch totaled 52 pounds, beating local favorite Mark Christianson, Walker, by 5 pounds. Christianson, who put 20 years of guiding on the lake to good use, led after two days. But Anderson, who's fished at least one PWT tournament every year for the past 16 years, finally found the winning formula. His son, Sam Anderson, who also fishes the PWT, said it was great watching his father perform.
"He's still teaching me," Sam Anderson said.
Local pros who competed in the tournament and their place of finish included Bill Grunewald, Merrifield, 30, Steve Fellegy, Aitkin, 43, Charlie Johnson, Merrifield, 51, Rich Boggs, Nisswa, 74, Ted Takasaki, East Gull Lake, 80, Perry Good, Brainerd, 90, Jeff Sterriker, Baxter, 104, Brent Gutzman, Aitkin, 106, and Bob Hanson, Pequot Lakes, 119.
Dave Anderson's previous high-place finish was eighth. He had the heaviest one-day catch of the tournament at 21.01 pounds. Third place went to Ross Grothe, Northfield, and fourth to Todd Riley, Amery, Wis.
The tournament's five-fish limit was achieved all three days by just 10 anglers in a field of 120. A total of 1,176 walleyes came to the scales. Big fish of the tournament weighed 7.39 pounds and was caught by Ernie Olson, Foley. Marty Glorvigen, Grand Rapids, advanced 83 places to win the "Coleman Cool Under Pressure" award.
In the West Division standings, Dave Anderson leads by eight points over another Dave Andersen who lives in Amery, Wis. The PWT Angler of the Year leader remains Tommy Skarlis, Walker. With a first place finish in April, a 10th in May and an 11th in June, Skarlis has a 24 point lead over Bill St. Peter, Bay City, Mich.
The tour moves south to Bull Shoals Lake on the Arkansas/Missouri border. A few amateur openings remain. Entry blanks can be downloaded at www.professionalwalleyetrial.com.
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