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Roush and Heller Take the Illinois Region's
Second Tournament of the Gander
Mountain Grand National Walleye Cup at Lake Shelbyville
By Steve Weisman
Gander Mountain GNWC Publicity Director
Rob Roush from Des Moines, IA and Mike Heller from
West Des Moines, IA
swept both the top honors and the Berkley Trilene Big Fish Award Sunday,
2 at Lake Shelbyville.
In the second stop for the Illinois Region of the
Gander Mountain Grand
National Walleye Cup, Roush and Heller's winning weight of 6.05 pounds
earned them the $1000 first place prize and the $400 big fish award
Berkley products for their 3.88-pound walleye.
Second place and a check for $270 went to Ron Mason
from Estherville, IA
and Jim Wahl from Eldridge, IA with a weight of 4.25 pounds. Meanwhile,
Mannerino from Chicago, IL and Mike Potaniec from Palatine, IL took
place with a 3.55 pound weight for their two walleyes.
According to Gander Mountain GNWC Tournament Director
Dean Higgins, it
was a tough bite. "Weather again played a major factor in this tournament.
Timing is always critical for these tournaments, and I think we were
little bit too early for the good fishing that anglers anticipate will
Presentation for the top teams came down to trolling
with Shad Raps.
However, the color choice and methods were the subtle differences.
Heller trolled #5 crawdad Shad Raps in the Finley Bridge area near
hump in 3 foot of water, while Mason and Wall trolled #5 black and
Shad Raps in 8-12 foot of water.
Both teams echoed the same sentiments. They were
glad to bring the
weight they did to the scales. As Heller noted, "We're definitely happy
win, and we found the lake and the conditions to make for very challenging
Mason felt the same but added, "With these conditions,
we were tickled
to pull two fish."
Special awards include the following. The "Yo So
Close" award of a Yo
Net folding net valued at $80 was awarded to the three teams that placed
of the money. Those teams include John Mannerino from Chicago, IL and
Potaniec from Palatine, IL in 3rd place; Chad Benson from Bemidji,
Nicholas Lange from Grant Park, IL in 4th place; and Don Kenik and
Desmond from Antioch, IL in 5th place.
Kenik and Desmond also won the Gander Mountain "Need
More Stuff" drawing
of $200 for a Gander Mountain Shopping Spree.
The race for the Illinois Gander Mountain GNWC Team
of the Year is
really heating up. Higgins noted, "We now have a two-way tie for first
between Roush and Heller and Mason and Wahl. They both have 11 points,
will make things really exciting over the final two tournaments."
Next up for the Illinois teams will be the Fox Chain
on Sunday, May 23.
Complete results of this tournament or any tournament on the Gander
GNWC can be found at www.walleyecup.com.
Anglers interested in signing up for a future qualifier
wanting more information on the GNWC circuit can call 1-800-890-FISH
or they can email the GNWC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Title Sponsor for the GNWC is Gander Mountain. Other
sponsors include Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, the Sportsman Channel,
Berkley, Aqua Innovations, YoNet Folding Nets by AMFYOYO, VIB"E" Lure
Company, TowTector Shield and UpNorthOutdoors.com.