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Teamwork Makes the Difference at Alum Creek
By Steve Weisman
Gander Mountain GNWC Publicity Director
Building on their third place finish at Indian Lake,
the team of Mike
Defibaugh and Tom Defibaugh from Bellefontaine, OH captured the Alum
tournament on the Gander Mountain Grand National Walleye Cup's second
of the Ohio Region on Sunday, April 18.
The Defibaughs brought in five fish weighing 6.43
pounds to take home
the $1000 first place check. With winds gusting out of the south, it
total teamwork for the winning team. Tom Defibaugh said of his partner,
"Mike basically controlled the boat on these two points so that we
vertical jig." They worked chartreuse and orange jigs tipped with minnows
two points at the south end of the lake and found their fish along
bottom in 15-20 foot of water.
"That's what teamwork is all about," said Gander
Tournament Director Gary Bowman, as he talked about the winning effort.
Mike wouldn't have done that, it would have been tough for them to
Bowman continued, "Most of the teams worked the
south end of the lake
because it was clearer. Torrential rains muddied the reservoir, and
really changed the bite. Most of the fish taken were saugeyes."
Todd Kunk from St. Henry, OH and Adam Harlamert
from Cold Water, OH took
second place and a $500 check with a two-fish weight of 5.28 pounds.
also captured The Berkley Trilene Big Fish Award of $400 in Berkley
for their 3.42-pound saugeye. Their presentation was also a jig and
but they worked 30-foot edges.
The team of Gary Schiller from Fairview, PA and
Rick Winkleman from
Erie, PA cashed the $200 third place check for a three-fish weight
pounds. They also vertical jigged with a minnow in 15-20 feet of water.
The "Yo So Close" award of a Yo Net folding net
valued at $80 went to
the team that placed just out of the money. That team was Kevin Vernon
Westerville, OH and Phillip Ames from Reynoldsburg, OH.
Matt Sands from Union, OH was the winner of the
Gander Mountain "Need
More Stuff" drawing of $200 for a Gander Mountain Shopping Spree.
A series of special awards came from David Calhoun,
owner of Boat Boys,
the official Ohio Regional Skeeter Boats sponsor. Calhoun handed out
in Skeeter Boats certificates to the top placing teams toward the purchase
of a new Skeeter boat or toward accessories.
With half of the qualifiers now in the books, Mike
Defibaugh and Tom
Defibaugh hold the lead for the Ohio Region Team of the Year honors.
The Ohio teams now head to Port Clinton on Sunday,
May 2 where they
continue their quest for a berth in the Ohio Gander Mountain GNWC Regional
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 email@example.com.
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" LureCompany,
TowTector Shield and UpNorth Outdoors.com. The Ohio Regional Skeeter Boats
sponsor is Boat Boys out of Newark, OH.