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  • Updated: 08/14/04

  • 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 State
    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 up to
        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 ended
    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 be
    looking at a late summer, hot weather bite. "The South Dakota circuit has
    really been a competitive one this year. I look forward to the show these
    teams will put on as they compete for the Championship title," said Gander
    Mountain GNWC Executive Director Bernie Barringer.
        Les Rowland, who operates the Northeast South Dakota Guide Service,
    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 added,
    "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 with
    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. with
    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 at 3
    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 second
    day, we will find out from the top teams what strategies they used to catch
    their fish."
        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, an
    opportunity to talk with some of the GNWC teams and a chance to look over
    the new Skeeter boats," added Barringer. "Doug's is now the Skeeter Boats
    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, for its
    popular 13-week television program Walleye Wisdom, which will be aired on
    the Sportsman Channel, Fox Sports and several regional outlets. "Our goal is
    to showcase the successes of our walleye teams, share the techniques that
    the GNWC teams used to catch their fish and to finally give fishing hints
    that will help our viewers become better walleye anglers themselves," said
        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 during
    the two-day Championships. In addition, an optional Big Fish Pot will go to
    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 to
    spend the $200 on gear of their choice at any Gander Mountain Store. If all
    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 the Yo
    So Close award. Lure sets will also be given away as door prizes at the
    Championship banquet.
        TowTector, maker of the premium boat protector for towing vehicles, will
    offer the Towtector Comeback Award of a Towtector Shield valued at $250 for
    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 $1000
    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 with
    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 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.

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