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May 13, 1999
/ "Hawkeye Quest"
Veteran NAWA Pro Norb Wallock
Twenty five years of guiding experience on
similar waters has helped veteran NAWA
This lake is almost identical to those I fish
in Wisconsin, " Wallock said "The waters I'm
Weighting 13.99 lbs. of walleyes, Wallock and
Belken weighted one of only five six fish
"T he gusting north winds have made it impossible
to use a finesse type of approach"
One big key to fishing these larger Lake Okoboji
walleyes, day one runner up Jim Bell
"This is only my second trip to this lake,
so I had to do my homework, he explained. "I
Bell of Blaine Minnesota and his amateur partner
Dana Delp of Lansing Michigan
Minnesota pro Mark St Martin of circle Pine
and his amateur partner Chester Martin of
This event the second on NAWA'a 1999 tournament
trail, and the second of four
Following tomorrows, day two weight in the
field will be pared down to the top 15 pros
Tournament anglers will return to the water
tomorrow for day two of the "Hawkeye
The action gets under way tomorrow at 7:00
a.m. Weight in activities begins at 3:45
In addition to this world class fishing competition
fishing fans can attend the Fishbone
/ "Hawkeye Quest"
Okoboji Iowa After two days of intense angling competition, veteran NAWA pro Jim Bell leads an all star field going into the final day of the OTG/W.L.Gore “Hawkeye Quest” a world class event held here at Okoboji’s Arnolds Park
Bell who captured the first NAWA tournament and has finished in the money in the majority of the NAWA event s, will be the first angler to depart from the dock in tomorrows final showdown where the top 15 finishers out of the original field will fish off for the events top prize. His strategy of jigging the reefs for the lakes population of tight lipped larger walleyes paid off big with two consecutive catches of quality walleyes weighting a total of 17 lbs. Bells day two basket of walleyes weighting 5.48 lbs. combined with yesterday’s catch earned him the pole position in tomorrow’s competition.
“There a lots of walleyes on the reefs, but the key is to entice the
larger fish to bite, Bell said during the day two press conference.
“To catch fish today, required a lot of finesse.”
In second place going into Friday’s final day is Conover Wisconsin pro Norb Wallock another veteran who is capable of winning the event. Wallock with a two-day catch of 16.23 lbs. is also fishing West Lake Okoboji and using similar techniques.
“I’m praying for wind tomorrow,” said Wallock. “The wind is pushing the fish into shallower water where they seem to be more aggressive, today with the lighter breezes, the fish slipped into the deeper waters and became more difficult to catch.
In third place is NAWA veteran Robert Eberhardt of Bemidji Minnesota. Eberhardt a versatile angler who weighted more fish than any other pro in this event so far. He has weighted a six fish limit today totaling 7.35 lbs. for a total of 13.85 lbs.
In general the most productive patterns being pursued are jig fishing. However many anglers continue to rely on trolling techniques. The majority of the field is struggling to develop a productive pattern for catching larger walleyes.
Under the NAWA Quest series format only the top 15 pros and top 15 amateurs return to the water tomorrow for the final day of fishing. Though more than six pounds separate the first and fifteenth place finishers this will have no affect on the final outcome.
The remaining contestants start from scratch on day three the final round of this high stakes shootout at Okoboji’s Arnold Park
Though not competing on day three pro and amateur anglers finishing 16th through 25th place after today’s competition also qualify for cash and prizes
Amery Wisconsin pro
Todd Riley and his amateur partner Howard Tull of Tingley Iowa captured
the $500 “
Whopper for their 5.73 LB walleye.
Press Release Day Three
Date May 15, 1999
Former Wisconsin UPS Man delivers Winning catch in the
Like many of the anglers finishing on the top of this event, Wallock was fishing the crystal clear waters of West Lake Okoboji an area that seemed to produce many of the larger fish caught during this world class competition. Here he refined his approach today to catch bigger walleyes- those needed to win the events top prize.
“I’ve been doing what I am best at, jig fishing” Wallock told the press contingent. “ As a bit of insurance, I’ve also been doing some bobber fishing, and I’m glad I paid those premiums because they really paid off”.
During the final day of competition, Wallock maintained the same game plan he used earlier in the week. However lighter winds on day 2 forced him to move to a new location and change strategies for only one day.
Wallocks day three weight was 11.81 lbs., earning him theThe top Pro prize, valued at nearly $22,000, includes a new 1800 Pro-V Tournament Series boat, 150 horsepower XRI motor and trailer. Amateur anglers will be fishing for a top prize of a new Lund 1700 Angler SS boat, 90 horsepower Mercury motor and trailer valued at $14,000.
Finishing in the runner up spot was veteran NAWA pro Jim Bell of Blaine Minnesota; Bell who also fished West Lake Okoboji stayed in the top two spots the entire event.
Bells day three catch of 9.48 lbs. earned him a total of $5714.
Mark Broderick an East Bethel Minnesota pro finished in third with a
catch weighting 9.10 lbs. and earned him $5,000 in winnings.
Sitting atop the amateur standings at the conclusion of the final day was Chuck Dube of Brooklyn Park Minnesota who came to the scales with 11.81 lbs. having been paired with Norb Wallock, Dube takes home a new 1700 Angler SS boat, 90 hp outboard motor and trailer valued at $14,000
Finishing second in the amateur division was Frank W Christainson of Blomfest Minnesota Chritianson received a $500 pay day for his efforts. Third place winning so f $429 went to Roscoe Illinois amateur Brian Hansche
As well as taking the overall title Wallock and Dube captured the $5000 day three Whopper Award for their 2.78 LB walleye. Elk river Minnesota pro Jim Peterson earned the $500 Kawasaki come back award here today after climbing 29 places after the first day of competition.
Team Event Results
May 14 1999
Iowa Team grabs top spot in Day One OTG/W.L. Gore “Team Challenge”
The walleye rich waters of Iowa’s famous lake Okoboji continued it’s temperamental ways here today during day one of the OTG/W.L. Gore Team Challenge a world class fishing event designed specifically for team anglers.
Winning the first day tittle and top prize of $1366 were veteran Iowa team anglers Bernie Barringer of Crystal Lake and Steve Weisman of Estherville with the days only six fish limit weighting 12.48 lbs. Unlike many of the anglers who traveled some distance to reach there fishing spots, the day one leaders set up shop on the tip of a tiny point wit6hin viewing distance of the tournament site at Arnolds Park
“During my practice days, I discovered a tightly concentrated school of walleyes no bigger than the Cabelas bus,” said Barringer. “To catch fish the bait needed to be right on top of the walleyes.”
According to Weisnan, can be boat conscious when in clear and shallow water. Anchoring a boat a fair distance from the fish and utilizing the wind to position the bobbers, Barringer and Weisnan were able to put there bait (leeches on a plain hook) among the fish.
“The distance between the bait and the lake bottom was crucial,” Weisnan added, “ to catch fish, it seemed as though the bait could be no more than six inches off of the bottom.”
Runners up were Iowans Richard Krause of Spirit Lake and Steve Sheeler of Hartley with a five fish basket totaling 10.08 lbs. Krause and Sheeler collected the day one second place prize of $819.
“Due to the lake clarity , I fish Lake Okoboji for big walleyes primarily late at night,” said Kraus. “We had to completely change the tactics that have worked at night and develop deep water finesse technique>”
Another Iowa team Lee Schoon and Steve Hansen of Fort Dodge weighted the day’s third best basket. The veteran Lake Okoboji anglers weighted a three fish basket of 8.05 lbs. and collected $737.
Day one third place finishers Lee Schoon and Steve Hansen collected the days “Winnebago Whopper” big fish award of $500 for a 7.89 walleye
Under NAWA’s “Team challenge “ rules, day one catches are not carried
over to the second day and everyone starts from scratch on day two.
The purse is paid in two portions, half on day one the remaining half on
May 14 1999
Minnesota team grabs top spot in Day Two of OTG/W.L. Gore “Team Challenge”
Bobber bite yields top catches in Lake Okoboji Walleye tournament
A change in tactics helped Bloomfest Minnesota angler Frank Christianson and his partner Bryan LaPointe of Oakdale Minnesota win the second day of the OTG/W.L.Gore “Team Challenge”on Iowa’s famous Lake Okoboji.
Christianson and LaPointe who brought a six fish limit to the scales weighting 18.57 lbs. said they switched to a live bait approach with a bobber presentation after striking out the first day by trolling crankbaits.
They were fishing leeches on 1/8th ounce jigs under a slip bobber just of Pocahontas point the very same location that produced the day one winning catch. Here Christianson and LaPoint were concentrating on deeper breakline that seemed to hold many of the large walleyes caught during this world class event
“Most of our best bites came in those al to brief breaks in the clouds when the sun shined,” said Christianson. “Since we were fishing such a sharp break, the depth of our bait was critical to our success.”
Chritianson and LaPoint anchored in deeper water and cast their bobber rigs to the break. The trick was to keep the bait within inches of the bottom where the bigger walleyes were found.
“The bait had to be right on target to entice a bite,” LaPointe added “this required us to make extremely long casts to keep from spooking the fish with our boat.”
The day two winners who took home a check for $1366 said the bites were slow in coming and only caught six fish (the ones the weighted) throughout the entire day.
The only other team using a similar approach were runners up Bernie Barringer of Crystal Lake and Steve Weisman of Iowa who weighted a six fish limit of fish totaling 15.05 lbs. Barringer and Weisman the day one winners collected $819 in day two winnings.
“My game plan did not change from yesterday” said Barringer. “We stuck with our live bait presentation and slip bobbers and it produced for us again today.”
Washington Minnesota anglers Bruce Stugelmeyer and Daryl Krogman collected the third place prize of $619 for a six fish limit of 11.41 lbs.
In addition to capturing today’s top prize Chritianson and LaPoint collected $500 for the Days “Winnebago Whopper Award” the team weighted a 5.59-LB walleye the biggest fish of the day.
Over the 44 boat field five teams brought six fish limits to the scales
compared to only one the day before. The anglers weighted 146 walleyes
totaling 221 pounds during the two-day event.
"Team Challenge: Winnebago Whopper $500
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