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GNWC Teams Display Versatility at Prairie du
By Steve Weisman
Gander Mountain GNWC Publicity Director
Although fog delayed the start of the Iowa Region's
final tournament on
the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien for an hour, that didn't
52 competing teams at the Gander Mountain Grand National Walleye Cup
qualifier from putting on quite a show.
Leading the way and taking the first place check
of $1800 was the team
of Terry Green from Mason City, IA and Steve Templeton from Clear Lake,
with a four walleye limit weight of 14.09 pounds.
Dave Smithburg from Libertyville, IA and Joel Shaw
from Fairfield, IA,
last year's Iowa Region Team of the Year, cashed the $900 second place
with a weight of 13.59 pounds. They also took the Berkley Trilene Big
Award of $400 in Berkley products for their 6.18 pounder.
Third place and a check for $600 went to Dale Kruger
and Art Lehrman
with 13.51 pounds.
According to Gander Mountain GNWC Tournament Director
Dean Higgins, the
teams displayed great versatility. "The river dropped a foot on Friday,
that really destroyed a lot of pre-fishing game plans. However, the
teams adjusted and showed the versatility that we have come to expect
The key for the top three teams was using Bombers
with the firetiger
color working the best. Green and Templeton stayed in Pool 10 and went
wing dam to wing dam casting Bombers to catch their fish. Smithburg
also worked wing dams in the same area. Smithburg and Shaw had a slight
scare at the weigh-in, however, when Jamie Wallingford and Don Poole
Farmington, IA weighed a 6.17-pound walleye, only .01 smaller than
Smithburg and Shaw caught for the Berkley Trilene Big Fish Award.
The team of Randy Mumm and Jim Juhlin from
Clear Lake used a 9th place
finish at Prairie du Chien to lock up the Iowa Team of the Year. "These
guys were tough all year. They started the year off at Clear Lake with
and never relinquished the lead," noted Higgins.
Other awards were also presented. The "Yo So Close"
award of a Yo Net
folding net valued at $80 went to the three teams that placed just
the money. They went to Bob Henderson from Worthington, MN and Matt
from Harris, IA in 14th place; Steve Johnson from Britt, IA and Chad
from Allison, IA in 15th place; and Brian Kemp from Des Moines, IA
George Schaefers from Wadena, IA in 16th place.
Darrelle and Mary Hinderaker from Lake Mills, IA
were the winners of the
Gander Mountain "Need More Stuff" drawing of $200 for a Gander Mountain
For complete results of the Prairie du Chien tournament,
check out the
Gander Mountain GNWC website at www.walleyecup.com.
Next up on the Iowa Region will be the Iowa
State Championship of
Walleye Fishing at Big Spirit Lake on September 11-12. "If the action
have seen on the Iowa circuit this year is any indication, I know that
Championships will be quite a show," added Higgins.
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. 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. Iowa Regional sponsors
include Carlson-Sanderson Real Estate, Motor Inn, Inc., and Triggs