Hot temps and calm water conditions didn’t hurt the bite on Lake Erie as the full 40 team field battled in the Walleye Madness Tournaments Geneva event held on June 28th. Finding the right school of walleye proved to be critical as the top 4 teams were separated by less than 1.5 pounds.
First place was captured by the team of Chris and Isaiah Shipman. The Shipman’s brought a five fish limit of 38.30# in their victory. Second place was awarded to Sam Cappelli and Ted Jackson with a 37.70# bag. Sam and Ted also brought home Mercury Marine and WT6 contingency bonuses.
Third place went to Don Lint and Don Johnson with a 37.25# bag. Jason Kopf and Rodger Riggs 37.00# captured fourth place. Jason and Rodger were also awarded the Buckeye Sports Center Big fish Bonus with a 9.70# walleye. Rounding out the top 5 was the team of Jerome Dorlack and Randy Eyre with 36.80#. Father and son team of David and Travis Hartman were awarded the Lund Boats contingency bonus for finishing as the top Lund boat.
The prevailing pattern of the day was targeting suspended fish in 55-72 feet of water. Presentations included trolling worm harnesses with variety of weights to achieve proper depth. Changing blade color and lure depth were critical factors in producing catches throughout the day.
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 $700 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 on the Walleye Madness Tournaments schedule is the WMT/WT6 Berlin Lake Trifecta on September 13th and 14th
For more information contact:
Tournament Director – Walleye Madness Tournaments