Father-son anglers win Wyandotte walleye tourney

Photo by Daniel Gretzner
Joe Richter (left) and his father, Mike Richter, were happy to claim the first place trophy at the Wyandotte Boat Ramp Walleye Tournament July 13.

The beaming faces of father and son were unmistakable when the two were declared winners. Mike Richter and his son, Joe, were winners of the second annual Wyandotte Ramp Walleye Tournament July 13.

Both anglers, who hail from Wyandotte, caught a three-fish total weight of 8.5 pounds. That was good enough to edge out their closest competition.

“My dad and I are happy to win the tourney,” Joe said. “We also won the category of biggest fish, a large walleye full of fight.”

First place money and an engraved plaque with a trophy to boot, were the rewards of the day for the Wyandote pair.

“We caught all of our walleyes trolling with a night crawler harness and secret weapon,” Joe said. “We did not venture off the Wyandotte coast in our 17-foot Crestliner boat.”

Coming in second place were the trio-team of Steve Stover, John Wallen and Jerry Mushta, with a weight of 7.5 pounds. They were followed by third place finishers E.J. Howard and Vince Garza.

All together, 19-anglers were a part of eight vessels that wound up catching a grand total of 34 keeper walleyes during the five-hour-long morning tournament.

Chef for the day was a chap, “just call me Randy,” who prepared the tasty fish for all present to enjoy.

Any readers out there ready for a courtesy fish-and-chip dinner? The next walleye tourney at the Wyandotte Boat Ramp won’t be until next July.