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Walleye honors for Illinoisans

July 13, 2009 at 03:41 PM

Bill Sutton of Lindenhurst and Bill Vojak of Antioch won the Masters Walleye Circuit Central Division Team of the Year title after placing second last weekend at the MWC event in Green Bay.

Sutton and Vojak finished with 214 division points winning the Central Division by eleven points. They had a large deficit to make up heading into the tournament as Iowans Maury Schmerbach and Marty Berns, both of Dubuque , had a 20-point lead. Sutton and Vojak were able to put together a program at this tournament that gave them a 2nd place finish. “This goes to show you that you can’t ever give up as you never know how other teams will do,” shared Kristine Houtman, Executive Director of the MWC. “I have always preached to the anglers that every fish counts and they should always fish hard to the end.”

Sutton and Vojak progressively excelled in the Central Division. They started out the year at Spring Valley, IL with a 20th place finish followed up by a 15th place finish on Lake Pepin, MN and completed the division on the Bay of Green Bay with their 2nd place finish. Besides the honor of being the Central Division Team of the Year, their win also netted them a cool $3,180 plus beautiful new trophies. This is their fourth year fishing together on the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit as they teamed up after fishing against each other on local circuits in Illinois . They attribute their success to their improved communication between each other in the boat. “We have adapted to each other in the boat so today when things weren’t going right, we both started making the same changes at the same time,” shared Bill Sutton. “You have to work well together because if you don’t, you are not going to have success.” Vojak added this about why they were so successful this season in the Central Division, “Our pre-fishing was outstanding this year. We worked with teammates to find spots that were holding fish and other spots that could be eliminated for the weekend. We were a little worried about the two river tournaments as big waters suit our style of fishing, but we started the year out strong and just kept our focus.” Sutton added, “Winning this award means a lot to us. The competition doesn’t get any better than on the MWC and it is a real honor because I know the anglers on this circuit are exceptional.”

Sutton and Vojak’s 2nd place finish in the tournament also earned them $6,100 plus $100 from Farm and City Insurance Services for being on Team FCIS. Their total for the weekend amounted to $9,380.

John Balla of Bartlett , IL and Heath Bohman of Wisconsin Rapids, WI took 3rd place with 43.96 pounds for $4,100.

The Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit also had some additional honors to pass out as the Central division wrapped up for the year. The new Central Division Brothers Team of the Year went to Steve and Dan Bodinger of Chilton , WI with 146 points. The Father/Son Team of the Year award went to Steve ‘Pinky’ Sandor of Ottawa, IL and Adam Sandor of Tonica , IL with 140 points. They took home their first victory ever on the MWC with a win on their home waters at Spring Valley . The Husband/Wife Team of the Year honors went to Cliff and Leslie Banks of Spring Valley , IL . Each team received beautiful new trophies.

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