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Local walleye anglers featured on outdoors show

Get ready for the walleye fishing opener and catch area fishing action this Sunday, May 3, as several local and area walleye anglers will be featured on Fox Sports North (FSN) at 12 noon during an episode of Minnkota Outdoors TV. This week's show will feature tournament coverage of the 2008 Lake Minnewaska Fall Walleye Classic, and will feature Morris anglers Steve Paulson, and the late Tony O' Keefe, who passed away unexpectedly on April 17, as they competed amongst a 75-team field for the title of 2008 Fall Walleye Classic Champions this past September.

Join Minnkota Outdoors TV host, Corey Bohn, Glenwood, as he documents live tournament coverage at this past September's Lake Minnewaska Fall Walleye Classic, including live on-the-water coverage of 2008 champions Mark and Brian Berle, Gibbon and Shakopee, as they fished their way to a $21,000 payday at Lake Minnewaska.

"This year's show really captures the excitement of competitive walleye fishing," said Fall Walleye Classic tournament director, Corey Bohn. "The top three teams in this past September's Fall Walleye Classic came from 18th, 14th and 20th place on Day 1, to finish 1-2-3 on the LakeMaster leaderboard on Day 2."

Team Berle won with seven walleyes weighing 17.35 pounds.

Duane Kriese, Shakopee, and Kevin Beyer, Alexandria, finished in second place with eight walleyes weighing 15.40 pounds.

The third-place team of O'Keefe and Paulson also had eight walleyes, weighing 15.13 pounds.

O'Keefe and Paulson vaulted from 20th place on Day 1 to third place on Day 2. After weighing 2 walleyes for 3.07-lbs. on Day 1, the two decided to try something different and landed their first fish a few hundred yards from the blast-off site Sunday morning. "We figured we'd give it a try shallow along the north end right around the corner from the launch site," said O'Keefe. "We took off in the second flight, took a left turn and had a 20 1/4-inch walleye in the boat before the last teams took off in the third flight. We figured we'd give it a try since the wind had been blowing in there the day before, and thought maybe we'd get lucky and find a quick fish, and it paid off."

From there, O'Keefe and Paulson headed to a spot where they had caught some big fish Friday afternoon (day before the tournament) while prefishing. "We pulled into a deep water spot and pulled a 25-incher, and an 18 and 16 while the wind was howling during Friday's prefish. We went back to that same spot on Saturday and couldn't get them to go, so we went back on Sunday after getting our first fish, and they were there, and they were hungry." O'Keefe and Paulson were using leadcore and Long A Bombers in 24 feet of water and filled their remaining limit with five nice fish, including a 4.11-lb. walleye to secure a third place finish. "The fish were feeding heavily," said Paulson. "After catching the fish, they were upchucking some big forage that looked like four to five inch freshwater drum or something, and that's why they were preferring those big cranks."

"We fished that same area on Saturday," O'Keefe added, "and caught two smaller weigh fish, but never caught another fish after the wind died down. The wind on Sunday was crucial and it made a big difference in the bite. When the wind roared on Friday we caught some nice fish prefishing, and we know some other teams were pulling some big fish as well on Friday in that big wind while prefishing, but when it died on Saturday it shut down our bite, and a lot of other teams as well."

As stated by Bohn, this Sunday's episode of Minnkota Outdoors TV will provide area anglers the opportunity to learn first hand the various tactics and techniques the teams used to climb to the top of the leaderboard, and to apply that knowledge when fishing Lake Minnewaska or other area lakes this open water season.

Minnkota Outdoors TV will air this Sunday on FSN, which is available in expanded cable and on DishNetwork Ch. 436 and DirecTV Ch. 641. The show can also be viewed online at and on You Tube.