Congratulations to OPTIMA Angler, Tommy Skarlis
- OPTIMA Batteries
- Red Wing, MN
OPTIMA angler, Tommy Skarlis won the 2012 National Guard FLW Walleye Tour season opener on the Mississippi River in dominating fashion with a three-day total of 14 walleyes weighing 72 pounds, 8 ounces, which was held at Red Wing, Minnesota and presented by Evinrude.
Skarlis, who runs a Ranger 620VS powered by a 250 H.O. Evinrude E-TEC main engine and Evinrude E-TEC 15 H.O. kicker engine and a bank of OPTIMA BLUETOP batteries, led all three days of the tournament. He started out with an incredible 36 pound, 12 ounce haul on the first day, which put him ahead by more than nine pounds. The Waukon, Iowa native added to his total Friday with 20 pounds, 13 ounces and held a 17-pound lead entering the final day.
"I was playing defense after day one, but fishing with such quality anglers I knew I could get beaten if I stumbled," said Skarlis. In addition to his $63,000 pay day from FLW, Skarlis also won the $8,000 Evinrude contingency bonus for his first place finish.
The tour's next tournament is May 10-12, 2012 in Port Clinton, Ohio on Lake Erie.