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Przekurat Leads Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour Event on Mississippi River

May 04, 2007

RED WING, Minn. – BP pro Jason Przekurat of Stevens Point, Wis., along with his partner, Rob Davis of Casper, Wyo., caught five walleyes weighing 30 pounds, 1 ounce to lead day three of the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour event presented by Evinrude on the Mississippi River in Red Wing, Minn. Przekurat now has a three-day catch of 15 walleyes weighing 62-12. He now holds a 7 pound, 7 ounce lead over the second place finisher going into the final day of competition.

With a $2.71 million total purse, including the no-entry-fee $675,850 Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour Championship on Lake Erie at Cleveland, Ohio, Sept. 27-30, and television coverage on FSN (Fox Sports Net), the FLW Walleye Tour is bigger and better than ever.

With a full field of 150 pros and 150 co-anglers, anglers are competing for their share of a $509,300 purse, including as much as $100,000 for the winning pro and $18,000 for the winning co-angler.

“I've got a good lead but a couple of good bites could eliminate that,” said Przekurat, who also lead on day one. “I will always take a seven pound lead going into the finals any day. I lost a few fish that hurt me yesterday. Today was a little slow. I didn't even get my first fish until about 9 this morning. Around noon it really broke loose and I boated the rest of my limit.”

“I have been live baiting the same area all week. It's a little spot right outside of a backwater lake. I think the fish are in there spawning and when they are done, this is the first place they hit. The fish seem to be replenishing themselves everyday. My weights are getting better everyday. I plan on doing the same thing again tomorrow and just grind it out and see what happens.”

Rounding out the top five pros are Larry Snow of Kenora, Ontario (15 walleyes, 55 pounds, 5 ounces); Chris Gilman of Chisago City, Minn. (15 walleyes, 55 pounds, 4 ounces); Castrol pro Nick Johnson of Elmwood, Wis. (15 walleyes, 51 pounds, 5 ounces); and Nate Provost of Green Bay, Wis. (15 walleyes, 49 pounds, 9 ounces).

Phil Milliser of Plymouth, Ind., leads the co-angler division with a three day weight weighing 60-2. “This is fantastic,” said Milliser, who has amassed more than $30,000 in career earnings with FLW Outdoors. “Words don't even describe it. The whole week has been unreal. So far I have drawn three local river rats that have put me on the fish. I have fished on the boater side some and I thought I was pretty good at it. Fishing with these guys I have learned so much. I have a really large lead but I still can't coast. I still need to go out and catch them again tomorrow.”

Pros and co-anglers fish for a combined boat weight. Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Patrick Bertelsen of Jackson, Minn. (15 walleyes, 50-15), Richard Ness of Ruthton, Minn. (15 walleyes, 45-10), Justin Steinke of Birnamwood, Wis. (15 walleye, 44-8) and Kenneth Brenner of Moline, Ill. (15 walleye, 44-6).

The Red Wing Visitors and Convention Bureau is hosting the event. Anglers launch daily at 7 a.m. from Bay Point Marina located at 420 Levee Street in Red Wing. Thursday and Friday's weigh-ins will also be held at the marina beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday's weigh-in will be held at the Wal-Mart store located at 295 Tyler Road South in Red Wing beginning at 4 p.m. The community is invited to attend daily takeoffs and weigh-ins, which are free and open to the public.

Pros and co-anglers are randomly paired each day and fish for a combined boat weight. Pros compete against other pros, and co-anglers compete against other co-anglers. 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.

Every angler who receives weight credit in a tournament earns points, with 150 points awarded to the winner, 149 to second, 148 for third, and so on. These points determine angler standings. The top 50 pros and 50 co-anglers based on year-end points standings will advance to the 2007 FLW Walleye Tour Championship.

The FLW Walleye Tour Championship is the most lucrative event in professional walleye angling, with guaranteed cash awards for the entire field. A guaranteed cash award of $100,000 plus potential sponsor bonuses totaling $50,000 will go to the FLW Walleye Tour Championship winner for a total pro award of $150,000. The champion co-angler will win a guaranteed cash award of $11,000 plus potential sponsor bonuses totaling $11,000 for a total co-angler award of $22,000.

Coverage of the FLW Walleye Tour event on the Mississippi River will be broadcast to 81 million FSN (Fox Sports Net) subscribers in the United States on June 24 as part of the “FLW Outdoors” television program. “FLW Outdoors” airs Sunday mornings at 11 a.m. Eastern. “FLW Outdoors” is also broadcast internationally to more than 350 million households in such countries as Germany, China, South Africa, Australia, Malaysia, Russia, Hungary and the United Kingdom, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoor-sports television show in the world. Additionally, FLW Outdoors is proud to provide tournament coverage to more than 800,000 servicemembers stationed around the world in 177 countries and aboard Navy ships through broadcasts on the American Forces Network.

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.

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