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RCL Championship the biggest Walleye purse in history

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Mark Martin leads the way into final round of RCL at Saginaw Bay
John Campbell leads anglers into semi final round of Saginaw Bay Event
Rick Olson takes lead day 1 Saginaw Bay Event
Wal-Mart RCL tournament anglers eagerly await Saginaw Bay
RCL 2001 Bay City  Schedule and information
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RCL Pro angler entry fee and purse
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Contact Information

Contact Information
  • Operation Walleye
  • 88 Moors road
  • Gilbertsville Kentucky 42044
  • Phone 270-36205225
  • Fax 270-362-9856
  • website  www.operationwalleye.com
  • Tournament director Sonny Reynolds
  • E-mail Sonny Reynolds 

  • RCL 2001 Schedule of events Saginaw Bay
    Date:   June 13-16, 2001
    Location Saginaw Bay Bay City, Michigan
    Host Bay Area Convention & Visitors Bureau
    901 Saginaw Street
    Bay City, MI 48708
    Phone: 888-229-8696
    Marina Hoyles Marina
    135 South Linwood Beach
    Linwood, MI 48634
     Phone: 517-697-4415
    Registration June 12, 2001 3:00-6:00 p.m.
    Pre -Tournament Meeting 6:30 p.m.
    Kawkawlin Township Hall
    1836 Parish Road
    Kawkawlin, MI 48631
    Phone: 517-662-0019
    Housing AmericInn & Suites
    3915 Three Mile Road
    Bay City, MI 48706
    Phone: 517-671-0071
    More information Results

    For additional information, please contact:
    Brian G. Sayner, Vice President, Communications, (270) 362-5212
    Dave Washburn, Communications Specialist, (270) 362-5213


    Martin Leads Field Into Final Round of $390,750 Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Circuit
    Event on Saginaw Bay

    Bay City, Mich., (June 15, 2001) - Mark Martin of Twin Lake, Mich., will
    lead 12 Pro Division anglers into the final round of the $390,750 Wal-Mart
    RCL Walleye Circuit tournament on Saginaw Bay after landing five walleyes
    weighing 29 pounds, 13 ounces Friday with co-angler Don Smith of Shelby,

    The duo's catch was the result of trolling for walleyes suspended in 15 to
    20 feet of water along humps north of Charity Island at the mouth of Saginaw
    Bay. Church Tackle clip on weights and planer boards and Northland Rainbow
    Float -N- Spin crawler harnesses dipped in Dr. Juice scent were key to the
    catch Martin said. Maintaining an exact speed of 1.2 mph was also necessary
    for a successful presentation. If he can duplicate his performance Saturday,
    Martin stands to win $50,000 and a Mercury-powered Lund boat. Smith will be
    fishing for a top award of $15,000.

    "I'm learning how to play this game," said Martin, an 18-year veteran of the
    sport and former Professional Walleye Trail champion. "You don't get paid
    until (Saturday), so you don't want to burn up all of your fish early and
    attract a lot of attention to yourself. The bite is not that great, so you
    don't want a lot of company."

    Pro Mark Keenan of Appleton, Wis., and co-angler Joe Stenz of Muskego, Wis.,
    advanced to the final round in the No. 2 position with five walleyes
    weighing 28 pounds, 7 ounces. Rounding out the top five qualifiers were pro
    David Kraft of Bismark, N.D., and co-angler Dave Dugall of Highland, Mich.,
    with five walleyes weighing 26 pounds, 7 ounces; pro Tom Keenan of Hatley,
    Wis., and co-angler Jeff Matson of Westfield, Ind., with five walleyes
    weighing 25 pounds, 13 ounces; and pro Bill Ortiz of Dodgeville, Wis., and
    co-angler John Solek of Indianapolis with four walleyes weighing 24 pounds,
    8 ounces.

    Competition resumes at 7 a.m. Saturday at Hoyles Marina located at 135 South
    Linwood Beach in Linwood, Mich. Weights are cleared and the winners will be
    determined by the weight of Saturday's catch alone. The final weigh-in will
    start at 3 p.m. at the Wal-Mart Supercenter located at 1392 Wilder Road in
    Bay City.

    Run by Operation Walleye and named after retail giant Wal-Mart and boat
    manufacturers Ranger, Crestliner and Lund, the $2.9 million Wal-Mart RCL
    Walleye Circuit is the world's most lucrative walleye fishing series. It
    features four regular season tournaments each with a $390,750 purse and a
    championship with a $1.4 million purse. The third tournament will be July
    25-28 on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis., followed by a tournament
    on Devils Lake in Devils Lake, N.D., Sept. 5-8.

    After the four regular season tournaments, 200 pros and 200 co-anglers will
    compete in the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship for a top award of up to
    $400,000 in the Pro Division and $150,000 in the Co-Angler Division. The
    championship will be held on the Fox River and Green Bay in Green Bay, Wis.,
    Oct. 2-6. Green Bay hosted the inaugural Wal-Mart RCL Championship last year
    when Scott Glorvigen of Grand Rapids, Minn., won $300,000 and instantly
    joined the sport's top all-time money winners.

    Entry fees for each regular season tournament are $1,250 for pros and $500
    for co-anglers.

    Sponsors of the 2001 Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Circuit are Coleman, Conseco,
    Crestliner, Energizer, EverStart Batteries, Garmin, Kellogg's, Lund, Mercury
    Marine, Minn Kota, Poulan, Ranger Boats, Wal-Mart, Weed Eater and Yamaha

    For complete results, visit www.operationwalleye.com

    Sponsors of the tournament series are

    Mercury Outboard Motors The Water Calls
    Lund Walleye boats
    Ranger Building one boat at a time
    Wal Mart Always low prices
    MinnKota trolling motors


    Everstart batteries
    Crestliner Walleye fishing boats
    Yamaha Outboard Motors
    Coleman America's first choice in camping gear
    Garmin Electronics
    Poulan weedeaters

    Pro Entry Fee $1,250
    1st  $50,000 + a fully rigged boat
    2nd $30,000
    3rd $25,000
    4th $20,000
    5th $15,00
    6th $10,000
    7th $9,000
    8th $8,000
    9th $7,000
    10th $6,000
    11th -15th $5,000
    16th- 20th $4000
    21st- 25th $3,000
    26th- 30th $2500
    31st- 40th $2,000
    41st- 60th $1500
    total payout $302,500
    Co-Angler  Entry Fee $500
    1st  $15,000
    2nd $10,000
    3rd $7,500
    4th $6,000
    5th $5,000
    6th $4,000
    7th $3,000
    8th $2,000
    9th $1500
    10th $1250
    11th -15th $1000
    16th- 20th $900
    21st- 25th $800
    26th- 30th $700
    31st- 40th $600
    41st- 60th $500
    total payout  $88,250

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