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Walleye Searchers 4/6/2014 Sidepot Tournament Results

Place – Team – Total Weight

1 –  Steve Gnotke, Al Heimer - 17.54

2 – Clayton Brandt, Joe Kujawa - 14.38

3 - Jason Moritz, Matt Coy - 11.44

4 - Mike Utley, Tom Andersen - 9.60

5 – Dale Rueber, Chris Packer – 7.57

6 – Dean Nelson, Nick Wiese - 6.51

7 - Chad Niemann, Andy Hanson - 4.69

8 – Drew Evans, Chuck Russo – 1.90

9 – Nick Dennison, Jian Su  – 0.0

9 - John Sperlingas, Trevor Gnotke - 0.0

Lake Erie Walleye Trail Season Opener

2014 Magee East winnersBetter late than never at the Cabela’s, Crown Battery, Sharpnack Direct, Lake Erie Walleye Trail (LEWT) season opener hosted by “Magee East” Marina and Campground.

After an unusually bitter winter that left thick ice across the western basin of Lake Erie until the end of March, the season opening LEWT event was postponed one week to April 12. “What a group of anglers we have” commented LEWT tournament Director Joe Yingling. “Even after having to reschedule, we still have a full field of 50 teams entered in this tournament.” Read the rest of this entry »

The Ohio Walleye Federation Mosquito Lake

The Ohio Walleye Federation held its first tournament of 2014 on Mosquito Lake on April 13th.  After one of the worst winters in recent memory and later than normal ice out the weather on tournament day was near record highs with temperatures in the 80’s.   High winds accompanied the warm temperatures creating big waves on the lake and challenging fishing conditions for the anglers.   The team of Terry Hovance and Pat Hovance took top honors bringing in a 5 fish limit of 13.78lbs.  The team of Hovance and Hovance proved versatility is key to coming out on top during a tough bite.  After trolling up 3 fish early in the day the team’s troll bite slowed.  Hovance/Hovance then made the difficult decision to give up on trolling and switch to jigging where they finished out their 5 fish limit and were able to make a couple of key upgrades.   Less than .5lb separated 2nd to 4th place with the team of Shipman/Shipman in 2nd place with 11.42lbs, Williams/Perline in 3rd place with 11.38lbs and Burkholder/Erb in 4th place with 10.92lbs.  Williams/Perline also took big fish honors with a 4.06lb walleye.   Angler reports were split with half of the field reporting catching their fish trolling leadcore and crankbaits in 15-20ft of water while other anglers were jigging shallow using a combination of minnows and blade baits.  The next OWF Inland Lake Circuit tournament will he held on Pymatuning Lake on May 4thRead the rest of this entry »

Rhodes, Koester Win Cabela’s MWC Season Opener

mwc30Rhodes, Koester Win Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit
Season Opener On The Illinois River

Presented by Berkley Baits


For Immediate Release
Spring Valley, Ill.—March 30, 2014—Scott Rhodes and Jeff Koester racked up an impressive 26 pounds, 4 ounces to win the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s 2014 season opener on the Illinois River at Spring Valley, Illinois.

“The feeling is surreal, it’s going to take awhile to sink in,” Koester, of Brookville, Indiana, beamed moments after claiming victory in front of a raucous riverside crowd gathered to watch the festivities at historic Barto Landing.

He and Rhodes collected the $11,100 first-place cash payout, plus $500 in Berkley Artificial-Only Bonus Cash, the $500 Berkley Baits contingency, $200 Optima True Blue award, and $950 from the MWC Big Fish Pot for their Day 1 big fish. They also claimed a $1,000 Cabela’s National Team Championship Prize Package including paid NTC entry, travel stipend, team jerseys and plaques.

2014 spring valleyHeld March 29-30, the tournament marked the circuit’s 28th-consecutive season opener on the Illinois, and the beginning of its 30th season of team walleye tournament competition. Two-person teams were allowed to weigh five walleyes, saugers or saugeyes per day. In an exciting twist for 2014, this year’s tournament was an “artificial-only” event—with extra winnings at stake as anglers put their favorite crankbaits, spinners, Berkley Gulp!-type softbaits and other man-made presentations to the test, while live bait such as minnows and nightcrawlers were off limits.

As it turned out, artificial presentations were hardly a setback. Koester and Rhode’s total trumped the Circuit’s 2013 Spring Valley winning weight by nearly eight pounds. Last March, Iowans Clayton Freiburger and Mike Bisdorf weighed in 18.15 pounds to win the MWC season opener. The artificial-only format emerged this season thanks to a partnership between Berkley Gulp! and the Cabela’s MWC, with Berkley kicking in an additional $2,500 in prize money for the anglers.

Rhodes and Koester came out swinging on Day 1, weighing a hefty 14-pound, 6-ounce limit that would prove to be big basket of the tournament. They also weighed big fish of the day, a 4-pound, 15-ounce walleye. They closed the deal on Day 2 with an 11-pound, 14-ounce limit. Their go-to tactic was hand-lining crankbaits laced with walleye-formula Berkley PowerBait Attractant. Koester noted that their hand-line leads were 25-pound-test Berkley Big Game line.

It wasn’t the team’s first trip to the winner’s circle. They were crowned 2007 Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Champions, and have won a pair of MWC Walleye Madness events. “But winning an MWC regular-season qualifier has remained a major goal throughout the years,” Koester said. “It’s fantastic,” added Rhodes, of Interlochen, Michigan. “Everything went right for two days straight.”

Heath Bohman of Wisconsin Rapids, Wisconsin, and Gordy Powers of Rockford, Minnesota, finished a close second with 24 pounds, 1 ounce, worth $5,500 plus the $1,000 Ranger Cup contingency and $300 Berkley Bonus Cash. In fourth place, the Illinois team of Ryan Feldott, of Spring Valley, and Chris Payne, of Oglesby, claimed the $500 Lowrance HDS Gen2 Touch and Elite 7 contingency. Illinois’ Bob Horvath, of Mokena, and Mike Thomas, of Wilton, earned $500 custom Rockstar Hitch-Mounted Mud Flaps for jumping 31 places from 70th on Day 1 to 39th place on Day 2. In all, the top 16 teams shared more than $51,850 in cash and prizes.

Despite a late spring across the Midwest, the Illinois River was generous to MWCers, yielding 694 fish weighing a total of 1,334 pounds, 2 ounces. Big fish was a 5-pound walleye caught by Steve Evert and Dale Newton. They earned $950 from the MWC Big Fish Pot for the achievement, along with the $250 Zippo Hot Hands Big Fish Award. The Cabela’s MWC, National Professional Anglers Association, Pure Fishing and Zippo Outdoor Brands presented a Youth & Family Fishing Clinic immediately after Saturday’s weigh-in. The first 50 youths received rod and reel combos courtesy of the NPAA.

Under the umbrella of The Walleye Federation (TWF), the Cabela’s MWC is open to avid walleye anglers from all walks of life. The 2014 trail includes 10 stops spread across seven states in the Walleye Belt. Teams showcase their skills—and sponsor products—at world-class venues such as the Illinois, Detroit and Mississippi rivers, Green Bay, Big Stone Lake, Kinzua Reservoir, Cass Lake and Lake Erie.

Along with great payouts at each event, teams fishing three or more tournaments battle for coveted berths in the 2015 Cabela’s MWC Championship, set for October 2015 on Lake Erie out of Huron, Ohio. Teams fishing at least three qualifiers also compete for Team of the Year awards, including a $25,000 “Living the Dream” sponsorship package, which includes fully paid entries to the Cabela’s National Walleye Trail as a pro and co-angler, use of a 600 series Ranger boat, travel stipends and more.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its 12th season as title sponsor of the MWC. Official sponsors include: Berkley Gulp!, Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, MotorGuide, Ranger Boats, The Walleye Federation and Zippo Outdoor Brands. Associate sponsors include: Berkley Trilene, Church Tackle, Lindy Legendary Fishing Tackle, Optima Batteries, Rockstar Hitch Mounted Mud Flaps, T-H Marine and Sea Grant.

Entry fees are $650 per tournament, of which more than 100 percent is returned to anglers at the qualifiers, World Championship and Team of the Year races. Registration remains open through 10 a.m. Monday prior to each tournament. For more information, visit, email, or call (580) 765-9031.



Walleye Madness 2014

For more information contact:
Greg Bentz
Tournament Director – Walleye Madness Tournaments



Walleye Madness 2014: Two Hot Bite Events; NTC Side Pots; WT6 Exclusives and more…

Walleye Madness Tournaments offers anglers the opportunity to compete in two hot bite events on north east Ohio’s most prolific walleye fisheries. The season kicks off on April 27th at Mosquito Lake, a top ranked inland lake walleye producer. The second event is scheduled for June 28th on arguably the world’s greatest walleye factory, Lake Erie out of Geneva, Ohio. “We’ve chosen two amazing fisheries for the 2014 season. The spring bite at Mosquito Lake will be in full swing in April and then we’ll go chase the migratory monsters on Erie in June” stated Greg Bentz, director of Walleye Madness Tournaments.

Walleye Madness offers Cabela’s National Team Championship qualifying via their affiliated Walleye Federation (TWF) club WT6. “Were excited to continue to offer all TWF members fishing our events the chance to win a paid entry and bonuses to the NTC through our side pots” stated Adam Momirov, president of WT6. He added, “For 2014 we added a $150 per event WT6 member bonus and an exclusive NTC spot to reward their loyal support of Walleye Madness and WT6.”

Walleye Madness Tournaments is sponsored by Buckeye Sports Center, Lund Boats and Mercury Marine. Their support allows the circuit to provide open, no-membership-required tournaments with 100% payout plus $700 in bonuses for each event. Membership in WT6/TWF is optional for Cabela’s National Team Championship qualifying eligibility.

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TWFlogo_250Artifishalleyes (artificial-eyes) The art of fishing for walleyes using artificial baits. A new venture for two walleye pros creating the Next Generation Beyond Bait.


Fargo, ND. – Two long time professional and serious walleye anglers, whether they fish for paychecks or pride, have teamed up to create Artifishalleyes.


New for 2014, Corey Heiser and Troy Morris have signed a notarized contract to NOT use live bait for the entire 2014 season as they compete in walleye tournaments together across the country. They have created an organization called Artifishalleyes to help educate and teach our youth and fellow anglers that artificial baits can be used competitively, even on those so called live bait waters, and help protect our water systems.


“Being in the fishing industry for several years we have seen the invasion of ANS (Aquatic Nuisance Species) become more widespread, causing severe and permanent damage to the habitats they invade by reducing the abundance of native species and altering ecosystem processes. This destruction of the natural ecosystem is causing lakes and rivers to have less game fish and even rendering some lakes and rivers unusable,” Heiser and Morris commented.


Even in those natural walleye fisheries not affected by ANS, walleye tournament fishing continues to be scrutinized because the possible transportation of ANS to these locations by live bait and the water that they came from.


Troy and Corey have agreed to produce numerous videos following their year on the Masters Walleye Circuit Trail. They will be fishing the following MWC Events:
Pierre, SD Lake Sharpe
Ortonville, MN Big Stone Lake
Oconto WI, Bay of Green Bay
Cass Lake, MN
“We’ve picked varying types of water to fish tournaments, including some traditional live bait locations like Green Bay and Cass Lake, in order to show the effectiveness of artificial presentations.” Morris commented. “I have spent several years using both artificial and live bait and now is the time to commit to artificial.”


Morris and Heiser felt like the MWC was the perfect venue with their push towards artificial only events, hosting the Devils Lake event last year and both Red Wing and Spring Valley tournaments this year.

The duo will also fish two FM Walleye Club events that are historically dominated with the use of live bait:
Pelican Rapids, MN Pelican Lake
Lake Park, MN Big Cormorant


 “I’m extremely excited about fishing these western Minnesota waters. They are traditional Chub and Crawler fisheries. Many years, the biggest concern before the tournament is where to get Red Tails, it will be a relief to put together a presentation without them. Plus, Pelican Lake has zebra mussels, it’ll be a relief not worrying about proper disposal of the minnows used there.”Heiser explained.


For more information about the exclusive use and presentations of artificial baits please “like” their Facebook page, Artifishalleyes, or web site at

Ranger Releases the VS1780 Aluminum Deep V

New for 2014: Ranger Releases the VS1780 Aluminum Deep V


New design brings Ranger quality and aluminum accessibility to multi-species anglers nationwide.rangervs1780

Ranger’s acclaimed roster of aluminum bass, crappie and multipurpose boats continue to be one of the industry’s best-selling product lines as the brand’s strong heritage, quality construction and innovative design resonates with boat buyers. This year, Ranger Boats is poised to introduce another category to the most sought-after aluminum boats on the water, the all-new Ranger Aluminum Deep V Series.

With more models planned for introduction in the coming year, the new Ranger Aluminum Deep V Series will deliver feature-laden boats complete with a solid, all-welded aluminum hull constructed without the use of any wood components. Upright, level foam flotation adds even more confidence, stability, and security to this ultra-quiet design, as proven with the new VS1780.

“We’ve incorporated so many key elements we’ve learned and developed in our years of building the most popular and best-performing multispecies fiberglass boats into the new Ranger Aluminum Deep V Series,” said Ranger Boats President Randy Hopper. “The 1780, in particular, features a solid, one-piece feel and the peace of mind that comes with quality construction and attention to detail – all starting at under $20,000 in some configurations.”

Measuring 17 feet, 8 inches with a 96-inch beam, the Ranger Aluminum VS1780 is rated for outboards ranging in horsepower from 90-135. Equipped with a 24-gallon fuel tank, the boat offers plenty of fishing space on its expansive front deck as well as the ability to accommodate kicker motors.

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Cabela’s Announces Plans for Bowling Green, Ky., Cabela’s Outpost Store

CabelasCabela’s Incorporated (NYSE:CAB), the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, announced today plans to open a 42,000-square-foot Cabela’s Outpost store in Bowling Green, Ky.

The store will be Cabela’s second in Kentucky – joining the Louisville location – and is scheduled to open in the fall of 2014. It will be located at the intersection of Scottsdale Road and Ken Bale Boulevard near Sam’s Club. Read the rest of this entry »

Bago Walleye Club Sidepot Results

Sidepot Winners for 6-23-13 tournament: Jon Boedecker and Brad Vetter

Congratulations to 5th Place Team – Jon Boedecker and Brad Vetter with 21.83 lbs. which earned them a check for $425.00. PLUS …They also won the NTC Sidepot pool which earned them a paid spot in the 2014 Cabela’s NTC on Green Bay next spring!

Full Results

Sidepot Winners for 7-14-13 tournament: Ronald Goldapske and Jackson Goldapske


Congratulations to Ronald and Jackson Goldapske for their 1st place win !!! 18.85 lbs earned them a check for $2500.00. They also won the 2014 Cabela’s NTC Sidepot which gives them a payed entry into the NTC on Green Bay in the spring of 2014 !!!

Full Results

Sidepot Winners for 8-4-13 tournament: Jon Noble and Karen Hendrix


Congratulations to 4th Place Team – Jon Noble and Karen Hendrix with 13.28 lbs. which earned them a check for $575.00. The also won the Bago Walleye Club Championship for the year earning them a $4,000 certificate for a new Triton boat or $3,000 cash !!! PLUS …They also won the NTC Sidepot pool which earned them a paid spot in the 2014 Cabela’s NTC on Green Bay next spring!

Full Results

Clear Lake Qualifier Results 10/26

Clear Lake TWF7
Team 10/26/2013 weight
1 Joe Kirk Kathy Kirk 2.43
2 Terry Sparks Bruce Sparks 2.33
3 Brad Bull Wes Rose 1.94
4 David Murray Jeff Becker 1.45
5 Doug Jacobson Lance Thoe 1.38
6 Jeff Giesman Mark Johns 1.25
7 Kirk Moe Kevin Wiemers 0
8 Lance Haman Scott Sundet 0
9 Judson Ollinger Cole Ollinger 0
10 Troy Loeckle Wes Loeckle 0


Clear Lake TWF8
Team 10/26/2013 weight
1 Doug Jacobson Lance Thoe 2.54
2 Brad Bull Wes Rose 1.45
3 David Murray Jeff Becker 1.38
4 Jeff Giesman Mark Johns 1.38
5 Joe Kirk Kathy Kirk 0
6 Kirk Moe Kevin Wiemers 0
7 Lance Haman Scott Sundet 0
8 Judson Ollinger Cole Ollinger 0
9 Terry Sparks Bruce Sparks 0
10 Troy Loeckle Wes Loeckle 0

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