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MINNEMA'S WIN CABELA'S MWC WALLEYE TOURNEY
Gladstone, MI - A Wisconsin father and son team, Jim (of Randolph,
The winners put together consistent catches of 22.04 lbs. and 24.34 lbs., and brought in the allowable ten fish MWC limit. Their impressive 46.38 lb. total averaged nearly five pounds per walleye. Their first circuit victory was worth $20,000.
According to Jim, "I told Tim this morning that I had a good feeling that we were going to win this one." It probably helped that their best bite was between nine and ten in the morning each day. The team's larger fish were caught on Big Bay off Round Island, and then they moved to Little Bay to catch their slot fish near No-See Um Creek. Teams were permitted to catch three fish between 15 and 23 inches and two fish over 23 inches daily.
All of the fish were caught on spinner rigs tipped with nightcrawlers or leeches. Tim explained, "We trolled the rigs from in-line planer boards real slow. There really wasn't a set pattern. We caught them on the bottom, the middle and near the top. When we fished deep, we used a floating type rig just above the bottom which kept the zebra mussels from attaching themselves to the rig."
Tim's son, Cody, joined his dad and granddad on stage to accept
the first place check and trophies. The pair also won the MWC family
team award. Barb and Bill Standke of Redgranite, WI won the husband
and wife award. They finished in 26th place winning $800. Second
place finishers were Mike Tompkins (Green Bay, WI) and Dan Stankevitz (Hudson,
WI) with 46.02 lbs. worth $10,000. Third place and $7,000 went to
Joe Fisher (Chisago, MN) and Chad Swanson (Mahtomedi, MN) who tallied 45.70
Tom Walters (Campbellsport, WI) and Andy Schmidt (Fond du Lac, WI) took big fish honors with a 10.10 lb. walleye. They finished ninth and pocketed $2,000 plus an extra $1205 for the lunker.
The 160 team field caught 606 walleyes weighing 2,353.21 lbs.
The fourth and final circuit stop is the Cabela's Lindy Legendary Tackle & Lund International MWC Team Tournament, September 21-22 on the Mississippi River (Lake Pepin) at Lake City, MN. Openings still exist. For entry forms contact the MWC toll free at 1-877-893-7947 or click onto the MWC website at www.masterswalleyecircuit.com
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