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2001 Schedule and results
Rescheduled Oct 16-20
Treasure Island Casino and Resort
||Big Stone Lake
||Little Bay De Noc
||Big Stone Lake
Contact: Pete Wuebker, Wildlife Forever
MWC 2001 Championship Lake
Fish Flesh Worth More Than Gold To 2001 World Walleye Champions
Don Solis and Bert Wilson
Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Red Wing, MN - Although gold is
under $300 an ounce, slightly more than an ounce of a walleye was worth
$10,000 to the 2001 World Walleye Champions Don Solis (Perronville,
Bert Wilson (Gladstone, MI).
According to Pete Wuebker, Director of Wildlife Forever's Masters Walleye
Circuit, This was perhaps the closest finish in the sixteen years of
Masters Walleye Circuit Championship." Solis and Wilson won the
Championship by one tenth of a pound and took home $20,000, while the
place team pocketed $10,000.
The three-day walleye tournament started slow for the team. Their first
weight of 10.21 pounds put them at just 25th place. But increasingly
catches each day moved them up rapidly. Solis and Wilson's basket on
came in at 19.94 pounds, the fourth heaviest of the day and enough
them from 25th to 4th place. Their basket on Saturday was the heaviest
all the teams and just enough to send them to the winners' circle.
Less than four tenths of a pound separated the top three teams. Nick
and Curt Poquette (Both of Elmwood, WI) lead the Championship field
one taking a commanding lead of nearly five pounds by Friday. But the
failed to put a fifth fish in the basket on Saturday weighing only
for 9.26 pounds. Their final weight was 53.51 pounds putting Johnson
Poquette in third place for $5,000.
Second place was taken by the team of Mike Bringdahl (Fruitport, MI)
Conner (Hopkins, MI). Bringdahl and Conner's weight of 10.82 pounds
one put them in the closely contested spot of 17th place. Their weight
Friday was the biggest basket of fish of the Championship. At 28.81
Bringdahl and Conner had a strong hold on second place with a total
pounds. The team's final basket of fish was a moderate 14.17 pounds
enough to hang on to second place and $10,000.
The Husband/Wife Team of the Year, Glenn and Carol Chenier weighed the
heaviest fish of the Championship. Their 9.08-pound walleye earned
pair of Motorguide trolling motors and helped them finish in 20th place.
Wildlife Forever's World Walleye Championship catch and release tournament
weighed a total of 614 walleye and sauger over the three days, returning
of all fish to the water. An 85% return rate is considered very good.
¾ of a ton of fish were weighed.
The daily weigh-in was watched online across the country on the live
board hosted by walleyecentral.com.
In addition to their financial sponsorship, The Frontenac Sportsman
volunteered their time to run the World Championship tournament for
second year in a row. This was also the second year that the world
hosted by Treasure Island Resort and Casino.
Wildlife Forever is a national fish and wildlife conservation organization
with projects in all 50 states, Canada and Mexico. The Masters Walleye
Circuit, a division of Wildlife Forever, is a venue to promote and
aquatic conservation while enjoying the great outdoor recreational
Wildlife Forever's Masters Walleye Circuit is supported by Berkley Trilene,
Lowrance Electronics, The North American Fishing Club, Lindy Little
Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Motorguide, Panther Goldeneye and Walleye
For more information, visit the Wildlife Forever web site at:
or the Masters
Walleye Circuit web site at: www.walleyecentral.com
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