Cabela’s NABC Championship Set For Sturgeon Bay Oct. 1-2, Presented by Cabela’s

Cabela’s NABC Championship Set For Sturgeon Bay Oct. 1-2

Presented by Cabela’s

For Immediate Release –

Ponca City, Okla.—Sept. 27, 2016—Wisconsin’s legendary Sturgeon Bay of Lake Michigan hosts the 2016 Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s World Bass Championship this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2. The Midwest’s top two-person bass fishing teams will battle for top honors at the two-day event, held at Wave Pointe Marina and Resort out of Sturgeon Bay.

The Cabela’s NABC Championship features the top teams from the Circuit’s 2016 tournament trail, which included qualifiers at Lake Minocqua and Lake Wissota in Wisconsin, and Minnesota’s Lake Mille Lacs and Lake Minnewaska.

Rich in bass fishing talent, the field is led by 2016 Cabela’s NABC Team of the Year Ben Otto and Casey Gallagher of Pulaski, Wisconsin. Teams will vie for over 20,000 dollars in cash and prizes, plus lucrative sponsor contingencies including Ranger Cup, Stratos 2X and Garmin Grand Giveaway bonuses.

Teams will be allowed to bring their best five bass to the Cabela’s NABC scale each day, and the duo with the heaviest total weight when the dust settles will capture the coveted crown.

Held bayside at scenic Wave Pointe Marina, weigh-ins are free and open to bass fans of all ages, and begin daily at 4 p.m. Spectators will be treated to a steady stream of beefy smallmouth bass crossing the stage, along with tips and tales from the competitors. Plus, the Cabela’s NABC and National Professional Anglers Association will present a Youth and Family Fishing Clinic immediately following the Day One weigh-in. The first 50 youths will receive free rods and reels thanks to the NPAA.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is concluding 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 100 percent, 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.

 

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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