NPAA Member Craig Gushow #385 and His Partner Win the MWC Eastern Division Tournament on Lake Eri

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 Jun 22nd, 2010 by OutdoorsFIRST 

Modified Jun 22nd, 2010 at 12:00 AM

Craig Gushow NPAA Member #385 of Midland, MI and his partner from Pinconning, MI won the MWC Eastern Division tournament on Lake Erie this past weekend when they added 39.82 pounds to their day one weight of 36.28 pounds, for a total two day weight of 76.10 pounds.

Craig said, “Luck had a little to do with it” as they made sure they had plenty of time left to make the check in Saturday after barely making it on time Friday.  “We left Lorain plenty early to make sure we made it on time, as it turned out we would have been 25 minutes early to check in, so we dropped the lines and pulled a 30.25 incher with just minutes to spare. That fish made the difference!” Craig who became a new Father last Sunday to a little baby girl named Lauren, said “My wife is the best and I couldn’t do this without her support.  This win couldn’t have come at a better time.” 

Craig and his partner received a check for $12,600.00 in Cabela’s MWC tournament winnings plus $1000.00 in Ranger Cup Awards, and an additional $1,200 in other contingency awards for total winnings of $14,800.

Conrad Grubbs, NPAA #909, and his brother Jamie Grubbs, NPAA #965, both of Sheffield, PA led the MWC event on Lake Erie on day one with a 5 fish limit of 43.94 pounds, but on day two only brought in 27.83 pounds for a two day total of 71.77 pounds, landing them in third place.

We were on the East side of Pelee Island, starting at Mill Point and making a pull almost the whole length of the island. We’d catch them intermittently all the way through there.  It seems like in the morning the fish are high, and we’ll pull our baits high. We pulled crawler harnesses with 1 oz inline weights 30 foot back behind planer boards. As the day went on we could watch the fish on the sonar start dropping, so then we would change it up to 2oz 40, 2 oz 50 back. Then, the fish would rise again, and we just had to keep up with what they were doing”, said Conrad.

They took home a total of $3,800.00. They also won the Berkley Premier Team’s Bonus Award of $300.00.

Mark Brumbaugh, NPAA #70, of Arcanum, OH and his partner, Mike Gofron, NPAA #93, of Antioch, IL took fourth place with a two day total weight of 71.55 pounds. “We were over by Lorain pulling crankbaits 100 foot back behind Off Shore Planer Boards, and our best color was Purple Demon”, said Mark. For their efforts this past weekend, Mark and Mike won a cash prize of $2,700.00.

Fifth place went to David Kolb, NPAA #607 of Rockford, MI who brought in a two day weight of 69.91 pounds. He and his partner took home $2,200.00 along with $200.00 for the third place Berkley Premier Team Bonus Award of $200.00.

Rounding out the top 15 places is Matt Davis, NPAA #568, of Marion, OH and Dan Gies, NPAA #569, of Huron, OH. Matt and Dan’s two day total was 65.70 pounds. They won $800.00.


The NPAA supported Kids Fishing Clinic was a successful event that had over 15 children learning how to tie knots and how to tie a slip bobber on their brand new rod and reel.  Several of the NPAA pros and a few others stayed long after the weigh in to help with the youth clinic.   The NPAA Pros attending were:

•    Matt Davis #568
•    Dan Gies #569
•    Mark Brumbaugh #70
•    Mike Gofron #93
•    Jaime Grubbs #965
•    Conrad Grubbs #909
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