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Cournoyer, Peters win Masters Walleye Circuit event in Lake City

Fishing on Pools 3 and 4 of the Mississippi River, Brett Cournoyer and Robert Peters earned a come-from-behind victory in their first Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit event.

Their monstrous 57.98-pound, 10-fish MWC limit earned a $12,180 first-place check, a $1,000 Cabela's gift card, a $500 prize package, and a new wireless trolling motor.

Cournoyer, of Oakdale, Minn., and Peters, of White Bear Lake, Minn., vaulted from 12th place on Friday to the winner's circle Saturday at McCahill Memorial Park in Lake City.

Last to weigh in, Cournoyer and Peters edged James Preissner and Mike Olson, of Andover, from atop the leader board. Preissner and Olson, who are from Hastings and Andover, Minn., respectively, placed second with 50.27 pounds.

The winning pair pulled three-way rigs tipped with a mix of artificial and live bait on size 6 hooks.

"We targeted late spawners at the head of Lake Pepin," Cournoyer said.

In all, the top 14 teams shared a $46,800 payout and sponsor contingencies.

Anglers caught 488 walleyes weighing a total of 1,494.7 pounds. The walleyes were donated to the Frontenac Sportsman's Club, which cleaned the fish and in turn donated the catch to the local food shelf. The MWC Conservation Fund donated $15 per boat for a total of $1,080 to benefit the club's conservation projects.

The Lake City event was the second stop for the MWC Central Division. The remaining tournament will be held on Bays de Noc at Escanaba, Michigan, Aug. 5-7, in conjunction with the Cabela's National Team Championship.