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Kaczorowski/Nascak Capture Cabela’s MWC Team of the Year Title

by Kristine Houtman, Events Dir
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(09/23/2002 - Lake City, MN.)... Minnesotans, Brad Kaczorowski (Lewiston) and Richard Nascak (Winona) have claimed one of walleye fishing’s most coveted titles, the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) Team of the Year.

This prestigious award is given to the MWC team that compiles the mostpoints at the four tournaments during the season. A first place finish is worth 110 points, after which the score drops progressively to eleven points for teams weighing fish. The remaining teams receive ten "show" points each.

Kaczorowski and Nascak competed against more than 800 teams during the 2002 MWC season, totaling 413 out of a possible 440 points.

True veterans on the circuit, the well liked fishing partners earned $6000 for their achievement.

Jim Minnema (Randolph, Wis.) and his son, Tim Minnema (Markesan, Wis.)finished second with 368 points. Third place finishers with 360 points were Tom Walters (Campbellsport, Wis.) and Andy Schmidt (Fond du Lac, Wis.) Top forty finishers will be invited to fish in the World Walleye Championship next year. Those teams include:

Gassers/Minnemas Win MWC Family Titles

Two teams joined Minnesotans Brad Kaczorowski and RichardNascak in the spotlight at the Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) season finaleon Lake Pepin at Lake City, Minnesota with circuit family awards.

Chris and Gina Gasser of Random Lake, Wis. put together 219 points tocapture their second consecutive MWC Husband and Wife of the Year title,worth $1000. Kevin and Karen McQuoid of Isle, Minn. finished second with 180points.

Wisconsinites Jim Minnema (Randolph) and Tim Minnema (Markesan) retained theMWC Father and Son of the Year title, also worth $1000, after compiling 368points. The Minnemas have now won the award five times. Jim and JacobLaPine of Fond du Lac, Wis. finished second with 251 points.

Record Set at MWC Finale

Paul Conway (Winona, Minn.) and Aaron Matthees (St.Charles, Minn.) won the Lindy Legendary Tackle/Lund Automotive Cabela’sMasters Walleye Circuit Team Tournament held September 21-22 at Lake City,Minn. on the Mississippi River. The event was the MWC’s fourth and finaltourney of the season.

The winners established a Lake City tournament record with a ten fish MWClimit totaling 43.16 pounds worth $21,000. The pair fished an area south ofLake City using live bait technique. They also collected $985 for big fishhonors on day one with an 8.05 pounder. Along with the checks autographedMark Susinno prints were presented to the winners by Susinno in person. Atotal of $4924 was paid over the two days in big fish prize money.

Second place finishers were Tim Chick and Charlie Casperson of Winona, Minn.with 38.66 pounds worth $10,200. Third place went to brothers Mitch andScott Jerowski, also of Winona. They collected $7,200 for a weight of 32.39lbs.

Tim Cain (Mankato, Minn.) and Bill Koehne (Abrams, Wis.) won the Lake CityLodging Association "Comeback Award" of $500. They advanced the most placesfrom day one to day two.

The top 29 teams shared the $81,250 cash purse. The entire payout totaled$94, 674. The 168 team field caught 767 walleyes weighing 1599.31 lbs. inthe MWC catch and release format.

Next year’s schedule was announced at the tournament.

2003 MWC Schedule

  • March 29-30, Spring Valley, IL, Illinois River
  • May 17-18, Ortonville, MN, Big Stone Lake
  • Sept. 13-14, Escanaba/Gladstone, MI, Bays de Noc
  • Sept. 27-28, Lake City, MN, Lake Pepin/Mississippi River
  • Oct. 16-18, Championship, Prairie du Chien, WI, Mississippi River

In addition to Cabela’s, MWC would like to thank all the sponsors whichinclude Berkley Trilene, Lindy Legendary Tackle, Lowrance Electronics, LundTruck Accessories, Mercury, North American Fishing Club, Ranger Boats,Cotton Cordell, Flambeau, Leer and Panther Marine.

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