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By Andi Bourne

First-timers Top Mr. Pike Leaderboard


Andi Bourne, Pathfinder

Mr. Pike Tournament winners Robert Hopp and Tristan Persico from Missoula hold up their three fish weighing 29.23 pounds on Sunday. They were in fourth place with 15.5 pounds on Saturday, June 9. Adding their Sunday weigh of nearly 30 pounds put them in the lead by more than 11 pounds.

SEELEY LAKE – Fishermen and women took to Seeley Lake and Salmon Lake to land the biggest and most pike for this year's Mr. Pike Tournament June 9 and 10. This year's entrants drew 40 fishermen from around western Montana. Rookie fishermen Robert Hopp and Tristan Persico from Missoula, Mont. swept the tournament by more than 11 pounds with their six fish over the two-day tournament weighing in at nearly 45 pounds.

Many fishermen reported that it was tough fishing on the first day. The only fish that were aggressive were the small ones. Many said you had to hit the big ones in the head to...

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