Friday, July 25, 2014

Devlin duo wins third EWC crown

Devlin’s dynamic duo did it again and now are unquestionably the masters of the Emo Walleye Classic.
Bill Godin and Ralph Galusha captured an unprecedented third EWC title Saturday after finishing the two-day event with a total of 17.84 pounds.

“This means more to me than anything,” said Godin, who also teamed with Galusha to claim the crown in 2007 and 2010.
“The prestige of having three of these under our belt means everyone else has to chase us now,” he added.
Godin and Galusha, who earned $6,000 for first place, headed east to find their fish as opposed to almost half the field that tried its luck west of the launch point.
“That’s been our bread and butter up there,” noted Galusha.
“We’ve had success there
before.”
The winners held the lead after Day 1 on Friday with 9.62 pounds—just ahead of 2009 champs Ted Heyens of Stratton and Devlin’s Kelvin Caul (9.40).
Heyens and Caul managed to finally knock defending champs Les Morrison of Baudette and Oliver Gibbons of Morson out of the hot seat Saturday afternoon.
The duo had hauled in the top weight of Day 2 with 11.06 pounds, then watched 24-straight teams fall short of their two-day mark of 15.18.
But with a Day 2 weight of 7.39 pounds, Heyens and Caul then were nosed out by the only team left that could pass them.
“One more [large]-sized fish and we would have been OK,” said Caul, who along with Heyens also finished second in 2011 to Rod Woodgate and Dylan Swire.
A total of 33 teams participated in this year’s EWC.

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