Sprengel clinches inaugural NWT title
Sitting in fourth place after Day 1, with over seven pounds away from the top spot, Korey Sprengel was able to make a run in Day 2 of the inaugural Cabela's National Walleye Tour event in Red Wing.
And after hitting his five-fish limit for the second straight day, Sprengel closed the gap and came away with the Pro victory Saturday with a two-day weight of 26.81 pounds.
"I like river fishing; I'm not an expert at it, but it feels awesome to go out there and win," said Sprengel, of Beaver Dam, Wis. "There's a lot of tough competition out there, and to get this win in awesome."
The tournament fishing took place in Pools 3, 4 and 5 along the Mississippi River in Red Wing.
After a five-fish, 16.69-pound day on Friday, Sprengel continued his hot streak with another five fishes for 10.12 pounds. The only pro angler to hit his limit both days, Sprengel goes home with $16,000, a new Ranger 620VS boat and Cabela's Bucks.
"I was going for big fish with the jigs and small fish with the rib worms," Sprengel said.
In the co-angler tournament, Mike Bosch, of Bismarck, N.D., took home the first-place trophy and $4,150 after catching seven fish for 25.66 pounds over the two-day tournament.
With the co-anglers fishing alongside the pros, Bosch teamed with Robert Blosser on Day 1, then Rick Zachowski on Day 2.
"(On Day 1), our first pass, boom -- eight-pounder. All the fishes came at the time they needed to in the first day," Bosch said. "On the second day ... we went into the spot and (Zachowski) said, 'We're going to grind it out. I know the big fish are here.' And sure enough, we were lucky enough to get one."
The NWT makes its next stop June 14-15 at Port Clinton, Ohio, to fish Lake Erie.