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Gander Mountain Grand National Walleye Cup Kicks Off South Dakota Region
on Lake Sharpe
By Steve Weisman
GNWC Publicity Director
Teams competing in the South Dakota Region of the
Gander Mountain Grand
National Walleye Cup (GNWC) are gearing up for the Lake Sharpe opener
Pierre, Sunday, April 18.
GNWC director Bernie Barringer shared his excitement
about the South
Dakota Region. "There is a lot of enthusiasm here in South Dakota for
GNWC. We have great fisheries at each of our tournaments, so I know
will be a lot of exciting action this year. Obviously, Lake Sharpe
walleye spot in South Dakota, and I look forward to seeing what our
will bring to the scales."
Openings still exist for the Lake Sharpe qualifier
encourages interested anglers to contact him at 1-800-890-FISH (3474),
email the GNWC at firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to Barringer, competing teams should be
at Down's Marine
between 6-6:30 Sunday morning to sign in and participate in mandatory
inspections. However, the tournament director will have the GNWC trailer
the check-in site from 6-8 p.m. on Saturday evening to answer questions
to take any late registrations.
The tournament hours are 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Weigh-in
begins precisely at 3
p.m., with awards to follow. "I hope we get a good turnout from the
public at the weigh-in. It is an exciting time when the baskets are
to the scale and the teams share the presentations they used to trigger
fish," added Barringer.
Barringer shared his excitement about the 2004 season
eight-region partner circuit. "This is the second year for the GNWC,
are looking forward to more and more teams joining what we think is
exciting partner walleye circuit in the country. We are also very excited
about the enthusiasm of the sponsors. It's been great to see the way
national fishing companies have cast their support behind Gander Mountain
GNWC walleye tournament anglers."
Another important part of the circuit is the GNWC
(www.walleyecup.com), which offers detailed information for both Gander
Mountain GNWC members and Internet browsers. The site includes detailed
scheduling information on locations and host communities, tournament
and highlights, how-to articles, along with a message board and free
classifieds for members.
Title Sponsor for the GNWC is Gander Mountain with
other major national
sponsors including Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, the Sportsman Channel,
Berkley, Aqua Innovations, YoNet Folding Nets by AMFYOYO, VIB"E" Lure
Company, TowTector Shield and UpNorth Outdoors.com