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Hovance Brothers Win Walleye Madness Opener

June 1, 2017
Ohio Valley Outdoors

Lore City, OH (Guernsey County) - Terry and Pat Hovance captured the Walleye Madness Tournament's first event of 2017, at Salt Fork Lake in Guernsey County, OH. As a major cold front moved in, anglers knew it would be a tough bite, according to Tournament Director Greg Bentz.

The Hovance brothers put together a program that has worked for them in the past. They drifted jig heads tipped with small minnows in shallow water. The smaller minnows were key to their success. "Bigger minnows would just not catch fish," said Terry after the event. "They would only bite on a certain sized minnows."

The brother's five fish weighed in at 8.56#. They also captured the Lund Boats contingency bonus, bringing their total winnings for the event to $1200.

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Terry and Pat Hovance won the Salt Fork Lake event, the opener of the 2017 Walleye Madness Tournaments. The winning five-fish limit from the brothers was 8.56#. Photo courtesy of WMT

Jason Hershberger and Duane Mast took second place. They trolled nightcrawlers on a slow death hook rig to get their four keepers. They also won the Mercury Contingency for the highest finishing boat equipped with a Mercury Motor over 40 HP, for a total check of $800.

Brock Sentz and Jeremy Fries tossed Vibes to capture third place. Ryan Chapman and Chuck Lorey caught the $200 Buckeye Sports Center Big Fish of the day with a nice 3.56# saugeye.

Bentz was happy to see teams pull fish after such bad week of weather. "I love seeing teams adapt to the conditions presented to them, this is what makes people better fisherman," said Bentz.

Walleye Madness Tournaments offer 100% payouts and no membership fees. Title sponsors, Buckeye Sports Center (Big Fish Award), Mercury and Lund Boats offered added bonuses for the anglers.

Go to for standings and registration. Over 200 photos can be viewed on their Facebook page.



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