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  • Updated: 04/12/04

  • PWT & BASS Join Forces for 2-Species Tournament at Great Outdoor Games

        Two of the most respected competitive fishing organizations, BASS,
    the worldwide authority on bass fishing, and the In-Fisherman Professional
    Walleye Trail (PWT) will join forces in the Freshwater Doubles event at the
    ESPN Great Outdoor Games presented by Dodge July 8-11, in Madison, Wis.

        In past years, the Great Outdoor Games featured only bass
    competitions, but in 2004, the bass and walleye pro anglers will be teamed
    together (one walleye pro and one bass pro per boat).  Teams will compete
    for medals and cash prizes by catching the best combined weight of three
    bass and three walleyes. 

        "This will give pro walleye anglers a chance to share boats and
    skills with their counterparts in BASS," said Jim Kalkofen, PWT executive
    director.  "I've never seen grown men so excited about any fishing
    opportunity.  This is an ideal format for stars from each circuit to combine
    tactics and strategies and teach all of us a little more about fishing."  

        All contestants earned the right to compete in Madison, including
    the defending gold medalists from the 2003 Great outdoor Games bass fishing
    tournament, as well as the respective 2003 CITGO Bassmaster Classic champion
    and PWT/Mercury Champion, the 2003 CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year and
    the PWT Angler of the Year, the top two all-time BASS money winners, and the
    top four PWT all-time money winners.

        The 2003 Gold Medalists returning are Shaw Grigsby, Jr.,
    Gainesville, Fla., and Gary Klein, Weatherford, TX.  The BASS field will be
    finalized upon commitments from the eligible pro anglers.

        Representing the PWT are Mercury Champion Dan Plautz, Muskego, Wis.,
    and Angler of the Year Bill Ortiz, Dodgeville, Wis.  The top four PWT money
    winners are Ron Seelhoff, Burlington, Col., Mike Gofron, Antioch, Ill.,
    Perry Good, Brainerd, Minn., and Gary Parsons, Glidden, Wis.  Profiles

        Shaw Grigsby, Jr., 2003 ESPN Great Outdoor Games bass fishing gold
    medalist (team), 2002 ESPN Great Outdoor Games bass fishing gold medalist
    (individual), 10 CITGO Bassmaster Classic appearances, 8 BASS wins, 43 top
    10 finishes, winner of $1,229,380. Pro Angler and TV host of "One Last Cast
    with Shaw Grigsby."

        Gary Klein, 2003 ESPN Great Outdoor Games bass fishing gold
    medallist (team), 2001 & 2002 ESPN Great Outdoor Games bass fishing silver
    medalist (individual), 21 CITGO Bassmaster Classic appearances, 2-time
    Bassmaster Angler of the Year, 8 BASS wins, 58 top 10 finishes, $1,172,218
    in winnings.  Pro Angler.

        Dan Plautz:  2003 Mercury Champion, 3 PWT wins, qualified for 10
    championships, 12 top 10 finishes, in the money 36 of 70 events.  Pro
    walleye angler and also owns a cleaning service.

        Bill Ortiz:  2003 Angler of the Year, PWT winner, qualified for each
    of last 5 championships, 5 top 10 finishes, 21 of 51 money finishes.  Pro
    walleye angler and union carpenter.

        Ron Seelhoff:  # 1 all-time PWT money winner, $479,125; most wins
    (5) on tour, 4 second place finishes, 21 top-10 finishes, only back-to-back
    and 2-time champion (1999 & 2000), won the championship on the Madison Chain
    in 1999, qualified for 13 of 14 championships.  Pro walleye angler and owns
    and flies a crop-dusting service.  

        Mike Gofron:  # 2 all-time PWT money winner, $347,350;  most top 10
    place finishes on tour (25), Championship winner (total of 2 tour wins), won
    money in 31 of last 41 events fished; fished 11 of 14 years and made
    championship every year.  Pro walleye angler and owner of excavation

        Gary Parsons:  # 3 all-time PWT money winner, $334,687; only
    back-to-back and 2-time Angler of the Year, 17 top 10 finishes, 3 wins (all
    on South Dakota's Lake Oahe), made 12 of 14 championships.  Pro walleye
    angler and former dentist.
        Perry Good:  # 3 all-time PWT money winner, $336,500;  only pro to have
    qualified for all 14 championships; has fished every PWT tournament, 24 top
    10 finishes, 4 wins, 48 money finishes - the most of any pro.  Pro walleye
    angler and fishing guide.

        The current PWT year begins April 21-23 on the Fox and Wolf River
    systems in Winneconne, Wis.  A few PWT amateur spots still remain at
    Chamberlain, SD, in May, and Bull Shoals, Ark., in June.  Reach the PWT for
    entry info and details at 218-824-2542, or www.professionalwalleyetrail.com.

        For additional details about Great Outdoor Games V, visit
    www.espnoutdoorsmedia.com or contact ESPN Outdoors Communications at

        BASS is the world's largest fishing organization, sanctioning more
    than 20,000 tournaments worldwide through its Federation.  This April, BASS
    introduces the all-new Bassmaster Elite 50 Series, a four-event,
    no-entry-fee circuit featuring a $1.6 million prize purse for the world's
    best anglers. The CITGO Bassmaster Tournament Trail presented by Busch Beer
    is the oldest and most prestigious pro bass fishing tournament circuit and
    continues to set the standard for credibility, professionalism and
    sportsmanship as it has since 1968.

        In-Fisherman is the communications leader in the freshwater fishing
    industry through the integration of magazines, television airing every week
    of the year, a 400-station radio network, dozens of books, 75 instructional
    fishing videos and DVDs, fishing tournaments and the Internet. The
    In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail (PWT), the nation's premier walleye
    tournament circuit, enters its 15th circuit season in 2004 with six regional
    Pro-Am competitions plus a world championship. The PWT is dedicated to the
    advancement of walleye fishingp. In-Fisherman is part of PRIMEDIA Inc.,
    America's leading producer of targeted media headquartered in New York City.
    PRIMEDIA delivers content via print as well as the Internet, live events and

    Media credentials for the ESPN Great Outdoor Games are available at

    Julie Magnuson
    7819 Highland Scenic Rd.
    Baxter, MN 56425

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