Curt Baker and Kerry Kleeb Win the NWT Shut-up and Fish on Lake McConaughy
Curt Baker and Kerry Kleeb brought in a tremendous 48.54 pound weight of walleye during the 2 day tournament to take the crown at the 2014 Shut-up and Fish on BIG MAC. The duo weighed 26.06 on day one and 22.48 on day two for the win over the 43 boat field and produced them a hefty $3500 check. “We targeted fish around the sand point area in 18-25 feet of water. ”exclaimed the winners. “We would like to thank Chad Vogl and his staff and the NWT for putting on a great tournament. It was an honor and privilege to fish in a tournament beside one of the best walleye fisherman in the country like Ron Seelhoff! He is a hero and mentor to all of us!”
Second Place belongs to Travis Riley and Cody Connoll who weighed in 10 fish for 46.14 pounds and a check for $2800.
Finishing in third place with 44.58 pounds for 5 fish is the team of Ev Terrell and John Miller. Their finish earned them a check for $2000.
Finishing in fourth place was the one of the greatest professional walleye fisherman of all time, Ron Seelhoff and his daughter Ivy Seelhoff. Their 2 day 10 fish weight of 44.16 pounds earned them a check for $1000.00 Big fish of the Tournament was caught by Dave Brandon and Joe Conroy with a 11.60 pound monster walleye, good for $390.
Check this site for more information on the NWT state Championship and Regional Championship in a few days. Anglers that fished 2 tournaments qualify for the regional and those that fished three qualify for the state championship. Thanks for fishing the NWT!
ERICSON AND LEAF WIN AT MERRITT RESERVIOR
The jig fishing duo of Jason Ericson and Gary Leaf put up a huge weight with a five fish limit that topped the scales at 23.00 pounds to win the third NWT event of the year on May 18th.
Finishing in a close second was the team of John and Holden Hopfer. They weighed 21.00 pounds for five fish.
Third place went to Ron and Seth Green with a total weight of 20.8 pounds.
Fourth Place was the team of Jason Cooper and James Miller with 20.8 pounds.
BAKER AND KLEEB WIN THE SECOND NWT TOURNAMENT OF THE YEAR
Rose Placzek Memorial
Curt Baker and Kerry Kleeb of St. Libory, Nebraska captured the second Nebraska Walleye Trail Circuit victory of the year on Sunday, May, 4, 2014 at Sherman Reservoir. The duo cashed in $2200 for the win as they produced a one day tournament weight of 11.70 pounds for two fish to win over the 36 boat field. The pattern used for the winners was tolling crankbaits on the main lake in 28 feet of water and they caught their big fish on a crawdad flicker shad. When asked about their win Curt answered “It was a nice to have our first tournament win on our home lake. It was a long time coming, but worth the wait. We would like to thanks T &S and the NWT for all of their work putting on the tournaments and circuit.”
Second place and $1600 went to the team of James Miller and Jason Cooper weighing in at 8.40 pounds for four fish.
Third place went to Brian Regelin and Brett Vinzant as they won $1100 for their 8.26 pounds for four fish.
Fourth place and $600 went to the father Daughter team of Tim Hoffman and Kelli Hoffman/Mroczek of Loup City, Nebraska with four fish for 8.04 pounds.
Curt and Kerry with Big Fish of the Tournament 9.14 Pounds
The fishing was very good with 10 limits of fish caught and most teams catching fish. The next stop for the Nebraska Walleye Trail will be at Merritt on Sunday, May 18th. Details Below
Chamber Open- Merritt Reservoir
2014 ROSE PLACZEK SCHOLORSHIP WINNER BRADY RASSMUSSEN FROM LOUP CITY RECEIVES A $1000 SCHOLARSHIP GIVEN BY T & S PROMOTIONS AND THE NWT!
Persistence Pays Off as Brandon and Conroy Win First NWT Event and $3200
The bite was a tough one on Sherman Reservoir for the annual Trade Winds Marina Ice Out Tournament April 12 and 13, 2014. Fortunately, for the team of Dave Brandon and Joe Conroy it was a little different, as they win the 33 boat field with a winning weight of 10.04 pounds. Persistence paid off for Brandon and Conroy as were casting the face of the dam the majority of the day. “We casted number 5 and 7 shad raps in 2-6 feet of water parallel to the dam. We have worked really hard for a long time to win a NWT tournament. We want to thank everyone for putting on such a great event. The NWT has an elite group of fisherman that are always extremely tough competitors.” Commented Brandon after their first ever NWT win. The win cashed the duo a check for $3200. Everyone in the field knew with such a tough bite that every fish was important if they wanted to cash a check. Indeed it was very true. Finishing in second place was the team of Mike Woerth and James Paul with one fish for 2.82 pounds and Big Fish of the tournament earning them a total payday of $2325 cash. Finishing 3rd for $950 was Justin Heflin and Ethan Penner with 1.98 pounds. Tied for Fourth and spitting $650 with 1.91 pounds was Mark and Michelle Leeds and Justin Hampton and Josh Tuenge.
Nebraska Walleye Trail Announces 2014 Tournament Schedule Sherman Reservoir- Trade Winds Marina
Saturday & Sunday, April 12th and 13th
Sherman Reservoir- Rose Placzek Memorial
Sunday, May 4th
Merritt Reservoir- Chamber Open
Sunday, May 18th
Lake McConaughy- Big Mac Shut Up and Fish
Saturday & Sunday, June 7th and 8th
Cabela’s NWT State Championship- Lake McConaughy
Sunday, September 7th
Regional Champtionship Qualifier- Lake Oahe, Pierre, SD
Saturday & Sunday, July 26th & 27th
Highlighting the 2014 season will be 4 regular season qualifying Tournaments (2 one day events, 2 two day events)
Cabela’s State Championship Qualifier -TBA (to qualify teams must fish in 3 regular season tournaments)
Team of the Year, Chargers of the Year, Locators of the Year, Top Ten Awards (Anglers that finish in the top ten in points will be awarded cash and prizes at the awards banquet at the end of the season.)
2014 Cabela’s National Team Championship Qualifying Circuit- qualification available. Teams that are Walleye Federation members by June 7th qualify first.
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