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Stevens Point Native is National Fishing Champ

By Portage County Business Council

Originally published by the Stevens Point Journal

Stevens Point native Jason Przekurat claimed a national fishing title this month.

The 46-year-old angler, who has fished competitively over the past 22 years, caught 13 walleye weighing in at 36.67 pounds to capture the Cabela’s National Tour Championship on Lake Oahe on August 5. Przekurat led for the duration of the tournament, opening the tournament with a top weight of 15.84 pounds. After tallying a weight of 14.16 pounds on day two, Przekurat posted a 6.67 pound final day to hold off second-place finisher Joe Okada, of Cambridge, Wis. Okada’s total weight was 35.22 pounds.

The signature win netted Przekurat a $88,566 purse and a fully-rigged Ranger 621FS boat with a Evinrude G2 250HP outboard.

Over the past three fishing seasons, Przekurat had been competitive in end-of-year championships. He placed 23rdat Devils Lake in North Dakota in 2013, 17th at Lake Winnebago in 2014 and 17th again in 2015 at Devils Lake. His win this year at Lake Oahe was a very gratifying one for Przekurat.

“I was leading the championship from day one and I wanted to do everything in my power to get the win,” he said. “To finally win the championship was overwhelming and just an unbelievable feeling. It solidifies my career.”

After starting to compete in muskie tournaments in his teenage years, Przekurat decided to start pursuing walleye.

While he was still trying to learn as much about the walleye as he possibly could, he earned a second place finish in an amateur tournament and has been hooked ever since.

“There is a big learning curve when you get behind the driver seat of a boat,” Przekurat said. “Either you have to learn more about the fish or hang it up.”

Przekurat began fishing in the Midwest Walleye Circuit in 1995; he won the MWC Championship in 2000. He earned his first FLW Walleye Tour Angler of the Year Award in 2003 . His second such award in 2007 helped Przekurat turn professional fishing into a career.