Scott Larson Cruises at Cabela's National Walleye Tour Championship
Berkley pro bests field with three-day total of 74.89 pounds
Scott Larson, of Mayville, ND., brought in a three-day total of 74.89 pounds to the win Cabela's National Walleye Tour Championship at Devil's Lake on September 19. The championship is the first for the 26-year-old pro and the sixth win in his young career.
With the win, Larson took home a new Ranger 621FS Fisherman powered by Evinrude, $15,000 in Ranger Cup bonus money, an additional $1,000 in Mercury contingency winnings. The value of Larson's entire first-place prize package for capturing the professional title was $83,000.
Larson calls Devil's Lake his lake, and takes pride in his home waters. Going into the third and final day of the event, he sat in sixth place. Larson knew he'd have to make a big jump in order to capture his first major title. He did just that, weighing in 29.25 pounds for the win.
"I really wanted this one on my home lake," Larson said. "Many guys found the same type of bite that I did on Pelican Lake, but I altered this technique by slowing down to get my five quick bites needed. I primarily used the Berkley Flicker Shad and a jointed lure for my trolling. From that point, I moved on to jigging my bigger fish waters. This is exciting when it all works out, especially when it is on a place I call home."
Another Berkley pro, Mark Courts, of Harris, Minn., took home some hardware winning the pro Angler of the Year title. This honor has been a long time coming for the walleye legend.
After fishing for 16 years as a professional, Courts is finally able to claim the title as Angler of the Year.
"This one means a lot to me," Courts said. "I was finally able to put together a complete year after 16 years of hard work. I really believe I was more focused and fished more aggressive than years past. It seems to have paid off in the end, but I couldn't do it without the unwavering support of my sponsor Berkley. Their support through these years has meant the world to me."
Courts was able to capture the title by 12 points, totaling 742.00 points throughout the 2015 NWT season. Korey Sprengel, another Berkley pro, finished the Angler of the Year race in third.