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North American Walleye Anglers
Last update 01-17-98

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Twenty three year old Sam Anderson  of Apple Valley Minnesota conveted night-crawlers into walleyes and then walleyes into a $40,000.00 victory in the final round of the Berkley Power Baits Fish wont let go/Loomis Rods simply the best "Old West Quest" here today at Lake Sharpe.After two days of grueling competion, what had been a 35 pro field was narrowed down to the top ten, all of whom began the day even, setting the stage for an exciting final weight in.The Apple Valley, Minnesota pro's final day basket of six walleyes weighting 20.36 lbs edged out runner up "Bigfoot" Rick Lacourse, 46 of Oregon Ohio. Andersons $40,000.00 top prize included a new Tournament Pro 170 boat equipped with a 150 h.p. Mercury Outboards first to the fish motor and trailer.Anderson credited sticking with a simple game plan and reacting to boat pressure for his winning catch. he and amateur Paul "Cannonball" Warriner of Blunt, South Dakota each fished two rods. The majority of there weight fish came on rods rigged with small splitshot and a # 4 Aberdeen hook baited with a whole night crawler, which was then dragged on the upstream side of their boat.The duo pitched small jigs baited with half a night crawler with other rods and carefully culled through more than 100 fish during the 10 hour tournament.Warriner a 39 year old farmer won a fully rigged Superfisherman 170SC with a 90 h.p.Mercury Outboards first to the fish motor and trailer woth $13,500.00Because most of the pros fished the same general area, sweeping along the current below the Oahe Dam, Anderson said the bigger fish moved to deeper water, where he and his partner successfully targeted them the final day.Although just 23 , Sam has guided since age 14 and fished professional tournaments since he was 18 years old. This was his first victory after several second place finishes."A real key was having six rods rigged at all times- we were usually fishing with only three because we were taking fish off or cleaning weeds off the hooks" Anderson said."Bigfoot" Rick Lacourse was using virtually an identical set-up to take second place and $10,000.00 as was local favorite, Hall of Fame angler Mike McClelland who finished third and won $9,000.00 with a final weight of 15.83 lbs. 




1 Sam Anderson Apple Valley Minnesota 20.36 $40,000.00
2 Rick Lacourse Oregon Ohio 18.21 $10,000.00
3 Mike McClelland  Pierre South Dakota 15.83 $9,000.00
4 Perry Good  Eagan Minnesota 15.72 $8,000.00
5 Paul Meleen Onamia Minnesota 15.56 $7,000.00
6 Ron Seelhoff  Lewellen Nebraska 15.16 $6,000.00
7 Scott Glorvigen Grand Rapids Minnesota 14.84 $5,000.00
8 Dale Stroeschein Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin 14.55 $4,500.00
9 Scott Fairburn  Mendota Heights Minnesota 12.79 $4,000.00
10 Pat Foster Little Canada Minnesota 11.87 $3,500.00



1 Paul Warriner Blunt South Dakota 20.36 $13,500.00
2 Cal Clausen Veradale Washington 18.21 $1200.00
3 Peggy Severson Pierre South Dakota 15.83 $1,000.00
4 Mike Peluso Grand Rapids Minnesota 15.72 $800.00
5 Robert Tyler Winfield Kansas 15.56 $700.00
6 Scott Allen Green Bay Wisconsin 15.16 $600.00
7 Robert Hartung Waunakee Wisconsin 14.84 $500.00
8 Steve Haynes Duluth Minnesota 14.55 $500.00
9 Marlowe Depauw Pierre South Dakota 12.79 $500.00
10 Dave Muhmell Valley Springs South Dakota 11.87 $500.00
The anglers caught a total of 470 walleyes weighting 1028.05 lbs for an average weght of 2.26 lbs. during the three day competion held at Oahe Marina. All of the top ten anglers weighted a tournament limit of 18 fish.The NAWA tournament trail now leads to Red Wing Minnesota September 24-28 for the -GoreTex the ultimate foul weather protection "Mississippi River Quest" a combination PRO/AM and team tournament. The NAWA tournament trail then goes to Lake Shelbyville in Illinois for the Illinois DNR-DCCA/MINN KOTA "Team Event"NAWA's popular Pro/Am format is touted as one of walleye fishing's finest educational tools. Each day of the event, amateur anglers are paired with a different Pro. This unique opportunity provides each amateur with a new and often different in-depth course in competitive walleye fishing.According to Tournament Director Jim George, many first-timers mistakenly feel a vast degree of walleye knowledge is required to participate as an NAWA amateur."In reality, a desire to learn is all that's really needed to be part of a NAWA event," said George. "NAWA Pros always appreciate being teamed with an enthusiastic and willing participant.":Iowa angler Doug Burns, author of a recently released book about his amateur experiences during the 1995 tour, says fishing in a NAWA Pro/Am is like attending a fishing school taught by the world's best walleye anglers."I learned more about walleye fishing in 12 short days as a NAWA amateur than in five years as a professional guide on Lake of the Woods," Burns said. "Most all these gentlemen were gracious and free with their knowledge about the waters we fished and walleye fishing in general."In NAWA's Pro/Am format, Pro anglers vie against others in their division and amateurs compete against those of their own skill level. While learning the strategies and tactics used by the nation's top touring Pro's, amateur division anglers also vie for cash and prizes valued at $45,100.A new boat and Mercury Outboards first to the fish motor goes to the winning Amateur in each event. Pro contestants compete for a top prize of $40,000.This year's tournament circuit, the richest in NAWA history, features a total purse of $800,000. Pro entry fees for each event are $690, while the entry fee for Amateurs is only $395."The Amateur entry fee is actually less than most anglers pay for a three-day guided fishing trip," said George. "And, fishing with a pro is undoubtedly the best way to enhance one's fishing skills."

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