10,000 Rinks Foundation Bass Fishing Tournament

August 27, 2003

The 2nd annual 10,000 Rinks Foundation Bass Fishing Tournament wrapped up Wednesday at Cragun’s on Gull Lake. The team of Jeff Dallager, Bob Mason and Dave Skallet captured the first place prize catching a eye-popping 21.65 pounds of fish on the second day for a two-day total of 31.43 pounds. The second place team of Paul Busch, Ron Lindner and John Thomas weighed in at 30.23 pounds. Third place went to Harold Higgins, Brad Leifermann and Doug Risebrough with 27.39 pounds of fish. After being skunked on day one, the last place team of Doug Anderson, Pierre-Marc Bouchard and Dan Joyce brought home bass weighing a total of 2.62 pounds on day two.

The 10,000 Rinks Foundation Bass Fishing Tournament is a two-day event designed to raise funds for distribution throughout the State of Hockey on behalf of the foundation. The event consisted of 33 boats, each guided by one of Minnesota’s finest professional anglers, a Minnesota Wild player/executive or local celebrity and an exclusive contributing guest of the 10,000 Rinks Foundation.

Bass Fishing TournamentThe tournament got underway on Tuesday morning. Pro anglers, Wild personnel and contributing sponsors went through the check-in process at Cragun’s before eating lunch on the south beach. The group of 28 boats broke away at 1:00 p.m. in search of a six-limit stringer of largemouth bass. The temperature topped out at 90 degrees and after four hours of hunting, the groups returned to the beach for the weigh-in. Big bass hunters Chip Leer, John Saranzak and Fox Sport Net’s Clay Matvick hauled in the largest fish of the day (3.47 lbs.) while the leading stringer after day one belonged to Paul Neumann, Kirk Olson and Susan Marcotte. Pierre-Marc Bouchard’s crew was the lone boat held without a fish. Sergei Zholtok’s boat bagged the second -largest fish of the day (2.56 lbs.) and they currently hold the third place position after day one (11.08). Roughly 100 participants and volunteers washed up and traded stories over dinner and drinks at Cragun’s in anticipation of day two.

Wednesday’s event began with a breakfast a 7:00 a.m. Fishing started at 8:00 a.m. and continued through the early afternoon. Final weigh-in will took place at 2:00 p.m. followed by an afternoon of socializing. The tournament wrapped up with a dinner and awards presentation Wednesday evening. Dr. Chris Moertel of Saint Paul’s Children’s Hospitals and Clinics, Roger Cloutier of presenting sponsor Genmar and 10,000 Rinks Foundation Director Heather McGinty were the keynote speakers at the banquet.

Special thanks to Genmar, the world’s largest manufacturer of recreational boats, offering a diverse line of boats made by industry-leading brands such as Crestliner®, Glastron®, Larson®, Lund® and Ranger®.