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Sprengel Wins National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Event At Bays de Noc

Sprengel Wins National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Event At Bays de Noc
Mercury pro Korey Sprengel of Beaver Dam, Wis., won his first National Guard FLW Walleye Tour title at the age of 24 with a three-day total weight of 77 pounds, 1 ounce.

ESCANABA, Mich. - Walleye pro Korey Sprengel of Beaver Dam, Wis., caught a five-walleye limit weighing 23 pounds, 4 ounces Saturday to win $50,000 at the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour at Bays de Noc with a three-day catch of 15 walleyes weighing 77 pounds, 1 ounce.

The catch gave him the win over pro Ryan Dempsey of Oneida, Wis., who caught a total of 15 walleye weighing 77-1 and earned $15,400. Although the top two competitors actually had the same weight, FLW rules state the tiebreaker goes to the angler who had finished higher in the standings on the previous tournament day. Because Sprengel held the lead over Dempsey on day two, he was awarded the victory and crowned champion.

"This feels so great," said Sprengel, who claimed his first Walleye Tour title in only his third event. "I could not possibly feel any better than I do right now."

The 24 year-old pro made a key decision Saturday afternoon to switch to crankbaits after having fished the previous two days using only spinners with crawler harnesses.

"It got real tough this afternoon, and I'm not really sure why," Sprengel said. "I only had about two hours of fishing time left and I needed one more fish, and it had to be a good one. I couldn't get a bite, I think I had just pounded my area too long. I knew that they had been biting on crankbaits earlier this week, so I made the decision to switch and cover more water and hopefully find an active fish. I made the switch to a Rapala Down Deep Husky Jerk, and it wasn't five minutes later and I got hit. It ended up being a 26-incher and definitely was the difference for me today."

Sprengel fished one main area throughout the entire event. Although the crankbait turned out to be the difference maker for him, the majority of his walleyes came on the crawler harnesses and spinners.

"I was using size 41/2 willow blades and size 6 Colorado blades all week. Chartreuse and gold were the hot colors for me," said Sprengel. "The area I was fishing is an underwater shoal over in Big Bay de Noc. It's about a 20-mile run from the launch site. Dusty (Minke) and Bill (Shimota) were fishing the same area all week as well. It was about a mile across, and the key was just locating the fish based on the wind and current. The deepest point was about 22 feet, but I was fishing as shallow as 14 feet."

The weights brought in by tournament anglers throughout this event were much higher than originally predicted by most. Sprengel however, said he suspected that his area was holding the fish needed to win this event.

"I knew that Lake Michigan was capable of producing these weights, and my final weight was pretty close to what I had expected coming in," Sprengel said. "I just didn't think everyone else would have the weight as well. Most of the guys fishing were on the west shore, and they really had perfect conditions this week. Any wrong wind on the west shore in the Cedar River area and that bite is just done. So it was surprising to see so many big weights."

Sprengel had hoped to fish the entire FLW Walleye Tour this season, but couldn't afford it financially. After his win Saturday, Sprengel now has the confidence and the bankroll to compete against the best walleye anglers in the world next season.

All you can do is your best, every day," said Sprengel. "This win definitely gives me the confidence and reassures me that I'm doing well. I'll be fishing the Tour full-time next year, and I can't wait for that. I'm ready to start right now."

Final results for the top 10 pros at Bays de Noc are:

1st: Korey Sprengel, Beaver Dam, Wis., 15 walleyes, 77-1, $50,000
2nd: Ryan Dempsey, Oneida, Wis., 15 walleyes, 77-1, $15,400
3rd: Danny Plautz, Madison, Wis., 15 walleyes, 73-1, $10,900
4th: Ross Grothe, Northfield, Minn., 14 walleyes, 70-7, $9,100
5th: John Schneider, Shawano, Wis., 15 walleyes, 70-3, $8,200
6th: National Guard pro Bill Shimota, Lonsdale, Minn., 15 walleyes, 70-3, $8,800
7th: Derek Parker, Skandia, Mich., 15 walleyes, 67-2, $6,400
8th: Nick Schertz, Tomahawk, Wis., 13 walleyes, 60-6, $5,500
9th: Chad Schilling, Akasaka, S.D., 12 walleyes, 59-14, $4,050
10th: Dusty Minke, Forest Lake, Minn., 12 walleyes, 56-5, $5,100

William Bay of Berlin, Wis., earned the victory in the Co-angler division to take home $6,000. He posted a three-day weight of 15 walleyes totaling 78 pounds, 7 ounces

Final results for the top 10 co-anglers at Bays de Noc are:

1st: William Bay, Berlin, Wis., 15 walleyes, 78-7, $6,000
2nd: Phillip Riccio Jr., Huntley, Ill., 15 walleyes, 77-2, $2,700
3rd: Kenny Brenner, Moline, Ill., 15 walleyes, 72-12, $1,800
4th: Douglas Ripperger, Eldridge, Iowa, 14 walleyes, 69-15, $1,440
5th: David Klamfoth, Waverly, Iowa, 15 walleyes, 67-5, $1,260
6th: Todd Rieder, Fond du Lac, Wis., 15 walleyes, 66-8, $1,080
7th: Keith Hahn, McHenry, Ill., 15 walleyes, 64-8, $900
8th: Steve Beasley, Macomb, Mich., 12 walleyes, 58-2, $720
9th: MSG Leroy McCoy, Fridley, Minn., 13 walleyes, 57-8, $630
10th: Tyrone Larson, Amherst, Wis., 12 walleyes, 53-9, $540

Final results for the remaining field can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.

Overall there were 41 walleyes weighing 187 pounds, 8 ounces caught by 10 boats Saturday. The catch included six five-walleye limits.

In FLW Walleye Tour competition, pro and co-anglers are competing for valuable points in the hope of qualifying for a shot at the 2012 National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Championship which will be held on the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities Oct. 25-28.

Anglers also competed for the coveted 2012 National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Angler of the Year title in 2012 that was determined by the most points accumulated over the five-tournament season.

Walleye pro Chad Schilling of Akasaka, S.D., wrapped up his season-long journey for the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Angler of the Year title Friday. For his efforts, Schilling received $10,000 and an automatic berth into the 2013 National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Championship.

Co-angler C.J. Johnson of Monticello, Iowa was awarded the National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Co-Angler of the Year title Saturday for his stellar 2012 season. For his efforts, Johnson received $2,500 for the title and an automatic berth into the 2013 National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Championship.

The National Guard FLW Walleye Tour at Bays de Noc was hosted by the Bays de Noc Convention & Visitors Bureau and was the final National Guard FLW Walleye Tour tournament of the 2012 season. The 2012 National Guard FLW Walleye Tour Championship will be the next tournament and will be held Oct. 25-28 on the Mississippi River in the Quad Cities. The event will be hosted by the Quad Cities Convention & Visitors Bureau. Boats will launch from Centennial Park in Davenport, Iowa.

Coverage of the Bays de Noc tournament will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network when "FLW" airs Oct. 21 from 1-2 p.m. ET. "FLW" is hosted by Chip Leer and is broadcast to more than 559 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWOutdoors.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

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