Wisconsin's Johnson Leads Home Team to B.A.S.S. Victory on Mississippi River

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WIS.-September 21, 2001-Jim Johnson, who just last month
fished as an amateur at the BASS Masters Classic world championship, today
won the B.A.S.S. Federation Northern Divisional tournament on the
Mississippi River. His 32-pound, 7-ounce catch sends him to the 2002
B.A.S.S. Federation Championship to compete for amateur bass fishing's
championship title.

Erhardt Tulgestka of Alpena, Mich., earned second place and his state
championship by catching 24 pounds, 14 ounces during the three-day contest.
Johnson's teammate Bill LaRue of LaCrosse, Wis., finished third overall with
23 pounds, 9 ounces.

Johnson, also of LaCrosse, had his tournament-winning strategy for pools 9,
10 and 11 of the Mississippi River planned before even arriving downstream
from his hometown. His strategy was to fish for aggressively biting
smallmouth bass in backwater areas located just off the river.

"This time of year the smallmouths hold in a combination of eelgrass and
sandy bottom and that was my area," said the 30-year-old lab technician.
"The fish were relating to on holes and open pockets in the grass."

Johnson alternated between three baits for the win, two topwater lures and a
jig. On top his choices were Dog X and Pop X jerkbaits made by Japanese
tackle maker Megabass. Shad tints were the preferred color for both baits.
The jig was a black/purple homemade version weighing 3/16 ounce. All baits
were fished on 16-pound test Yamamoto Sagoi flourocarbon line.

Johnson pitched and flipped the jig into the open pockets of the grass and
worked the topwaters in the holes and along the edges of the grassline.
Average depth where he fished was 2 feet. "With the topwater it was
important to place the lure in the open space of the grass and leave it
still," he added.

"This feels great to win and I'm really pleased for our team, winning at
home," said Johnson. "It also feels great to have another chance to make the
Classic."

But first comes the next step. The following anglers join Tulgestka and
Johnson as state/province champions who advance to the federation
championship. Shawn Lochner (Iowa), Terry McWilliams (Indiana), Jerry Davis
(Minnesota), Dave Godsey (Ohio), Joe Snyder (Illinois), Monty Fralick (South
Dakota) and Matt Monkman (Ontario).

The federation championship determines the sport's top amateur angler from a
field of state and international champions from 46 states, Canada, Italy,
Japan, South Africa and Zimbabwe. The top five finishers advance to the 2002
BASS Masters Classic in Birmingham, Ala.

Wisconsin easily won the competition between the states, leading the charge
for all three days. The 12-angler home team accounted for a winning weight
of 158 pounds, 11 ounces. Michigan was a distant runner-up with 126 pounds,
10 ounces. Third place was Iowa with 115 pounds, 13 ounces. The Wisconsin
B.A.S.S. Federation will use its $18,000 first-place prize for conservation
projects to benefit water quality and fishing in the state.

The northern divisional is one of five regional qualifying tournaments for
the federation championship. The final event of the season is next week, the
B.A.S.S. Federation Eastern Divisional at Virginia's Kerr Reservoir.

The B.A.S.S. Federation is a global network of 51 federations and 2,800
clubs provides a critical lifeline from national ideas to widespread
implementation and action. By sanctioning over 20,000 tournaments worldwide,
B.A.S.S. is the world's largest fishing organization. The CITGO BASSMASTER
Tournament Trail is the oldest and most prestigious pro bass fishing
tournament circuit. It continues to set the standard for credibility,
professionalism, and sportsmanship after more than three decades. B.A.S.S.
is a wholly owned subsidiary of ESPN.

Sponsors of the 2001 B.A.S.S. Federation Northern Divisional tournament are:
CITGO, Skeeter Boats, Triton Boats, Mercury Marine, Yamaha Outboards,
Chevrolet Trucks, Lowrance Electronics, Pennzoil Marine, Stowaway Batteries,
Flowmaster Exhaust Systems, Motorguide Trolling Motors, Quantum Rods and
Reels, Berkley Trilene, Berkley Power Bait, Eagle Claw Fishhooks,
Worldwaters.com, First USA Visa, Long John Silver's, Kumho Tires, Gore-Tex,
GMAC Insurance, Bass Pro Shops and Armstrong Industrial Hand Tools.

For more information, contact B.A.S.S. Communications at (334) 272-9530.


                  B.A.S.S. NATIONAL FEDERATION TOURNAMENT TRAIL
                     2001 NORTHERN DIVISIONAL     09/19-09/21
               MISSISSIPPI RIVER        PRAIRIE DU CHIEN         WI
                          S T A N D I N G S    D A Y    3
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PLACE NAME                 CITY          STATE    FISH   LBS-OZ WINNINGS
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  1 Jim Johnson              LaCrosse, WI      WI   15     32- 7
  2 Erhardt Tulgestka        Alpena, MI        MI   13     24-14
  3 Bill LaRue               LaCrosse, WI      WI   11     23- 9
  4 Joe Snyder               Emden, IL         IL   11     21-15
  5 Jerry Davis              Lke St Croix, MN MN   10     21- 5
  6 Monty Fralick            Martin, SD        SD   10     20-14
  7 Todd Serfoss             Aberdeen, SD      SD   11     20-10
  8 Shawn Lochner            Marion, IA        IA   10     20- 8
  9 Terry McWilliams         Greenfield, IN    IN   11     19-14
 10 Dave Godsey              Wellington, OH    OH    9     19- 6
 11 Chris Schultz            Fairoaks, IN      IN   11     18-14
 12 Paul Soma                Waterford, MI     MI    8     17- 5
 13 Ron Cherkas              Des Moines, IA    IA    8     17- 3
 14 Kirk Morrow              Wautoma, WI       WI    7     17- 0
 15 Brian Brecka             Alma, WI          WI   10     16-14
 16 Michael O'Rourke         Toledo, OH        MI    8     16- 2
 17 Andy Moser               Wapaheneta, OH    OH    8     15-14
 18 Greg Mathews             Knoxville, IL     IL    8     15- 4
 19 Paul Balmer              West Salem, WI    WI    7     14-13
 20 Scott Peterson           Arpin, WI         WI    7     14-10      200
 21 Terry Hilbert            New London, WI    WI    7     14- 9
 21 Karl Guegold             Westerville, OH   OH    8     14- 9
 23 Ken Milender             Mounds View, MN   MN    7     14- 2
 24 Jami Fralick             Tyndall, SD       SD    7     14- 0
 25 Brian Elgin              Kewsanee, IL      IL    8     13- 7
 26 Jim Griffin              Decatur, IL       IL    7     13- 3
 27 Jason Osting             Ottawa, OH        OH    5     13- 1
 28 Cliff Van Beek           Canistota, SD     SD    7     12-12
 29 Buckley Smith            Lindstrom, MN     MN    7     12-11
 29 Mark Douglas Smith       Sawyer, MI        MI    6     12-11
 31 Tracy Heidenreich        Isanti, MN        MN    6     12-10
 32 Matt Monkman             Barrie, On        ON    6     12- 9
 33 Doug Bradley             Syracuse, IN      IN    5     11- 6
 34 David Snyder             Onalaska, WI      WI    5     11- 5
 35 Tim Puckett              Cross Plains, IN IN    6     11- 0
 36 Jeffery Lindsey          Marshll, MI       MI    4     10-11      200
 37 Kevin Christensen        Independence, IA IA    6     10- 9
 38 Steven Houdek            Calmar, IA        IA    5     10- 8
 39 Gordon John Covyeow      Buffalo, MN       MN    5     10- 7
 40 Jim Severson             Hudson, WI        MN    5     10- 4
 41 Kevin Bowles             Indianapolis, IN IN    5      9-13
 42 Mike Barnes              Mackinaw, IL      IL    6      9- 7
 43 Mike Thompson            Hamden, OH        OH    5      9- 3
 44 William Burgess          Indianapolis, IN IN    4      8-15
 44 Dean Allen Geuder        Cedar Rapids, IA IA    5      8-15
 44 Kevin Thomas             Waterloo, IA      IA    4      8-15
 47 Keith Hespe              Okaton, SD        SD    4      8-14
 48 Edward Rogers            Grand Rapids, MI MI    5      8-13
 49 Dorsey Lane              Muscatine, IA     IA    5      8-12
 50 John Foster              Muscatine, IA     IA    4      8- 3
 51 Dan Payne                Wshngtn Ct Hs,OH OH    4      8- 2
 52 John Thomas              Arlington, IA     IA    3      7-13      200
 52 Chad Sterkenburg         Spring Lake, MI   MI    4      7-13
 52 Wayne Caudle             Johnstown, OH     OH    3      7-13
 52 Dave Randolph            Decatur, IL       IL    4      7-13
 52 John Maniaci             St Heights, MI    MI    4      7-13
 57 William Pulk             Prior Lake, MN    MN    3      7-12
 57 Shawn Berriault          Port McNicoll, ON ON    4      7-12
 59 Alan Roy Nick            Therold, ON       ON    4      7-10
 60 Chuck Heming             Quincy, IL        IL    4      7- 9
 61 Norbert Jaromin          EAton, IN         IN    4      7- 8
 62 Lincoln Bowen            Crothersville, IN IN    4      7- 5
 63 Jay Walton               Ames, IA          IA    4      7- 4
 64 Josh Muskevitsch         Hortonville, WI   WI    3      7- 0
 65 Dale Wild                Peterborough, ON ON    4      6-14
 66 Scott Burns              Bowmanville, ON   ON    4      6- 9
 67 Stephen Collins          Peterborough, ON ON    3      5-11
 68 Brian Runyon             McArthur, OH      OH    4      5-10
 69 Duane Mroczka            Jackson, MI       MI    3      5- 8
 70 Clifford Kerns           Wheatfield, IN    IN    3      5- 7
 71 Sean Frame               Lakeville, MN     MN    3      5- 4
 72 Mikhail Borashko         Walled Lake, MI   MI    3      5- 3
 73 Brian Spear              Berrien Spgs, MI MI    3      5- 0
 73 Eddie Gawlik             Apple Valley, MN MN    3      5- 0
 75 Chad Ekroth              Yankton, SD       SD    3      4-14
 76 Bill Oldenburg           La Crescent, MN   WI    3      4-13
 76 Tony DeFilippo           Lake Ann, MI      MI    2      4-13
 78 Terry Bell               Indpls, IN        IN    2      4- 1
 79 George Bright            Brandon, SD       SD    2      4- 0
 80 Jamie Janzen             St Catherine, ON ON    2      3-15
 81 Brian Linville           Minot, ND         IA    2      3-12
 81 Scott Schroeder          New Ulm, MN       MN    2      3-12
 81 Matt Hubble              Peterborough, ON ON    2      3-12
 81 Bob Cox                  Tippecanoe, OH    OH    2      3-12
 81 Duane Ralston            Lexington, IN     IN    2      3-12
 86 Loren Hofeldt            Ainsworth, NE     SD    2      3-11
 87 Cory Goehring            Watertown, SD     SD    2      3- 9
 88 Jeff Dyer                Patriot, OH       OH    2      3- 8
 89 Russell Perkins          Anamosa, IA       IA    2      3- 7
 90 Bill Payne               Pesotum, IL       IL    2      3- 6
 91 Shane Oltjenbruns        Neligh, NE        SD    1      3- 3
 92 Scott Masterson          South Bend, IN    IN    2      3- 2
 92 Pete Garnier             Lindsay, ON       ON    2      3- 2
 94 Fern Campeau             Orleans, ON       ON    1      2- 8
 95 Bob Chapin               Osakis, MN        MN    1      2- 1
 96 Forrest Johnson          Peoria, IL        IL    1      1-15
 97 Jim Wade                 Menota, IL        IL    1      1-13
 98 Joshua Miller            Chippewa Fall, WI WI    1      1-11
 99 Rick Billings            Rochester, MN     MN    1      1-10
 99 Corey Peterson           Springfield, SD   SD    1      1-10
101 Rick Huette              Normal, IL        IL    1      1- 9
101 Ron Mann                 Carterville, IL   IL    1      1- 9
103 Bruce Leeson             Jerseyville, ON   ON    1      1- 6
104 Jason Williams           McArthur, OH      OH    0      0- 0
104 Herbert Quan             Willowdale, ON    ON    0      0- 0
104 Keith White              Gallipolis, OH    OH    0      0- 0
104 Rex Ryckman              Ft Pierre, SD     SD    0      0- 0
104 Richard Pechacek         Hastings, MN      WI    0      0- 0
DAY BIG BASS    NAME                     CITY          STATE    CASH
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 1    4/ 3     Scott Peterson           Arpin, WI         WI     200.00
 2    3/ 2     John Thomas              Arlington, IA     IA     200.00
 3    4/ 6     Jeffery Lindsey          Marshll, MI       MI     200.00
DAY   # FISH   # LIMITS     LBS/OZ
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 1      220       15       446/ 7
 2       64        2       121/13
 3      212       15       410/ 6
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        496       32       978/10