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Actis, Stuckert Take Spring Valley Opener for Gander Mountain Grand
National Walleye Cup
By Steve Weisman
Gander Mountain GNWC Publicity Director
The team of Mike Actis and Mike Stuckert from Spring
Valley, IL won the
Illinois Region's first qualifier and a check for $1100 as the Gander
Mountain Grand National Walleye Cup (GNWC) kicked off its 2004 season
Spring Valley on Saturday, March 20.
The Spring Valley duo totaled a six-fish limit weight
of 15.43 pounds.
Actis and Stuckert also captured the Berkley Trilene Big Fish Award
in Berkley products with their 3.52-pound sauger.
Second place and a check for $600 went to Brian
Emat from Sectionville,
IL and Jerry Emat from Princeton, IL with a six-fish limit weight of
Chris Clemmons from Newark, IL and Dale Greif from
Naperville, IL won
$480 for their third place weight of 12.66 pounds.
Special awards include the following. The
"Yo So Close" award of a Yo
Net folding net valued at $80 was awarded to the three teams that placed
of the money. Those teams include Dean Wilkins and Thomas Wagner, seventh
place; Scott Roehlk and Jim Bonjour, eighth place; Jim Wahl and Ron
The Gander Mountain "Need More Stuff" drawing of
$200 for a Gander
Mountain Shopping Spree went to Jereme Watkins and Dustin Watkins.
Gander Mountain GNWC Executive Director Bernie Barringer
with the Spring Valley opener. "We had a third of the teams catch six-fish
limits and the number of teams is up significantly from a year ago.
a lot of enthusiasm being shown, and I look for a good year here in
Fishing conditions were good for most of the day
with little wind and
midday temperatures pushing into the 60s. However, that changed by
afternoon. "We really had a pretty good day going until about one o'clock,"
noted Barringer. "Then the winds switched to the northwest and by
mid-afternoon there were gusts approaching 35 mph. Still, water levels
dropped into the normal range this past week, so the bite was good.
definitely one of the best sauger fisheries in the country."
Fishing presentations were varied with Actis and
jigging in the current areas to catch their fish. They were also able
sort through several fish to get their winning weight.
Meanwhile, the Emat team caught their fish jigging
along the clam beds,
while Clemmons and Greif used 3-way rigs and minnows to catch their
The Illinois teams now take a six-week break until
Sunday, May 2 when
they head to Lake Shelbyville.
Anglers interested in signing up for a future qualifier
wanting more information on the GNWC circuit can call 1-800-890-FISH
or they can email the GNWC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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