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Back to Basics at Lake Waconia for GNWC Teams
By Steve Weisman
GNWC Publicity Director
Back to basics was worth $1200 for the team of Chad
Benson and Joe
Edlund from Bemidji as they won the first Minnesota qualifier of the
National Walleye Cup, Sunday, May 18 at Lake Waconia.
Benson and Edlund, who along with most teams had
anything together during pre-fishing, turned to a Lindy Rig, and1/8-ounce
sinker and a leech. They found their fish on the inside weed edges
feet of water and ended up with a four-fish basket weighing 8.12 pounds.
Second place and a check for $600 went to the team
of Travis Frank from
St. Bonifacious and Jon LaVelle from Waconia with two walleyes weighing
pounds. Frank and LaVelle also captured the Abu Garcia Big Fish Award
6500 Linecounter reels with their 3.76 pounder.
Meanwhile, Dustin Gesinger from Mound and Jason
Wagener from Waconia
took third place with 3.02 pounds and cashed a check for $300.
Dave Vogt from Brainerd and Tom Vogt from Owatonna
captured both fourth
place and also The Berkley Family Angler Award as the top placing family
team by weighing 2.71 pounds. They took home $250 in Berkley prizes
GNWC Executive Director Bernie Barringer said, "Benson
and Edlund did
what very few people thought could be done right now on Lake Waconia.
the walleyes in such a negative bite, most everybody felt two, maybe
one good fish might win it. What these guys did was remarkable. They
actually went back to a pre-fishing mode, found the fish and did what
had to do!"
Barringer continued, "Even though the bite was tough,
battled hard. I think this Minnesota Circuit of the GNWC will be very
exciting as we head through the four qualifiers. The next one will
definitely spark some interest as we head to Otter Tail Lake on Sunday,
1. Otter Tail was hot for the opener a couple of weeks ago, and it
if they're still going strong."
Interested anglers can call 1-800-890-3474, email
the GNWC at
firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the official GNWC website at walleyecup.com
for all of the latest in GNWC information.
Major sponsoring partners for the GNWC include Ranger
Outboards, Berkley, Abu-Garcia, The Sportsman Channel and
Those television viewers who do not have The Sportsman
Channel and want
to watch the GNWC's television series Walleye Wisdom, are encouraged
their cable company or satellite television provider and ask to have
included in their package.
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