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Itinerary for the 2003 GNWC Wisconsin State
By Steve Weisman
GNWC Publicity Director
The itinerary for the 2003 Grand National Walleye
Cup (GNWC) Wisconsin
State Walleye Championship has been released by GNWC Executive Director
The championship will feature up to 30 teams who
have qualified for the
two-day tournament at Lake Wisconsin August 9-10. Leading the way will
John Bella from Stevens Point and Joseph Besieda from Wisconsin Rapids,
captured the Mercury Team of the Year as the top team on the Wisconsin
"I look forward to the Wisconsin State Walleye Championship,"
Barringer. "After seeing the way these teams worked to catch fish during
regular season, I know it will be an exciting championship. Part of
excitement will also be the filming of the championship by the Walleye
Wisdom television crews. The action will be part of our new walleye
show that will be aired on the Sportsman Channel this fall."
First place for the Wisconsin State Walleye Championship
is a guaranteed
$2,500 in cash plus trophies.
In addition, each day the team that catches the
big walleye of the day
will be awarded two Abu Garcia 6500 Linecounter reels. An optional
pot is $20 per team with a 100 percent payback to for the largest fish
Another prize will be the GNWC Loyalty Bonus. "For
those teams who
fished all of the regular season tournaments, the highest placing team
received an extra $500, while the second highest placing team will
an extra $250," noted Barringer.
Although the tournament begins on Saturday, the
begin on Friday with an awards banquet and supper at Bay View Resort.
meal is complimentary for all qualifying teams, and at the awards banquet
will present John Bella and Joseph Besieda their Mercury Team of the
certificates. There will also be lots of door prizes to give out."
Following the Friday evening banquet will be the
Official Rules Meeting.
Saturday, August 9 is the first day of the State
inspection begins at 6:30 a.m., followed by the opening ceremonies
take-off at 7 a.m. The weigh-in will begin at 3 p.m. sharp and will
each day at
Bay View Lodge. The weigh-in will be followed by interviews with media
the top three teams.
"Even though Saturday is the first day of the tournament,
we hope to get
a lot of people out to the weigh-in. To catch all of the action, people
should be at the weigh-in by 2:45. There is a lot of excitement at
weigh-ins, and I think the crowd will be able to catch the excitement
Championship atmosphere," said Barringer.
Sunday's competition begins at 6:30 a.m. with inspection,
take-off at 7 a.m. However, the teams will take-off in reverse order.
that to be fair to the top and bottom of the order," noted Barringer.
Teams must be back in for the 3 p.m. weigh-in. "We
people to come to the second day weigh-ins. It is exciting to see the
baskets of fish come to the scales, and it is also educational for
because they get to find out what the teams did to catch their fish."
Following the weigh-in, trophies and checks will
For those interested in learning more about the GNWC, call 1-800-890-3474,
email the GNWC at email@example.com or check out the official GNWC
at walleyecup.com. The website has all of the latest in GNWC information
not only Wisconsin, but also in Iowa, Minnesota, South Dakota and Illinois.
Major sponsoring partners for the GNWC include Ranger
Outboards, Berkley, Abu-Garcia, The Sportsman Channel and
Television viewers who do not have The Sportsman
Channel and want to
watch the GNWC's television series Walleye Wisdom, are encouraged to
their cable company or satellite television provider and ask them to
it in their package.
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