Jig fishermen take top spots in the LEWT The Western Basin Sportfishing Association (WBSA) and Lake Erie Walleye Trail (LEWT) held the Evinrude E TEC Starcraft Marine first event of 2008 on Saturday April 5th at Fenwick Marina on Turtle Creek. The weather was great for the sold out event and the anglers were greeted in the morning with coffee and donuts from West Marine. Teams faced very muddy waters from wind and rain earlier in the week and a tough bite in general. New comers to the LEWT Bryan Huff of Rossford and Brent Brophy of Milford, MI brought 3 fish to the scale for a total of 15.2 lbs. They made the decision with the warm day to run to the Maumee Bay and try to find some fish getting ready to go up the river to spawn. Catching a limit of 5 fish to finish second was the team of Scott Geitgey of Canton and Tim Calvert of Port Clinton. Their basket weighed 14.76 lbs. They went west from the launch site to Crane Creek and worked 4 foot of water to get a quick limit jigging. Both of the top teams caught their fish on the infamous Lake Erie purple hair jig. Finishing third with 3 fish weighing 11.74 was the team of Mike Zaborski of Sheffield Lake and Charlie Robinson of Perrysburg. Huff and Brophy also collected some additional prizes and payouts in addition to the win. They were the first winners of the Starcraft Winners Contingency on the LEWT. They received $250 from Starcraft Marine for winning the event while fishing from a Starcraft boat. Greg Yarbrough from Starcraft was on hand and said It was great to see Bryan and Brent bring home the win and we are proud to pay out the money to teams that are fishing out of our boats. The $250 Winners Contingency from Starcraft will be available at every LEWT event this year and teams are eligible for an additional $250 if they purchased their boat from LEWT sponsors Cranberry Creek Marina or Vics Sports Center for a total of $500. Huff and Brophy were happy with their win but the most excited person at the weigh in was Kathy North. Her and husband Rob won the drawing for the South Shore Marine Early Bird Award and a Furuno digital color fish finder. Steve Carlson presented the couple with their prize and commented South Shore Marine is happy to support the LEWT and be the sponsor of the early bird award to give back to the teams that signed up early to fish the whole series. The final award for Huff and Brophy was the Cranberry Creek Marina Big Fish Award. They brought in a fish weighing 8.98 lbs to capture the $500 top prize in that category also. Finishing second in the race for big fish and securing $260 was the team of Shawn Ritchie of Spencer and John Wagner of Marion with a walleye weighing 8.32 lbs. They found their fish north of the islands trolling with just a few minutes left in the day. There were a total of 43 fish brought to the scales weighing an average of 3.86 lbs. Teams were pretty well split half and half on jigging and trolling. A variety of lures were used with Reef Runners and Husky Jerks mentioned most often for the trollers and hair jigs exclusively for the jiggers. Here is the remaining schedule for the LEWT and spots remain for Geneva and Lorain. May 3rd Lakevue Marina Sharpnack Ford LEWT May 31st Catawba State Park Crown Battery LEWT June 28th Geneva State Park Migration Open August 2nd Lorain South Shore Marine Championship For more information about the LEWT you can visit www.wbsa.us Listed below are the 2008 LEWT sponsors: Starcraft Marine, Evinrude E-TEC(BRP), South Shore Marine, West Marine, Reef Runner Lures, Cranberry Creek Marina, Vics Sports Center, Sportsmans Outpost, Erie Outfitters, Ole Pete's Tackle, Yant Beef Jerky, Navionics, www.OhioGamefishing.com , Buckeye Rod Maker, Michigan Stinger Spoons, Sharpnack II Chevrolet, Jims Taxidermy, Sharpnack Ford, Cisco Fishing Systems, LPG Fishing Systems and Richs Hook Line and Sinker.