UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Hartwell

Record-setting catch earns Neu first FLW Walleye Tour victory

Record-setting catch earns Neu first FLW Walleye Tour victory
Pat Neu claimed $87,000 for his first-place finish on Green Bay.

GREEN BAY, Wis. - Following Alvin Shaw's lead from the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Patrick Neu became the latest perennial bridesmaid to claim his first victory in FLW Outdoors competition. In winning the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour event on Green Bay, Neu set the record for the largest four-day total weight in the infancy of the FLW Walleye Tour and earned an $87,000 paycheck.

A visibly exhausted Neu relished his first victory on tour.

"It's been a long time coming, but we finally did it," gasped Neu. "We didn't have our best day by any means; it was tough. I was bummed coming into the launch, but I knew I gave it everything I had. I'm quite frankly surprised it stood up."

Pat Neu and Mark Cottingham caught five walleyes that weighed 15 pounds, 7 ounces on day four.Neu and his partner Mark Cottingham caught five walleyes on day four that weighed 15 pounds, 7 ounces, bringing his combined total weight to 111 pounds, 8 ounces. Saturday was the first day the Forestville, Wis., native was unable to catch 30 or more pounds. Neu said his first spot along the Ocono River was largely unproductive, and he was forced to go to Plan B.

"We were forced to run down to the lower bay, where we caught a bunch of fish. I'm really glad I prefished it."

Neu knows exactly where the winnings are headed.

"I just retired after the Lake Erie event," he said. "This money is going in the bank. It'll make retirement more comfortable."

Schuette had his shot, finishes in second

Pat Schuette proudly displays his largest walleye from day four.Pat Schuette came into day four trailing Neu by nearly a 6-pound margin. He felt optimistic about his chances, so long as the wind cooperated. After completing the trip to his early morning spot, he knew he was in trouble.

"We ran about 20 miles to our spot," he said. "As soon as we got there, we could see the sand about 8 feet down, which I knew wasn't good. Plus, there were already six or eight boats there."

Schuette was still able to manage a five-walleye limit that weighed 17 pounds, 8 ounces. The Manitowoc, Wis., native's total combined weight was 107 pounds, 12 ounces, which earned him a check for $18,500.

"I thought maybe I had a shot at it," said Schuette. "I knew it was going to be tight. I lost five or six fish today and had several big ones on."

Stier stays the course, moves up to third

Dan Stier holds up his largest walleye from day four on Green Bay.Dan Stier brought in the largest sack on day four and moved from 10th place all the way to third. Stier caught five walleyes on day four that weighed 36 pounds, 10 ounces, including a 10-pound, 6-ounce kicker. His four-day total weight was 106 pounds, 14 ounces.

The Pierre, S.D., resident said he caught the majority of his walleyes close to the launch. "From the boat landing, you could probably see us fishing."

Stier said, when the big fish hit, he was unable to get the planer board off the line. "It was stuck, so we grabbed the line and brought the fish in hand-over-hand."

Stier's huge sack netted him $22,500 thanks to $11,000 in contingencies.

Plautz takes fourth

Dan Plautz placed fourth in the FLW Walleye Tour event on Green Bay.Finishing in fourth place was Muskego, Wis., native Dan Plautz. Plautz caught five walleyes Saturday, bringing his four-day total to 98 pounds, 13 ounces.

"My last four days were kind of a roller coaster, but I was fortunate enough to make the cut."

Plautz's fourth-place finish earned him $8,550.

Morris fifth

Troy Morris caught 20 pounds, 2 ounces on day four and finished in fifth place.Troy Morris earned $12,700 and finished in fifth place with a four-day total weight of 98 pounds, 13 ounces. On Saturday, Morris managed four walleyes that weighed 20 pounds, 2 ounces.

Rest of the best

Rounding out the top 10 pro finalists at the FLW Walleye Tour event on Green Bay:

6th: Mark Keenan of Appleton, Wis., 94-5
7th: Greg Darsow of Billings, Mont., 91-8
8th: Scott Allen of Green Bay, Wis., 91-0
9th: Tom Keenan of Hatley, Wis., 81-11
10th: Tom Zollar of Green Bay, Wis., 80-6

FLW Walleye Tour competition resumes June 15-18 for the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour Open on Devils Lake in Spirit Lake, N.D.

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