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Paynesville Press - August 15, 2001

Fishing contests end with Sunday finale

By Michael Jacobson

Fishing Contest Winners Summer fishing contests sponsored by the Paynesville Sportsman's Club ended on Sunday with a walleye tournament on Lake Koronis.

Eighteen two-person teams competed in the tournament, which started at 8 a.m. and ended at 3 p.m. at the public access by the five-mile bridge.

Winning the tournament with a catch of six walleyes weighing 11 pounds, seven ounces were Phil Adams and Jim Tosch.

Darron Nelson, left, and Ron Mehr, both of Paynesville, took second place in the end-of-the-year fishing contest on Lake Koronis on Sunday, catching three fish that weighed over 10 pounds. Nelson caught the largest fish of the day, a five-pound, three-ounce walleye.

Taking second were Ron Mehr and Darron Nelson of Paynesville with three fish weighing 10 pounds, three ounces. Nelson caught a five-pound, three-ounce walleye a half hour before the tournament ended, which turned out to be the largest fish of the 32 caught on Sunday.

Doug Schmiginsky and Kip Wendlandt took third with three fish weighing seven pounds, two ounces. Barry Flanders and Denny Spaulding were fourth with four fish weighing six pounds, eight ounces. And John Frederick and Dave Peschong were fifth with four fish weighing five pounds, five ounces.

The Sportsman's Club holds fishing contests, alternating between Rice and Koronis, on Tuesday nights throughout the summer. They start after the opener in May and try to hold two contests per month in May, June, July, and August. Typically, the contests are held every other week.

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