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Missiouri River
Bismark North Dakota
September 17,18 and 19
Last Update 11-01-98

Ted Takasaki with wife Lori and Daughter Kristi as they celebrate his 1998 PWT championship win and there 14th wedding anniversary all in the same week .  Way to go Ted!!!!

Calendar of events
Meet the contestants
1998 tournament sponsors
Additional Articles (as of 10-31-98)

Day 1
Bio Data & 

Fish Award
Press Release
Day 2
Bio Data & 

Fish Award
Press Release
Day 3 
Bio Data & 

Fish Award
Press Release

Heavy weight 
Coleman Cool
Under Pressure 
T-H Marine
Live Release
Big fish of the tournament Award

The 1998 PWT sponsors include:


Calendar of Events

Meet The Contestants

Rank 1 

Scott Fairburn 
Walker Minnesota
Rank 2 

Mike Gofron 
Antioch Illinois
Rank 3 

John Bergsma 
Walker Minnesota
Rank 4 

John Peterson 
Bemidji Minnesota
Rank 5 
Pete Harsh 
Sauk Centre Minnesota
Rank 6 

Dan DeJaeghrere 
Pierre South Dakota
Rank 7 

Vaughn Cornelius 
St. Cloud Minnesota
Rank 8 

Jeff Taege 
Mosinee Wisconsin
Rank 9 

Joe Lundquist 

Osseo Minnesota

Rank 10 
Dan Steir 
Pierre South Dakota
Rank 11 

Brian Ney 
Baudette Minnesota
Rank 12 

Chris Gilman 
Chisago City Minnesota
Rank 13 

Tommy Skarlis 

Waterloo Iowa

Rank 14 
Chad Hall 
Algona Iowa
Rank 15 

Perry Good 

Eagan Minnesota

Rank 16 

Ted Takasaki 

Algonquin Illinois

Rank 17 

Mark Brumbaugh 

Pitsburg Ohio

Rank 18 

Shannon Kehl 
Bismark North Dakota
Rank 19 

Keith Kavajecz 
Kaukauna Wisconsin
Rank 20 

Reggie Theil 

Walker Minnesota

Rank 21 

Scott Glorvigen 
Grand Rapids Minnesota
Rank 22 

Sam Anderson Apple Valley 
Rank 23 
James Myszkewicz 
Burlington Wisconsin
Rank 24 

Tom Backer 
Fargo North Dakota
Rank 25 

Norb Wallock 
Conover Wisconsin
Rank 26 

Dan Plautz 
Muskego Wisconsin
Rank 27 
Dave Spaid 
Pierre South Dakota
Rank 28 

Ron Seelhoff 
Lewellen Nebraska
Rank 29 

James Klick 
White Bear Lake Minnesota
Rank 30 

Leon Houle 
Little Canada Minnesota
Rank 31 

Gary Parsons 

Chilton Wisconsin

Rank 32 

Richard Mellon 
Pincher Creek Albany Canada
Rank 33 
Ross Grothe 
Apple Valley Minnesota
Rank 34 

Dale Stroeschein 
Sturgeon Bay Wisconsin
Rank 35 

Mike McClelland 
Pierre South Dakota
Rank 36 
Marty Glorvigen 
Grand Rapids Minnesota
Rank 37 

Gary Roach 
Merrifield Minnesota
Rank 38 
Pete Parkinson 
Arkeny Iowa
Rank 39 
John Campbell 
West Dundee Illinois
Rank 40 

Mark Martin
Twin Lakes Michigan
Defending 1997 
PWT Champ 

Rick LaCourse 
Oregon Ohio
PWT Amateur of The Year 
Charlie Christofferson
1st alternate 
Harry Stiles 
Pierre South Dakota

Important Information
Press Release Day 1

September 17 1998
For Immediate Release

Illinois Pro Ta k e s Slim 1st Day PWT Lead
Bismarck, ND . .

The weights were deceiving, because In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) contestants had been into good walleyes in practice. The top 42 pro walleye anglers were competing for the $100,000 first prize in the Dodge/Mariner Championship.
The Missouri River dropped about two feet on Tuesday and Wednesday for the first tournament day Thursday. Mike Gofron, Antioch, Illinois, a 6-time PWT Championship qualifier, leads with 7.22 pounds. Only one-tenth of a pound back at 7.12 pounds is Muskego, Wisconsin pro  Dan Plautz. He also caught the Bass Pro Shops Big Fish, 3.50 pounds. Former Championship winner Mark Brumbaugh, Pitsburg, Ohio, holds the third spot with 6.96 pounds.
“Any pro in this field can win, especially since the fish are there,” said Northland Tackle president and pro  John Peterson, Bemidji, Minnesota. Many pros were catching three to five pound walleyes in practice, but the theory is that the dropping water affected them.
The second and third competition days take place on the Missouri River. Thousands of spectators will be able to watch the action in the Bismarck Civic Center Friday and Saturday starting at 3:30 p.m. The weigh-in festivities are highlighted by a high-spirited enthusiastic crowd, special 15 x 20 foot electronic scoreboards and camera crews of Touchstone Energy and walleyes. A walleye tackle, boat and RV show is being held in the adjacent Exhibit Hall.
All events are free to the public and a “Meet the Pros” night occurs after weigh-in.

Day One Results

    Big Fish Award Day 1
Name City State Weight Winnings
Dan Plautz Muskegon Wisconsin 3.50 $800.00
Total Weight Average Weight Total Walleyes Caught
124.25 1.37 91
BioData Day One

Air Temperature 
at 7:00 a.m.
Air Temperature 
5:00 p.m.
Wind Conditions
56 degrees 89 degrees 62 degrees variable to 10 mph clear

Day Two Results

Press Release Day 2

September 18 1998For Immediate Release

Takasaki Holds Familiar PWT Top Spot; 1 Day Remains

Bismarck, ND . .

Ted Takasaki, pro walleye angler from Algonquin, Illinois, is in a familiar spot. After two days, he leads the Dodge/Mariner Championship in Bismarck, ND, with 13.57 pounds.Takasaki, with eight top 10 In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail places, has also led three PWT tournaments. “I know it’ll take guts to only keep bigger fish,” he said, “But I want this one.”Another Illinois angler,  Mike Gofron, Antioch, the day one leader slipped to second with a total weight of 13.35 pounds. Pitsburg, Ohio pro and former PWT Championship winner Mark Brumbaugh holds third with 13 pounds.The top 10 places are separated by two pounds. Tenth place pro  Ron Seelhoff, Lewellen, NE, caught the largest catch on day two, 9.38 pounds.The “bite” sorted itself out after the Missouri River began rising. The flow from the dam at Garrison, ND, was cut from 22,000 cfs to 16,000 cfs, lowering the river almost two feet just prior to the Championship, but was back to 20,000 cfs today.The largest day two walleye came to the scales courtesy of John Bergsma, Walker, MI. The Bass Pro Shops big fish weighed 5.24 pounds.Thousands of spectators crowded into the Bismarck Civic Center to observe the weigh-in. Excitement on the final day as anglers compete for the first place prize of $100,000, should draw the largest indoor walleye crowd ever. Weigh-in festivities begin at 3:30 p.m., with the first boat to stage at 4:15 p.m. The festivities and adjacent sport, tackle and marine show are free to the public.

Tournament journal day 2

Day two results

    Big Fish Award Day 2
Name City State Weight Winnings

John Bergsma
Walker  Minnesota 5.24 $100o.00

Total Weight Average Weight Total Walleyes Caught
295.84 1.34 220
Bio Data Day Two

Air Temperature 
at 7:00 a.m.
Air Temperature 
5:00 p.m.
Wind Conditions
61 degrees 89 degrees 62 degrees 10 mph s.e. Clear

Day Three Final Results

Press Release Day Three

September 23, 1998

Additional Articles on the 1998 Champ Ted Takasaki (as of 10-31-98)

For Immediate Release
Takasaki Hangs onto Lead; Wins PWT $100,000 Prize
Ted with the 1998 Championship Trophy and a fine Missiouri River Walleye that helped bring him the coveted $100,000 prize

Bismarck, ND . . Illinois pro angler  Ted Takasaki captured the $100,000 Dodge/Mariner 1998 Championship first prize. The new In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) Champion from Algonquin competed on the Missouri River September 17 - 19 and weighed his final day basket to the cheers of 6,000 North Dakota walleye fans.Takasaki has collected nine top 10 PWT finishes, led four PWT tournaments that he didn’t win, but “. . . fished the hardest I’ve ever fished on the final day to win.” He netted the Storm Heavyweight catch of the week, 10.35 pounds, to anchor a total 23.92 pound catch.The enthusiastic fans greeted each angler with rousing cheers as they paraded around the Bismarck Civic Center. When Takasaki’s final weight flashed on the huge 15 x 20 foot overhead screens, walleye history was made with the first-ever $100,000 walleye payday. A total of $210,200 was paid. Takasaki’s first prize included a 19-foot Champion Fishhunter boat, 200-hp Mariner outboard, MinnKota trolling motor, the keys to a 1999 Dodge Truck and $45,000 in cash. The Storm Heavyweight award added $500 to his winnings.In second was veteran pro Ron Seelhoff, Lewellen, NE. With two PWT victories to his credit, Seelhoff’s 21.14 pound total was worth $30,000. This was the second year in a row he finished “runner-up.” Seelhoff had one fish the first day, but with consecutive limits the next two days, he advanced 25 places for the Coleman Cool Under Pressure $1,000 award. He also won $700 for the Bass Pro Shops third place big fish.
The third place pro with 19.78 pounds was former PWT Championship winner 
Mark Martin, Twin Lake, MI. He collected $7,000 plus $1,000 for releasing the most walleyes alive, a limit of 15 fish, for the T-H Marine Live Release award. Close behind, Mark Brumbaugh, Pitsburg, Ohio, weighed 19.43 pounds for $5,000. First day leader Mike Gofron, Antioch, IL, finished fifth with 18.97 pounds and won $4,200. The Master Lock Sportsman of the Year $500 award, voted by his peers, went to Gofron who finished second overall in the Angler of the Year race to  Scott Fairbairn, Walker, MN.The largest walleye of the tournament, 5.24 pounds, won the Bass Pro Shops big fish prize of $1,000, for John Bergsma, Walker, MI. In second place ($800) with a 3.50-pounder was Dan Plautz, Muskego, WI.The lower than anticipated catch was attributed to the Missouri River water level, which dropped about two feet the day prior to the tournament. The winners switched to precise presentations in key areas. Takasaki fished upstream of the Cannonball River bridge. He looked for the 8-10 foot deeper holes and fished the edges with glo-in-the-dark 1/4 ounce Lindy Fuzz-E-Grubs baited with tiny minnows. Seelhoff trolled shallow current edges, often against the brush near a Huff’s Bluff creek channel. He trolled #13 floating Rapalas and #5 Shad Raps. He would nose his boat onto the sand bars when he caught fish nearby and pitch jigs and a Lindy rig in the “hot spots.”PWT pro anglers all expressed the same sentiment about Bismarck/Mandan, the host communities as echoed by Takasaki, “The people are the best, the crowd’s the largest, and we had fun.”
  Ted hoist's a fine Bismark walleye taken upstream from the Cannonball bridge 

Day three Final Result Professional Division
    Big Fish Award Day 3
Name City State Weight Winnings
Ron Seelhoff Lewellen Nebraska 3.36 $700
Total Weight Average Weight Total Walleyes Caught
465.51 1.37 340
Bio DataDay Three

Air Temperature 
at 7:00 a.m.
Air Temperature 
5:00 p.m.
Wind Conditions
52 degrees 70 degrees 62 degrees 10 mph ne at 7:00 a.m. 20-30 mph nw in the afternoon cloudy
$1000  Coleman Cool Under Pressure award
Name City State # of places 
Ron Seelhoff Lewellen Nebraska 25 $1000.00
$500 T-H Marine Live Release Award
Name City State # of fish 
Mark Martin Twin Lakes Michigan $500.00
The  Heavyweight award of $500 for the heaviest one-day catch went to

Name City State Total Weight Winnings
Ted Takasaki  Algonquin Illinois 5 fish 10.35 lbs $1,000

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