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Gaston Capture Cabela's MWC Trilene - Ranger Boats
Walleye Tourney Title
Onamia, MN - David Sime and Alan Gaston of Eagan, Minnesota won the
Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) Trilene - Ranger Boats team walleye tournament
held May 18 & 19 on Mille Lacs Lake at Onamia, Minnesota.
The Ranger Boats sponsored team weighed eight fish
lbs. They collected $25,000 for the win plus an additional $500 from
for their first place finish. It was the first circuit victory
for the team
who began their professional fishing career in 1992.
Sime and Gaston pre-fished for a week prior to the
stating that they eliminated the entire southern half of the lake by
so, deciding to concentrate their tournament efforts on the northern
section. The game plan resulted in the win.
"We fished leeches over the gravel between 16 and 20 feet. The rigs
Colorado hammered copper blades tied to 6/2 FireLine with 10-foot leaders
green 6-pound Trilene XT," shared Sime. "We also used red #4 hooks,
were a key to our presentation."
Gaston added, "We just drifted, working fish which
were spread over
a 100 yard circle. The water temperature was about 44 degrees.
we'd finish in the top ten and we wind up winning. I'm numb!"
Second place finishers were Bruce Hill (Forest Lake,
MN) and Gary
Houdek (Charles City, IA). They weighed 14.11 lbs, earning $12,500.
Third place worth $9,000 went to Chad Christianson
(Coon Rapids, MN)
and Ben Munsch (Hugo, MN) with seven fish weighing 13.05 lbs.
The top 35 teams shared the $101,875 cash purse.
$4,750 was paid in big fish prizes.
The tournament ran in conjunction with the Cabela's
Championship. Nearly 400 teams from 25 states fished the combined
making it the largest pro-walleye tournament ever held. $144,000
plus additional prizes were paid out to the Championship field.
The next MWC tournament will be held on the Bays
de Noc, August 24 &
25 at Gladstone/Escanaba, Michigan. Openings still exist.
For entry forms,
contact the MWC toll free at 1-877-893-7947 or click onto the circuit
website at www.masterswalleyecircuit.com
In addition to Cabela's, MWC sponsors include Berkley
Ranger Boats, Lindy Legendary Tackle, Lowrance Electronics, Lund Truck
Accessories, Mercury, North American Fishing Club, Cotton Cordell,
Leer, Phillips Vodka and Panther Marine.
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