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Ohio Teams Head to Mosquito Creek Lake for
Ohio State Championship of
By Steve Weisman
Gander Mountain GNWC Publicity Director
It's showdown time for the top teams on the Ohio
Region of the Gander
Mountain Grand National Walleye Cup (GNWC).
The Ohio State Championship of Walleye Fishing will
be held at Mosquito
Creek Lake on July 10-11. Activities for teams actually begin on Friday
the Ohio Championship Banquet at the Comfort Inn with the meal sponsored
the Trumbull County Tourism Association.
Saturday the Championship gets underway at the Causeway
boat ramp with
opening ceremonies and takeoff at 7 a.m. Leading the way will be the
Region Team of the Year, Todd Kunk from St. Henry, OH and Adam Harlamert
from Cold Water, OH. A mere three points separated the top three teams
during the regular season.
"These teams have worked very hard to make it to
noted Barringer. "Mosquito Creek Lake is a quality walleye fishery."
also the second largest inland lake in Ohio and has a maximum depth
44 feet with an average depth of around 11 feet.
Weigh-in begins at 3 p.m., and Barringer encourages
the public to
attend. "The Championship weigh-ins are always exciting to attend.
day sets the stage for the final day's competition on Sunday," noted
Saturday's events continue with the "Gander Get-together"
at the Gander
Mountain store in Warren at 6:30 p.m. Gander Mountain, the title
the GNWC circuit, will be hosting a fishing seminar by Bernie Barringer,
professional outdoorsman and host of the Walleye Wisdom TV show. Barringer
will cover walleye trolling tactics. This special event is free, open
public and will also be a great opportunity for the public to meet
anglers and sponsors.
Sunday's action follows the same format as the first
day with take-off
at 7 a.m. and weigh-in at 3 p.m. at the Causeway boat ramp. "The second
day's weigh-in promises a lot of action. At stake will be $2,500 for
place and the title of champions of the Ohio State Championship of
Fishing. With the second day over, the teams will be asked to divulge
secrets - what worked for them. It is a great opportunity for people
learn more about fishing Mosquito Creek Lake. We will also have special
interviews with the media for the top teams."
In addition, the Walleye Wisdom television crew
will be filming footage
of all eight Championships, including the Ohio Championship, for its
13-week television program Walleye Wisdom on the Sportsman Channel
several regional outlets. "Our goal is to showcase the successes of
walleye teams, share the techniques that the GNWC teams used to catch
fish and to finally give fishing hints that will help our viewers become
better walleye anglers themselves," said Barringer.
Special awards will be given out at the Championships
Berkley Big Fish Award of $400 in Berkley product for the team that
the largest walleye during the two-day competition. In addition, an
Big Fish Pot will go to the team catching the overall big fish during
A Loyalty Bonus Award of $500 will go to the highest
placing team that
fished all four regular season tournaments on the Ohio Region.
Next, will be the $200 Gander Mountain Shopping
Spree. A drawing will
be held of teams who do not weigh a fish, and the winner will be able
spend the $200 on gear of their choice at any Gander Mountain Store.
teams weigh fish, all will be entered in the drawing.
YoNet Folding Nets by AMFYOYO will offer the Yo
So Close Award of an $80
folding net to the three teams finishing just out of the money.
The VIB"E" Lure Company will sponsor the VIB"E"
Lure award of two
six-piece lure sets valued at $40 to the two teams who finish behind
So Close award. Lure sets will also be given away as door prizes at
TowTector, maker of the premium boat protector from
gravel and debris,
will offer the Towtector Comeback Award of a Towtector valued at $250
the team advancing the most places from day one to day two.
Skeeter Boats is offering any owner of a Skeeter
boat who wins the Ohio
State Championship of Walleye Fishing while fishing in the Skeeter
additional $1000 above their GNWC winnings.
Aqua Innovations will give an additional $250 to
any team who wins the
Ohio Championship if their boat's livewell is equipped with the Aqua
Innovations oxygen enhancement system. Plus they will be awarding systems
the anglers as door prizes at the Championship banquet.
Those interested in checking out the standings,
reading the releases
about any of the eight regions or simply learning more about the circuit
access the Gander Mountain GNWC website at www.walleyecup.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. The Ohio Regional
Boats sponsor is Boat Boys out of Newark, OH.