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Illinois Teams Head to Mississippi River
By Steve Weisman
GNWC Publicity Director
The fourth and final qualifier for the Illinois
Circuit of the Grand
National Walleye Cup is set for the Mississippi River at Albany on
"The Mississippi River is a quality fishery. However,
it is always a
challenge to figure out just where the fish will be located. Decisions
also be made on whether to lock up or down to different pools." Said
Mountain GNWC Executive Director Bernie Barringer.
This fourth tournament will determine what teams
make it to the Illinois
Regional Championship on the Mississippi River at the Quad Cities,
7-8 and who will emerge as the Illinois Region Team of the Year. Leading
way is the team of Bob Schine from Crystal Lake, IL and Jasen Schine
Lake Villa, IL with 20 points. Rob Rousch from Des Moines, IA and Mike
Heller from West Des Moines, IA and the team of Scott Roehlk and Jim
from Davenport, IA are tied for second place with 25 points.
"This is an ideal opportunity for teams who would
like to fish a
regional championship. It's wide open, and there is a good chance for
to make the Championships," noted Barringer.
Openings still exist for the Mississippi River tournament
encourages interested anglers to contact him at 1-800-890-FISH (3474),
email the GNWC at email@example.com. The tournament director will
trailer at the city boat ramp from 6-8 p.m. the evening before the
tournament to take late entries and answer questions.
Teams are to meet at the city boat ramp between
6-6:30 the morning of
the tournament for registration and mandatory boat check.
Take-off is at 7 a.m. with the weigh-in commencing
at 3 p.m. sharp.
"This is the final qualifier for the Illinois Region. I hope people
to watch because they will get to see who will surface as the 2004
Region Team of the Year, and they will also get to see and hear what
presentations worked during the tournament," added Barringer.
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.