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Post Posted: 01:26pm - Apr 8,10 
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Three members of Wc fishing this event so I thought it would be fun to keep you updated.Here is a good pre-take-off interview with Mark Meravy who won this event in 2007.Good luck guys.






Wet and Windy Start For FLW Walleye Tour on the Detroit River


With rain misting from gray skies this morning, 55 Pro anglers and their Co anglers, launched their boats into the Detroit River for the first day of a three day competition that allows them to fish the Michigan waters of the river and Lake Erie.

The last time the FLW Walleye Tour was here, it was 2007, and Mark Meravy won the event with just over 76 pounds for 4 days of fishing. This year, the FLW is only fishing a three day event, so looking at Mark's three days of fishing that year, his total still would have been just under 52 pounds of Walleye brought to the scales.

I found Mark this morning and asked him a few questions about that year and how things were shaping up for the event this year, and here is his response:

Juls: Morning Mark...you won this event a few years ago...So, how does it feel to be back here again this year?

Mark: It feels good! There's a lot of fish in the river. In '07 when I won, it was kind of a gamble, because we had a big blow that week, and I elected not to go to the lake. It was a good gamble, because the water was too dirty out there.

Juls: During that 07 event, were you guys restricted to the Michigan waters only like this event?

Mark: Yes. It's exactly the same deal...with a nice school of fish out there on the lake, ready to be caught, but this year there is a nicer quality of fish here in the river.

Juls: The wind direction looks like it's going to make the lake fishable today, and I suppose I can't really ask you if you're planning on going there or if you will fish the river, so....

Mark: (laughs) Well, I'd tell you if I knew! I'm really still thinking about it. I mean, I think I could do it in either place.

Juls: So, could you do some time on the lake and then come back in here if you need to?

Mark: Well, no...no...I think if you go out to the lake you need to make a commitment to the lake. Yeah, we're running pretty far, so there wouldn't be enough time to do both, and we would have to grind it out there. Plus, I'm too old! I don't beat myself up anymore. (laughs) Those days are gone!

Juls: Well, how about the rest of the week? Looks like it's going to be shaping up nicely as the days progress. By Saturday, they are saying it's going to be sunny and nice...

Mark: I couldn't get a good forecast. There seems to be too many different forecasts.

Juls: Well, this is Michigan...it's going to change hourly.(giggle)

Mark: Yeah, I think the lake is going to be fishable today...(he drifts off) I still haven't decided.

Juls: Well, what are your expectations going out today? What do you think you can do?

Mark: If you get to the lake and can get to those fish, I think 32-35 pounds is a reasonable expectation. If you stay in the river, I think if you get "lucky" you'll get over 30 pounds, but I think 25 pounds is something you can expect to see. The lake weights are still going to be better, like they have in the past.

Juls: Do you know what the water temperatures are on both the lake and the river right now?

Mark: I didn't see a big difference. Like 52 on the lake, and I saw about 51, or so, on the river. Further up North though, around Ambassador Bridge, it got down around 47-48 degrees.

Juls: For those who are chomping at the bit to run all their pretty special painted blades, are they starting to hit on crawler harnesses out on the lake yet?

Mark: Yes. During the week, after there was a little cold front, I was getting them on cranks. And, then they shut down, and they wanted the meat. Yeah, it changed...it changed. It could really be a good spinner bite, especially if they start shutting down on the crank bite. If it's going to get cooler...I suspect they will.

Juls: Do you think the thunderstorms that passed through here last night will do anything to the mood of the lake fish? It probably won't effect the river fish too much, but what about the lake?

Mark: Well, you know, I've heard that lightning shuts them down, and sends them to the bottom, but I've never really noticed a big difference like that. I think it's us more than it's them. (laughs)

Juls: Well, on that note, I'm going to wish you good luck, and good fishing today! Have fun whatever it is you decide to do today.

Mark: Thank you

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Post Posted: 03:11pm - Apr 8,10 
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Day 1 weights for pro's(boaters) below
Also on co-angler side a couple IL guys in the hunt
1 Richard Dobbs
Woodridge, IL 36.38 5 36.38 5

19 Mark Komo
Downers Grove, IL 28.44 5 28.44 5






Place Partner1 Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Total
Weight Fish Weight Fish Weight Fish Weight Fish
1 Richard Fike
Farmington, PA 36.38 5 36.38 5
2 Troy Newman
River Rouge, MI 36.25 5 36.25 5
3 Ed Stachowski
Canton, MI 35.13 5 35.13 5
4 John Campbell
Marco Island, FL 35.06 5 35.06 5
5 Mark Meravy
Shorewood, IL 33.38 5 33.38 5
6 Dean Arnoldussen
Appleton, WI 33.00 5 33.00 5
7 David Kolb
Ada, MI 32.50 5 32.50 5
8 John Gillman
Freeland, MI 31.81 5 31.81 5
9 Jon Bondy
Windsor, CN 31.44 5 31.44 5
10 Patrick Byle
Colgate, WI 30.81 5 30.81 5
11 John Balla
Bartlett, IL 30.63 5 30.63 5
11 Don Loch
Iron Mountain, MI 30.63 5 30.63 5
13 Tom Keenan
Hatley, WI 30.13 5 30.13 5
14 Paul Meleen
Isle, MN 29.31 5 29.31 5
15 Jason Przekurat
Stevens Point, WI 29.25 5 29.25 5
16 Dan Stier
Clearwater, MN 28.81 5 28.81 5
17 Kevin Carstensen
Merrill, WI 28.75 5 28.75 5
17 Jeff Vereeke
Grand Rapids, MI 28.75 5 28.75 5
19 Nathan Seiferlein
Marine City, MI 28.44 5 28.44 5
20 Dan Hassevoort
Hudsonville, MI 28.31 5 28.31 5
21 Mark Michael
Princeton, IL 28.19 5 28.19 5
22 Brad Davis
Jackson, WI 27.94 5 27.94 5
23 Ryan Jirik
Amery, WI 27.75 5 27.75 5
24 Chris Burns
Davenport, IA 27.56 5 27.56 5
24 Brian Woodard
Belleville, MI 27.56 5 27.56 5
26 Andrew Kuffer
Sterling Heights, MI 27.50 5 27.50 5
27 Joe McCartin
Land O Lakes, WI 27.25 5 27.25 5
28 Roy Vivian
Madison, WI 26.94 5 26.94 5
29 Chris Gilman
Chisago City, MN 26.13 5 26.13 5
30 Jeff Seyka
Milford, MI 25.81 5 25.81 5
31 Dave Kleszyk
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 25.63 5 25.63 5
32 Ryan Rieger
Elizabeth, PA 25.56 5 25.56 5
33 Danny Steffens
Oxford, WI 24.44 5 24.44 5
34 Alan O''Halloran
Amherstburg, CN 24.06 5 24.06 5
35 Tyler Maney
Three Lakes, WI 23.50 5 23.50 5
36 Steve Lotz
Lena, IL 23.13 5 23.13 5
37 Roger Copeland
Inkster, MI 23.00 4 23.00 4
38 Alan Szoke
Grosse Ile, MI 22.00 5 22.00 5
39 Joe Bencze
Bellriver, ON 21.56 5 21.56 5
40 Andrew Oleksiak
Hamtramck, MI 21.38 5 21.38 5
41 Dave Truett
Lowell, IN 21.00 5 21.00 5
42 Jim Clingan
Belleville, MI 20.63 5 20.63 5
43 Bert Blain
Hopkins, MI 20.50 4 20.50 4
44 Rick Zachowski
Milwaukee, WI 20.44 5 20.44 5
45 Jimmy Hughes
Oskhosh, WI 20.31 5 20.31 5
46 Mark Courts
Harris, MN 18.13 4 18.13 4
47 Thomas Means
Bradford, PA 17.94 4 17.94 4
48 Brad Sandmire
Beloit, WI 17.00 5 17.00 5
49 Scott Steil
Richmond, MN 16.88 4 16.88 4
50 Brent Brophy
Milford, MI 16.13 5 16.13 5
51 Kevin O''Malley
Kingsley, PA 16.06 4 16.06 4
52 Michael Kopcok
Bellriver, ON 15.44 5 15.44 5
53 Frank Zator
Manhattan, IL 13.81 4 13.81 4
54 Roy Newman
River Rouge, MI 11.06 2 11.06 2
55 Scott Schiefelbein
Birchwood, WI 8.19 2 8.19 2

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Post Posted: 04:30pm - Apr 8,10 
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Wow 28:44 is only a few more shad for breakfast and Mark could take the lead............Go Mark Go.....

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Post Posted: 08:41am - Apr 9,10 
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Richard Dobbs is on a roll, he was 6th place at Baggo - the guy can Co-Angle :D

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Post Posted: 02:38pm - Apr 9,10 
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Mark is moving on to day 3,best of luck!

Todays Weigh-In is Complete - Un-Official Results


Place Partner1 Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Total
Weight Fish Weight Fish Weight Fish Weight Fish
1 Richard Fike
Farmington, PA 36.38 5 34.19 5 70.56 10
2 David Kolb
Ada, MI 32.50 5 37.56 5 70.06 10
3 Dean Arnoldussen
Appleton, WI 33.00 5 34.94 5 67.94 10
4 Don Loch
Iron Mountain, MI 30.63 5 34.44 5 65.06 10
5 Ed Stachowski
Canton, MI 35.13 5 29.88 5 65.00 10
6 Jon Bondy
Windsor, CN 31.44 5 31.31 5 62.75 10
7 John Campbell
Marco Island, FL 35.06 5 27.00 5 62.06 10
8 Dan Stier
Clearwater, MN 28.81 5 33.00 5 61.81 10
9 Mark Meravy
Shorewood, IL 33.38 5 27.94 5 61.31 10
10 Tom Keenan
Hatley, WI 30.13 5 29.13 5 59.25 10
11 Kevin Carstensen
Merrill, WI 28.75 5 30.31 5 59.06 10
12 John Gillman
Freeland, MI 31.81 5 26.56 5 58.38 10
13 Troy Newman
River Rouge, MI 36.25 5 21.81 5 58.06 10
14 Steve Lotz
Lena, IL 23.13 5 34.88 5 58.00 10
15 John Balla
Bartlett, IL 30.63 5 26.81 5 57.44 10
16 Nathan Seiferlein
Marine City, MI 28.44 5 27.63 5 56.06 10
17 Jeff Seyka
Milford, MI 25.81 5 30.00 5 55.81 10
18 Paul Meleen
Isle, MN 29.31 5 25.25 5 54.56 10
19 Dave Kleszyk
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 25.63 5 28.63 5 54.25 10
20 Roy Vivian
Madison, WI 26.94 5 26.88 5 53.81 10
21 Alan O''Halloran
Amherstburg, CN 24.06 5 29.50 5 53.56 10
22 Mark Michael
Princeton, IL 28.19 5 24.69 5 52.88 10
23 Joe McCartin
Land O Lakes, WI 27.25 5 25.13 5 52.38 10
24 Dan Hassevoort
Hudsonville, MI 28.31 5 23.00 5 51.31 10
25 Jeff Vereeke
Grand Rapids, MI 28.75 5 21.94 5 50.69 10
26 Chris Gilman
Chisago City, MN 26.13 5 24.38 5 50.50 10
27 Jason Przekurat
Stevens Point, WI 29.25 5 20.94 5 50.19 10
28 Mark Courts
Harris, MN 18.13 4 30.75 5 48.88 9
29 Ryan Jirik
Amery, WI 27.75 5 20.44 5 48.19 10
30 Ryan Rieger
Elizabeth, PA 25.56 5 22.44 5 48.00 10
31 Rick Zachowski
Milwaukee, WI 20.44 5 26.44 5 46.88 10
32 Michael Kopcok
Bellriver, ON 15.44 5 31.19 5 46.63 10
33 Scott Steil
Richmond, MN 16.88 4 29.69 5 46.56 9
34 Chris Burns
Davenport, IA 27.56 5 17.63 5 45.19 10
35 Bert Blain
Hopkins, MI 20.50 4 24.56 5 45.06 9
36 Alan Szoke
Grosse Ile, MI 22.00 5 23.00 5 45.00 10
37 Brian Woodard
Belleville, MI 27.56 5 16.50 5 44.06 10
38 Brad Sandmire
Beloit, WI 17.00 5 25.63 5 42.63 10
39 Patrick Byle
Colgate, WI 30.81 5 11.75 3 42.56 8
40 Brad Davis
Jackson, WI 27.94 5 11.81 5 39.75 10
41 Brent Brophy
Milford, MI 16.13 5 23.56 5 39.69 10
41 Andrew Oleksiak
Hamtramck, MI 21.38 5 18.31 5 39.69 10
43 Roger Copeland
Inkster, MI 23.00 4 16.44 5 39.44 9
44 Tyler Maney
Three Lakes, WI 23.50 5 15.81 5 39.31 10
45 Thomas Means
Bradford, PA 17.94 4 20.31 4 38.25 8
46 Jimmy Hughes
Oskhosh, WI 20.31 5 17.13 5 37.44 10
47 Frank Zator
Manhattan, IL 13.81 4 22.75 5 36.56 9
48 Dave Truett
Lowell, IN 21.00 5 10.63 2 31.63 7
49 Kevin O''Malley
Kingsley, PA 16.06 4 12.75 5 28.81 9
50 Andrew Kuffer
Sterling Heights, MI 27.50 5 0.00 0 27.50 5
51 Danny Steffens
Oxford, WI 24.44 5 0.00 0 24.44 5
52 Joe Bencze
Bellriver, ON 21.56 5 0.00 0 21.56 5
53 Jim Clingan
Belleville, MI 20.63 5 0.00 0 20.63 5
54 Scott Schiefelbein
Birchwood, WI 8.19 2 9.81 5 18.00 7
55 Roy Newman

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Post Posted: 11:04am - Apr 11,10 
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Congrats to Mark M for an excelent showing! :allah





Pro Dean Arnoldussen and Co Todd Macker Come From Behind to Win the FLW Walleye Tour Event at Detroit


Dean Arnoldussen of Appleton, WI headed out this morning in third place and only 3 pounds behind the leaders. His Co Angler today was Todd Macker, who was also in third place this morning with 66.6 pounds, and only 7 ounces out of first place.

Together Dean and Todd headed out onto the big lake and set course for Luna Pier. "We got there and the water was crystal clear, and it was about 4 degrees colder, so we just kept on going until we got into some dirty water. We set up, and not even on any coordinates I had fished before, and started catching them all day. Then we kind of went through a dry spell..and we hit a spot where I had hit a big fish during prefish, and pulled in there, and got two triples and one was a 29 incher, and that did it for us", said Dean.

Bringing in a 5 fish limit today that weighed in at 33.15 pounds, that basket brought Dean's three day weight to 101.13 pounds. That's 15 fish for over 100 pounds! "This is an awesome fishery, and you just don't know how lucky you are to have this in your backyard", said Dean. "I live on the bay (Green Bay), and we are truly blessed to have this kind of fishing here".

Winning the Co Angler side is Todd Macker of Columbus, MI. He took home a check for $4,032.00 this afternoon for his efforts this week. He thanked all his Pros for a good time, and said he learned something from all of them.

In second place is the man who led the event for two days. He needed just over 31 pounds to retain the lead, but came up short when Tournament Director, Sonny Reynolds, announced his weight of 28.13 pounds. His total for three days was just under the 100 pound mark with 99.6 pounds for 15 fish. With no contingencies, his winnings were $3,425.00.

In second place on the Co Angler side was the Co leader from this morning, Troy Cox. Troy was paired up with Rich Fike today, so his weight today was also 28.13 pounds bringing his three day total to 95.10 pounds. He received a check for $1,495.00.

Here are the rest in the order of their finish beginning with the Pros:

3rd Place: Pro Don Loch / Co Joseph Bruno

4th Place: Pro Tom Keenan / Co Bruce Frevert

5th Place: Pro Dan Stier / Co Rich Carmack

6th Place: Pro Mark Meravy / Co Kyle Schuchard

7th Place: Pro David Kolb / Co Randal Sterr

8th Place: Pro Jon Bondy / Co Mirko Canji

9th Place: Pro John Campbell / Co Barry Gropp

10th Place: Pro Ed Stachowski / Co Jeff Edwards

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Post Posted: 04:40pm - Apr 18,10 
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Our man Mark 17th in the MWC some nice weights.
17 Tom Brunz
Madison Lake, MN Mark Meravy
Shorewood, IL 28.99 5 31.83 5 60.82 10

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Post Posted: 06:38pm - Apr 18,10 
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Jim will Mark share some of his excitement on the tourney with us?

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Post Posted: 08:48am - Apr 19,10 
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Nice job mark and brunz.

Third Place Big Fish: Tom Brunz and Mark Meravy with a 9.11 pound Walleye

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