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Benson, Edlund Nail Down Mercury Team of the
Year Honors at Lake Vermilion
By Steve Weisman
GNWC Publicity Director
With 10 teams weighing 5-fish limits, the walleye
bite on Lake Vermilion
was definitely hot at the Grand National Walleye Cup's (GNWC) final
qualifier on the Minnesota Circuit, Sunday, July 20.
Leading the way with 12.04 pounds was the team of
Gary Nordlie from
Owatona and Lee Mendenhall from New Richland. They pocketed $1500 for
Cashing the second place check of $750 was the team
of Chad Benson and
Joe Edlund from Bemidji with 10.83 pounds. Benson and Edlund finished
incredible GNWC season with two first place finishes, a second place
and a third place finish.
"What a year these two guys had," said GNWC Executive
Barringer. "In all my years of involvement with tournament angling,
think I've ever seen anything like it. They definitely deserve the
Mercury Team of the Year for the state of Minnesota."
Third place and a check for $500 went to Bob Steinhoff
from Lake Shore
and Kevin Benz from Shokopee with 10.46 pounds.
Gene Johnson from Side Lake and Tim Rasch from Hibbing
took fourth place
with 9.22 pounds and also captured the Abu Garcia Big Fish Award of
Linecounter reels for their 5.16 pound walleye.
The Berkley Family Angler Award for the top placing
family team went to
Wes Loeckle from Mason City, IA and Troy Loeckle from Floyd, IA with
place finish. They earned $250 in Berkley product for their efforts
a check for $225 for placing sixth.
The Lake Vermilion qualifier was definitely the
tale of two lakes: the
west and the east. "The top teams all fished the west side of the lake
were able to come up with the bigger fish. The teams who fished the
side were actually distracted by the huge numbers of fish being taken.
on the east side caught as many as 40 walleyes. The numbers were not
as great on the west side, but the size of the fish made the difference,"
Barringer noted that the competing teams were impressed
Vermilion. "Lake Vermilion is a terrific walleye fishery that offers
fishermen both incredible fishing opportunities and the beauty of a
Canadian Shield lake."
The top presentation was working Lindy Rigs and
crawlers along the
breaklines in 14-18 feet of water.
Next up will be the State Championship at Gull Lake,
September 6-7. "As
we get closer to September, we will release all the details for the
Championship. One thing is for sure-these teams will put on a great
just as they have all year long."
Anglers can call 1-800-890-3474, email the
GNWC at email@example.com
or check out the official GNWC website at walleyecup.com for all of
latest in GNWC information.
Major sponsoring partners for the GNWC include Ranger
Outboards, Berkley, Abu-Garcia, The Sportsman Channel and
Those who do not get the Sportsman Channel and want
to see the GNWC's
television series Walleye Wisdom are encouraged to contact their cable
satellite provider and ask for the Sportsman Channel to be added to
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