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New Record Set at Henderson Harbor, NY
As 36 teams set out for Day 2 of the Master’s Walleye Circuit Qualifier on Henderson Harbor – Lake Ontario – it was still anyone’s win. Many teams tried to change things up, but the tried and true tactics the day one leaders used took the win by over forty pounds. They weighed in a new record for a one day total for the MWC at Henderson Harbor of 46.65 pounds. Added to their day one weight of 38.42 pounds they had a two day total of 85.07 pounds, that netted them over $9000 in prize money. This team of Steve Gould of Watertown, NY and Christopher Monica of Adams, NY were fortunate enough to find fish prefishing on Thursday and Friday before the tournament. They chose to leave them alone and return during the tournament and it paid off. Day one this spot provided them with the second largest fish of the day and day two they weighed in the largest fish at 10.81 pounds, for the additional $500 in the optional big fish pot.
The bite did not turn on for Gould and Monica on day two until nine o’clock, but their perserverance paid off. Like many other anglers, they found their fish in thirty to sixty feet of water and were trolling cranks – rattlin’ rogues. They were snap weighting them when fish were seen suspended in the water. They made around fifty passes where they caught a fish each time. What a phenomenal day of fishing! Not being a native to New York, I can only attempt to tell you where they were, Guanadierre – and that spelling is as close as to the location as I can get you.
Taking second place was Peter Lewis of Webster, NY and Shawn Hannah of Tottenham, ON. They weighed in a single fish with a weight of 10.63 pounds on day two. This fish won them the second largest fish for day two and the optional pot money, and added to their day one total of 31.78 gave them the 42.41 pounds to take second place.
Third place went to Gary Zart of Hinckley, OH and Scott Bower of Macedonia, OH. They added three fish weight of 28.02 pounds to their day one total of 7.89 for a total of 35.91 pounds. This was all after a disappointing prefishing experience of no walleye. They finally found a spot by the cliffs on Stoney Point where they made loops with Blue Hawaii Reef Runners, forty feet back, running 2.3 miles per hour. The fish they found were 12 to 14 feet down and in 85 feet of water.
Ironically on day one there were 50% of the teams weighing fish and on day two there was also 50% of the teams weighing fish. Thirteen teams were able to weigh fish on both days and we only saw one limit of fish brought to the scales. Day one produced 39 fish with a weight of 235.60 pounds and day two 28 fish with a weight of 218.39 pounds. A great fishery that has seen changes in the past couples years.
The MWC chose a wonderful community to hold their tournament in. The townspeople were very hospitable. I owe a special thanks to Paul Jones and Tommy Fulkerson of City of Lights Boat Group. I was able to take a ride on “UR PLEZURE” Historic Bay Charters to get closer to the launch and take in some of the sites around the Henderson Harbor area. This is a beautiful area to visit. The walleye bite may have been a bit tougher than some would have liked, but you are sure to catch something when you put a line in the water at Henderson Harbor, it may be the six pounds brown trout that kept being pulled into some boats, but all the same it is fishing and it is relaxing. For more results and coverage visit www.masterswalleyecircuit.com .
MWC Press Release
CABELA’S MWC TOURNAMENT RECORDS BROKEN AT HENDERSON HARBOR, NEW YORK
Gould & Monica win with nine fish weighing 85.07 pounds
Henderson Harbor, NY – Local anglers Steve Gould (Watertown) and Chris Monica (Adams) weighed in a record five fish basket of 46.65 pounds on day two of the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit tournament at Henderson Harbor, New York on June 3rd. Added to the four fish they weighed on day one, their two day total reached an all-time circuit record breaking 85.07 pounds – with only nine fish rather than the allotted ten. The previous records were set in April of 2006 by Michiganders David Kolb and Dan Byers on Lake Erie, with 43.52 pounds for a one-day record and 82.23 pounds for the two-day record (ten fish).
In 2004, the first year of the MWC East, Gould & Monica took second place, and in 2005 they captured the biggest fish of the tournament over 11 pounds. This was the pair’s first circuit victory netting $9,104 in payout plus $700 in big fish money – totaling $9,804 in cash prizes. Gould guides out of Henderson Harbor under the name McCrea Charters and fishes the entire summer. The secret to their win was trolling a very small spot-on-spot toward the South end of Grenadier Island. They were trolling 1.6 to 1.7 miles per hour with black and silver stick baits, running 24’ to 26’ down in 30’ to 60’ of water. The secret to their success was working the small 300 yard spot and constantly turning to go back and forth over the same area – over and over again. “The other teams working in our area were making really long passes, but we kept ours to a short distance where we consistently caught fish,” said Gould. And BIG fish they were, with a 9.6 pound average on day one and 9.33 pound average on day two!
Gary Zart of Hinckley, Ohio won the Toyota Tundra bonus of $1,000 for being the top finishing team towing their boat with a Tundra truck. Zart and partner Scott Bower of Macedonia, Ohio finished in third place with four fish totaling 35.91 pounds, worth $2,526, together worth $3,526. Scott Yarman of Mt. Vernon, Ohio won the Ranger Cup bonus of $1,000 as the top finishing team in a Ranger Boat. Yarman and partner Jason Walls of Chillicothe, Ohio finished in fourth place with four fish totaling 30.01 pounds netting $1,822. With the Ranger Cup bonus they cashed in $2,822. Second place went to Pete Lewis of Webster, New York and Shawn Hannah of Tottenham, Ontario for their two day baskets totaling 42.41 pounds for five fish. Second place paid out $4,188. They also cashed $200 in big fish money for the second largest fish on Sunday at 10.63 pounds, winnings totaled $4,388.
The biggest fish of the tournament was an even eleven-pounder from Alan Baumgardner of White Hall, Maryland and Jeff Lash of North Lawrence, Ohio. They finished in sixth place overall with three fish totaling 26.12 pounds for $1,100 in purse plus $500 in big fish cash for a total of $1,600. Fifth place and $1,420 went to 2004 winners Bob Hollingsworth of Kenmore, New York and Jim Navis of Grand Island, New York for a two day four fish total of 28.69 pounds. Hollingsworth and Navis also won two new Ice Armor cold-weather gear suits that they didn’t need for this hot weather tournament, but will be glad to have come fall and winter.
“We’ve always known that the Eastern basin of Lake Ontario held record breaking quality walleyes – and this tournament really proved it,” shared Kristine Houtman, director of the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit. “The anglers know the reputation for size, which makes it fun to compete here. The challenge at Henderson Harbor is putting two consistent days together. Steve and Chris did it this weekend. Imagine the record we would have set had they weighed the allowable ten fish limit – it would have been nearly 95 pounds!”
But it isn’t just big fish that makes a tournament in Henderson Harbor special. Many anglers commented on stage that they love the hospitality of the community. “This is a great place to fish – whether for a tournament or just for fun,” shared Gary Zart from on stage.
Many anglers echoed that sentiment.
The Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit hosted a Youth & Family Fishing Clinic after the day-one weigh-in with the help of NPAA anglers. Sponsors such as Lowrance Electronics, Cabela’s and North American Fishing Club donated rod & reel combos along with start-up tackle boxes. The anglers taught the kids that attended how to tie-on slip bobbers, and then they got to keep their new gear. Toyota donated three new bikes rigged up with rod holders so that the kids could ride their bikes to go fishing. Claire Beshures, age 10, Webster, NY, Katelyn Van Brocklin, age 8, Woodville, NY and Nathaniel Roberts, age 6, from Liverpool, NY each won a bike.
The top six places in the tournament were paid $20,160 plus $1,400 in big fish money and $2,000 in sponsor contingencies totaling $23,560. Currently, Baumgardner and Lash are in the lead for MWC East Team of the Year with Doug Yohe of Bradford, PA and Tim Waltz of Williamsport, PA in second place and Yarman and Walls in third place.
A walleye conservation fund check of $540 was presented to the Lake Ontario Fisheries Coalition (LOFC) from the Cabela’s MWC. The LOFC has nine ponds in place for stocking programs.
Openings exist in future MWC tournaments. The remaining schedule is:
July 21 & 22 – Youngstown, NY – Niagara River and Lake Ontario
June 23 & 24 – Green Bay, WI – Bay of Green Bay
Sept 8 & 9 – Dubuque, IA – Mississippi River
MWC West (Exhibition Tournament)
August 18 & 19 –Ortonville, MN – Big Stone Lake
World Walleye Championship (invitation only)
Oct 4-6 -- Dundee, MI -- Detroit River and Lake Erie
For more information contact circuit headquarters by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org or toll-free by phone at 877-893-7947.
Cabela’s is the title sponsor for the Masters Walleye Circuit. Official Sponsors are Versus (Vs.) television network, Mercury Motors, Ranger Boats, MotorGuide, Lowrance Electronics, Toyota Trucks and North American Fishing Club Associate sponsors are Tommy Docks, The Inhibitor, Food Source Lures, Ice Armor and Farm & City Insurance Services.