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RANGER PRO MARK COURTS WINS PWT MERCURY CHAMPIONSHIP
Fellow Ranger Pros Skarlis, Ortiz Give Legendary Boat Maker Clean Sweep of Top 3FLIPPIN, AR (June 10, 2008) In less than six months, Ranger Pro Mark Courts has experienced everything from the pain of loss to the thrill of victory. The latter came just weeks ago as the Harris, Minn., pro took home his first Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) Mercury Championship.
Fishing the Saginaw Bay and River near Bay City, Mich., Courts pulled spinners on three-way rigs in 14 feet of water and had landed four fish by mid day. The only thing lacking was quality fish, so Courts moved to shallower water and shortened his leads on the planer boards to land a 21- and 22-incher.
“I had to make a move,” Courts said. “I couldn't handle it anymore. I had four fish by noon and I knew I needed something. I wasn't getting the quality bites I had been getting.”
Courts weighed in a four-fish limit during all three days of competition, bringing 9.53 pounds to scales on the final day and finishing with 39.53 pounds for the tournament. With the win, Courts took home $104,850 in first-place cash and prizes.
The win comes on the heels of a tough winter in the Courts home. After losing his house to a fire in December, Courts' barn – along with farm machinery, duck boats and other items – burned in March.
“I couldn't have asked for this at a better time, I don't think I could've,” Courts said. “We've had a long winter and it's unbelievable.”
Courts wasn't the only Ranger Pro in contention on the final day at the PWT Mercury Championships, an event that was previously the domain of aluminum boats. Ranger Pro Tommy Skarlis of Waukon, Iowa, finished with 35.35 pounds, coming from 10th place to finish second. Fellow Ranger Pro Bill Ortiz of Richland Center, Wisc., finished with 34.12 pounds to give Ranger a clean sweep of the Top 3.
About Ranger Boats
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, Ranger Boats, headquartered in Flippin, Ark., is the nation's largest manufacturer of premium fiberglass fishing boats, including a series of bass, multi-species, fish 'n play and saltwater boats. Founded in 1968 by Forrest L. Wood, Ranger Boats continues its commitment to building the highest quality, strongest performing boats on the water.
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