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Mark and Tom Keenan continue winning pattern at
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MWC Green Bay Oconto Wisconsin WALLEYE TOURNEY

Press Release 

Masters Walleye Circuit Green Bay Winners (Photo courtesy of the MWC) 


Brothers  Mark Keenan (Appleton, Wis.) and Tom Keenan walleye fishing pro from Hatley Wisconsin  Tom Keenan (Hatley, Wis.) won the Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) Ranger Building one boat at a time Team Walleye Tournament held July 17-18 on Lake Michigan’s Green Bay at Oconto, Wis.
This just after Tom Keenan won $50,000  the In-Fisherman PWT  Lake Winnebago Pinnacle Rods and Reels Central Pro-Am. Results
The reigning MWC Team of the Year titleholders weighed an eight fish MWC limit totaling 50.30 lbs., a 6.29 lb. average. They collected $13,000 for the win plus an additional $1,000 for being the highest ranking Ranger boat owner team.
It was the first circuit victory for the veteran team, who has fished over 60 MWC tournaments, garnering five second place finishes.
According to Tom, "We wanted to win one on Kaz’s watch before he retired." (MWC Executive Director, Bob "Kaz" Kaczkowski, is retiring at the conclusion of the current MWC season.)
Mark told a huge weigh-in audience, "We fished the Monument Shoals area of the Bay both days with a side trip to the Menomonee River the first day. We took our fish in depths between 15 to 31 feet, with the best bite being between 11 a.m. and noon.
 Tom added, "We trolled Lindy Little Joe Hatchet Harness nightcrawler rigs from in-line planer boards and bottom bouncers between 1 and 1-1/2 MPH. We used the large number six and eight gold- or silver-colored Hatchet blades. The Hatchet blades give off a sound totally different than any blade on the market. They’ve been a big part of our fishing success."
Mark concluded, "We spooled our reels with ten pound test Berkley Fish wont let go XT line, with 14 pound XT leaders. You need strong leaders because of the sharp zebra mussels which cling to the rocks on the shoals."
Second place finishers were Minnesotans Tom Albrecht (Coon Rapids) and Rick Stange (Blaine). They weighed six walleyes, 44.20 lbs., earning $7,500. They also pocketed $1,100 for a 9.42 lb. lunker, which was the heaviest fish caught the first tournament day. 

Third place, worth $5,000, went to the Wisconsin team of Jay Brindle (Manitowoc) and Pat Schuette (Two Rivers), whose eight fish weighed 43.84 lbs. After blanking out the first day, two-time MWC Father/Son Team of the Year titleholders Jim (Randolph, Wis.) and Tim Minnema (Markesan, Wis.) struck walleye gold with a whopping four fish final day catch of 32.30 lbs. (an 8 lb. average), which included the biggest fish of the tourney weighing 11.30 lbs.
The Minnemas finished in 18th place, $700; advanced 136 places to win the Comeback Award, $450; won the final day Big Basket Award, a pair of Big Jon downriggers valued at $500; $1,100 for the second day Big Fish Pot prize; and the Mercury Marine Outboard motors Outboards $1,000 engine rebate big fish award.
First day leaders, Neil Hammargren and Doug Newhoff of Waterloo, Iowa, were awarded a Panther auxiliary motor lift valued at $500 for their first day four fish catch of 24.56 lbs. They finished 8th, winning $1,250. 

The 200 team field caught 846 walleyes weighing 3,081.61 lbs. (3.64 lb. average) in the MWC catch and release format. The top 35 teams shared a cash purse of $52,000, plus added cash awards, totaling $59,000. 

Each team contributed $10 to the MWC Conservation Fund. The $2,000 plus $170, a percentage from MWC clothing sales, a total of $2,170, was donated to the Oconto Sportsmen’s Club for habitat improvement on the Oconto River to add wing dams and large boulders to enhance walleye spawning. To date the MWC Conservation Fund has donated more than $30,000 to Wisconsin fishery projects, part of the nearly $200,000 donated to similar programs in states where MWC tournaments are held. 

MWC Executive Director, Bob "Kaz" Kaczkowski, stated, "The support of the tournament by the residents, merchants and service organizations of the Oconto community was overwhelming. Signs welcoming the MWC were everywhere. It was a tremendous show of support, and the anglers are already looking forward to next year’s Oconto tournament."

The next circuit stop is the Quantum/MotorGuide MWC Team Tournament, August 28-29 on Lake Michigan’s Little Bay de Noc at Gladstone/Escanaba, Mich. The 200 team field is already filled. For further information, contact the MWC, 414-761-0657, or the Delta County Chamber of Commerce, 906-786-2192. 

Overall Stats
Teams Entered Fish Caught Total weight Average Weight
200 846 3,081.61 lbs 3.642 lbs

Ranger Boat Owners Award
Ranger Building one boat at a time Proud Boat owners award for the highest ranking Ranger Team Mark Keenan (Appleton, Wis.) and Tom Keenan walleye fishing pro from Hatley Wisconsin  Tom Keenan (Hatley, Wis.) 

Comeback Award
Come Back Award sponsored by local merchants $450 Jim Minnema of Randolf Wisconsin and Tim Minnema of Markesan Wisconsin  advanced 136 places

Big Basket Award
Day 1 Goldeneye Panther auxilliary motor lift value $500 Neil Hammargren & Doug Newhoff 24.56 lbs
Day 2 Big Jon Manual downriggers value $500 Jim Minnema of Randolf Wisconsin and Tim Minnema of Markesan Wisconsin  32.30 lbs

Final Standings
Rank 1st Partner City State 2nd Partner City State Lbs. Winnings
1 Mark Keenan Appleton WI Tom Keenan Hatley WI 50.3 $13,000 
2 Tom Albrecht Coon Rapids MN Rick Stange Blaine MN 44.2 7,500
3 Jay Brindle Manitowoc WI Pat Schuette Two Rivers WI 43.84 5,000
4 Randy Blasczyk Green Bay WI Matthew Daanen DePere WI 37.4 3,500
5 David Bjorkman Green Bay WI Ken Bjorkman Marshfield WI 36.2 2,500
6 Shane Gilbertson Montevideo MN Steve Kurtzbein Montevideo MN 35.92 1,500
7 Jay Mott Tomahawk WI Craig Slonski Tomahawk WI 35.86 1,350
8 Neil Hammargren Waterloo IA Doug Newhoff Waterloo IA 35.78 1,250
9 Richard Nascak Winona MN Joe Wilson Winona MN 35.24 1,150
10 Joe Schilling Fox Lake IL Doug Wegner Hanover Park IL 34.2 1,000
11 Wayne Siegfried Beaver Dam WI Salty Walter Mayville WI 34.06 900
12 Craig Anderson Mound MN Eric Anderson Mound MN 33.74 900
13 Blaine Hornes Neenah WI Chris Schrader Larson WI 33.62 900
14 Tom Sowinski Milwaukee WI Jeff Zawicki Milwaukee WI 33.14 900
15 Kevin Dahl Muskego WI Steve Stack Muskego WI 33.04 900
16 Pete Retzloff Oshkosh WI Mitch Watson Oshkosh WI 32.72 700
17 Steve DeLain Red Wing MN John Renschen Red Wing MN 32.32 700
18 Jim Minnema Randolph WI Tim Minnema Markesan WI 32.3 700
19 Robert Bodin Red Wing MN Scott Mann Red Wing MN 32.26 700
20 Mike Hendricks Green Bay WI Bob Woodke Gillett WI 32.12 700
21 Steve Labs DePere WI Nick Woodke Gillett WI 31.82 500
22 John Maxa Chaska MN Jim O’Connor Clive IA 30.7 500
23 Mel Reichling Watertown SD Rick Small Watertown SD 30.48 500
24 Donald Solis Peronville MI Bert Wilson Gladstone MI 30.3 500
25 Keri Solis Pardeeville WI Richard Solis Pardeeville WI 30.21 500
26 Zach Boudreau LaCrosse WI Brad Kaczorowski Winona MN 30.1 400
27 Patrick Byle Colgate WI Jim Schiefelbein Marseilles IL 29.74 400
28 Jesse Murphy Green Bay WI Matt Stevens DePere WI 29.7 400
29 Wayne Butz Oneida WI Don Frederick Appleton WI 29.66 400
30 Bob Obuchowski Western Springs IL Ed Obuchowski Darien IL 29.42 400
31 Scott Carlson Hastings MN Ralph Diercks Red Wing MN 28.8 350
32 Patrick Neu Forestville WI Mike Schaefer Brookfield WI 28.52 350
33 Mark Cretton Two Rivers WI John Skwor Mishicot WI 28.44 350
34 Troy Patterson Onalaska WI Dale Radcliffe LaCrosse WI 28.1 350
35 Kevin Carstensen Merrill WI Michael Zsido Stevens Point WI 27.88 350

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