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Tyler Currie and Jason Merickel, six walleyes weighing 17 pounds. Submitted photos.

Currie-Merickel team captures Sportsmen's Club Fishing Tourney

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Currie-Merickel team captures Sportsmen's Club Fishing Tourney
Perham Minnesota 222 2nd Avenue SE 56573

OTTERTAIL -- The 18th annual Lake Country Sportsmen's Club Fishing Tournament was held on June 10.

The team of Tyler Currie, of Battle Lake, and Jason Merickel, of Wadena, won the tournament.

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The Otter Tail Lake tournament featured 50 teams form 36 different communities in Minnesota, North Dakota and California.

A record 33 of 50 tams presented their tournament limit of six fish (15-inch minimum) per boat at the weigh-in station.

For comparison, in the club's 2007 and 2008 tournaments, only nine of 50 teams were able to bring in their limits.

The largest walleye caught (5-pounds, 12-ounces) in this catch-and-release tournament was by Rothsay-Fergus Falls native Dave Goltz, who was also a member of the second place team.

The top ten teams shared over $6,700 in prize money. In addition, local businesses donated over $2,800 worth of door prizes and other gifts.

Tournament top 10:

1. Currie and Merickel, $2,000 and trophies

2. Goltz and Steve Schierer, $1,000 and trophies

3. Todd and Elman becker, $700 and trophies

4. Jake and Brad Carr $600

5. Blaine and Brent Larson $500

6. Bruce and Jared Erickson $425

7. Jared and Brandon Carr $400

8. Nick Hovland and Ross Meyer $375

9. Lon Peterson and Jordan Johnson $325

10. Tom and Ty Macheledt $300

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