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A CROWNING ACHIEVENT
EICHORN & FELBER ARE CABELA'S MWC WORLD WALLEYE CHAMPS
Prairie du Chien, WI-Eric Eichorn and Dan Felber outlasted fierce
competition and some of Mother Nature's challenges to claim top honors
$26,000 at the 20th annual Cabela's Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) World
Eichorn and Felber of Red Wing, MN brought 55.31 lbs. to the scale
the three-day event, held October 14-16 on pools nine and ten of the
Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien, WI. The champs were also
customized trophies and gold rings for their crowning achievement.
Though the competition was intense, a trio of heavy baskets-21.36,
13.19 pounds, a 15 fish MWC allowable limit, built an 4.65 pound cushion
between the champions and the second-place finishers, Minnesotans Dennis
Clark and Kent Eide of Rochester.
Conditions were less than ideal for the 42 championship qualifying
The water and air temperatures dropped steadily each day of the tournament
with wind speeds up to 35 m.p.h. on the final day. The field
the top point accumulating teams who competed during the 2003 MWC season
plus the top five finishing teams from the 2003 Cabela's National Team
Championship. They were allowed to weigh five fish per day measuring
inches or more.
Teams were required to launch in pool ten. Yet, a majority of
to fish pool nine, which presented the added challenge of locking through
the dam twice a day. The prevailing strategy was to catch five
then upgrade to larger fish. Pool nine had been producing larger
to the competition days.
WINNING CHAMPIONSHIP TECHNIQUES
Per Eichorn, "We fished pool nine all three days. The day before
championship started, we found a honey hole just north of the town
Desoto. It was between a wing dam and a small island. What
can I tell you?
It was great. We limited out by ten thirty every morning.
We Lindy rigged
with two-inch willow cat minnows. The walleyes really hammered
Added Felber, "We were anchored, then cast the rigs into four feet
slowly reeling down to 15 feet to the wing dam. Man, it was a
MWC is full of great walleye sticks. We were hoping to do good.
I guess we
Second place finishers, Clark and Eide, weighed 13 fish totaling 50.66
worth $13,000. Third place went to the father/son team of Donald
Michael Olson of Andover, MN. Their 15 fish weighed 47.83 lbs.,
them $9,000. The entire field shared the $100,250 cash purse.
A total of 414 walleyes and saugers, weighing 965.55 lbs. were caught
MWC catch and release format. Cabela's employees and members
of the Falling
Rock Walleye Club assisted the MWC staff in championship operations.
The Cabela's MWC World Walleye Championship will be aired November
15th at 9
p.m. Eastern Standard Time on The Outdoor Channel. Repeated airings
November 17th at 7 a.m. and November 21st at 8 a.m.
Tournament coverage and related articles also appear in the North American
Fisherman magazine, the official publication of the MWC. Circuit
conducted from the Cabela's state-of-the-art, computerized mobile transport
vehicle, which is specifically designed for tournament television coverage.
Additionally, all MWC tournaments serve as qualifying events to the
Cabela's National Team Walleye Championship.
Further championship and circuit information can
be obtained from
the MWC website, www.masterswalleyecircuit.com, www.walleyecentral.com,
e-mail, firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling the MWC,
Number of teams: 42
Total cash and prizes: $101,200
weight: 965.55 lbs.
Water temp: 54 to 48 degrees
pattern: Lindy rigging.
Water level: Normal
Water clarity: To three feet
9.00 lbs (Don & Mike Olson)
2005 MWC Schedule
March 19 & 20-Illinois River at Spring Valley, IL
June 25 & 26-Lake Winnebago at Oshkosh, WI
July 16 & 17-Lake Michigan, Green Bay at Menominee, MI
April 23 & 24-Detroit River, including Ohio portion of Lake Erie
May 21 & 22-Lake Ontario at Henderson Harbor, NY
August 19, 20 & 21-Lake Erie at Dunkirk, NY. (A two day tournament
anticipated "blowday" in case of inclement weather).
MWC World Walleye Championship
September 28 thru October 1-Mississippi River pools 9 & 10 at Prairie
Chien, WI. (Qualifiers from 2004 season).
In addition to Cabela's, MWC sponsors include-Lindy Legendary Tackle,
Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, North American Fishing Club,
Boats, Smithwick Lures, Cotton Cordell, The Outdoor Channel, MotorGuide,
Daiichi Hooks, Panther Marine, Lure Eyes, Xtreme Sports and Walleye