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PWT & BASS Join Forces for 2-Species Tournament at Great Outdoor
Two of the most respected competitive fishing organizations,
the worldwide authority on bass fishing, and the In-Fisherman Professional
Walleye Trail (PWT) will join forces in the Freshwater Doubles event
ESPN Great Outdoor Games presented by Dodge July 8-11, in Madison,
In past years, the Great Outdoor Games featured only
competitions, but in 2004, the bass and walleye pro anglers will be
together (one walleye pro and one bass pro per boat). Teams will
for medals and cash prizes by catching the best combined weight of
bass and three walleyes.
"This will give pro walleye anglers a chance to share
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
tactics and strategies and teach all of us a little more about fishing."
All contestants earned the right to compete in Madison,
the defending gold medalists from the 2003 Great outdoor Games bass
tournament, as well as the respective 2003 CITGO Bassmaster Classic
and PWT/Mercury Champion, the 2003 CITGO Bassmaster Angler of the Year
the PWT Angler of the Year, the top two all-time BASS money winners,
top four PWT all-time money winners.
The 2003 Gold Medalists returning are Shaw Grigsby,
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,
and Angler of the Year Bill Ortiz, Dodgeville, Wis. The top four
winners are Ron Seelhoff, Burlington, Col., Mike Gofron, Antioch, Ill.,
Perry Good, Brainerd, Minn., and Gary Parsons, Glidden, Wis.
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,
10 finishes, winner of $1,229,380. Pro Angler and TV host of "One Last
with Shaw Grigsby."
Gary Klein, 2003 ESPN Great Outdoor Games bass fishing
medallist (team), 2001 & 2002 ESPN Great Outdoor Games bass fishing
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.
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.
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
in 1999, qualified for 13 of 14 championships. Pro walleye angler
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),
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,
back-to-back and 2-time Angler of the Year, 17 top 10 finishes, 3 wins
on South Dakota's Lake Oahe), made 12 of 14 championships. Pro
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,
10 finishes, 4 wins, 48 money finishes - the most of any pro.
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
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
www.espnoutdoorsmedia.com or contact ESPN Outdoors Communications at
BASS is the world's largest fishing organization,
than 20,000 tournaments worldwide through its Federation. This
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
is the oldest and most prestigious pro bass fishing tournament circuit
continues to set the standard for credibility, professionalism and
sportsmanship as it has since 1968.
In-Fisherman is the communications leader in the
industry through the integration of magazines, television airing every
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
tournament circuit, enters its 15th circuit season in 2004 with six
Pro-Am competitions plus a world championship. The PWT is dedicated
advancement of walleye fishingp. In-Fisherman is part of PRIMEDIA Inc.,
America's leading producer of targeted media headquartered in New York
PRIMEDIA delivers content via print as well as the Internet, live events
Media credentials for the ESPN Great Outdoor Games are available at
7819 Highland Scenic Rd.
Baxter, MN 56425