Jun 30, 2013 - By Bruce Tippets, Sports EditorLander's Brown fourth overall in same Boysen field
Clint Acres of Riverton and 13-year-old nephew Ben Acres of Casper won the Wyoming Walleye Stampede tournament June 23 at Boysen Reservoir.
The pair collected $8,050 for other victory against 71 other teams.
The weight total for their first-day catch was 14.79 pounds. They nearly doubled that total on the second day with 26.36 pounds for a total of 41.15 pounds.
Pat Brown of Lander and partner Kevin Reinhart from Glenrock placed fourth with a total of 30.22 pounds.
"It's a pretty prestigious honor to win any walleye tournament in Wyoming because there are so many good anglers out there," Wyoming Walleye Stampede tournament director Brian Woodward said. "In this tournament, it was a little more difficult for some of the guys.
Not everybody was catching limits. Clint and Ben were able to put together a presentation that really triggered some good fish. They were able to catch a nice basket."
The two were awarded the team of the year with 585 points in the Wyoming Walleye Stampede. They pair collected over $18,000 in winnings and prizes during the 2013 tournament season.
"It has been a great year," Clint Acres said. "This is the best year that I have ever had. A lot of it is experience in the weather. The weather changes a lot. That is a big thing."
Acres has been in fishing tournaments since 2000.
"It's all a mental game," he said. "A lot of people think that it's you against the other fisherman, but it's you against the fish. You are just trying to figure out the fish."
Brown is a veteran fisherman.
"Pat and Kevin have been fishing walleye tournaments for a long time, probably twice as long as Clint," Woodward said. "They put together a heck of a presentation. One fish could have won the tournament. They usually have a pretty good bit going. They are just fantastic anglers."
The teams came to Boysen from all over the state.
"It was awesome to win the tournament at Boysen," Clint said. "It's a really a fun deal."
The tournaments have become more popular every year.
"It's pretty serious," Clint said. "It's a big deal."
The winning pair placed fourth in a fishing tournament at Glendo Reservoir on May 18-19 out of 91 teams with a total weight of 37.98 pounds.
"Clint has been fishing Boysen for a long time," Woodward said.
Clint's nephew started going to fishing tournaments at the age of 4.
"He has been fishing ever since that he could get into the boat," Clint said. "He has learned a lot. He is just amazing."
Clint said the pair have a special relationship in everything they do together.
"The other guys have all these tournament jerseys on, and here is this little kid catching all these fish in front of these guys," Clint said. "It's pretty cool."
Clint hopes the team will be back in the top spot next year.
"We will try to defend it," Clint said. "Everybody will be gunning for us. My nephew is not a secret."
"We were just trolling and using crankbaits," Clint said. "We were also using soft plastic lures."
The two presentations turned out to be the winning formula for the tandem.
There were two large thunderstorms that rolled in on the first day of the tournament in Boysen.
"We struggled until it warmed up again," Clint said. The second day the pair snagged most of their fish in mid-morning.
"The fish became pretty active," Clint said. "We had one big fish when it was starting to warm up that was probably 21 inches. We knew that it was starting to turn on."