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Little Bay De Noc
Gladstone Michigan
August 1 and 2nd 1998
Last update 08-08-98


Ralph Diercks (Red Wing, Minn.) and Rick Zentz (Escanaba, Mich.) won the North American Fishing Club Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) Team Walleye Tournament held August 1-2 on Little Bay de Noc at Gladstone, Mich.
The winners put together consistent catches of 26.65 and 27.59 lbs., an allowable ten fish MWC limit totaling an impressive 54.24 lbs., nearly a 5-1/2 lb. average.  Their first circuit victory was worth $13,000.

At the awards presentation, Diercks, a former MWC tournament site director stated, “I ran tournaments for years and now I’ve won one.  It’s a great feeling, especially when you come out on top over some of the best walleye fishermen in the country.”

He added, “We fished an area about ten miles north of the Cedar River.  There’s a bunch of finger-shaped humps between 25 and 38 feet of water.  The fish were suspended throughout the water column.  We trolled crankbaits from  Side-Liner planer boards from 40 to 100 feet behind the boat.  Brown trout and perch colored lures caught most of the fish.  We also used line counter reels spooled with 10 lb. test  XT and FireLine.”
Zentz, who runs the Northland Motel near the city of Escanaba, fishes the Bay often, but stated he had never fished this particular area.  According to Zentz, “We found this spot on Thursday before the tournament.  We probably wouldn’t have won if it wasn’t for my global mapping sonar unit.  I loaded it with a Lake Michigan sea cartridge, which is extremely detailed and accurate.  We were able to pinpoint the fish and stay on them."  Zentz added, “We trolled slowly, about 1-1/2 m.p.h. in a zigzag pattern.  It didn’t matter if we went up or down wind.  Most of the fish would hit when the inside boards would slow down or slack off.  We had two other spots to go to in case this one petered out.  I’m glad we didn’t have to go to them.”
Second place finishers were the Escanaba, Mich. team of Lynn Hanisko and Dave Klasell with 50.17 lbs., worth $7,500. Third place and $5,000 went to Bob Lauridsen (Oconomowoc, Wis.) and Kim Spigarelli (Gladstone, Mich.) who tallied 48.71 lbs.

The top 35 teams shared the $52,000 cash purse.  An additional $5,300 was paid in big fish prizes.  Local merchants sponsored a $1,100 comeback award which went to Gary Falkowski (Franklin, Wis.) and George Wlodarski (Orland Park, Ill.), who went from a tie for last place to 37th place.  Total cash payout was $58,400. Larry Allison (Muskegon, Mich.) was awarded a $1,000  rebate and a  electric trolling motor for the tourney’s largest walleye, 8.54 lbs.

The 200 team field caught a total of 1,073 fish weighing 2,404.45 lbs. intheMWC catch and release format.  The next circuit stop is the MWC Team Tournament, August 22-23 on Lake Michigan’s Green Bay and the Fox River at the city of Green Bay, Wis.  A few openings still exist.  For more information contact the MWC at 414-761-0657 or TFM Promotions at 920-830-9586.
 The MWC is a nonprofit corporation which conducts a series of professionally operated fishing tournaments at which family participation and conservation of fishery resources are stressed.  To date the MWC Conservation Fund, the only fund of its kind in professional fishing, has contributed more than $188,000 to fisheries programs in states where MWC tournaments are held.

1998 Sponsors

Rank 1st Partner City State 2nd Partner City State Lbs Winnings
1 Ralph Dierks Red Wing Minnesota Rick Zentz Escanaba Michigan 52.24 $13,000
2 Lynn Hanisko Escanaba Michigan David Klassell Escanaba Michigan 50.17 $7,500
3 Robert Lauridson Oconomowoc Wisconsin Kim Spigarelli Gladstone Michigan 48.71 $5,000
4 Mark Keenan Appleton Wisconsin Tom Keenan Hatley Wisconsin 37.79 $3,500
Gary Gray
Oshkosh Wisconsin Del Zerbe St Germaine Wisconsin 37.48 $2,500
6 Scott Allar Welch Minnesota Tom Dierks Hager City Wisconsin 36.26 $1,500
7 Dean Nathe St. Cloud Minnesota Paul Thompson Wallace Michigan 33.56 $1,250
8 Dan Kotowski Gladstone Michigan Doug Schreiber Green Bay Wisconsin 32.78 $1,200
9 Rollie Bessett Minoqua Wisconsin Jim Kiepke Hazelhurst Wisconsin 31.19 $1,150
10 Carol Cheneir Gladstone Michigan Glenn Chenier Gladstone Michigan 29.08 $1,000
11 John Renschen Red Wing Minnesota Tom Renschen Red Wing Minnesota 28.97 $900
12 Dave Tellock Omro Wisconsin Todd Tellock Omro Wisconsin 28.66 $900
13 Andy Schmidt Malone Wisconsin Tom Walters Cambellsport Wisconsin 28.52 $900
14 Patrick Byle Milwaukee Wisconsin Rick Jerzak Theinsville Wisconsin 27.14 $900
15 Bob Schommer Fon Du Lac Wisconsin Jim Schommer Fon Du Lac Wisconsin 26.82 $900
16 Dick Bowden Escanaba Michigan Donald Corbett Escanaba Michigan 26.57 $700
17 William Herbst Jr. Ootsburg Wisconsin Keith Soderman Gladstone Michigan 26.52 $700
18 Dave Bjorkman Green Bay Wisconsin Ken Bjorkman Marshfield Wisconsin 26.17 $700
19 Michael Hendricks Green Bay Wisconsin Bob Woodke Gillette Wisconsin 25.79 $700
20 Jery Wery Vulcan Michigan Louis Wery Sheboygan Wisconsin 25.60 $700
John Kolinski
Menasha Wisconsin Blaine Poulson North Prarie Wisconsin 24.94 $500
22 Peter Hibbard Neenah Wisconsin Leroy Schroeder Larsen Wisconsin 24.84 $500
23 Alan Erickson Kingsford Michigan Jack Henning Florence Wisconsin 24.41 $500
24 Robert Bodin Red Wing Minnesota Scott Mann Red Wing Minnesota 23.60 $500
25 Rod DeClark Kingsford Michigan Brandon Rouse Kingsford Michigan 23.39 $500
26 Jim Carlson Escanaba Michigan Steve Towns Escanaba Michigan 22.48 $400
27 Jay Pepin Gladstone Michigan Jerry Searle Escanaba Michigan 22.15 $400
28 Robert Newton McFarland Wisconsin Mike Schnettler Sartfell Minnesota 21.82 $400
29 Kevin Dahl Muskego Wisconsin Steve Stack Muskego Wisconsin 21.76 $400
30 Dale Mellema Walled Lake Michigan Earl Mellema Plymouth Minnesota 21.59 $400
31 Dean Novak* Sheboygan Wisconsin Alan Witt Sheboygan Wisconsin 21.06 $350
32 Jay Mott Tomahawk Wisconsin Craig Slonski Tomahawk Wisconsin 21.06 $350
33 Glenn Farrell Jr Omaha Illinois Denniss Robinson Tomahawk Wisconsin 20.60 $350
34 JohnMay Forestville Wisconsin Pat Neu Forestville Wisconsin 20.53 $350
35 Par Kotowski Kimberly Wisconsin Mike Phelps Green Bay Wisconsin 20.12 $350

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