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Green Bay Wisconsin
August 22 and 23rd 1998
Last update 08-26-98


GREEN BAY, WIS. – Awesome!  Fantastic!  Unbelievable!  A blast! 

So were the praises by anglers of the great walleye fishing at the Ranger Boats MWC (Masters Walleye Circuit) Team Tournament, held August 22-23 on Lake Michigan’s Green Bay at the city of Green Bay, Wis.Dean Nathe (St. Cloud, Minn.), teamed with Paul Thompson (Wallace, Mich.), winning the tourney with a ten fish MWC limit record weight totaling 68.40 lbs., nearly a 7 pound average.  They collected $12,000, plus the $250 Kessler Big Basket Award for the heaviest second day catch of 31.88 lbs.  The first day Kessler Award and $250 went to John May and Patrick Neu, Forestville, Wis., with 39.48 lbs., which is a MWC single day five-fish record weight.According to Nathe, “We fished the same area both days, about ten miles north of Larson’s Reef in 25 to 30 feet of water.  The walleyes were relating to schools of baitfish.  We trolled with in-line planer boards at 1 m.p.h. or just drifted.”Thompson added, “The fish were very aggressive, so we used 15 lb. test mono line with a 30 lb. test  FireLine leader.  We also used  Hatchet Harness nightcrawler rigs.  Just about any color blade worked.  The Hatchet blade gives off a different sound than other spinners.  They really made the difference.” Second place finishers were Bill Leonard (Estherville, Iowa) and Wayne Stensrud (Madison, Minn.).  Their ten walleyes weighed 63.74 lbs., earning them $7,500.  They collected an additional $1,000 from  for the highest ranking Ranger boat owner competing in the tournament.  Stensrud caught the largest tourney walleye, 11.88 lbs., and was awarded a $1,000 engine rebate from , a  electric trolling motor and $1,100 from the optional Big Fish Pot. Leonard/Stensrud fished the same area as the winners, using nightcrawler spinner harnesses, chartreuse-colored #8 blades, from 2 oz.  X-Change bottom bouncers.Third place, worth $5,000, went to Wisconsinites Mark (Appleton) and Tom Keenan (Hatley), whose ten fish weighed 60.52.  The brothers now lead the circuit in the MWC Team of the Year race with 374 points. The Keenans also fished the Larson’s Reef area using Hatchet Harness nightcrawler rigs.  Explained Tom, “That blade was dominant.  We fished among other boats, but we were catching more fish.”Bob “Kaz” Kaczkowski, MWC Executive Director, stated, “The Green Bay walleye fishery is phenomenal.  My hat is off to Wisconsin DNR Fish Manager Terry Lychwick and his staff for their efforts in managing this system.  These are the best weights ever in the 15 year history of the MWC.  Green Bay has to be considered one of the best walleye fisheries in North America.”The top 35 teams shared a cash purse of $50,960, plus added prize money of $7,100, a total cash payout of $58,060.The 196 teams caught 1,009 walleyes weighing 4,423.70 lbs., a 4.38 lb. average.Each team contributed $10 to the MWC Conservation Fund.  The $1,960, plus $225 ($2,185) collected and donated by Kessler-Jim Beam Brands Co. at the tournament, will be donated to the Green Bay area DNR office to assist in the Bay’s fish management program.  To date, the MWC Conservation Fund has donated over $190,000 to fishery programs in states where MWC tournaments are held.The final circuit stop is the /MWC Team Tournament, Sept. 12-13 on Lake Pepin (Miss. River, Pool 4) at Lake City, Minn.  Some openings still exist.  For further information and entry forms, contact the MWC at 414-761-0657.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 Dean Nathe St. Cloud Minnesota Paul Thompson Wallace Michigan 68.40 $12,000
2 Bill Leonard Estherville Iowa Wayne Stensrud Madison Minnesota 63.74 $7,500
3 Mark Keenan Appleton Wisconsin Tom Keenan Hatley Wisconsin 60.52 $5,000
4 John Renschen Red Wing Minnesota Tom Renschen Red Wing Minnesota 59.58 $3,500
5 Johm May Forestville Wisconsin Patrick Neu Forestville Wisconsin 59.40 $2,500
6 Scott Allen Green Bay Minnesota Dennis Butz Suamico Wisconsin 57.16 $1,500
7 Scott Allar Welch Minnesota Tom dierks Hager City Wisconsin 56.56 $1,350
8 Robert Bodin Red Wing Minnesota Scott Mann Red Wing Minnesota 55.98 $1,250
9 Johm Antepenko Sobieski Wisconsin Rick Winans Green Bay Wisconsin 55.92 $1,150
10 Carol Cheneir Gladstone Michigan Glenn Chenier Gladstone Michigan 55.14 $1,000
11 Robert Lauridsen Oconomowoc Wisconsin Kim Spigarelli Gladstone Michigan 53.88 $900
12 Patrick Byle Milwaukee Wisconsin Rick Jerzak Theinsville Wisconsin 53.66 $900
13 Lynn Hanisko Escanaba Michigan Tom Walters Escanaba Michigan 52.20 $900
14 Bruce Edwardsen Rapid River Michigan Rick Jerzak Brampton Michigan 51.52 $900
15 Dave Telleck Omro Wisconsin Rodd Telleck Omro Wisconsin 51.34 $900
16 Patrick Jensen Stoddard Wisconsin Richard Penkalski Stoddard Wisconsin 51.32 $700
17 Matthew Daanen. DePere Wisconsin Steve Labbs DePere Wisconsin 51.02 $700
18 Mark Kordus Mosinee Wisconsin Terry Mayhall Madison Wisconsin 50.88 $700
19 Tom Hoinacki Waupun Wisconsin Bill Reabe Eau Claire Wisconsin 50.50 $700
20 Michael Bringedahl Fruitport Michigan Todd Conner Hopkins Wisconsin 49.96 $700
21 Craig Anderson Mound Minnesota Eric Anderson Mound Minnesota 49.42 $500
22 Kevin Kraft Maple Grove Minnesota Ed Schoenecker Slinger Wisconsin 48.88 $500
23 Joe Cartwright Appleton Wisconsin Tom Rotz Waupaca Wisconsin 48.78 $500
24 Chad Kinkade Cedar Falls Iowa
Tommy Skarlis
Waterloo Iowa 48.66 $500
25 Mary Dahlheim Shakopee Minnesota Tom Dahlheim Shakopee Minnesota 48.48 $500
26 Matt Jacobsen Oshkosh Wisconsin Leon Luker Oshkosh Wisconsin 47.92 $400
27 Dean Amoldussen Kaukauna Wisconsin Jim Swinkles Kaukana Wisconsin 47.72 $400
28 Tim Cain Mankato Minnesota Rod Swanson Mankato Minnesota 47.64 $400
29 Zach Boudreau Spring Grove Minnesota Brad Kaczoroski Winona Minnesota 47.56 $400
30 Randy Blaszycki Green Bay Wisconsin Karl Plog DePere Wisconsin 47.08 $400
31 Wayne Butz Oneida Wisconsin Don Fredrich Appleton Wisconsin 46.20 $342
32 Greg Caroulus Parkersburg Iowa Mike Rule Aplington Iowa 43.50 $342
John Kolinski
Menasha Wisconsin Blaine Poulsen North Prairie Wisconsin 43.20 $342
Gary Gray
Oshkosh Wisconsin Del Zerbe St.Germaine Wisconsin 43.12 $342
35 Richard Nascak Winona Minnesota Joe Wilson Winona Minnesota 42.76 $342

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