Allan, Rostek capture EWC

Lucas Punkari

Thanks to an tournament-best, single-day catch of 13.51 pounds on Friday, Emo’s Paul Allan and Jason Rostek of Dryden were never challenged as they captured the 11th-annual Emo Walleye Classic crown Saturday afternoon with a two-day haul of 17.13 pounds
In fact, the pair didn’t even need to weigh in the four walleye they had reeled in on Day 2 as no one was able to knock the leaders out of the top spot during Saturday’s final weigh-in at the Emo/La Vallee Arena.
“We were pretty nervous before we brought our boat into the arena,” admitted Allan, who has competed in the EWC since its inception in 2002.
“We thought that the boat in front of us [Patrick LeMaistre and Ryan O’Connor] had some big fish, so we were expecting to be bumped out of the lead,” he noted.
“So when we heard that we had won it, we were pretty pumped up.”
The second day was a struggle for Allan and Rostek compared to Friday, however, as their four fish only tipped the scales at 3.62 pounds.
“The fishing just died off after Friday afternoon and the walleye became really hard to find,” noted Rostek, who has teamed with Allan four times, including a second-place finish in 2009.
“I’m not sure if the weather changes were a part of it, or if it was because of the amount of pressure on the fish up at the dam where we were fishing, but I think the number of fish that everyone caught just died right down,” he added.
A big factor in their win was the 7.32-pound lunker Allan hooked Friday, which was the biggest fish caught during the tournament.
“There was no real key to how I caught it. It just happened,” Allan smiled.
“We caught that fish around lunch time, and it turned out to be the last fish we caught during the day, so we were pretty confident that we had Friday taken care of at that point,” he noted.
Finishing second this year were Monte Mann (Red Lake) and Clint Steele (Cochenour), with a two-day total of 12.63 pounds, with 2004 champs Dale Hartlin and Dan Pollard of Emo finishing third (11.72).
LeMaistre and O’Connor were next (11.67), with Les Morrison of Rainy River and Clarence Gibbons of Morson rounding out the top five (11.50).