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Day 1 Championship Results
Day 2 Championship Results
Press Release 08/30/02
Schedule of events for the Championship
September, 13, 2002

                            Keith Kavajecz Holds Lead, but
                            Championship Pros Close Gap

    Bismarck, North Dakota.....”It’s getting hot at the top,” said Mercury 
Championship leader Keith Kavajecz.  The Kaukauna, Wis., In-Fisherman 
Professional Walleye Trail (PWT) angler has held the lead for each of the 
first two days, but 10 pro anglers are within three pounds.

    A past PWT winner, Kavajecz limited both days for a total weight of 14.43 
pounds.  The 4-fish PWT daily limit (and state no-upgrading law) forces 
anglers to make decisions -- keep or release -- when they catch fish.  They 
can then continue fishing for a fifth fish, but only four are allowed on 

    Kavajecz is one of 51 pros who qualified by competing at all six PWT 
tournaments or either of the Dee Zee divisions.  They are joined by the 
Mercury Top Amateur Tom Gonya, Toledo, Ohio.  Gonya held the highest 
position of any amateur in PWT Championship history, fourth after day one.  
He slipped to 37th place on day two.

    Crowds of walleye fans cheered anglers as they were towed inside the 
Bismarck Civic Center where they hoisted their fish.  In second with 13.71 
pounds is Scott Fairbairn, Hager City, Wis.  Local favorite Dave Kraft, 
Bismarck, is in third with 13.59 pounds.

    Anglers are competing for a share of $291,000 in cash and prizes.  The 
winner receives $100,000 including a Lund boat, Mercury 200-hp, a tandem 
axle Eagle trailer and MinnKota bow mount trolling motor, plus an 
In-Fisherman model Leer pick-up truck cap.  All anglers win at least $1,000.

    A marine and tackle Sport Show takes place in the adjacent Exhibit Hall  
Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.  Many youth activities are planned, including 
free Silstar rods and reels to the first 1,000 youngsters who pick up 
coupons at the Exhibit Hall lobby starting at 2 p.m.  The final day 
excitement begins with live entertainment and special video presentations an 
hour prior to the 4 p.m. weigh-in and stage festivities.

    Anglers fish the Missouri River, and on day one, 162 of 163 walleyes were 
released by the North Dakota Game and Fish Department.  On day two, 150 of 
156 went back into the river.

    The Miller High Life big fish for day two is also the largest of the 
Championship at 4.18 pounds.  Gary Gray, Oshkosh, Wis., landed the big fish, 
worth at least $1,000.  It vaulted him into sixth position.

    The PWT is part of The In-Fisherman Communications Network and PRIMEDIA, 
Inc., America's leading producer of targeted media. PWT sponsors include: 
Aqua Vu,   Berkley PowerBait, Berkley Trilene, Blue Fox Tackle, Carhartt, 
Coleman, Cotton Cordell, Daiichi hooks, Dee Zee, Drift Control, DuBro Pro 
Services, Eagle Trailers, Gander Mountain, IMCO Boat Buckles,  Leer, Lindy 
Little Joe, Lowrance Electronics, Lund Boats, Lund Intl, Mack's Lure, 
Matzuo, Mercury Marine, Miller High Life, MinnKota, Mitchell reels, Rapala 
Lures, Northland Tackle, Oceanwave sunglasses, Pinnacle rods, Plano, RAM, 
Raymarine, Realtree, SealSkinz, Storm Lures, Yamaha all terrain vehicles, 
Bismarck/Mandan CVB: 800-767-3555, and North Dakota Tourism: 800-Hello-ND.

2002 Miller/In-Fisherman Angler of the Year: John Kolinski, Menasha, WI 
2002 Raymarine Rookie of the Year: Mike Gwizdala, Bay City, MI $3,125
2002 Mercury Top Amateur: Tom Gonya, Toledo, OH $4,000
2002 Realtree Sportsman of the Year: Norb Wallock, Conover, WI $500

Current Rank   Name    City/St      #of Fish     Day 1 weight   Day 2 weight 
     Total Weight

1    Keith Kavajecz    Kaukauna    WI    8    8.01    6.42    14.43
2    Scott Fairbairn    Hager City    WI    8    7.24    6.47    13.71
3    David Kraft    Bismarck    ND    8    7.24    6.35    13.59
4    Bill St Peter    Bay City    MI    8    5.81    7.2    13.01
5    Dan Stier    Pierre    SD    8    6.61    6.12    12.73
6    Gary Gray    Oshkosh    WI    8    4.19    8.11    12.3
7    Tom Backer    Fargo    ND    8    6.35    5.9    12.25
8    John Peterson    Bemidji    MN    8    5.97    5.7    11.67
9    Todd Riley    Amery    WI    8    6.2    5.45    11.65
10    Ron Seelhoff    Burlington    CO    8    5.97    5.46    11.43
11    James Randash    Rapid City    SD    7    4.94    6.42    11.36
12    Robert Crow    Paterson    WA    8    4.78    6.4    11.18
13    Rick Olson    Mina Lake    SD    8    5.66    5.5    11.16
14    Mark Brumbaugh    Arcanum    OH    7    5.35    5.64    10.99
15    Sheldon    Meidinger    Bismarck    ND    7    4.65    6.27    10.92
16    Jim Muzynoski    Bozeman    MT    8    4.81    6.05    10.86
17    Mark Martin    Twin Lake    MI    8    5.14    5.12    10.26
18    Eric Naig    Cylinder    IA    8    5.27    4.95    10.22
19    John Butts    Dryden, Ontario    CAN    7    6.26    3.89    10.15
20    Ross Grothe    Apple Valley    MN    8    3.96    5.92    9.88
21    Jamie Keckeisen    Dousman    WI    7    4.44    5.15    9.59
22    Mark Sak    Imlay City    MI    7    5.62    3.94    9.56
23    Rick Gardner    Greeley    CO    6    6.28    3.13    9.41
24    Tommy Skarlis    Walker    MN    8    4.55    4.84    9.39
25    Ted Takasaki    East Gull Lake    MN    6    5.81    3.52    9.33
26    Jay Weber    Annandale    MN    7    5.57    3.67    9.24
27    Jay Janny    Eagle    WI    8    4.53    4.49    9.02
28    Mike Gofron    Antioch    IL    7    5.51    3.37    8.88
29    Gary Parsons    Glidden    WI    7    5.12    3.75    8.87
30    Pete Harsh    Sauk Centre    MN    7    5.25    3.59    8.84
31    Ernie Olson    Foley    MN    8    4.21    4.12    8.33
32    Dale Kuklinski    Adell    WI    7    4.37    3.79    8.16
33    David Rhodes    New Wilmington    PA    6    5.28    2.87    8.15
34    Perry Good    Eagan    MN    7    3.27    4.86    8.13
35    Kim Papineau    Escanaba    MI    7    4.13    3.06    7.19
36    Byron Peterson    Blair    NE    5    1.49    5.23    6.72
37    Tom Gonya    Toledo    OH    4    6.64    0    6.64
38    Scott Gerner    Chilton    WI    5    2.23    4.34    6.57
39    Rick Franklin    Louisburg    KS    5    2.34    4.19    6.53
40    Bill Ortiz    Dodgeville    WI    4    0    6.27    6.27
41    Charles Johnson    Merrifield    MN    5    4.21    2.02    6.23
42    Tom Kemos    Oconomowoc    WI    5    1.25    4.7    5.95
43    Shannon Kehl    Menoken    ND    5    4.46    1.21    5.67
44    Mike Gwizdala    Bay City    MI    5    3.61    1.94    5.55
45    Nate Provost    Gulliver    MI    4    .89    3.87    4.76
46    Royce Drye    Spokane    WA    3    3.47    0    3.47
47    Dennis Lantzy    Warren    MI    2    1.8    1.11    2.91
48    Bruce Samson    Minnetrista    MN    2    1.18    .98    2.16
49    John Kolinski    Menasha    WI    2    .89    .94    1.83
50    Mark Broderick    East Bethel    MN    1    1.23    0    1.23
51    Carl Grunwaldt    Green Bay    WI    1    .85    0    .85
52    Kevin Blanck    Malone    WI    0    0    0    0

Mercury Marine 2002 Championship
Missouri River, Bismarck /Mandan, North Dakota
September 6 - 14, 2002

Friday, September 6 Navigation Day 
6 -9 pm Meet the Pros; public invited; chili feed River City Sports

Saturday, September 7 First Day of Practice
8:00 pm Pro Orientation meeting/ Registration Civic Center Meeting Room 

Sunday, September 8 Pro-Am Celebrity Tournament
6:00 am Meet celebrities at boat; depart Civic Center
5:00 pm Boats off the water; return to Civic Center
5 - 6 pm Park boat; bring measurements of celebrity or pro fish to stage. PWT Stage/Boat Yard 

Monday, September 9 Third Day of Open Practice
5:00 pm Boats off the water; return to Civic Center Civic Center Boat Yard
6 - 9 pm Meet the Pros; Public invited; chili feed Twin City Boat World 

Tuesday, September 10 Fourth Day of Open Practice
5:00 pm Boats off the water; return to Civic Center
5:30 - 8:00 pm Meet the pros; public invited; fish fry Moritz Sport & Marine
8:00 pm Fellowship of Christian Anglers meeting Radisson Inn
Guest Speaker: Tommy Skarlis

Wednesday, September 11 Final Practice Day
1:00 pm Boats off the water; return to Civic Center
3:00 pm Pro walk thru; drive thru procedures Civic Center main floor
6:30 pm Pro/Press/Observer/Volunteer Dinner Civic Center Food Court
7:00 pm Rules Meeting; pros and observers

Thursday, September 12 Championship Day 1
5: 45 - 6:00 am Pros meet observers at boats and depart Civic Center Boat Yard
7:20 am Opening Ceremonies Hazelton Ramp
2 :00 - 9:00 pm Championship Sport/Outdoor Show Exhibit Hall
4:00 pm Stage festivities commence
6: 45 - 9 pm Pros Meet the public at the show - in sponsor booths Exhibit Hall
*500 Kids with coupons pick-up free tackle and/or Plano tackle boxes at Exhibit Hall

Friday September 13 Championship Day 2
5: 45 - 6:00 am Pros meet observers at boats and depart Civic Center Boat Yard
7:20 am Opening Ceremonies Hazelton Ramp
2:00 - 9:00 pm Championship Sport/Outdoor Show Exhibit Hall
4:00 pm Stage festivites commence
6:45 - 9pm Pros Meet the public at the show - in sponsor booths Exhibit Hall
*500 Kids with coupons pick-up free tackle and/or Plano tackle boxes at Exhibit Hall

Saturday September 14 Championship Day 3
5: 45 - 6:00 am Pros meet observers at boats and depart Civic Center Boat Yard
7:20 am Opening Ceremonies Ramp TBA
10:00 am - 5:00 pm Championship Sport/Outdoor Show Exhibit Hall
3:30 pm Special Entertainment Civic Center
4:00 pm Stage festivities commence
6:45 pm *1,000 Kids with coupons pick-up free Pinnacle/Silstar rod and reel combo Civic Center Food Court
7:30 - 8:30 pm Social Hour for pros/press/observers/volunteers and sponsors Radisson Inn Ballroom
8:30 pm Championship Banquet & Awards Ceremonies Radisson Inn Ballroom
Ticket required; $100,000 to winner

*NOTE: First 500 youngsters with FolkFest buttons accompanied by parent or guardian receive coupons for tackle and/or Plano tackle boxes on Day 1 and Day 2. On the final day, the first 1,000 kids get 

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