Matzke, Cochran Win Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s Mille Lacs Lake Qualifying Tournament

Matzke, Cochran Win Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s
Mille Lacs Lake Qualifying Tournament

Presented by Stratos Boats

For Immediate Release –

Isle, Minn.—August 13, 2016—Minnesotans Lucas Matzke and Dan Cochran weighed in a 5-fish limit weighing a whopping 24 pounds, 4 ounces to win the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s final 2016 regular season team tournament presented by Stratos Boats on Mille Lacs Lake August 13.

“This is still sinking in,” an ecstatic Cochran, of Plymouth, said moments after topping the field of 92 anglers, who had traveled from as far away as California and Ohio to compete on the big lake’s legendary smallmouth fishery. “Lucas and I have fished club events but nothing like this before. It was quite a rush to fish with such good sticks and give them a run for it.”

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“It was exciting to compete against such incredible anglers, including guys like Al Lindner, who taught me to fish,” added Matzke, of Lino Lakes. “Standing in the weigh-in line was a little nerve-wracking because we knew we had a good bag, but it turned out great in the end.”

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Matzke and Cochran said they slowly dragged ½-ounce football heads tipped with twin-tail grubs over rocky bottoms in 20 feet of water on the north and northwest sides of the lake. “Mimicking crayfish was key,” said Cochran, who explained that they fished jigs with orange or red in them, while brown or green grubs graced with a touch of red worked best.

The winners pocketed $7,180 for their efforts, including $6,600 in first-place cash, plus a pair of $100 Cabela’s gift cards and $380 for taking third place in the Big Bass Pot with a 5-pound, 9-ounce beauty.

Rounding out the top five were:

2nd: Scott Bonnema and Bob Spriegl, 23-03, $3,200 cash, plus $200 in Cabela’s gift cards

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3rd: Dean Capra and Jeremiah Johnson, 23-02, $1,800 cash plus $100 in Cabela’s gift cards and $950 from the Big Bass Pot

4th: Adam Rasmussen and Ben Antoniewicz, 22-09, $1,400 cash

5th: Shaun Kruzitski and Jason Corrao, 22-07, $1,000 cash

In all, the Cabela’s NABC awarded a total payout of $17,000 in cash and prizes. A total of 153 bass weighing 573 pounds, 12 ounces crossed the scale at scenic Mac’s Twin Bay and were returned to Mille Lacs Lake in the Cabela’s NABC’s catch-and-release format. Big bass of the day was a 5-pound, 15-ouncer caught by Dean Capra and Jeremiah Johnson.

This was the last of four 2016 Cabela’s NABC regular-season qualifiers. The Cabela’s NABC Championship is set for October 1-2 at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its sixth season as title sponsor of the NABC. Other sponsors include: Ranger Boats, Stratos Boats, Mercury Marine, Garmin, MotorGuide, G-Juice and T-H Marine.

Open to all two-person teams regardless of club or sponsor affiliation, the Cabela’s NABC is based in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Entry fees are $500 per regular season tournament and $600 for the two-day championship. The Circuit offered an overall payback of more than 100 percent in 2015 and will do so again in 2016. In addition, a small donation is included in each entry fee and matched by the NABC and other conservation organizations up to 3-to-1 in support of bass conservation projects anywhere the NABC does business.

For more information, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com, email info@northamericanbasscircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

 

Lewandowski and Dennign Win Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Lake Wissota Qualifying Tournament Presented by Mercury

Lewandowski and Dennign Win Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Lake Wissota Qualifying Tournament

Presented by Mercury

For Immediate Release –

Chippewa Falls, Wisc.—July 30, 2016—Hometown heroes Paul Lewandowski and Shayne Dennign, both of Chippewa Falls, flipped their way to victory at the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s Lake Wissota qualifying tournament presented by Mercury with a 5-fish limit weighing 11 pounds, 1 ounce.

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“It was a challenging bite and we didn’t have a keeper by 10 o’clock, so just catching a limit was exciting—coming out on top was the icing on the cake,” said Dennign, who noted it was he and Lewandowski’s first NABC tournament. “Everyone was so friendly and the whole experience so far ahead of our expectations, we’ll definitely be back.”

“It was a lot of fun,” added Lewandowski, who explained they spent the day pitching docks with Senkos and tubes. “When we upgraded from a tiny tube to a 5-incher it made a big difference,” he said.

They pocketed $4,300 in cash for their efforts. They also received a one-night stay at the Plaza Hotel’s Presidential Suite.

Rounding out the top five were:

2nd: Randy Ramsey and Tim Willibuganz, 10-14, $2,300 cash, plus $315 from the big bass pot

3rd: Ben Otto and Casey Gallagher, 10-07, $1,400 cash

4th: Jason Corrao and Shaun Kruzitski, 10-07, $1,050 cash, plus $525 from the big bass pot

5th: Dennis Fiedler and Duane Anderson, 10-05, $738 cash

In all, the Cabela’s NABC awarded a total payout of $11,858 in cash and prizes. A total of 67 bass weighing 133 pounds, 11 ounces crossed the scale and were returned to Lake Wissota in the Cabela’s NABC’s catch-and-release format. Big bass of the day was a 3-pound, 1-ouncer caught by Ken Quilt and Martin Kurvers.

This was the third of four 2016 Cabela’s NABC regular-season qualifiers. The regular season finale takes place on Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota, August 13, while the Cabela’s NABC Championship is set for October 1-2 at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its sixth season as title sponsor of the NABC. Other sponsors include: Ranger Boats, Stratos Boats, Mercury Marine, Garmin, MotorGuide, G-Juice and T-H Marine.

Open to all two-person teams regardless of club or sponsor affiliation, the Cabela’s NABC is based in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Entry fees are $500 per regular season tournament and $600 for the two-day championship. The Circuit offered an overall payback of more than 100 percent in 2015 and will do so again in 2016. In addition, a small donation is included in each entry fee and matched by the NABC and other conservation organizations up to 3-to-1 in support of bass conservation projects anywhere the NABC does business.

For more information, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com, email info@northamericanbasscircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Tests The Waters Of Wisconsin’s Lake Wissota July 30 Presented by Mercury

Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Tests
The Waters Of Wisconsin’s Lake Wissota July 30

Presented by Mercury

For Immediate Release –

Ponca City, Okla.—July 16, 2016—Exciting team-format competitive bass action of the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit comes to Wisconsin’s legendary Lake Wissota July 30 for a regular-season qualifying tournament presented by Mercury.

The event is open to all two-person teams regardless of club or sponsor affiliation. It offers a single day of competition on the 6,100-acre Chippewa County fishery, which holds both large- and smallmouth bass. Teams will be allowed to bring their best five large- or smallmouth bass to the scale, and the team with the heaviest total will be crowned the champions.

“This is going to be an exciting event,” said Sr. Tournament Director Dan Palmer. “The bite can be tricky, but the big ones are there. Both the lake and Chippewa River are in play, giving anglers plenty of options to figure out the bites.”

Palmer predicted NABC competitors will hook a mix of bass species leaning toward bronzebacks. “The system tends to give up mostly smallmouths, with bonus largemouths thrown in to keep it interesting,” he said. “It took over 17 pounds to win a recent local tournament on Wissota, so I think we’ll see some good bags come to the scale.”

Palmer noted that Lake Wissota has hosted numerous tournaments over the years, including regional and national championships. “Wissota is a great place to test your skills,” he said. “I encourage any teams out there thinking about fishing the NABC to give this one a try.”

Besides great bass fishing and the thrill of competing in a professionally run setting, teams will vie for serious cash and bragging rights. Cabela’s NABC payouts are based on the number of teams entered in each event. Qualifiers with 75 teams or more offer a guaranteed first-place cash purse of $10,000 plus additional payout to the top 20 percent of the field. Plus, the NABC Big Bass Pot, along with sponsor bonuses including Ranger Cup, Stratos 2X and Garmin Grand Giveaway add thousands to the total.

The 2016 Cabela’s NABC season includes four qualifiers in Minnesota and Wisconsin, visiting a variety of largemouth and smallmouth bass fisheries at peak fishing times. After Lake Wissota, the regular schedule concludes on the world-class smallmouth bass factory of Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota, August 13. The Cabela’s NABC Championship is set for October 1-2 at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

Teams may fish one or all qualifiers, but those competing in multiple events can reap even greater rewards. Those fishing at least three NABC tournaments have a shot at qualifying for the prestigious, high-stakes Cabela’s NABC World Bass Championship, which offers $15,000 for first place and $10,000 for second, based on full fields at the qualifiers and championship.

Team of the Year titles will also be awarded to the top five teams, led by a $3,600 prize package for the overall Team of the Year, which includes paid entry fees to all four 2017 qualifiers and the 2016 championship, $1,000 in Cabela’s gift cards and handsome trophies.

Bass fans of all ages are invited to watch the action unfold at the weigh-in, which is free, open to the public, and starts at 3 p.m. at The View in Chippewa Falls.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its sixth season as title sponsor of the NABC. Other sponsors include: Ranger Boats, Stratos Boats, Mercury Marine, Garmin, MotorGuide, G-Juice and T-H Marine.

The Cabela’s NABC is based in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Entry fees are $500 per regular season tournament and $600 for the two-day championship. Along with an overall payback of more than 116 percent in 2015, a small donation is included in each entry fee and matched by the NABC and other conservation organizations up to 3-to-1 in support of bass conservation projects anywhere the NABC does business.

Registration for the Lake Wissota tournament closes Monday, July 25. For more information, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com, email info@northamericanbasscircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

 

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