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  • Updated: 07/19/04

  • Blosser, Tomlinson Win Sturgeon Bay Tournament and Capture the Gander
    Mountain GNWC Wisconsin Team of the Year

    By Steve Weisman
    Gander Mountain GNWC Publicity Director
        What a finish! After four tournaments, the 2004 Gander Mountain Grand
    National Walleye Cup (GNWC) Team of the Year for Wisconsin was settled on
    Sunday at Sturgeon Bay by 1 point!
        Robert Blosser from Lodi, WI and Gary Tomlinson from Poynette, WI took
    it all with a five-walleye limit weight of 22.09 pounds to win both the
    $1000 first place check at Sturgeon Bay and the coveted Wisconsin Region
    Team of the Year. In addition, they made it a clean sweep by earning the
    Berkley Trilene Big Fish Award of $400 in Berkley products for their
    6.32-pound walleye.
        However, it wasn't easy. First off, Blosser and Tomlinson were in second
    place for Team of the Year heading into the Sturgeon Bay tournament and
    needed to win to take the year-long honors. So, on a day when the bite was
    inconsistent for many of the GNWC teams, Blosser and Tomlinson gambled that
    a 40-mile run to fish the Bay just outside the mouth of the Fox River would
    pay off and take them to the top.
        The trip was worth it, and so was subtle difference in their
    presentation as they pulled nightcrawlers and crawler harnesses in 9' of
    water. However, the it was the white Matzuo blade and finding their fish
    suspended in the water column, as high as 2' from the surface that triggered
    the larger fish needed to take the title. Their weight was nearly 6 pounds
    more than the second place team of Craig Swatek from Wisconsin Rapids, WI
    and Scott Swatek from Lone Rock, WI.
        The Swatek team, too, caught a five-fish limit of nice fish, but their
    weight was 16.36 pounds, leaving them in second place and a check for $600.
    They also ended up as runners-up for the Wisconsin Region Team of the Year
    only 1 point behind Blosser and Tomlinson. The runners-up also ran close to
    40 miles, but pulled Wally Divers at 2 mph to catch their fish.
        Third place and a check for $480 went to Doug Larson from Westmont, IL
    and Vince Raimondi from Addison, IL with four walleyes weighing 14.08
    pounds. They also trolled with nightcrawlers and crawler harnesses in the
    same area.
        "This is as exciting as it gets in tournament fishing," said Gander
    Mountain GNWC Executive Director Bernie Barringer. "A majority of the teams
    found the fish scattered today, and no consistent pattern emerged. So, it
    was a case of a lot of running and gunning. The drama of the battle for Team
    of the Year was incredible."
        Weather also played a factor in both pre-fishing and Sunday's tournament
    with strong winds that settled down as the tournament day progressed. "The
    wind began to go down, and that gave teams the chance to make those long
    40-mile runs," noted Barringer.
        Other awards were also presented at the weigh-in. The "Yo So Close"
    award of a Yo Net folding net valued at $80 went to the three teams that
    placed just out of the money. They include Tim Guth from Monico, WI and
    David McCarty from Pelican lake, WI in 7th place; Carl Stepp, Jr. and Robert
    Kendrick from South Milwaukee, WI in 8t place; and Paul Mueller and Nick
    Beal from Oconomowoc, WI in 9th place.
        Alvin Lossman from Marshfield, WI and Steve Jacoby from Arpin, WI were
    the winners of the Gander Mountain "Need More Stuff" drawing of $200 for a
    Gander Mountain Shopping Spree.
        For complete results of the Sturgeon Bay tournament or any of the other
    regions on the eight-region circuit, check out the Gander Mountain GNWC
    website at www.walleyecup.com.
        Next up for the Wisconsin Region will be the Wisconsin Championship of
    Walleye Fishing, which will be held August 28-29 at Green Lake.
        Anglers interested in wanting more information on the GNWC circuit can
    call 1-800-890-FISH (3474), or they can email the GNWC at
        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" Lure
    Company, TowTector Shield and UpNorthOutdoors.com

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