2017-05-25 / Outdoors

Winners boat 10.7 lbs. of walleyes


TEAM DEAD EYE won more than $1,000 Saturday in the Lake Leelanau Narrows Resort Walleye Tournament. Pictured from left are team members Chris Donaghy and Dave Little. TEAM DEAD EYE won more than $1,000 Saturday in the Lake Leelanau Narrows Resort Walleye Tournament. Pictured from left are team members Chris Donaghy and Dave Little. Team Dead Eye captured top honors and $1,075 in the first Lake Leelanau Narrows Resort Walleye Tournament on Saturday, tipping the scales with five walleyes weighing 10.68 pounds.

Team members Chris Donaghy and Dave Little were one of 23 tandems in the tournament, which was spearheaded by resort manager Greg Alsip.

“It wasn’t a bad turnout for how the weather was,” said Alsip, who took the walleye-tournament reins from former organizer Tony West this year. “It was windy and rainy the whole time. We had a very stiff east wind and a cold front that moved in two days prior. That usually shuts fishing down, but plenty of guys got out and got fish.”

Eleven teams came back with fish, Alsip said, and about five or six turned in a limit catch at the weigh-in.

Team Dead Eye took home $800 for the top finish and $275 for the biggest walleye, a 3.87-pound whopper.

Mike Hansen and Ed Gillies of Team Hansen took home $400 with a secondplace limit catch of 8.44 pounds.

Mike McSweeney and Paul Stallman of Team Barrels & Barrels finished third as a team, snatching $250 with a limit catch of 8.03 pounds.

The other winners were Nick Poineau and Sydney Wendels of Team Poineau, who took the “biggest allspecies” title with a 4.31-pound pike.

Alsip said a mid-summer and fall tournament are also in the works. He encouraged those interested to like the “Lake Leelanau Walleye Tournament” page on Facebook to stay in the loop.

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