Pete’s list of accomplishments is absolutely incredible –
CliffsArtieArndt’sNotes version here. If you want to get to know Pete on a little more personal level, check out this WalleyeFIRST write-up from spring 2019 interviewing the legend himself. Love this opening paragraph:
> “Harsh is a matter-of-fact Minnesotan with a savvy and nuanced ability to maneuver through both the political business side of the sport fishing and boating industry, and to be able to function as one of the most skilled anglers that pro walleye fishing has produced.”
The first time I met Pete was back in ’07. I was just a little teenage punk back then working at Christopherson’s Bait in Alexandria, MN. Pete (Sauk Centre native) was passing thru the area, swung in and cleared the pegs of a certain model of slip-bobber. I was more of a bass-head at that time, and thought he was just loading up with panfish stuff for the grandkids….
Got to talking with him and found out he had been crushing Devils Lake walleyes throwing slip-bobbers in flooded trees. I didn’t even know that was a thing 🤯 and ended up chatting with him for probably 45 minutes. Then, he started asking me questions, and we got to talking how I was planning to head to UND to pursue my marketing degree with hopes of breaking into the fishing industry one day. I’m sure he had things to do and places to be…but instead it’s almost like he turned into a blunt, fishing biz motivational speaker and started dropping advice that helped light a fire under me.
He didn’t say so at the time, but I found out later thx to the Google machinez that he had just won the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour on Devils Lake and took home an $85K payday. Hilarious because when we were chatting, he made it sound like he was just getting back from a fun little fishing trip where he caught a bunch of walleyes lol.
Save a few walleyes for us on that big pond up in the sky, Mr. Tiller! 🙏✝️ RIP fishing brother and prayers to the family.