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South Dakota GNWC Teams Compete for State Title at Lake Kampeska
By Steve Weisman
Gander Mountain GNWC Publicity Director
It's showdown time for the top teams on the South
Dakota Region of the
Gander Mountain Grand National Walleye Cup (GNWC). The South Dakota
Championship of Walleye Fishing will be held at Lake Kampeska on August
The teams will be competing for a guaranteed $4000
for first place plus
trophies, and with bonus opportunities the winners could take home
Leading the way will be the South Dakota Region
Team of the Year Shane
Christenson from Bruce, SD and James Molengraaf from White, SD. They
up 18 points ahead of their nearest competitor.
Lake Kampeska is a fairly shallow lake with a maximum
depth of about 11
feet. A year ago in early June, the GNWC hit Kampeska just right with
several six-fish limits coming to the scales. Now, however, teams will
looking at a late summer, hot weather bite. "The South Dakota circuit
really been a competitive one this year. I look forward to the show
teams will put on as they compete for the Championship title," said
Mountain GNWC Executive Director Bernie Barringer.
Les Rowland, who operates the Northeast South Dakota
believes the bite will be a decent one on Kampeska. "The walleyes have
actually been hitting fairly well. Kampeksa is one of those basin-type
lakes. There is some structure on the south end. I think there will
be a lot
of 15-16 inch fish caught."
Rowland noted that pulling plugs has been a good
late summer strategy,
along with some live bait rigging with crawlers and leeches. Rowland
"I do know one thing. When good fishermen get on the water, they usually
find a way to get the fish to bite."
Although the tournament competition begins on Saturday,
August 21, the
activities for the South Dakota teams actually begin on Friday evening
the Championship banquet at Sunnyside Inn.
The South Dakota Championship competition headquarters
for take-off and
weigh-in will be at Kampeska Lodge. Saturday's action begins at 7 a.m.
the opening ceremonies and take-off. Weigh-in will be at 3 p.m. Sunday
follows the same time frame with the weigh-in festivities beginning
p.m. Sunday's weigh-in will determine who will walk away with the South
Dakota State Championship of Walleye Fishing title.
"We hope to have a good crowd at each day's weigh-in.
It is a great way
for the public to witness some great fishing action," noted Barringer.
"Weigh-ins begin at 3 p.m. each day. The first day will be a day of
positioning, but the second day will be for the title. Plus, on the
day, we will find out from the top teams what strategies they used
Saturday evening will be another opportunity for
the general public to
be part of the Championship activities. "We are having a special get
together at Doug's Anchor Marine. There will be free food and drinks,
opportunity to talk with some of the GNWC teams and a chance to look
the new Skeeter boats," added Barringer. "Doug's is now the Skeeter
dealer, and we invite people to come out and see some of these great
fiberglass fishing boats."
In addition, the Walleye Wisdom television crew
will be filming footage
of all eight Championships, including the South Dakota Championship,
popular 13-week television program Walleye Wisdom, which will be aired
the Sportsman Channel, Fox Sports and several regional outlets. "Our
to showcase the successes of our walleye teams, share the techniques
the GNWC teams used to catch their fish and to finally give fishing
that will help our viewers become better walleye anglers themselves,"
Special awards will be given out including the Berkley
Big Fish Award of
$400 in Berkley product for the team that catches the largest walleye
the two-day Championships. In addition, an optional Big Fish Pot will
the big fish taken during the Championships.
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 for
towing vehicles, will
offer the Towtector Comeback Award of a Towtector Shield valued at
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 South
Dakota State Championship while fishing in the Skeeter an additional
above their GNWC winnings.
Aqua Innovations will give an additional $250 to
any team who wins the
South Dakota State Championship if their boat's livewell is equipped
the Aqua Innovations oxygen enhancement system. Plus they will be awarding
systems to 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.