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Jackson, Jacobson Take Lake McConaughy Tournament
By Steve Weisman
Gander Mountain GNWC Publicity Director
Although a severe cold front rolled through Nebraska
and affected the
bite at Lake McConaughy, Sunday's tournament on the Great Plains Region
the Gander Mountain Grand National Walleye Cup (GNWC) still produced
six-fish limits and some of the trophy fish for which "Big Mac" is
Leading the way with a six-fish limit weight of
24.65 pounds was the
team of Christopher Jackson and Todd Jacobson from North Platte, NB.
not only collected $1000 for their first place effort, but they also
home the Berkley Trilene Big Fish Award of $400 in Berkley products
their 6.70 pounder.
Second place and a check for $550 went to Jason
Erickson and Jason Hunt
from North Platte, NB with six fish weighing 19.82 pounds. Mike Quintana
Jim Hansen from Colorado Springs, COL took third place and a check
for a six-fish limit weighing 18.27 pounds.
Gander Mountain GNWC Executive Director Bernie Barringer
though the bite deteriorated over the past few days, Lake McConaughy
why it is known as a trophy walleye fishery. We still had 16 limits
to the scales, and probably the greatest challenge for the top teams
was getting the right combination of two fish over 22 inches and the
slot fish to finish out their limit."
Teams proved that several patterns could trigger
weather-induced neutral fish. Trolling crankbaits, bottom bouncers
spinners, Lindy Rigs and live bait all produced fish. "It's amazing
many different patterns worked. So many times you see one or two patterns
emerge, but not today," added Barringer.
Special awards include the following. The "Yo So
Close" award of a Yo
Net folding net valued at $80 was awarded to the three teams that placed
of the money. Those teams include Dennis and Shelby Vance from Seldon,
7th place; Charles Craig from Scottsbluff, NB and Ted Tatten from Gering,
in 8th placec; and Bob Eaton from Omaha, NB and Andy Moberly from
Fontanelle, NB in 9th place.
The Gander Mountain "Need More Stuff" drawing of
$200 for a Gander
Mountain Shopping Spree went to Seth and Ron Green from North Platte,
After three tournaments, the team of Ted Webster
from Hutchinson, KS and
Robert Riddick from Wakefield, KS continues to lead in the race for
Plains Team of the Year with 12 points, while Dennis and Shelby Vance
Seldon, KS hold down second place with 16 points.
Complete results of the Lake McConaughy tournament
can be found at
The fourth and final qualifier on the Great Plains
circuit will be on
Nebraska's Harlan Reservoir on Sunday, July 18.
Anglers interested in signing up for the final 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. Other
sponsors include Skeeter Boats, Yamaha Outboards, the Sportsman Channel,
Berkley, Aqua Innovations, YoNet Folding Nets by AMFYOYO, VIB"E" Lure
Company, TowTector Shield and UpNorthOutdoors.com.