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Wigwam Spring Classic results

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Todd Pricket-Kurt Kainz.... 26.16

Doug Erickson-Kevfin Read.. 23.51

Tom Briggs-Jerry Riege..... 20.94

Donald Hecht-Ron Galstad... 20.05

Tom Stay-Steve Mollberg.... 17.67

Rob Dorry-Jeff Westman..... 15.94

Mike Lindhom-Curt Quesnell. 15.05

Duane Hell-Arleen Sturnat.. 14.77

Sean Westman-Jamie Gowdy... 14.27

Brian Donner-Mury Halverson 12.85

Congratulations to our very own Lip Ripper for the win.

Kurt and Todd worked hard and fished smart.

Later they bought us some drinks. (My heros)

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Congrats to Lip Ripper...looks like 4 TRF boys did well! Any techniques or spots to share?

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Thanks. It helps to have a good partner too.

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Very nice work Lip!!!.. and congrats to you to curt.. I see your name on that list as well!!! ATA BOY!

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Was that you that stopped on the hump just to the North of me on Friday? It looked like a tournament boat.

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Lip Ripper and/or Curt...........Can you give us a overview of the tournament?? I'm not looking for GPS #'s but generic info..river, 4 mile bay, main lake??? What presentation did the winners use? jig and minnow? or rigging with a crawler?? Just a little insite for us that weren't able to be there.....and like the other guys, congradulations on the finish!!


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Good job fellas. Too much on the plate this year for me, but I'll plan better next year. I'll throw in another request for some info on presentations that worked etc. Good report from Friday on the west side. Steady fish caught throughout the day, both drifting and jigging. 10'-12' seemed most productive, but there were fish at a variety of depths. Wasn't one after another, but there weren't long stretches of no bites. This report is from the boat I was supposed to be fishing in, I was at home wrenching on a U-joint on the drive shaft I dropped that morning when I was leaving----- I still have yet to wet a line this season. I may need counselling soon.

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Jon- Your need of counselling has nothing to do with your lack of fishing. grin.gif

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The fish we caught were on jigs and Lindy Rigs and crawlers and leeches. We caught fish trolling lead-core too. We ran to the west end of the lake both mornings and fished some rocks but both days the bite died around 11:00 or so. We left that spot around 2:30 on Friday with 5 fish (one being a 9 pounder) and we headed back to the Pine Island and got the last one trolling a Shad Rap.

Going into day 2 we had about a 5 lb lead and we were hoping to weigh 6 fish that day being only 5 full limits had been weighed the day before. We went back to the west end and started our morning with a 26 and 3/4 incher followed by a 27 and 1/2. Really fun, but disappointing at the same time being we couldn't weigh those fish. At 11:20 we made the decision to go back across the lake before the winds came up and pulled into the Pine Island area and started trolling. We caught a number of 12-14 and 1/2 inchers but couldn't get any keepers. Kurt (my partner) made the call to go up the river for the last hour. Needless to say, we caught the last 2 fish with less than 35 minutes to go. One was a 17 incher and one 16 incher. When we got to the dock, we heard Doug Erickson and Kevin Read had brought (2) 8 pounders to the scale so that made things even more interesting. We ended the two day event with a 2.65 lb. advantage and were very fortunate (lucky) to weigh 6 fish both days.

All in all, it was great tournament and great time. It's fun to talk to other fisherman and meet good people. It is well run and well organized. There are fish being caught all over the lake and in the river too. Kurt K, anything to add?

Curt Q was right. We did have to buy a lot of drinks that night. I guess it's like getting a hole-in-one.

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Did they fill all 100 teams for this tournament? And do you know how things are looking for the fall classic?

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40 teams this year, 11 teams entered after 4pm Thursday.

I think it will grow, it was a good time.

I have no clue about the Fall Classic.

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Goodmorning all. Hey Kurt Q., remember to cut Todd and I copies of our interviews onto CD if you could pretty please. It was actually 41 teams this year. Brian Ney and his nephew were team 41. Payout was as follows since there was only the 41 teams:

1st- $3,000

2nd- 1,800

3rd- 1,200

4th- 1,000

5th- 900

6th- 800

7th- 650

8th- 500

Then there is the $200/day for big fish. (That I lost by .10 lbs on day one thanks to Briggsy).If there is 100 teams, which is the max allowed, it pays $7000 for first and down to 20th place @ $300. Lots of fun even when you don't win. A whole bunch of very good fishermen and fisherwomen to compete against. Lots of fish biting everywhere on the lake from 8ft-30ft deep. Trolling, jigging, live-bait rigging; Twin Island, South Tip Buffalo, Elm, Lambertson, Morris Point, Zipple Bay, Garden Island, in the Rainy River itself. Take your pick and you'll catch fish in each spot. Better sign up for the Fall Classic (Oct. 7&8) early. The earlier you sign up the better boat takeoff time you get and Kevin doesn't reverse the line-up for day two. Thanks to all involved. Gotta go to work, bye.KJK

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Congrats! Ripper and Tips

Good to see some TRF boys bring in 1st place.

Good job guys.

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