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Gravy, partner nearly win Fall Slam; D’s win in a squeaker

Dan Zimmerman (left) and Darren Hoverson won the ninth annual Fall Slam held Saturday. They won the title by .22 of a pound over Dean Christofferson and Mike Gravdahl.

By Mike Gravdahl / For the Enterprise

Dan Zimmerman and Darren Hoverson used a full limit of walleyes, bass and northern pike to edge Dean Christofferson and me 41.21-40.99 total pounds for first place in the ninth annual Fall Slam Fishing Tournament held last Saturday on Fish Hook Lake.

Dan and Darren were the defending champions in the Thursday Night Walleye League and successfully defended their title prior to entering Saturday’s multi-species event.

The two anglers had six walleyes that weighed 12.36 pounds, three northern pike that went 16.87 pounds and six bass that tipped the scales at 9.48 pounds.

Dean and I had three walleyes that went 4.63 pounds, six bass that weighed 11.77 pounds and three northern pike that tipped the scales at 22.09 pounds, including the big fish of the day at 13.21 pounds.

Both teams had qualifying fish of each species and received a 2.5 bonus pounds.

Tom Porozinski and Tim Wheeler finished third with 33.15 pounds including five bass that weighed 10.24 pounds, four walleyes that went 6.74 pounds and three northerns that weighed 13.67 pounds. They also received the bonus weight. They had the big walleye of the day at 2.85 pounds.

Brothers Jeremy and Jordan Anderson were fourth with 32.82 pounds including six bass at 15.35 pounds, three northern pike at 13.72 pounds and one 1.25-pound walleye. The also had the bonus points.

Rounding out the top five teams were James Eischens and Mike Johnson with 28.53 pounds including the bonus. They had six bass that weighed 13.95 pounds, four walleyes that went 5.68 and three northerns that went 6.4 pounds. They had the bonus weight as well.

This tournament, along with the Fall Classic held on Long Lake, are fundraisers for the Park Rapids boys tennis team. An additional $600 prize was awarded to the team with the most pounds combined from both events. To be eligible, one member of the team had to fish each event and had to be registered by Aug. 23.

I was fishing for my son, Jon, in the Fall Slam due to his having surgery prior to Saturday’s event. With Dean fishing both tournaments and me fishing for Jon, his regular partner, they had the most total weight, 75.10 pounds. The next closest weight was 58.79 pounds by Kevin Lindow and his son and daughter.

The big bass of the day was 5.17 pounds caught by the team of Andre Schaum and Hunter Mitchell.