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FOURNIER/OLSON WIN CABELA'S MWC RANGER BOATS FINALE
ALL-AROUND TEAM TITLE GOES TO ZACHOWSKI/MANTHEI
NATHE/THOMPSON CENTRAL DIVISION TEAM OF THE YEAR
Walker, MN-Paul Fournier and Ryan Olson of Andover, MN overcame a strong
field of veteran anglers to win the Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit central
division finale, held September 18-19 on Leech Lake at Walker, MN.
They weighed the heaviest basket each day of the Ranger Boats titled
tourney-five fish at 15.99 lbs. on day one and four on day two at 16.52 lbs.
Their 32.51 pound total earned them their first circuit victory and $20,000.
Olson explained, "We figured the tournament would be a shootout because the
fishing was tough. We worked hard and stuck with our game plan and it paid
off. We beat a lot of good teams. It's our first win. I'm still shaking a
An emotional Fournier continued, "We've been close so many times, now we won
one. I can't begin to tell you how great this feels."
The pair fished an area near Goose Island-trolling number 5 and 7 firetiger
colored Cotton Cordell Wally Diver crankbaits at depths to 13 feet.
Fournier stated that boat speed was a critical factor to their victory --
1.4 m.p.h. or so against the wind and 2.7 to 3.3 m.p.h. with the wind
Second place finishers were Gordon Schwarz (New Holstein, WI) and Brett
Wilkens (Kiel, WI) with eight fish weighing 25.46 lbs. worth $10,000. They
anchored over small rock humps between 12 and 15 feet they located between
Grass Point and the Big Rock Resort. They cast 1/8 oz. chartreuse jigs
tipped with large leeches or crawlers. Part of their second day catch, a
5.51 lb. walleye, was good for big fish honors and $745.
Third place went to father/son team, Ken Bjorkman (Marshfield, WI) and David
Bjorkman (Fargo, ND). Their ten fish limit weighed 22.94 lbs., earning them
$7,500. They worked Lindy slip-sinker crawler rigs through the weeds
between 9 and 20 feet in the Cabacona Bay area. They pocketed an additional
$1,000 for the highest placing Ranger Boats team in the Ranger Cup series.
The top 26 teams shared the $72,100 cash purse. An additional $3,724 was
awarded in tournament big fish prize money. Michigan anglers Gerald Arnold,
Jr. (Norway) and David Koller (Kingsford) took day one big fish honors and
$745 for their 7.39 lb. walleye. Tournament teams donated $2,235 to the MWC
Conservation Fund which will be used for fishery related projects in states
where MWC tournaments are held.
Volunteers from the Walker Rotary Club hosted the event and assisted the MWC
with tournament operations.
Central Division Crowns Team of the Year
Circuit Team of the Year Honors
Further tournament information including complete results and standings
2004 Cabela's MWC Remaining Schedule
In addition to Cabela's, MWC sponsors include-Ranger Boats, Lindy Legendary