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Walleye Madness Catches On

October 10, 2012
Ohio Valley Outdoors

Something different hovered in the mist over Lake Milton on September 30th as 36 participants prepared for the second event of the 2012 Walleye Madness Tournaments charity event series. One could sense the uncertainty that these normally confident anglers had about what would prove to be a tough day of fishing ahead.

Originally to be held on Berlin Lake, due to low water levels the event was moved to Lake Milton, a lake that can baffle even the most experienced walleye angler during the fall season.

"We may have had greater participation if the event was on Berlin," stated tournament director John Csizmadia. "The upside is that 36 anglers show up to compete in our second ever event, which proved that Walleye Madness has definitely caught on in the walleye fishing community."

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First place in the second leg of the 2012 Walleye Madness Tournaments went to brothers Terry and Pat Hovance with a five fish limit.

The Walleye Madness Tournaments were sponsored by Buckeye Sports Center, Lund Boats and Mercury Marine. Wildewood On Lake Savant donated a seven-day trip as a fundraising prize for the series charitable benefactor, On Target Outfitters, a non-profit youth outdoors group from Canfield, OH. The combined total of raffle ticket sales for the trip and contributions from Walleye Madness participants via the Buckeye Sports Center/Mercury Marine Big Fish Bonus raised $3,500 for this worthy cause.

Lake Milton lived up to its reputation as being tough in the fall. Plenty of walleyes were caught, but fish over the 15" size limit were hard to come by, but someone always figures out the bite and this event was no exception.

First place was captured by brothers Terry and Pat Hovance who also captured the Lund Boats contingency bonus weighing in a five fish limit of 8.55 pounds. Second place went to the team of James Dean and Jeff Metzger, who turned in a five fish limit of 8.10 pounds. Bob Honaker and Kevin Kalinowski captured third with 4.40 pounds and fourth place went to Nick Lary and Steve Wayland who weighed in 4.30 pounds. Clayton Allshouse and Vince Chellino teamed up to earn the Buckeye Sports Center/Mercury Marine Big Fish Bonus with their 2.70 pound walleye. The event paid out 167% of the collected entry fees.

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The combined total of raffle ticket sales and contributions from Walleye Madness participants raised $3,500 for non-profit group On Target Outfitters.

Plans are in the works to expand the series in 2013. For information on future Walleye Madness events visit www.walleyemadnes.net.

Csizmadia is a northeast Ohio based tournament walleye angler. He actively promotes the sport of fishing, organizations related to and that support the outdoors experience, and youth involvement in fishing and the outdoors. For more information visit www.jcfishing.com, e-mail john@jcfishing.com or call 330-881-0994.

 
 

 

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