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Smithburg and Shaw take Mercury Team of the
Year Honors on GNWC's Iowa Circuit
By Steve Weisman
GNWC Publicity Director
Dave Smithburg from Libertyville and Joel Shaw from
Fairfield used a
fourth place finish at Prairie du Chien on the Mississippi River on
to capture the Mercury Team of the Year title on the Grand National
Cup's (GNWC) Iowa Circuit.
Smithburg and Shaw, who won the title by 12 points
over the team of Alan
Wittmus from Fort Dodge and Mike Clark from Runnells, weighed a five-walleye
limit of 10.33 pounds.
Eight teams weighed five-fish limits on a river
that had been dropping
6-12 inches daily since Tuesday. Payout went through 12 places.
Winning the Prairie du Chien qualifier and a check
for $2000 was the
team of Ron Mason from Estherville and Jim Wahl from LeClaire with
walleyes weighing 13.48 pounds.
Earning second place and a check for $800 was the
team of Brad Bull from
Mason City and Robert Mordini from Webster City with a five-fish limit
weighing 12.56 pounds.
Ironically, both teams locked up river to fish the
same wing dam. So,
the drama unfolded in front of their eyes as they battled for the first
place honors. Each team anchored and used live bait rigs tipped with
to take their fish.
However, the third place team of Jeremy Ruehle from
Ruthven and Moe
Hansen from Dickens ran south to Guttenberg where they used three way
and a plain hook tipped with a leech to catch their five-fish limit
of 11.05 pounds. This placing also gave them third place in the Mercury
of the Year competition.
GNWC Tournament Director Dean Higgins found this
to be the perfect way
to end a great season on the Iowa Circuit. "Even though the water levels
dropped 6-12 inches each day since Tuesday, these teams put on quite
It's hard to tell what kind of weights they would have brought to the
if the river would have remained stable."
Higgins continued, "We had lots of drama out there
today. The Mercury
Team of the Year was decided and we had eight teams bring in limits
I'm really proud of all the teams who competed on the Iowa Circuit
The Abu Garcia Big Fish award of two Abu Garcia
Linecounter 6500 reels
went to the team of terry Mitchell from Woodward and Adam Clausen from
Grove for a 7.58 pound fish that they caught around 9:30 a.m. at the
end of the pool on an orange spinner tipped with a nightcrawler.
Troy Loeckle from Floyd and Wesley Lockle from Mason
City earned the
Berkley Family Angler Award of $250 in Berkley product as the top placing
family team. They finished in eighth place with a five-fish limit of
Next up for the Iowa teams will be the State Championship
at Clear Lake
on September 13-14. A release in the near future will provide a list
those qualifying for the State Championship.
Interested anglers can call 1-800-890-3474, email
the GNWC at
firstname.lastname@example.org or get on the GNWC website at walleyecup.com to
on updated information from all five states.
Major sponsoring partners for the GNWC include Ranger
Outboards, Berkley, Abu-Garcia, The Sportsman Channel and
For those television viewers who do not have The
Sportsman Channel and
wish to watch the GNWC's television series Walleye Wisdom, be sure
your cable company or satellite television provider and ask them to
it in their package.
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