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MEINCKE & SIEWERT DOMINATE FIELD AT CABELA'S
MWC FINALE WIN LINDY LEGENDARY FISHING TACKLE/NORTH AMERICAN FISHING CLUB
TEAM WALLEYE TITLE
Lake City, MN-Corey Meincke and Dan Siewert of Lake
City, MN got off
to a flying start at the Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) season
ending tournament and never looked back. Their first day five
tipped the scale at a whopping 26.84 lbs., giving them a comfortable
lb. lead going into the final day. The catch was made more impressive
considering the conditions-the lowest water level in pool four of the
Mississippi River in 26 years, unseasonable low air temperatures in
and 50's, some rain and strong winds.
The team added four more fish to their total on day two, bringing their
winning weight to 33.18 lbs. They pocketed $20,000 for their first
circuit victory. The tourney was held Sept. 27-28 in Lake City, MN
and hosted by the Frontenac Sportsman's Club.
"It's an awesome feeling. I never thought it could happen," said
"We were casting hot pink colored crankbaits to shoreline rocks about
and a half miles south of the marina in three feet of water."
Siewert continued, "Today, we fished our number one spot for an hour.
must have made a thousand casts, but never got a strike. We were
little bit nervous, so we decided to try another spot for smaller fish
it paid off. Man! My head is spinning. I'm glad it's
Second place finishers with five fish, were Tom Diercks (Hager City,
Jim Siewert Jr. (Lake City, MN) with 25.65 lbs. worth $10,000.
livewell held only one small fish the last day, but with time running
Siewert caught two lunkers on successive casts securing their runner-up
position. The duo had also been casting bright colored crankbaits
Mark and Derrick De Deker, a Cabela's sponsored father and son team
Larsen, WI took third place and $7,500 with eight fish weighing 25.58
They trolled red crawfish colored crankbaits in the main river channel
the city of Wabasha.
The top 27 teams shared a cash purse of $77,200. An additional
paid in daily big fish pot prize money and $1,000 will be awarded to
highest placing Ranger boat owner in the Ranger Cup series. Despite
harsh weather conditions, the 160-team field weighed 521 walleyes and
saugers totaling 1,174.72 lbs.
Team of the Year Honors
In a circuit point's race that went to the wire, Glenn and Carol Chenier
Gladstone, MI won the prestigious MWC Team of the Year title with 397
points. They received $6,000 for their achievement, plus $1,000
circuit's highest-ranking husband and wife team and $1,800 for their
place finish in the tournament. A teary eyed Glenn said, "It feels
good (winning the title), it really does!" Carol added, "We've been waiting
a long time for this moment. We worked hard for it and it's great,
Along with their cash and trophies, the couple will receive custom
gold Team of the Year rings.
Donald and Michael Olson (Andover, MN) were named Father and Son Team
of the Year after compiling 315 points. They were given $1,000 and
trophies. They also picked-up a $5,500 check for their fourth place
tournament finish. The season's top 40 point accumulating teams will
be invited to fish the 2004
MWC World Walleye Championship to be held Oct. 13-16 on the Mississippi
River at Prairie du Chien, Wis.
MWC tournaments and championship are featured on The Outdoor Channel
television network, allowing teams to receive national media recognition.
Tournament coverage and related articles also appear in the North American
Fisherman magazine, the official publication of the MWC. All
are conducted from Cabela's state-of-the-art, computerized mobile transport
vehicle, which is specifically designed for tournament television coverage.
Additionally, all MWC tournaments serve as qualifying events to the
Cabela's National Team Walleye Championship.
In addition to Cabela's, MWC sponsors include Berkley Trilene, Lindy
Legendary Tackle, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, North American
Fishing Club, The Outdoor Channel, MotorGuide, Daiichi Hooks, Yum Lures,
Optima Batteries, Progressive Insurance, Ranger Boats, Cotton Cordell,
Panther Marine and the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame.
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