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Skarlis and Lahr Win Cabela's MWC Event

Iowa duo captures "Artificial Challenge" on Mississippi River

Finicky fish didn't stop Iowa residents Tommy Skarlis and Jeff Lahr from taking home the title from the Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit this past weekend held on the Mississippi River. The pair took home the top honors from the artificial only tournament, beating the nearest competitors by over five pounds.

The team brought an impressive 35-plus pounds of walleye to the scales. The duo fished a pair of steep breaks in the Wisconsin Channel that dropped from 16 to 22 feet of water. Three-way rigs and stickbaits douced with Gulp! Alive! Attractant spray was a big producer.

"One of the neat things was, the homemade, teardrop-shaped, do-it-yourself jigs Jeff and I poured last winter while we were dreaming of fishing the MWC's 30th season caught some of our biggest walleyes," Skarlis noted. Tippings included Berkley Gulp! Minnows and PowerBait Rib Worms fished solo, but the big-fish ticket was a 3-inch Gulp! Minnow piggybacked on a PowerBait Twitchtail Minnow.

The artificial-only format was no handicap to Skarlis and Lahr, who bought four fish weighing 23 pounds, 4 ounces to the scale on day one. It was the heaviest catch of the day and landed them solidly atop the leaderboard. On day two, they followed up with two fish weighing 12 pounds, 4 ounces for the 35-pound, 8-ounce total weight.

"We love this event and have been looking forward to fishing this all year," said Skarlis. "We've had tremendous support from our sponsors, especially Berkley. I've been working with Berkley for quite sometime, and they are really rolling along with the introduction of the Berkley Flicker Minnow. I was able to help produce this fish catcher and haven't been shocked with the outstanding success it has already yielded. If you're a serious angler and are looking to cash more checks and catch more fish the Flicker Minnow will be the bait on the end of the line."