ALS Walleye Tournament Preview
Posted at: 05/30/2012 10:43 PM
By: Laura Kennedy
The 2011 ALS Walleye Tournament saw a couple of milestones reached. The event raised more money than ever before, and teammates Chris Edquist and Troy Skorich finally took home the top prize.
"What I really liked about it was troy finally got the win," Edquist said. "Troy's been fishing this longer than I have. He's been close a lot, so I was really happy for Troy."
The duo will fish together again this weekend, and would love to come in first two years in a row.
"When you fish a tournament you fish to win," Edquist said. "It was great to get that one win but we'll end up where we end up."
Pat Horvath has been involved with the tournament since the early years, but has never cast a line in Island Lake.
"Since I started out, I didn't know what ALS was," Horvath said.
Every year, Pat makes a quilt to be auctioned off at the ALS banquet. Her contribution takes time and brings its own challenges.
"Making the fish look like a fish, you have to use your imagination," she said.
Like the anglers who compete, Pat wants to help raise money to find a cure for ALS. And she does--one year, her quilt sold for $3,000.
"You sit there ready to cry that someone thought so much of it. But it wasn't the quilt, it was for ALS," Horvath said.
And while another first place finish would be nice, Edquist doesn't lose sight of the real reason he climbs into a boat year after year.
"It's a great cause, well run tournament, volunteers are great," he said. "It's just a great all-around event."