Family of anglers
Father and son claim national fishing tournaments
By Kris Leonhardt
A Stevens Point father and son have both claimed national fishing tournaments, separated by two months time.
Jason Przekurat, 50, won the National Walleye Tour Championship on Lake Erie in Huron, Ohio, held Oct 14-17, while his son Jay, 21, claimed the Bassmaster Open angler division on Lay Lake in Alabama, Dec 3-5.
“Seeing Jay win on the national level is just as satisfying as winning myself if not more,” Jason said. “Most people don’t get to see the amount of time he spends on the water and also how much he studies fishing when he’s not on the water. To see his efforts become reality on the tournament scene is no surprise to me. I don’t know anyone that lives and breathes fishing more than him.
“I thought I worked hard at his age to get where I’m at but he has taken it to another level. I’m very proud of what he has accomplished already and can’t wait to see what his future holds.”
Success most often comes with experience and the Przekurats have plenty of that, as Jason has been fishing since the age of seven and Jay since he was three.
But, Jason says it also comes through devotion.
“Success comes from a passion for fishing and spending as much time on the water as possible. Learning all the techniques to catch fish and understanding seasonal patterns of fish,” he added.
Jason participates in about six tournaments a year, while Jay joins in on about 15-20.