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  • Updated: 07/12/04

  • Brockmeyer, Cochran Capture Ohio State Championship of Walleye Fishing Title

    By Steve Weisman
    Gander Mountain GNWC Publicity Director
        After finishing the first day of the Ohio State Championship of Walleye
    fishing in second place, it simply took a little fine tuning for the team of
    Jason Brockmeyer from Westerville, OH and Chad Cochran from Powell, OH to
    leave the competition behind and capture the coveted championship plaques
    and the $2500 first place check.
        Brockmeyer and Cochran ended with a two-day total of 16.12 pounds to
    outdistance Gary Schiller from Fairview, PA and Rick Winkelman from Erie,
    PA, who totaled a two-day total of 11.42 pounds. They pocketed a check for
        Third place and a check for $500 went to Scott Yarman from Vernon, OH
    and Tom Kemper from Marion, OH with 7.92 pounds.
        The action for the Ohio State Championship of Walleye Fishing, which is
    the first of eight such tournaments on the Gander Mountain Grand National
    Walleye Cup (GNWC) circuit, took place on Mosquito Creek Lake. According to
    Gander Mountain GNWC Executive Director Bernie Barringer, it was a great
    place to start the Championship events.
        "It was a great time for all of us involved with the Ohio State
    Championship of Walleye Fishing. Gander Mountain really rolled out the red
    carpet for the GNWC teams, and we had a great response from the Trumbull
    County Convention and Visitor's Bureau."
        Mother Nature played a major roll in the outcome of the tournament as
    the winds that made for a great pre-fishing bite totally died. "That really
    made things tough," noted Barringer. "Both days were flat calm, and it
    really shut down the bite. But that's what makes championship fishing so
    exciting. When things like that happen, the teams have to adjust."
        That's exactly what Brockmeyer and Cochran did. They used lead core line
    to troll chrome/black, chrome/blue and gold/black Shad Raps on the main part
    of the lake. However, after experimenting, they determined that they had to
    keep their crankbaits within a foot of the bottom. So, they let out the lead
    core until it was on the bottom, then slowly reeled up until it wasn't
    dragging. They found 2.0-2.2 mph to be the key speed.
        Yarman and Kemper, meanwhile, also pulled crankbaits and built almost a
    three pound lead on Saturday, but then only had a two-fish weight of 3.25
    pounds on Sunday and slipped to second place.
        Several other special awards were presented at Sunday's weigh-in. The
    Berkley Big Fish Award of $400 in Berkley product and the $240 Big Fish Pot
    for the largest walleye of the two-day tournament went to Brockmeyer and
    Cochran for their 4.43-pound walleye.
         The "Yo So Close" award of a Yo Net folding net valued at $80 went to
    the teams that placed just out of the money. They include Mark Drotar and
    Sam Cappelli in 6th place; Steven DeHart and Leonard Horton in 7th place;
    and Jim Corey and Brian Biggio in 8th place.
        The VIB"E" Lure award of two six-piece lure sets valued at $40 went to
    the two teams who finished behind the Yo So Close award. They include Mike
    and Tom Defibaugh in 9th place; and Curt Braden and Jeff Matthews in 10th
        The Towtector Comeback Award of a Towtector boat protector valued at
    $250 for the team advancing the most places from day one to day two went to
    Yarmon and Kemper.
         The winner of the Gander Mountain "Need More Stuff" drawing of $200 for
    a Gander Mountain Shopping Spree went to the 2004 regular season Ohio Team
    of the Year, Todd Kunk from St. Henry, OH and Adam Harlamert from Cold
    Water, OH.
        The Walleye Wisdom camera crew was also on hand to film footage of the
    Championship. "The Walleye Wisdom camera crew will be at all of the State
    Championships to capture the excitement of the tournament action. This
    weekend they were in the right place at the right time and captured some
    great fishing action. The highlights of these State Championships and the
    National Championships, along with some great walleye fishing tips will
    appear on our 13-week Walleye Wisdom television program," added Barringer.
        Those interested in checking out the standings, reading the releases
    about any of the eight regions or simply learning more about the circuit can
    access the Gander Mountain GNWC website at www.walleyecup.com.
        Title Sponsor for the GNWC is Gander Mountain. Other major national
    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 Skeeter
    Boats sponsor is Boat Boys out of Newark, OH.

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