Tommy Skarlis Wins FLW Event on Mississippi
COLUMBIA, S.C. – Tommy Skarlis has been a staple on the professional walleye scene for many years, dominating many of the events that he participates. The Berkley pro notched another win this past weekend on the Mississippi River in Bismarck, N.D. Weighing in 14-pounds, 15-ounces of walleye on the final day, Skarlis beat his nearest competitor by nearly nine pounds.
His win on the Mississippi River earned Skarlis a prize package worth $63,000. Consistency paid off for the Waukon, Iowa, native as he worked many areas, but was more consistent with rock piles.
"I absolutely love fishing the Mississippi River," said Skarlis. "I've been blessed with over 30 years of experience on this river and it has paid off in a big way. I've also been fortunate to have great sponsors. Berkley has been with me for some time and their unwavering support of me has been outstanding. I truly appreciate everything they do for me."
Skarlis utilized casting jigs with 4-inch Berkley PowerBait Ripple Shads for the victory. His primary line was Berkley Trilene XL, which helped present the Ripple Shad to hungry walleye.
"There is no doubt the action of the Ripple Shad created more bites," said Skarlis. "They'd crush the bait as soon as it went through the sweet spot over the rock piles. The line was really also key because it gave me castability and strength in a monofilament line, which I love when casting jigs. This isn't a win I will soon forget."
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