LAKE CITY — Ted and Peter Mart were consistent throughout the three-day Masters Walleye Circuit National Walleye Championship, taking the lead the first day and never giving it up, to win with a three-day total of 47 pounds.
The father-son team from Utica, who came in with 14 pounds, one ounce of fish Saturday, won $15,000 in cash as well as $6,599.99 in championship rings and merchandise.
The tournament was headquartered in the Lake City Marina with anglers fishing pools 3, 4 and 5 of the Mississippi River, including Lake Pepin. In all, 31 teams weighed in 428 walleye, sauger or saugeye, weighting 1,019 pounds, 8 ounces with 99 percent released alive. In all, anglers came in with 78 five-fish limits.
Other local anglers and how they fared were:
7th - Joe and Chris Kujawa of rural Lake City, 38-10. They also won the comeback team, going from 17 to seventh. Their 17-11 on Saturday was the second heaviest limit of the tournament.
10th - Todd Zemke of Red Wing and Troy Rahn of Sauk Rapids, Minn., 36-11.
13th - Nate Cadwell of Byron and Mark Crites of Batavia, Ill., 34-9.
20th - Robert Bruegger of Wabasha and Jon Rousu of Rochester, 31-6.
26th - Keith Carlson of Goodhue and Jeff Holst of Hager City, Wis. - 24-14.
27th - Steve Persinger and Paul Sveen of Austin, 24-12.