Sault Ste. Marie - Two solid baskets lifted Joe and John Giuliani to victory against more than 120 anglers from eight states and one Canadian province competing in the Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit's East Division season finale here on the St. Mary's River last weekend..
"It's amazing," said Joe Giuliani, moments after taking the lead in a dramatic finish in front of a great riverfront crowd at newly-dedicated William Gregory Park. "Johnnie and I have won a lot of tournaments, but this is the biggest." The Giulianis, twin brothers from Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., weighed 17.27 pounds on Day One and 21.61 pounds on Day Two for a 38.88-pound total that put them more than 5 pounds ahead of their nearest rivals.
They drifted 3- to 4-inch-long nightcrawlers downstream in 20 feet of water at the intersection of the Garden and St. Mary's rivers. "We ran 2-ounce pencil sinkers on 6-inch droppers and 4-foot Berkley 100 Percent Fluorocarbon leaders with a 1/0 hook," added John, who explained that the dainty livebait mimicked the juvenile lampreys upon which walleyes were gorging. They also jigged 3-inch Berkley Gulp! Alive! Minnows on fluorocarbon leaders.
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Joe & John Giuliani of Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. clinched the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit St. Mary’s River tournament win with 17.27 pounds of walleye on day 1 and 21.61 pounds on day 2 for a total of 38.88 pounds.
The brothers earned $11,250 for first place, plus a $1,000 Cabela's gift card through the Cabela's Angler Cash program, $500 Lowrance Electronics HDS/Elite DSI contingency, a $500 Berkley Baits Prize Package, $300 from Worldwide Marine Insurance and $280 for third place in the Big Fish Pot.