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Events Set for the 2003 GNWC Minnesota State
By Steve Weisman
GNWC Publicity Director
Hey, walleye tournament enthusiasts, it's time for
the big show! The
itinerary for the 2003 Grand National Walleye Cup (GNWC) Minnesota
Walleye Championship has been set.
The championship will feature up to 30 teams who
have qualified for the
two-day tournament at Gull Lake September 6-7. Leading the way will
Benson and Joe Edlund from Bemidji, who captured the Mercury Team of
Year as the top team on the Minnesota Circuit.
"Gull Lake is a great place to showcase these top
Minnesota teams," said
Barringer. "We've had great tournaments throughout this inaugural season.
know these guys will put on quite a show. Plus, we have had a great
from businesses and sponsors in the area."
Barringer continued, "Another part of the excitement
will be the filming
of the championship by the Walleye Wisdom television crews. The action
be part of our new walleye fishing show that will be aired on the Sportsman
Channel this fall."
First place for the Minnesota 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
the tournament. Another award is the Berkley Family Award of over $200
Berkley product that goes to the top overall family team.
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 $600, while the second highest placing team will
an extra $300," noted Barringer.
Although the tournament begins on Saturday, the
begin on Friday with an awards banquet and supper at Zorbaz Restaurant.
"The meal is complimentary for all qualifying teams, and at the awards
banquet we will present Chad Benson and Joe Edlund their Mercury Team
Year certificates. There will also be lots of door prizes to give out."
Following the Friday evening banquet will be the
Official Rules Meeting.
Saturday, September 6 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 Zorbaz. The weigh-in will be followed by interviews
for 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 Minnesota, but also in Iowa, Illinois, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
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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