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/North American Fishing Club
Pentenwell Flowage Adams County Wisconsin

Sept 06, 1997 

This tournament will be the deciding factor for the championship team of the year and the rest of the championship field. Currently Walleyes INC own Tommy Skarlis and partner Chad Kinkade are the circuit leaders with 418 points. 

The fifth and final Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) event of the 1997 season, the /North American Fishing Club Walleye team tournament, will take place September 20-21 on the Pentenwell Flowage located in Adams County Wisconsin. 

A full field of 200 teams is expected to come pete in the tourney, which will be hosted by the Castle Rock Bassmasters Fishing Club. Anglers will vie for $52,000.00 in prize money with $13,000.00 going to the winners. 

Teams will launch and weight in at the Pentenwell County park located on highway Z on the eastern side of the flowage. fishing hours are 7:00a.m. to 3:30 p.m. both days. All MWC tourneys are catch and release. Tournament openings still exist. Contact "KAZ" at the MWC at 414-761-0657 for more information. 

An impoundment of the Wisconsin River, the Pentenwell Flowage consists of 23,000 acres, with a maximum depth of 45 feet, and is the second largest inland body of water in the state. The walleye population remains stable and is maintained by excellent natural reproduction. Fish in the 15 inch category are abudant, and the flowage surrenders its share of eight pound lunkers. 

A number of presentations will catch fish in the flowage, but many of the teams will opt for trolling crankbaits from Wille side planer boards. The most consistent action can be found along the edges of the Wisconsin River channel where it meets submerged stands of timber. 

THE 1997 MWC team of the year will be decided at this tournament. The title is awarded the team which totals the most points during the year. the first place team at each event receives 110 points, on down to 11 points. The remaining teams receive 10 points. 

Currently, the Iowa and Walleyes INCs own team of Tommy Skarlis and Chad Kincade lead with 418 points. They are closely pursued by brothers John and Tom Tenschen of Red Wing Minnesota, who have 363 points. The top circuit team will be awarded $6,000.00 from MWC sponsors. 

Dick and Irene Schiefelbein of Sheboyagan Wisconsin, lead the race for the MWC husband/wife Team of the year. with 266 points while Jim and Bob Schommer of Fon Du Lac Wisconsin are in the lead for father/son team of the year honors with151 points. the top team categories will be awarded $1,000.00. 

1998 MWC Championship Field to be determined

This tournament will also decide the 1998 MWC World Walleye Championship field. Over 1,000 teams will have competed in the MWC this season. the top 50 point accumulating teams will be invited to fish the Championship, which will take place May 26-30 on Big Stone Lake at Ortonville Minnesota.
Rank Partner 1 City State Partner 2 City State Points
Tommy Skarlis Waterloo Iowa Chad 
Cedar Falls  Iowa 418
John Renschen Red Wing Minnesota Tom Renschen Red Wing Minnesota 383
Rick Bodecker Cannon Falls Minnesota John Maxa Chaska Minnesota 327
Robert Bodin Red Wing Minnesota Scott Mann Red Wing  Minnesota 325
Scott Allar Welch Minnesota Tom Diercks Hager City Wisconsin 319
1 Mark Kordus WI Terry Mahall WI 27.28
2 Jim Schommer WI Robert Schommer WI 23.70
3 Tom Brunz MN Bill Leonard IA 23.44
4 Rodney Hengesteg IA Jesse Roush IA 23.04
5 John Renschen MN Tom Renschen MN 22.44
6 Carl Rose WI Gordon Rose WI 21.84
7 Mark Keenan WI Tom Keenan WI 21.04
8 Brian Elefson SD James Myszkewicz WI 20.98
9 Rick Bodecker MN John Maxa MN 20.76
10 Patrick Jensen WI Richard Penkalski WI 20.40
11 Tom Dahlheim WI Jim O'Conner WI 20.26
12 Mark Meyer WI Rod Sheldon WI 20.26
13 Jim Minnema WI Tim Minnema WI 18.90
14 Greg Carolus SD Mike Rule SD 18.90
15 Mel Reichling SD Rick Small SD 18.78
16 Jim Freeman WI BobStoiber WI 18.74
17 Dean Novack WI Allan Witt WI 18.74
18 John Kennedy  WI John Kukulka WI 118.02
19 Steve Lotz IL John Strause WI 17.78
20 Bill Herbst WI Keith Soderman WI 17.46
21 Dick Schiefelbein WI IreneSchiefelbein WI 16.82
22 Patrick Byle WI Fritz Peterson WI 16.28
23 Wayne Butz WI Don Fredrick WI 16.26
24 Allan Chown WI Larry Smith WI 15.88
25 John May WI Pat Neu WI 15.88
26 Randy Blasczyk WI Jeff Jessogne WI 15.84
27 Gary Gray  WI Kim Papineau MI 15.66
28 Tom Benak WI Jim LaPine MN 15.40
29 Chad Kinkade 

IA Tommy Skarlis IA 15.38
30 Robert Bodin MN Scott Mann MN 15.28
31 Todd Cleaton WI Jim Steig WI 15.24
32 Jeff Adams WI Brad West WI 15.04
33 Pat Rooney WI Robert Zygutis IN 13.70
34 Mike Neimann IL Eric Stavio IL 13.66
35 Dean Nath MN Paul Thompson MI 13.54
                                                                             Total  CASH PAYOUT = $48,880 

Comeback Award (Advanced 81 places, from 117th to 36th) Dave McCarty, Pelican Lake, WI, & Bob Rasmussen, Summit Lake, WI       $300.00 


Big Fish Award - $1,500 Engine Rebate Patrick Byle, Milwaukee, WI - 9.72 lbs. 

Stats Teams Entered: 188 

Fish Caught 763 

Weight: 1,420.50 lbs. 

Average weight 1.86 lbs. 



Wisconsinites Mark Kordus (Mosinee) and Terry Mayhall (Madison) won the /North American Fishing Club Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) Team Walleye Tournament held September 20-21 on the Petenwell Flowage at Adams County, Wis.  The tourney was the final stop of the 1997 season.     The winners weighed a MWC allowable ten fish limit of 27.28 lbs. and collected $12,000.  The top 35 teams shared a cash purse of $48,880.  An additional $4,900 was paid out in Big Fish Pot and Comeback Award prizes, bringing the total payout to $53,780.     Most teams experienced good pre-tournament fishing, but a severe cold front moved through the area the night before the event, which slowed the bite.  The start of the final day was also delayed two hours due to fog.  Still, the 188 team field caught 763 walleyes totaling 1,420.50 lbs. in the MWC catch and release format.     Kordus/Mayhall fished a backwater area off the main Wisconsin River channel which winds through the north end of the flowage.  The team stated they caught more than 20 walleyes over the imposed 15 inch MWC length limit on day one, but they really had to scramble for their five fish limit the final day.     According to Mayhall, "We trolled crankbaits between eight and ten feet of water 55 feet behind the boat from 12 foot custom built rods.  We usually use in-line trolling boards but in practice, they were getting hung up on the submerged tree stumps, which were all over the place in the area we were fishing." Kordus added, "Chartreuse and fire-tiger were our best lure colors.  We also used 14 lb. test   FireLine.  It's super sensitive and very strong, which is critical when fishing in the timber.  You can usually pull the lure free if it snags."

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