|Hasslen and Seidell Win at Big Stone Lake – presented
by North American Fishing Club
Ortonville, MN -- Brent Hasslen of Ortonville, Minnesota and
Richie Seidel of Big Stone City, South Dakota have been friends
for most of their life -- and they enjoy team fishing for walleyes
together. On Sunday, August 19, 2007 they captured their first
Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit victory when the event
rolled around to their home waters – Big Stone Lake. Cashing
in $7,184 for the win, they produced the maximum eight allowable
fish over the two day tournament at 16.06 pounds. Plus, the
duo won the big fish pot on Saturday with a 3.17 pound walleye,
gaining the team a $350 bonus.
The winners used two patterns for the tournament. Casting cranks
into the shallow rocks on the North end of the lake, just 2
to 3 miles from the top on the Minnesota side, worked best for
bigger fish. They predominantly used number 5 shad raps, chartreuse
and white, which produced well both days. The other productive
pattern was trolling crank baits at 2.2 to 3.5 miles per hour
with planer boards. As the tournament waned, it seemed the slower
the better according to Hasslen. When asked what type of cranks
were hot, Seidel answered, “They hit on a lot of different
things – it was like a smorgasbord of options.”
Hasslen added, “We were constantly changing out our baits.
We must have tried over 150 different baits throughout the day.
We’d get one fish and then it seemed that the one that
got a hit wouldn’t work so we’d keep changing it
up.” That’s a lot of hard work in the boat, which
is exactly what tournament fishing is – hard work! According
to Seidel, “We’re dog tired when we’re done,
but we don’t mind working hard for the money.” Hasslen
quickly added with a smile, “We don’t mind a little
luck when the fish cooperate, either.”
The key to their success was selecting their spot for the shallow
rocks fishing. During pre-fishing they looked for algae stained
water, the grosser the better. Then they patiently stayed put
-- up to four hours during the tournament days. “We were
really pleased that after holding the lead on day one, we got
to our spot and no one else had moved in. That was good sportsmanship,”
Second place and $3,094 went to the father and son team of
Terry and John Oakes weighing in at 11.63 pounds for seven fish.
Also locals from Ortonville and Big Stone City, the Oakes’
won the last Cabela’s MWC at Big Stone Lake in 2003. They
also received a cash bonus of $350 for the biggest fish on Sunday
at 4.36 pounds. Like Hasslen and Seidel, they caught their big
fish throwing plugs, silver and thin, on the rocks. “The
bigger fish didn’t really act like a walleye when it hit,
and I was pretty sure Dad had on a silver bass,” laughed
Terry after the checks were presented and the cash was in his
wallet. “I told him I wasn’t even going to get a
net for it, but the joke was on me when it was a walleye. He
didn’t let me forget it for the rest of the day, either!”
Third place went to Kevin Carstensen of Merrill, Wisconsin
and Rich Olds of Stevens Point, Wisconsin. They picked up Big
Stone Lake as their MWC Challenge tournament, which is one strategy
for getting into the World Walleye Championship the following
year. It worked out pretty well for the Wisconsinites as they
won $1,482 for their 10.25 pounds over two days.
Several other teams entered the Big Stone Lake tournament in
the hunt for points – including Daniel Stier of Pierre,
South Dakota and Jerry Plourde of Cornell, Michigan. They were
in the lead for Team of the Year, but didn’t fare well
at Big Stone Lake, not boating a fish either day. Terry Mayhall
of Madison, Wisconsin and Tony Dowiatt of Stevens Point, Wisconsin
were close behind Stier and Plourde, but managed to put seven
fish together for 8.92 pounds, good enough to earn the $1,000
Ranger Cup bonus for their 5th place finish. That gives Mayhall
and Dowiatt a position of second place heading into the last
tournament of the qualifying season in Dubuque, Iowa, September
8th and 9th. Scott Hausauer of Appleton, Wisconsin and Tony
Larson of Gladstone, Michigan are currently in first place.
In all, $13,460 was paid out to the top teams in cash prizes.
Plus, $315 was awarded to the Big Stone Lake Walleye Club for
improvements to their rearing ponds. The walleye conservation
fund is donated by the anglers at a rate of $15 out of each
entry fee – and has put over $130,000 into conservation
efforts over more than twenty years.
Toyota donated two specially rigged bikes to carry fishing
rods to the NPAA/MWC Youth & Family Fishing Clinic on Saturday.
Lowrance Electronics, Cabela’s, Ranger Boats and the North
American Fishing Club donated rods and reels with tackle boxes
full of essential gear. After putting their very own rod in
their hands, NPAA angler #920, Frank Pilney, led the kids in
learning to tie the knots for slip-bobber fishing. Tony Schake,
age 12, son of Laurel and Doug Schake of Big Stone City, South
Dakota and Erica Fahey, age 6, daughter of Julie and Doug Fahey
of Carver, Minnesota each won one of the new bikes. Approximately
50 children from the area attended the clinic with their parents
or other family members.
Farm and City Insurance Services donated safety equipment to
several anglers, including two new PFDs to the reigning Central
Division Father and Son team of Don and Michael Olson, of Andover
and Coon Rapids, Minnesota. In addition, FCIS places $5 for
every quote they give into a bonus conservation fund.
Ice Armor also donated a new set of outdoor gear to lucky winners
Jim Gregory of Big Stone City, South Dakota and Rick Hentges
of Millbank, South Dakota.
The Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce hosted the event
in conjunction with Ortonville’s Cornfest Days. Thousands
of people were in town for the festivities and huge crowds attended
the weigh-in, in spite of wet and drizzly days.
Only one qualifying tournament remains on the schedule before
the Championship in October.
Sept 8 & 9 – Dubuque, IA – Mississippi River
World Walleye Championship (invitation only)
Oct 4-6 -- Dundee, MI -- Detroit River and Lake Erie
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Cabela’s is the title sponsor for the Masters Walleye
Circuit. Official Sponsors are North American Fishing Club,
MotorGuide, Toyota Trucks, Mercury Motors, Ranger Boats, Lowrance
Electronics, and Versus (Vs.) television network. Associate
sponsors are Tommy Docks, The Inhibitor, Food Source Lures,
Ice Armor and Farm & City Insurance Services.