Always been a number crunchin’ fact lover. If you are too, you’ll wanna check out these snippets from walleye-nut John Balla ’bout the 2017 NWT championship on Green Bay. Notice a few re-occurring names there?
> Winning technique: Dean Arnoldussen won the championship trolling crankbaits. It marks the 3rd time in 5 Green Bay NWT events in which trolling has claimed the title. The other victories were won casting glide baits and lipless rattling crankbaits.
> Angler of the year: Robert Blosser wins his 2nd angler of the year title with 754 points, 3 points shy of his 2013 record total of 757, shared by Korey Sprengel (lost AOY in the tiebreaker). He averaged just better than 13th place finish in four events.
> Top 10s: With a 9th place finish in the championship, John Gillman moves into 2nd place on the all-time NWT top 10 list with 6 in 20 tournaments. Sprengel leads with 7.
> Yearly top 10 streak: With his 6th top 10, John Gillman joining Korey Sprengel and Kevin McQuoid as the only anglers to have at least one top 10 in five straight NWT seasons (2013-2017).
> In the money (ITM): In finishing at the championship, Robert Blosser and Korey Sprengel have not cashed 12 checks in NWT events. They join Tom Keenan at the top of the list.
> In the money (ITM) all season: In finishing ITM at the championship, Robert Blosser and Eric Olson completed a year in which both angler cashed a check in all 4 season events. Accomplished 4 other times in NWT history including Robert Blosser in 2013.
> In the money (ITM) streak: In finishing 16th and in the money at the championship, Robert Blosser extends his cash-checking streak to 6 in a row across two seasons, one short of the all-time record of 7 held by the late David Andersen.
> Heaviest 5-fish NWT Green Bay limit: Tommy Kemos weighed 46.49 lbs on day 1, the largest 5-fish limit during any of the five Green Bay NWT tournaments since 2013. John Gillman still owns the all-time NWT single-day limit record of 51.7 lbs, caught in 2013 at Lake Erie.
> Limits weighed: On Day one of the championship, 35 anglers weighed a 5-fish limit. After the final day, only 15 anglers finished the 2-day event with a 10-fish limit.
> Maximum fish weighed: With a 2-day, 10-fish limit in the championship, John Gillman weighed 40 of the max 40 fish allowed during the season. He joins Korey Sprengel in ’13 (35/35), and Chris Gillman in ’16 (40/40) as the only angler to weigh a limit every tourney day during a season. (Totals don’t include day 3 of championships)
> Total fish weighed in NWT history: In catching 8 fish in the 2-day championship, Korey Sprengel increased his total fish weighed in 20 NWT events to 180 out of a possible 195, a 92% catch rate. (Day 3 of championships not included)