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South Dakota Governor’s Cup Celebrates 45th Year

Entered by Gary Howey

Former tournament angler, hunting and fishing guide. Inducted into the National Freshwater Fishing "Hall of Fame" in 2017. Active member of the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW), Past Executive Director (AGLOW). Howey has been an outdoor communicator since 1980 with his award winning syndicated "Of the Outdoors" columns appearing in magazine, newspapers, and tabloids throughout he upper Midwest and nationally.

March 27, 2019

Pierre, S.D. – The longest running walleye tournament on the planet is back for its 45th anniversary. The South Dakota Governor’s Cup is proud to announce that nearly 400 of the greatest walleye anglers in the country will convene in the communities of Pierre/Ft. Pierre and Spring Creek Marina, July 19-21, 2019.
“The Gov’s Cup is rooted in traditions,” said Curt Underhill, Co Founder of The Fishing Crew, and director of the South Dakota Governor’s Cup. “It began with legends like Bob Propst Sr., The Linder’s, Ted Takasaki, Mike McClelland and Tony Dean battling it out for glory on the mighty Missouri. Now, it’s Gerrick McComsey, Duane Hjelm, Tyson Keller, and many other determined anglers who want to prove their standing within the walleye fishing community,” continued Underhill.
In 1974, the South Dakota Governor’s Cup held its first tournament on the waters of Lake Sharpe. 50 of the best anglers in South Dakota and beyond put innovative techniques and in-depth fishing knowledge to work setting the tone for walleye tournaments thereafter. To those anglers, it was more than just a tournament.

“The South Dakota Governor’s Cup holds a special place in my heart,” said Sean Brakss (brocks), son of tournament co-founder John Brakss. “Each year I fly back from my home in Mexico to be a part of the tournament, see old friends, and enjoy the great fishing that South Dakota has become famous for. I am proud of what my dad helped create, and that I had played a part in development during my years as director.”
Applications to fish in the 45th annual Governor’s Cup are currently being accepted at Do not miss this chance to fish with some of the greatest walleye anglers in the country. Visit today to enter your team for a shot at $50,000 worth of cash and prizes. Businesses and organizations interested in sponsoring the event may contact Curt Underhill at

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