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Practice, precise presentations keys to success for Samson

Practice, precise presentations keys to success for Samson

<I>RCL Championship methods revealed</I><br><br>Putting in time to thoroughly learn a body of water prior to fishing it is commonplace for most of the top fishing pros on the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Circuit. In the case of the 2002 RCL champion, Crestliner pro Bruce Samson of Minnetrista, Minn., he put in nearly a year of time preparing for his $300,000 payday. READ MORE »

Mighty Samson takes RCL title at Red Wing

Mighty Samson takes RCL title at Red Wing

<I>Minnesota pro earns $300,000 check</i><br><br>RED WING, Minn. — Crestliner pro Bruce "Doc" Samson fulfilled a yearlong journey to compete in and win the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Circuit Championship. After months of preparation and plenty of on-the-water practice, Samson weighed in a 15-pound-5-ounce limit to best runner-up Lund pro Mike Gofron of Antioch, Ill., who weighed in a limit of walleyes registering 12 pounds and 15 ounces. READ MORE »

2002 RCL Championship Notes: Mississippi River, Day Four

2002 RCL Championship Notes: Mississippi River, Day Four

Samson survives … After pulling off a stunning victory with a 15-pound, 5-ounce stringer during the finals, pro <b>Bruce Samson</b> of Minnetrista, Minn., admitted that he has had his eye on the prize – the 2002 RCL Championship – for over a year. In fact, Samson had worked so hard for this day that he could hardly believe his good fortune when he was finally handed his first-place check totaling $300,000.“ READ MORE »

Dr. Samson wins $300,000 as Wal-Mart RCL walleye champion

RED WING, Minn. – Bruce Samson of Minnetrista, Minn., caught five walleyes weighing 15 pounds, 5 ounces Saturday to claim a top pro award of $300,000 in the $1.4 million RCL Walleye Championship on the Mississippi River. Samson won the guaranteed cash award of $150,000 plus a sponsor bonus of $150,000 for running a Crestliner boat. READ MORE »

Final battle under way at Red Wing

Final battle under way at Red Wing

<I>Six pro walleye anglers take shot at RCL Championship title</I><br><br>Six anglers will be competing today for the top title in all of competitive walleye fishing: the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship. Not only does the title carry prestige, it also brings with it a chance to take home a check for $400,000 – by far the largest prize awarded in professional walleye fishing. READ MORE »

Franklin leads pros into final round of $1.4 million Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship

<I>Lessila wins $75,000 as Co-angler Division champion</I><br><br>RED WING, Minn. – Richard Franklin of Louisburg, Kan., braved rainy conditions and a threat of wind Friday to claim the top spot heading into Saturday's final round of the $1.4 million Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship. With the help of his partner, co-angler champion Tim Lessila of New Berlin, Wis., Franklin brought in four walleyes weighing 16 pounds to ensure his shot $300,000 cash. READ MORE »

Franklin's four lead the way at Red Wing

Franklin's four lead the way at Red Wing

<I>Pro maintains edge over RCL crowd; Lessila lands co-angler title</I><br><br>Crestliner pro Rick Franklin of Louisburg, Kan., weighed in four walleyes this afternoon for a total weight of 16 pounds, enough to lead the final six pros into the last day of the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Circuit Championship. <br><a href="/article.cfm?id=139020">Plus: preview of final day</a> READ MORE »

2002 RCL Championship Notes: Mississippi River, Day Three

2002 RCL Championship Notes: Mississippi River, Day Three

Rookie royalty … Fishing in only the second tournament of his career, <b>Tim Lessila</b> turned the co-angler fishing world on its head after pulling off one of the biggest upsets of the year. As unlikely as it sounds, the 58-year-old rookie angler walked away with the 2002 RCL Championship and a fat check for $75,000 after registering a whopping 16-pound catch with his pro partner, Richard Franklin. READ MORE »

Semifinal round under way at Red Wing

Semifinal round under way at Red Wing

<I>RCL co-angler champion to be crowned today</i><br><br>RED WING, Minn. — Dropping temperatures and winds gusting to 30 mph are forecast today, but most of the anglers fishing in the semifinal round are confident about their chances to make it to Saturday's final. Look for big bags of fish coming across the weigh-in stage this afternoon. READ MORE »

Franklin inches closer to $400,000 top prize at RCL Walleye Championship

<I>Lessila leads Co-angler Division; field cut to 12 pros and 12 co-anglers</I><br><br>RED WING, Minn. – Richard Franklin of Louisburg, Kan., will lead 12 Pro Division anglers into Friday's semifinal round of the $1.4 million Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship where the nation's top pros are chasing a $150,000 cash award plus potential sponsor bonuses of $250,000 cash for a total first-place award of $400,000. READ MORE »

Franklin nukes 'em at Red Wing

Franklin nukes 'em at Red Wing

<i>Kansas pro pops into first place at RCL Championship</i><br><br>Crestliner pro Rick Franklin of Louisburg, Kan., started off day two of the 2002 Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Circuit Championship solidly in second place. As he headed out toward his fishing hole near the Red Wing nuclear power plant, he thought today would go much like yesterday – wrong! <br><B><a href="/article.cfm?id=139016">Plus: Preview of day three</a></b> READ MORE »

2002 RCL Championship Notes: Mississippi River, Day Two

2002 RCL Championship Notes: Mississippi River, Day Two

Rookie magic … Despite only turning pro this season, <b>Richard Franklin</b> of Louisburg, Kansas, showed the rest of the pro field that he means business. Posting a stunning two-day total of 33 pounds, 9 ounces, Franklin shot atop the leaderboard heading READ MORE »

Fifty anglers within striking distance at Red Wing

Fifty anglers within striking distance at Red Wing

<I>Anglers aim for semifinals at RCL Championship</I><br><br>With only 5 pounds separating the angler in the No. 12 spot from the angler in the 53rd position, today brings hope to most anglers positioned in the top 50 spots. With so many solid baskets of walleyes brought in yesterday, it should be a real shootout this afternoon for a chance to be one of the 12 semifinalists at the 2002 Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Circuit Championship. READ MORE »

Brumbaugh takes day one at Red Wing

Brumbaugh takes day one at Red Wing

RED WING, Minn. — When the 2002 Wal-Mart RCL Championship started this morning on the Mississippi River, many observers felt that a limit of fish weighing about 12 pounds would be an impressive total with cold temperatures in the 40s and plenty of icy cold rain to boot. However, Ranger pro Mark Brumbaugh of Arcanum, Ohio, burst into the day-one lead with an impressive five-fish limit weighing 24 pounds and 2 ounces, securing a place for him in the semifinal round, barring a catastrophic second day. <b><i><a href="/article.cfm?id=139012">Plus: Day-two preview</a></i></b> READ MORE »

2002 RCL Championship Notes: Mississippi River, Day One

2002 RCL Championship Notes: Mississippi River, Day One

Blowing away the field … By any objective standard, <b>Mark Brumbaugh</b> is one of the true legends of the sport of professional walleye fishing. And today, he reminded everyone why. Using a catch of 24 pounds, 2 ounces, Brumbaugh dominated the entire pro field, out-fishing his nearest competitor by nearly 4 pounds, despite recording an 8-ounce penalty for weighing in one deceased fish. READ MORE »

Brumbaugh, Henexson take early lead in $1.4 million walleye tournament

RED WING, Minn. — Pro Mark Brumbaugh of Arcanum, Ohio, and his opening-day partner Brandon Henexson of Denver landed a five-walleye limit weighing 24 pounds, 2 ounces Wednesday on the Mississippi River to lead the $1.4 million Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Championship — the world's most lucrative walleye-fishing tournament. READ MORE »

Five fish key to success at Red Wing

Five fish key to success at Red Wing

<I>RCL Championship under way</i><br><br>RED WING, Minn. — Chilly weather greeted the 234 pros and co-anglers competing for a piece of the $1.4 million purse at the 2002 Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Circuit Championship. The word around the docks is that few anglers are boating limits of walleyes. If an angler can boat five keepers – including one decent fish measuring 20 inches or more – for the first two qualifying days, they have a legitimate shot at making the first cut. READ MORE »

River rats will rule in Red Wing

River rats will rule in Red Wing

<I>Locals predicted to have advantage at RCL Championship</I><br><br>Twenty-five years ago, RCL pro John Hertensteiner of Victoria, Minn., left Red Wing, Minn., to pursue a career in the fast and furious computer industry. This week he is back pursuing the top title in professional walleye fishing, the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Circuit Championship. READ MORE »