Meet
Mike Peluso
Walleye Tournament Professional
and
Professional Hockey Player

Walleye1343@cs.com

On the water, he's #999; on the ice, he's #22. That's right; 26 year old Mike Peluso, who was born in Denver, Colorado,  is an emerging star on both the professional walleye circuit and professional hockey. As Mike puts it, "I've got the best job a person could ever ask for!"  Fishing the NAWA circuit in 1999, Mike finished in the top 15 in all events fished. At the same time, while playing for  the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League, Mike was named to the 2000 American Hockey League All-Star team.

As a hockey player, Mike has always been on the move, graduating from the University of Duluth in 1998 where he was voted the senior athlete of the year by the student body. Known for his shooting and stick handling abilities, Mike was drafted by the Calgary Flames of the National Hockey League in 1994. 

Mike's other passion in life is fishing. Fishing has encompassed 22 years of his life, with the past 10 years spent fishing tournaments.  In addition to the top 15 finishes on the NAWA circuit in 1999, Mike also won the KFYR classic in North Dakota and placed 15th in the Mercury Classic. Mike's favorite body of water is the Missouri River.  His favorite fishing presentations are using jigs and Lindy rigs. Mike believes in the future of the youth in his home community, and as a result has started the Missouri River Hockey School in Bismarck, North Dakota and also spends time getting kids started in fishing. Mike also works closely with fellow pros Scott and Marty Glorvigen in fishing promotions and writes for the Dakota Country Magazine.

Mikes  fishing history includes a long line of tournaments both Pro and regional, with a large number of articles written for some on line e-zines and the Dakota Country Magazine. Another thing that brings him a lot of exposure is that he is a pro Hockey player for the Portland Pirates.  He will  also be appearing on fishing shows such as Tony Dean Outdoors and Charlie Moore (Mad fishermen) this coming summer. He does quite a bit of work with Coke and does some kids fishing promotions.  He also owns a hockey school that is host to over 550 kids. 

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