Professional walleye angler Tom Kemos, of Oconomowoc, Wisc., won the prestigious 2014 Lucas Oil Pro Angler of the Year Award for the Cabela’s National Walleye Tour (NWT). Kemos received the award at the NWT Championship in Oshkosh, Wisc., on September 20.
The Lucas Oil Angler of the Year Award goes to the angler who accumulates the most points – based on place of finish – during the course of the NWT’s four-event season.
“It’s a huge deal for me. I’ve been close to winning it several times; I can still remember the fish that I lost that cost me the title one year,” Kemos said. “Going into this one, I was 19 points back, so I figured I was probably going to have to swing for the fence. After such a rough opening day (of the 2014 NWT Championship), I assumed it was over. To be finally able to pull it off is awesome.”
Kemos’ 2014 NWT season included a seventh-place finish in the season opener on the Detroit River, a 48th-place finish on the Missouri River/Lake Oahe, ninth place at Bays de Noc and a 23rd-place finish at the championship on Lake Winnebego.
Mike Utley, of Zumbrota, Minn., won the 2014 Lucas Oil Co-Angler of the Year Award for his season on the NWT. Fishing on the co-angler side, Utley logged a 22nd-place finish in the season-opener on the Detroit River followed by a trio of Top-15 finishes (Missouri River/Lake Oahe, 13th place; Bays de Noc, 11th place; Lake Winnebego, 14th place) to round out the season. Utley’s successful 2014 campaign also proved profitable as he took home $4,070.82 fishing as a co-angler in four NWT events.
For winning the 2014 Lucas Oil Pro-Angler and Co-Angler of the Year Awards, both Kemos and Utley will receive all entry fees paid for the NWT tournaments in which they compete during the 2015 season. Kemos will also receive a custom ring from Lucas Oil to commemorate his award-winning season.
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