American Fishing Club
Sept 06, 1997
This tournament will be the deciding factor for the championship team of the year and the rest of the championship field. Currently Walleyes INC own Tommy Skarlis and partner Chad Kinkade are the circuit leaders with 418 points.
The fifth and final Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) event of the 1997 season, the /North American Fishing Club Walleye team tournament, will take place September 20-21 on the Pentenwell Flowage located in Adams County Wisconsin.
A full field of 200 teams is expected to come pete in the tourney, which will be hosted by the Castle Rock Bassmasters Fishing Club. Anglers will vie for $52,000.00 in prize money with $13,000.00 going to the winners.
Teams will launch and weight in at the Pentenwell County park located on highway Z on the eastern side of the flowage. fishing hours are 7:00a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days. All MWC tourneys are catch and release. Tournament openings still exist. Contact "KAZ" at the MWC at 414-761-0657 for more information.
An impoundment of the Wisconsin River, the Pentenwell Flowage consists of 23,000 acres, with a maximum depth of 45 feet, and is the second largest inland body of water in the state. The walleye population remains stable and is maintained by excellent natural reproduction. Fish in the 15 inch category are abudant, and the flowage surrenders its share of eight pound lunkers.
A number of presentations will catch fish in the flowage, but many of the teams will opt for trolling crankbaits from Wille side planer boards. The most consistent action can be found along the edges of the Wisconsin River channel where it meets submerged stands of timber.
THE 1997 MWC team of the year will be decided at this tournament. The title is awarded the team which totals the most points during the year. the first place team at each event receives 110 points, on down to 11 points. The remaining teams receive 10 points.
Currently, the Iowa and Walleyes INCs own team of Tommy Skarlis and Chad Kincade lead with 418 points. They are closely pursued by brothers John and Tom Tenschen of Red Wing Minnesota, who have 363 points. The top circuit team will be awarded $6,000.00 from MWC sponsors.
Dick and Irene Schiefelbein of Sheboyagan Wisconsin, lead the race for the MWC husband/wife Team of the year. with 266 points while Jim and Bob Schommer of Fon Du Lac Wisconsin are in the lead for father/son team of the year honors with151 points. the top team categories will be awarded $1,000.00.
1998 MWC Championship Field to be determined
This tournament will also decide the 1998 MWC World Walleye Championship
field. Over 1,000 teams will have competed in the MWC this season. the
top 50 point accumulating teams will be invited to fish the Championship,
which will take place May 26-30 on Big Stone Lake at Ortonville Minnesota.
Comeback Award (Advanced 81 places, from 117th to 36th) Dave McCarty, Pelican Lake, WI, & Bob Rasmussen, Summit Lake, WI $300.00
TOTAL CASH PAYOUT = $53,780
Stats Teams Entered: 188
Fish Caught 763
Weight: 1,420.50 lbs.
Average weight 1.86 lbs.
ADAMS CO., WIS.
Wisconsinites Mark Kordus (Mosinee) and Terry Mayhall (Madison) won
American Fishing Club Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) Team Walleye Tournament
held September 20-21 on the Petenwell Flowage at Adams County, Wis.
The tourney was the final stop of the 1997 season.
The winners weighed a MWC allowable ten fish limit of 27.28 lbs. and collected
$12,000. The top 35 teams shared a cash purse of $48,880. An
additional $4,900 was paid out in Big Fish Pot and Comeback Award prizes,
bringing the total payout to $53,780. Most teams
experienced good pre-tournament fishing, but a severe cold front moved
through the area the night before the event, which slowed the bite.
The start of the final day was also delayed two hours due to fog.
Still, the 188 team field caught 763 walleyes totaling 1,420.50 lbs. in
the MWC catch and release format. Kordus/Mayhall
fished a backwater area off the main Wisconsin River channel which winds
through the north end of the flowage. The team stated they caught
more than 20 walleyes over the imposed 15 inch MWC length limit on day
one, but they really had to scramble for their five fish limit the final
day. According to Mayhall, "We trolled crankbaits
between eight and ten feet of water 55 feet behind the boat from 12 foot
custom built rods. We usually use in-line trolling boards but in
practice, they were getting hung up on the submerged tree stumps, which
were all over the place in the area we were fishing." Kordus added, "Chartreuse
and fire-tiger were our best lure colors. We also used 14 lb. test
FireLine. It's super sensitive and very strong, which is critical
when fishing in the timber. You can usually pull the lure free if
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