KIWANIS WALLEYE WORLD 2013
The 33rd annual Kiwanis Walleye World opening weekend was a great success. Preliminary ticket sales estimates show Angler support of this annual derby remains high as the numbers remain constant at the same level as last years sales. One trend that the Kiwanis have noticed is an increase of ticket sales among Anglers from the northern United States and even as far away as Flordia and British Columbia. This event is a major fundraiser for the Kiwanis Organization which earmarks 30% of all ticket sales, before costs, to support numerous community causes.
One cause the Kiwanis supports are kids and this year one of the kids did particularily well and that was Tynika Williams who placed 3rd in the Junior Pike division and 1st in the Junior Walleye division which netted her a pair of new bikes. The winner of the Junior Pike division was Breaden Palmer and when asked if he had help to land the big pike he responded with a long list of family members which drew alot of laughter from the crowd on hand. The crowds who tended to the big tent throughout the course of the weekend were treated to fishing seminars by multiple fishing personalities and in the afternoon/ evening time local bands keep the crowds entertained.
While those crowds were being entertained at the headquarters Sean Robinson winner of the Senior Pike division was out on the water with his daughter chasing pike. He and his daughter didnt even try to catch walleye and never do. They have fished this event for a number of years together and they focus their effort on the pike in the Aldophus Long Reach area of the Bay of Quinte. The pair started out on Saturday with a variety of Rapala Husky Jerks tied on and started casting to shoreline structure. Throughout the weekend they caught approximately 15 pike with the winner caught on Saturday afternoon at about 4pm. The win earned him a boat, motor and trailer package valued at $7500.00
The value of the boat, motor and trailer package of the coveted 1st place Senior Walleye division was approximately $24,000.00 and when all was said and done it was won by Rob Wengel of Ottawa. Rob was fishing with buddies Ed Turpin and Rob Lafferty. The trio have been fishing this event for 11 years and over that time have won a small fortune. In 2009 Rob Lafferty won the Senior Walleye division and 2 years ago he won an outboard motor. Ron Wengel also won a outboard in the past at this event. Thats 2 boats packages and 2 outboard motors for this crew.
The game plan has always been the same which is to fish the night shift and sleep during the day. They started in Picton at midnight and trolled the waters between the Glenora ferry and the cement plant. They are old school Anglers and don't run linecounters reels or planerboards, just straight flatline trolling. Over the course of the weekend they caught 6 walleyes and 6 pike. The winning fish was caught at 2am on the first night, falling to a chartruse/green Wally Diver. After that it was more fishing but it was also a long weekend of checking the leaderboard as they didnt think the 11.92 lb walleye would hold out and as the last few hours of the tournament ticked by they really kept their eyes on the leaderboard.
At one point it appeared that they had lost the lead to a monster 18 lb walleye that took over first place. Many following the board saw that but upon some verification checks by officials it was discovered that it was a simple data entry mistake. The ticket number of the Angler had been entered in the wrong data field. That entry was actually only a 4 lb walleye.As for the winner, Rob Wengel he and the crew will sell the boat as they have done with all past winnings and split the money among themselves. Congratulations to all the winners and see you next year at Kiwanis Walleye World 2014.
1 Braeden Palmer 10.0500 2 Josh Ruttan 9.2500 3 Tynika Williams 7.1200 4 Leah McKISSOCK 6.9600 5 Maxwell Noll 6.7000
1 Tynika Williams 8.8400 2 CAMRON PETERS 5.8800 3 Nicholas Stewart 5.5100 4 David Leiding 4.9100 5 Zack Pomeroy 4.5100 Senior Pike Senior Walleye
1 Sean Robinson 13.4400 2 Colin Wolsey 13.0700 3 shawn brummell 12.8900 4 wayne wolsey 12.8000 5 Charlie Kuiken 12.3400 6 Curtis Richardson 12.2300 7 Mike Sutton 12.1900 8 Larry Miller 12.0800 9 Edward Dennis 11.8600 10 Jason Sarley 11.7500
1 Rob Wengel 11.9200 2 John Grills 11.3000 3 Jeff Lupton 11.0600 4 Michael Ball 11.0600 5 Eric Winter 10.8600 6 charles pace 10.7100 7 STEPHEN BENOIT 10.5300 8 Andrew Ball 10.5100 9 Keith LAMB 10.4900 10 robert chamberlain 10.4200