Paulsen Wins 2011 FLW Walleye Tour on GB

Pro Stephen Paulsen of Peshtigo, Wis., and co-angler Joe Ebel of Waukesha, Wis., caught five walleyes weighing 32 pounds, 6 ounces to win the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour tournament presented by Evinrude on Green Bay. Paulsen had a three-day catch of 15 walleyes weighing 92-5. He won by more than 11-pounds over his closest ...












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Stephen Paulsen of Peshtigo, Wis., and co-angler Joe Ebel of Waukesha,

Wis., caught five walleyes weighing 32 pounds, 6 ounces to win the

National Guard FLW Walleye Tour tournament presented by Evinrude on

Green Bay. Paulsen had a three-day catch of 15 walleyes weighing 92-5.

He won by more than 11-pounds over his closest competitor, Danny Plautz,

in event featuring anglers from 17 states and Canada. Paulsen took home

$55,000 for his efforts.




 




“This is a dream come true,” said Paulsen, who was fishing in

his first ever FLW Walleye Tour event. “I really wasn’t doing anything

special. Like everyone else I was pulling crawler harnesses. The one

thing that helped me was that I didn’t see a single boat in my area for

three days. That really kept the pressure off the fish and I didn’t have

to worry about guys beating me to my spot.




 




“I was fishing humps mid lake,” Paulsen went on to say. “I

really needed the wind to get them to bite in my area so have just been

prayin’ hard all week for wind.




 




“I was trolling at about 1.2 to 1.3. The fishing wasn’t fast or

furious for me the entire week. Today we only caught about six or seven

fish. I use Tommy Harris custom blades in green and gold,” Paulsen

continued. “I am also a fan of snap weights. I think they act a little

like shock absorbers and really get the bite going.”




 




While most of the field played it safe going south to fish,

Paulsen took the gamble and went northeast where the fish are known to

be bigger but can be elusive this time of year. According to Paulsen the

bigger fish are just starting to move north where typically it is a

late summer/early fall bite.




 




Many of the anglers who fished the tournament spent some time

practicing north and northeast but couldn’t get a bite so played it safe

and stayed south. Paulsen didn’t get a single bite during his practice

either but being a guide on the bay he knew that if the wind kicked in

so would the bite.




 




Rounding out the top 10 pros are:




 




      2nd:    Danny Plautz, Milwaukee, Wis., 15 walleyes, 80-13, $15,000




      3rd:     Ryan Jirik, Rhinelander, Wis., 15 walleyes, 79-11, $10,000




      4th:     David Andersen, Amery, Wis., 15 walleyes, 78-1, $8,000




      5th:     Nick Schertz, Tomahawk, Wis., 14 walleyes, 76-13, $9,500




      6th:     Tom Keenan, Hatley, Wis., 15 walleyes, 74-1, $8,500




      7th:     Paul Meleen, Isle, Minn., 14 walleyes, 71-6, $7,500




      8th:     Castrol pro John Campbell, Marco Island, Fla., 14 walleyes, 68-12, $5,000




      9th:     Rob Nickels, Norway, Mich., 12 walleyes, 60-9, $5,000




      10th:   National Guard pro Mark Courts, Harris, Minn., 11 walleyes, 51-5, $5,500




     




A complete list of results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com




     




Joe Ebel of Waukesha, Wis., earned the victory in the Co-angler

Division and took home $6,000. His three-day weight totaled 86 pounds, 8

ounces. He fished with Gil Mollet, Thursday, JD Carr, Friday and

Stephen Paulsen, Saturday to earn his victory.




 




“I couldn’t have asked for better partners,” said Ebel, who made

his first top-10 appearance. “Today fishing was a lot slower than it

has been all week for me. We only had eight or nine bites all day and we

brought six in the boat. This has just been an incredible tournament

and I am so excited to have finally made a top-10 finish.”




 




Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers are:




 




      2nd:       Daniel Leach, Linwood, Mich., 15 walleyes, 79-12, $3,000




      3rd:        Master Sgt. Leroy McCoy, Fridley, Minn., 15 walleyes, 78-15, $1,800




      4th:        Edward Mucha, Shabbona, Ill., 15 walleyes, 78-11, $2,450




      5th:        Wallace Carter Jr., of Lawrenceburg, Ky., 15 walleyes, 75-1, $1,000




      6th:        Shane Frevert, Centerville, Iowa, 15 walleyes, 73-9, $900




      7th:        John Spiegel, Appleton, Wis., 14 walleyes, 71-0, $800




      8th:        Boyd Strissel, Billings, Mont., 14 walleyes, 70-0, $700




      9th:        Buck Gehm, Crivitz, Wis., 12 walleyes, 59-13, $600




      10th:      Edward Piekutowski, Moorhead, Minn., 11 walleyes, 53-0, $1,000




 




      In Walleye Tour competition, pro and co-anglers are also

competing for valuable points in the hope of qualifying for a shot at

the 2011 National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Championship held on the

Missouri River in Bismarck, N.D., Sept. 22-25. Anglers are also vying

for the coveted Angler of the Year title, which earns them a place in

the 2012 Walleye Tour Championship, as well as $10,000 for the pro and

$2,500 for the co-angler.

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