Ohio Walleye Federation-Mosquito Lake Tournament Sunday 4/12/215

The Ohio Walleye Federation held its first tournament of 2015 on Mosquito Lake on April 12th.  After one of the worst winters in recent memory and even worse than last years. The anglers were greeted with weather on tournament day that was fantastic creating a beautiful day on the water. With the sun high in the sky many of the anglers took advantage of the High Pressure and brought in limits of fish. Anglers reported doing a variety of angling techniques throughout the day to catch their fish. Some started out jigging both in deep water as well as shallow rock bars. Most of the teams that did well fished on the north side of the causeway in the 8-12 FOW trolling either leadcore or mono and using a variety of crankbaits using anything from Shad Raps, to Reefrunners, Salamo Hornets, and Flicker Shads, color didn’t seem to matter and speed was from 1.8 – 2.2 mph. The team of Jeff Metzger and James Dean took top honors bringing in a 5 fish limit of 14.26lbs. The team of Metzger and Dean spent the day on the north side trolling leadcore and mono pulling a variety of crankbaits. Finishing 2nd was the team of Brian Davies and Paul Kerr who also fished the north end of the lake trolling leadcore and mono, they had a total weight of 13.38lbs. The team of Davies and Kerr also took big fish honors bringing in a fish that weighed 5.96lbs. Our 3rd place team was Bret Berkey and Nate Arnold who did a variety of things throughout the day started out trolling on the north side pulled their 5 fish limit and went vertical jigging vibes in a couple of their key deep water spots where they were able to upgrade some of their fish from the morning troll.  Berkey and Arnold finished with a weight of 12.82lbs. The 4th place team of Amanda Yackmack and Joe Yackmack also trolled the north end of the lake in the afternoon and brought in a basket that weighed 12.08lbs. Our 5th place team of Jon Siembor and Keith Whitlatch also trolled the north end and brought in a weight of 12.04lbs.

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There were a total of 33 teams in the field.

Payouts were:
1st -$2000 Jeff Metzger and James Dean
2nd-$1000 Brian Davies and Paul Kerr
3rd -$750 Bret Berkey and Nate Arnold
4th -$550 Amanda Yackmack and Joe Yackmack
5th -$400 Jon Simbor and Keith Whitlatch
Big Fish $200 Brian Davies and Paul Kerr
2nd Big Fish $50 gift card Amanda Yackmack, and Joe Yackmack
$150 contingency bonus drawn randomly for any team not finishing in money. One team member must be present.
$50+ crank bait assortment bonus drawn randomly for any team not finishing in money. One team member must be present.

Raffle prizes included:
Big Ticket item-One (1) Free OWF Entry Fee-$150 value to be applied to any one of our tournaments
$25 gift certificate-Rodmaker’s Shoppe
Church’s Planer Boards
Reef Runner box
Mepp’s box
Redneck weights
Fish USA T Shirts
Fin, Feather and Fur hat

Special Thanks to all our sponsors:
Ravenna Marine-OWF’s ILC Title Sponsor
Vic’s Marine-OWF’s CBC Title Sponsor
Haine’s Marine
Worlwide Insurance
Les’s Bait
Reef Runner
Fin Feather & Fur
Kames
Cisco
Fish USA
Church’s Tackle
Traxstech
Canyon Cooler
Bay Rat Lures
Mepps
Rodmaker’s
Redneck Outfitters
These sponsors make our tournaments possible!!!!

 

Buckeye Sports Center Open House

With the ice nearly gone on local inland lakes and still 60-70% of ice cover on, Ohio’s big Fish Producer, Lake Erie, the 2015 Tournament Season has been on the minds of Northeast Ohio walleye anglers. Walleye Madness Tournaments title sponsor Buckeye Sports Center had a solution to the winter blues, their annual Open House inviting all anglers and boat enthusiasts to come and enjoy the weekend long event. Professional walleye anglers were in attendance sharing their knowledge holding seminars along with GPS/Sonar education classes.

walleye clubThe Walleye Madness Team was on site registering teams for the upcoming tournament season. Walleye Madness Tournaments and their officially sanctioned Walleye Federation club – WT6, drew for one lucky WT6 member and their partner to win a paid entry to the 2015 WMT tournament of their choice. Michael Robertson just happened to be in attendance when his name was drawn. Mike was ecstatic when hearing his name “I’m champing at the bit to get on the water” says Michael, “I’m looking forward to another exciting year.”

WT6 is the officially sanctioned Walleye Federation club for Walleye Madness Tournaments (WMT). The Walleye Federation is the exclusive national organization for Cabela’s National Team Championship qualifying. All official Walleye Madness Tournaments/WT6 events are the exclusive property of WMT/WT6 and their sponsors.

Official events are published at www.walleyemadness.net

Adam Momirov
President: WT6 – Assistant Director: Walleye Madness Tournaments
(330) 904-6446
info@walleyemadness.net
www.walleyemadness.net

 

MWC Team of the Year Koester and Rhodes Excited for Season Ahead

Koester and Rhodes Excited for Season Ahead

Ponca City, Okla.—Feb 3, 2015—After spending the winter months savoring the accomplishment of claiming prestigious 2014 Team of the Year honors on the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit, Jeff Koester and Scott Rhodes are eagerly awaiting a chance to defend their title on the 2015 trail.

Jeff and scott w fish

“We’re definitely excited about the year ahead,” said Rhodes, of Interlochen, Michigan. “Right now we’re still deciding which events to enter.” He was quick to note that the Cabela’s MWC’s schedule, which has expanded to 11 qualifiers on world-class walleye waters spread across nine states, offers anglers a host of options to ponder before marking their calendars.

“With more choices, plus a few changes in timing and locations, we’ve got a lot to consider,” he said. “A lot of it boils down to what dates work out for us, the waters we’re best suited to, and the time of year the event is being held.” While he and Koester’s schedule wasn’t yet set in stone, Rhodes said the annual March tournament on the Illinois River at Spring Valley, Illinois, would be difficult to pass up. “After winning there in 2014, it would be hard not to go back,” he said.

Jeff  Scott 2014 TOY Picture-2

Koester, of Brookville, Indiana, is still getting used to the idea of winning Team of the Year. “It’s still sinking in,” he said. “Consistently putting three or four good finishes together against the caliber of anglers on the MWC is an incredible challenge.”

Rhodes agreed. “Winning Team of the Year was a milestone for us,” he said. Which is no small statement, considering the circuit veterans are past Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Champions, scored wins at a pair of MWC Walleye Madness events, and took top honors at the 2014 Spring Valley qualifier.

Looking ahead, Koester shared Rhodes’ anticipation for the 2015 tournament season. “I’m looking forward to defending our title,” he said. Toward that end, the team is busy rigging a new boat with the latest in walleye weaponry, including Mercury outboards and Optima batteries, and wrangling a mountain of tackle for the battles to come. “In the celebration over winning Team of the Year last fall, putting everything away in a real organized manner wasn’t a top priority,” he laughed. “We’ve got some work to do.”

While the thrill of competition and chance to win thousands in cash and prizes is a compelling combination, both anglers note that one of the biggest benefits of fishing the Cabela’s MWC remains the camaraderie shared between so many of the teams. “Winning titles and tournaments is great, but just getting away from work and hanging out with friends we’ve made over the years is what we really look forward to,” Rhodes explained.

Under the umbrella of The Walleye Federation (TWF), the Cabela’s MWC is open to avid walleye anglers from all walks of life. Registration for all events opened January 2, 2015. For more information, check back often at www.masterswalleyecircuit.com as season info is regularly updated.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is entering its 14th season as title sponsor of the MWC. Official sponsors include: Berkley Gulp!, Abu Garcia, Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, Ranger Boats, The Walleye Federation and Zippo Outdoor Brands. Associate sponsors include: Yellow Bird Fishing Products, Okuma, and T-H Marine. For more information, visit masterswalleyecircuit.com, email info@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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