The morning rains didn’t intimidate the 31 boat field in Walleye Madness Tournaments 2nd event at Berlin Lake. Participants were spread out throughout the lake using many different techniques to catch their five best walleye to bring up to the scales.
First Place was captured by the team Sam Cappelli and Ted Jackson. Sam and Ted hauled a nice 18.05# bag. Sam and Ted also collected $150 Mercury Contingency Bonus with being the highest finishing boat equipped with a Mercury. Chris Durkin and Anthony Naples who brought 17.55# to the scales just edged out Nate Arnold and Bret Berkey who were right behind for a 3rd place finish with a 17.50# bag.
Durkin and Naples picked up the Lund Contingency worth $150 with being the highest finishing Lund Boat. Marion Erb and Robert Burkholder grabbed 4th place with a strong 16.90# bag. James Dean and Jeff Metzger rounded off the top 5. The $200 Buckeye Sports Center Big Fish Bonus went to the team of Ryan Cecil and Brock Stence with a monster 7.05# walleye.
Many teams reported catching their fish with jig and worm/minnow combos. Working the shorelines on both north and south ends of the lake. Pitching up into the willows in 1-8 foot of water seemed to hold the bigger fish. Teams trolling targeted suspended fish in 30-50 feet of water using #5 flicker shads. Trolling speeds up to 2.7 mph.
Walleye Madness Tournaments are sponsored by Buckeye Sports Center, Lund Boats and Mercury Marine. The series offers no-membership fee required 100% payout tournaments, plus $500 per event in sponsor bonuses. Cabela’s National Team Championship qualifying is provided by the series affiliation with the national organization The Walleye Federation.
Next up for Walleye Madness is our June 6th Lake Erie Cleveland event out of Wildwood Park.
For more information contact:
Tournament Director-Walleye Madness Tornaments