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Richard Blomberg of Bemidji and his partner Benji Calder of Salol, Minn. landed the heaviest walleye during last weekend's Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic. The 5.53-pound walleye earned the anglers $1,000. Pioneer Photo/Pat Miller

Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic generates $30,000 for area charities

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The final numbers haven't been crunched yet but preliminary estimates indicate that last weekend's Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic generated about $30,000 for local charities.

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"It was a great day for the fishermen, the crowd and the charities," said tournament coordinator Bob Fitzgerald.

The event, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, was won by a pair of veteran local anglers - Bob Strand and Dave Hanson. The duo outfished 82 other teams and brought 16.03 pounds of walleyes to the scale.

To no one's surprise, the tournament anglers found the fish and 51 boats (61 percent of the field) weighed the tourney limit of five walleyes.

"I think this is the most 5-fish baskets by percentage that we've ever had," Fitzgerald said. "The conditions were perfect for the fishermen and the crowd."

The sky was overcast all day Saturday but the wind never blew and the rain never fell. With so many quality anglers in the field and cloud cover dominating the weather, everyone knew the livewells would be crowded.

"We had a quality field and the fishermen made it a quality event," Fitzgerald said.

Claiming second place with 14.80 pounds were Tracy Pogue of Bemidji and Dave Erickson of Cross Lake. Capturing third were Dustin Solberg of Pinewood and Brian Schneider of Guthrie who weighed 14.68 pounds.

Earning $1,000 for weighing the heaviest fish were Richard Blomberg of Bemidji and Benji Calder of Salol, Minn. They boated a walleye which tipped the scale at 5.53 pounds.

Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic

Final Results

Top 15

1-Robert Strand and David Hanson (Bemidji) 16.03 pounds

2-Tracy Pogue (Bemidji) and Dave Erickson (Cross Lake) 14.80

3-Dustin Solberg (Pinewood) and Brian Schneider (Guthrie) 14.68

4-Dane Jones and Jared Davidson (Bemidji) 13.89

5-Rick Engelmann and Gene Olson (Hoople, N.D.) 13.85

6-Jimmer Hernesman (Bemidji) and Dan Ahlquist (Tenstrike) 13.43

7-Tim Vigen and Jon Zastro (Bemidji) 13.33

8-Bill Nelson (Laporte) and Robb Detschman (Bemidji) 13.25

9-Kelly Curb and Rylee Curb (Bemidji) 13.06

10-Sean Coulter (Grand Rapids) and Dave Hernesman (Cohasset) 12.73

11-Luke Glime and Alan Binkley (Bemidji) 12.68

12-Chad Benson (Bemidji) and Bucky Leeper (Guthrie) 12.54

13-Gregory Shafranski (Ham Lake) and Bill Norvell (Auborn, Ill.) 12.42

14-Jay Ross (Brainerd) and Jon Ross (Blackduck) 12.39

15-Gary Murphy (Grand Rapids) and Aaron Murphy (Cohasset) 12.25

Heaviest Walleye

Richard Blomberg (Bemidji) and Benji Calder (Salol, Minn.) 5.53

Y pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

The final numbers haven't been crunched yet but preliminary estimates indicate that last weekend's Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic generated about $30,000 for local charities.

"It was a great day for the fishermen, the crowd and the charities," said tournament coordinator Bob Fitzgerald.

The event, which celebrated its 10th anniversary this year, was won by a pair of veteran local anglers - Bob Strand and Dave Hanson. The duo outfished 82 other teams and brought 16.03 pounds of walleyes to the scale.

To no one's surprise, the tournament anglers found the fish and 51 boats (61 percent of the field) weighed the tourney limit of five walleyes.

"I think this is the most 5-fish baskets by percentage that we've ever had," Fitzgerald said. "The conditions were perfect for the fishermen and the crowd."

The sky was overcast all day Saturday but the wind never blew and the rain never fell. With so many quality anglers in the field and cloud cover dominating the weather, everyone knew the livewells would be crowded.

"We had a quality field and the fishermen made it a quality event," Fitzgerald said.

Claiming second place with 14.80 pounds were Tracy Pogue of Bemidji and Dave Erickson of Cross Lake. Capturing third were Dustin Solberg of Pinewood and Brian Schneider of Guthrie who weighed 14.68 pounds.

Earning $1,000 for weighing the heaviest fish were Richard Blomberg of Bemidji and Benji Calder of Salol, Minn. They boated a walleye which tipped the scale at 5.53 pounds.

Kraus-Anderson Walleye Classic

Final Results

Top 15

1-Robert Strand and David Hanson (Bemidji) 16.03 pounds

2-Tracy Pogue (Bemidji) and Dave Erickson (Cross Lake) 14.80

3-Dustin Solberg (Pinewood) and Brian Schneider (Guthrie) 14.68

4-Dane Jones and Jared Davidson (Bemidji) 13.89

5-Rick Engelmann and Gene Olson (Hoople, N.D.) 13.85

6-Jimmer Hernesman (Bemidji) and Dan Ahlquist (Tenstrike) 13.43

7-Tim Vigen and Jon Zastro (Bemidji) 13.33

8-Bill Nelson (Laporte) and Robb Detschman (Bemidji) 13.25

9-Kelly Curb and Rylee Curb (Bemidji) 13.06

10-Sean Coulter (Grand Rapids) and Dave Hernesman (Cohasset) 12.73

11-Luke Glime and Alan Binkley (Bemidji) 12.68

12-Chad Benson (Bemidji) and Bucky Leeper (Guthrie) 12.54

13-Gregory Shafranski (Ham Lake) and Bill Norvell (Auborn, Ill.) 12.42

14-Jay Ross (Brainerd) and Jon Ross (Blackduck) 12.39

15-Gary Murphy (Grand Rapids) and Aaron Murphy (Cohasset) 12.25

Heaviest Walleye

Richard Blomberg (Bemidji) and Benji Calder (Salol, Minn.) 5.53

pmiller@bemidjipioneer.com

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