OSHKOSH, Wi (May 17th, 2023) – Day 1 of the Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s National Walleye Tour presented by Progressive at Lake Winnebago in Oshkosh, WI ends with NWT Pro-Angler Todd Zemke at the top of the leaderboard with a five fish limit weighing 19.05 and leading the Co-Angler field is South Dakota angler Tyler Kroupa.
“I tell you it was nerve-racking at first because I had good fish located in an area of the big lake, and with the way wind was blowing I wasn’t sure what to expect”, reported Mercury Pro and Day 1 leader Todd Zemke. “I got to my fish this morning, noticed the water had gotten dirty, and thought about just leaving to go to my next spot. But I stayed and it paid off because the fish started biting right away. I caught a couple of my key fish early, my co-angler caught one as big as my best fish and throughout the day everything just played out t in my favor. We do not get many days like that on the water, and it also allowed us to come in a little early,” said the Minnesota pro. “I am looking forward to tomorrow and putting my Elliott Rods back to work and I think the fish will hold up, I saved a few, but with the wind change it could cost me too. But being in this position feels good.”
Day 2 blast off will be at 7:00 am CST out of Menominee Park in Oshkosh, WI. With the weigh-in streamed live later in the day as the rest of the over 144 pro anglers will have their sights set on catching Todd Zemike. A look at some of the nearest competitors follows.
Tom Huynh End Day 1 in Second with 17.00
Garmin and Aftco Pro-Angler Tom Huynh used his strategy from practice to capitalize on Day 1 on Lake Winnebago. His plan was to separate himself from the crowd and fish alone. “Today just fell in place for me, we fished alone out there today, and I had a great co-angler, things developed throughout the day, and it ended up allowing me to come in a little early,” said Huynh. “I am really capitalizing on my style of fishing; I am locking one bait into my hand, and it is working. I only fired up the big motor one time to move today.” Tom also went on to say that Garmin Livescope was a key to his success. I am maintaining being able to accurately dial in the depth of the fish and making sure I stayed in the strike-zone throughout the day.
Power-Pole Pro Max Wilson Finishes Out the Top-3 After Day 1
No stranger to the top of the leaderboard is Max Wilson. After watching his roommate JJ DeBernardi take home the prize at Spring Valley at the first NWT event of the 2023 season, Max had a lot of momentum coming into this event on Lake Winnebago. The Mercury Pro went on to comment, “…this was the tournament I thought I was going to struggle the most in, but today just worked out. I am happy with the results, but nothing is on my mind by going back out there tomorrow and duplicating what I have today if I want a shot at winning this one.” The Wisconsin angler weighed in with a limit of walleye for 15.11.
Top-10 Pro-Angler Results:
|1||TODD ZEMKE RED WING MN||19-05|
|2||TOM HUYNH WOLVERTON MN||17-00|
|3||MAX WILSON CAMPBELLSPORT WI||15-11|
|4||ROY VIVIAN MCFARLAND WI||14-10|
|5||MITCHELL DAUN MANITOWOC WI||14-04|
|6||MIKE DEFIBAUGH BELLEFONTAINE OH||14-03|
|7||RYAN DEMPSEY GREEN BAY WI||14-02|
|8||ZACHARY AXTMAN RUGBY ND||14-01|
|9||WESLEY ROBL OSHKOSH WI||13-04|
|9||JUSTIN SCHNEIDER MALONE WI||13-04|
Full Pro-Angler Results Link: https://outdoorteamworks.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/2023-NWT-Oshkosh-Day-1_pro.pdf
Top-10 Co-Angler Results:
|1||TYLER KROUPA LAKE PRESTON SD||19-05|
|2||ROBERT REWOLINSKI LARSEN WI||17-00|
|3||MASON JACKSON BELLEVUE IA||15-11|
|4||CHRIS LANNBRECHT BRILLION WI||14-10|
|5||CHRIS REINHARDT MONDOVI WI||14-04|
|6||JEFF FEUCHT HORICON WI||14-03|
|7||TIM ZIRBEL OSHKOSH WI||14-02|
|8||JARED FEUCHT MAYVILLE WI||14-01|
|9||MARK BEGOTKA STRATFORD WI||13-04|
|9||TIMOTHY BERG PALISADE MN||13-04|
Full Co-Angler Results Link: https://outdoorteamworks.com/wp-content/uploads/2023/05/2023-NWT-Oshkosh-Day-1_co.pdf
Tomorrow is the final day of the 2023 Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s National Walleye Tour presented by Progressive event at Lake Winnebago in Oshkosh, WI where the champion Pro-Angler will win $15,000 cash and a 2023 Triton 206Fishhunter with a Mercury 225 Pro XS. The winning Co-Angler will win $7,500 cash. Final weigh-in will start at 3:00pm CST and can be seen LIVE at: https://outdoorteamworks.com/live/
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