Local trio wins Denny Palmer Memorial Walleye Classic
By Jay Davis
A trio of local anglers used the tourney’s biggest walleye to carry them to first place in the third annual Denny Palmer Memorial Walleye Classic tournament on Saturday.
Ken Lewis and Jack Voller of Mobridge and Gregg Voegele of Trail City caught 16.01 pounds of walleye to take first place and win the top prize of $2,390. They added $300 to their purse with the biggest walleye; a 6.75 lunker reeled in by Lewis.
Groton anglers Rod Boehmer, Shirlee Briggs and March Hanson netted 15.8 pounds to take second and earn $2,050.
Jesse McCann and son Dalyn McCann of Buffalo and Tony Albright of Belle Fourche brought in 15.65 pounds of walleye for third place and $1,050.
Area anglers dotted the top 20.
Dick Deacon of Mobridge was joined by sons Dana of Slayton, Minn., and Tom of Fargo, N.D. for fifth place. The Deacons caught 15.43 pounds and won $650.
Timber Lake anglers Brent, Tyler and Brad Mareska took sixth with 14.31 pounds.
Ritchie Davis of Mobridge teamed with former Mobridge residents Byron Larson of Pierre and Shon Ford of Miller to take eighth place with 13.65 pounds.
Gary Fahrni of Selby, Bob Fahrni of Aberdeen and Tom Goehring of Mina took 14th with 12.04 pounds.
Steve Gasser of Mobridge, son Chad Gasser of Bismarck, N.D., and Terry Backous of Glenham netted 11.65 pounds for 15th.
Bridge City anglers Kurt Neumiller, Mike Mardian and Mark Imberi caught 11.63 pounds for 16th.
Locals rounded out the top 20 as Randy, Hunter and Gabe Gill of Mobridge took 17th; Jack Hagen of Mobridge, Dan Davis of Aberdeen and Dean Hagen of Niles, Mich., took 18th; Mark Melcher of Mobridge, daughter Stephanie Melcher of Glenham and James Fiddler of Glenham took 19th; and Jim Larson of Mobridge, son Justin Larson and grandson Trevor Larson of Ipswich took 20th.
Seventy-seven teams entered the tournament and 74 teams reported back to tourney headquarters. The 74 teams combined to catch 697 pounds of walleye. Ounces meant a lot in the middle of the field as teams 14 through 30 were all within one and a half pounds.
Denny Palmer Memorial Walleye Classic
Top 20: 1. Ken Lewis, Jack Voller, Mobridge, Gregg Voegele, Trail City, 16.01, $2,390; 2. Rod Boehmer, Shirlee Briggs, Marc Hanson, Groton, 15.8, $2,050; 3. Dalyn McCann, Jesse McCann, Buffalo, Tony Albright, Belle Fourche, 15.65, $1,050; 4. Tom Wanttie, Brian Kamerud, Brad Wanttie, Aberdeen, 15.52, $850; 5. Dick Deacon, Mobridge, Dana Deacon, Slayton, Minn., Tom Deacon, Fargo, N.D., 15.43, $650; 6. Brent Mareska, Tyler Mareska, Brad Mareska, Timber Lake, 14.31, $420; 7. Jim Scarlett, Greg Nehlich, Mitchell Nehlich, Aberdeen, 14.16, $320; 8. Ritchie Davis, Mobridge, Byron Larson, Pierre, Shon Ford, Miller, 13.65, $220; 9. Jeff Swartz, Wanda Swartz, Miller, Jason Swartz, Aberdeen, 12.77, $220; 10. Tom Kraft, Hunter Kraft, Connor Kraft, Black Hawk, 12.51, $140;
11. Rod Kluess, Tami Zimney, Rich Zimney, Groton, 12.33, $120; 12. Wyatt Wilson, Larry Huettl, Mitch Wilson, Westport, 12.2, $120; 13. Kevin Nehls, Erin Nehls, Garret Schroeder, Groton, 12.18, $120; 14. Gary Fahrni, Selby, Bob Fahrni, Aberdeen, Tom Goehring, Mina, 12.04, $120; 15. Terry Backous, Glenham, Steve Gasser, Mobridge, Chad Gasser, Bismarck, N.D., 11.65, $120; 16. Kurt Neumiller, Mike Mardian, Mark Imberi, Mobridge, 11.63, 4120; 17. Randy Gill, Hunter Gill, Gabe Gill, Mobridge, 11.58, $120; 18. Jack Hagen, Mobridge, Dan Davis, Aberdeen, Dean Hagen, Niles, Mich., 11.46, $70; 19. Mark Melcher, Mobridge, James Fiddler, Glenham, Stephanie Melcher, Glenham, 11.44, $70; 20. Jim Larson, Mobridge, Justin Larson, Trevor Larson, Ipswich, 11.39, $70.