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DEVILS LAKE TO HOST $401,750 WAL-MART RCL WALLEYE
SPIRIT LAKE, N.D. (May 12, 2004) – The $3.19 million Wal-Mart RCL Walleye
Tour will stage its third regular-season event on Devils Lake May 26-29,
a tournament that will pay out $401,750 in cash and prizes. The event is
the next-to-last stop on the 2004 RCL Tour and will feature as many as
320 pros and co-anglers competing for a top pro award worth as much as
$90,000 and a top co-angler award worth $15,000 cash.
RCL Tour pro Bruce Samson of Minnetrista, Minn.,
known to many as the “Devils Lake Master,” expects Devils Lake to surrender
its usual heavy stringers that have earned it a reputation as one of the
most productive walleye fisheries in the upper Midwest. “It’s a fabulous
lake that’s full of fish up to 12 pounds,” Samson said. “It wouldn’t surprise
me if it takes 24 pounds per day to make it though the cuts and just as
much to win. Five-fish, 25-pound sacks are pretty common.” Samson said
there will be multiple patterns working when the RCL Tour rolls into town,
but he predicts the majority of the heavier sacks will come on medium-diving
firetiger crankbaits snaked through timber, brush and weedbeds in shallow
Spirit Lake Casino and Resort, located at 7889 Highway
20/57 in Spirit Lake, will host daily takeoffs at 7 each morning. Wednesday
and Thursday’s weigh-ins will also be held there beginning at 3 p.m., and
Friday and Saturday’s weigh-ins will be held at the Wal-Mart store located
at 210 Highway 2 W. in Devils Lake beginning at 3 p.m. The community is
encouraged to attend daily takeoffs and weigh-ins.
The winning pro will earn $50,000 cash plus a fully
rigged Ranger, Crestliner or Lund boat powered by Evinrude or Yamaha for
a top award worth $90,000. The winning co-angler will receive $15,000 cash.
One hundred and sixty boaters and 160 co-anglers comprise a full field.
Pros and co-anglers are randomly paired each day and fish for a combined
boat weight. Pros compete against other pros, and co-anglers compete against
The full field competes during the two-day opening
round for one of 20 semifinal-round slots based on their two-day accumulated
weight. Weights are cleared for day three, and the top 10 pros and co-anglers
following Friday’s competition advance to the final round. Final-round
anglers continue Saturday, with the winner determined by the heaviest two-day
Every angler who receives weight credit in a tournament
earns points, with 200 points awarded to the winner, 199 to second, 198
for third, and so on. These points determine angler standings. The top
120 pros and 120 co-anglers based on year-end points standings qualify
for the 2004 Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship on the Mississippi River
in Moline, Ill., Sept. 29-Oct. 2, where a pro can earn as much as $400,000
cash for a win. Another 20 boaters and 20 co-anglers from the Wal-Mart
RCL Walleye League and 60 pros and 60 co-anglers who compete in RCL-sanctioned
events will comprise a championship field of 200 pros and 200 co-anglers.
The Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship is the most
lucrative event in professional walleye angling, with guaranteed cash awards
through 100th place. Including sponsor bonuses, cash awards are available
through 200th place. A guaranteed cash award of $150,000 plus potential
sponsor bonuses totaling $250,000 will go to the RCL Championship winner
for a total pro award of $400,000. The champion co-angler will win a guaranteed
cash award of $75,000 plus potential sponsor bonuses totaling $75,000 for
a co-angler award of $150,000.
The Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Tour is administered by
FLW Outdoors. Other FLW Outdoors-sanctioned tournament trails include the
Wal-Mart RCL Walleye League for weekend anglers; the Wal-Mart FLW Tour,
the world’s most lucrative bass-tournament series; the EverStart Series,
designed as a pathway to the FLW Tour; the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League
for weekend anglers; and the Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail.
Wal-Mart and many of America’s most respected companies
support FLW Outdoors and its six tournament trails. Wal-Mart has been the
title sponsor of FLW Outdoors since 1997. For more information about the
Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Tour, visit FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000.
The Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Tour and the Wal-Mart RCL
Walleye League are named after boat manufacturers Ranger, Crestliner and
Lund. FLW Outdoors is named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats,
Forrest L. Wood.
Editor’s Note: For a list of competitors from your area, please contact
Dave Washburn, communications director, at (270) 252-1607. For a complete
list of FLW Outdoors sponsors and for more information about the premier
products and services they offer, please visit FLWOutdoors.com.