Ravelings Win Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Mille Lacs Lake Qualifier, Presented by Ranger Boats

Ravelings Win Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Mille Lacs Lake Qualifier

Presented by Ranger Boats

Isle, Minn.—August 19, 2017—The father-and-son team of Shane and Mason Raveling of Jordan, Minnesota, hit the mother lode of smallmouth bass to win the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s Mille Lacs Lake regular season qualifier presented by Ranger Boats August 19.

“This is awesome,” said 17-year-old Mason Raveling moments after topping the team-format event’s hard-fishing field with a 5-bass limit weighing 23 pounds, 12 ounces. “We just had one of those days when you couldn’t do anything wrong.”

His father, Shane, was equally elated. “It’s great,” he exclaimed. “I’ve fished four or five tournaments on Mille Lacs and never done well, so it was nice to turn it around today.”

The elder Raveling was also quick to credit the contributions of his younger partner, who also competes in the Student Angler Federation’s High School Fishing program. “Mason is a really good fisherman,” he said. “He’s a lot more patient with small baits than I am, so we fish well together.”

The Ravelings targeted reef edges and scattered rocks in 16 to 18 feet of water. They reeled in a few keepers early on jerkbaits, but most of their bronze bounty fell for ½-ounce football jigs tipped with green pumpkin colored twin-tail grubs. “We’d let the jig hit bottom, swim the bait a little, let it touch down and then swim it again,” said Shane. “The fish were extremely aggressive in the morning, but we had to finesse them later in the day,” Mason added.

Mille Lacs provided a fitting ending to an action-packed NABC regular season schedule that included Sturgeon Bay, Lake Vermilion and Bays de Noc. “It was fun. We caught 24 fish over 3½ pounds today, and at one point I had seven bass on seven casts,” said Shane. “Any day you’re culling 4¼ pounders is a good day on the water.” In another testament to Mille Lacs’ smallmouth fishery, a full 15 teams topped the 20-pound mark.

The Ravelings pocketed $6,600 for their efforts, including the $5,600 first-place cash payout, plus the $1,000 Ranger Cup contingency.

Rounding out the top five teams were:

2nd: Aaron Teal, Matt Waldron, 23-10, $2,800 cash, plus another $1,025 from the big fish pot

3rd: Jamie Davis, Kurt Karbowski, 23-09, $1,700 cash

4th: Casey Gallagher, Ben Otto, 23-03, $1,200 cash

5th: Michael Walters, Luke Ronnestrand, 22-08, $1,108 cash, plus another $3.044.00 as top finishing team in the option pot.

9th place team of Brian Wood and Brian Block was the second highest finishers in the option pot which earned them $2,000.00 in addition to their 9th place winnings.

In all, the Cabela’s NABC awarded a total payout of $23,892 in cash and prizes.

A total of 157 bass weighing 613 pounds, 5 ounces crossed the scale at Mac’s Twin Bay Resort and were returned to Mille Lacs Lake in the Cabela’s NABC’s catch-and-release format. Big bass was a 5-pound, 14-ounce beauty boated by Aaron Teal and Matt Waldron.

Hosted by the city of Isle and McQuoid’s Inn, this was the fourth and final 2017 Cabela’s NABC regular season qualifier. A special NABC Open and the Tournament of Champions are set for September 23-24 on the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its seventh season as title sponsor of the NABC. Other sponsors include: Ranger Boats, Stratos Boats, Mercury Marine, Garmin and G-Juice.

Based in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the Cabela’s NABC is open to two-person teams regardless of club or sponsor affiliation. Entry fees are $400 per regular season tournament and for the NABC Open.

Along with an overall payback to anglers well in excess of 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.

Mille Lacs’ Fabled Smallmouth Fishery Hosts Final Qualifier Of Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s Dream Season August 19, Presented by Ranger Boats

Mille Lacs’ Fabled Smallmouth Fishery Hosts Final Qualifier Of Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s Dream Season August 19

Presented by Ranger Boats

Ponca City, Okla.—August 4, 2017—Minnesota’s mighty Mille Lacs Lake and its renowned smallmouth bass fishery will be a fitting stage for the final regular season tournament of Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s 2017 dream season.

Hosted by the city of Isle and McQuoid’s Inn, the single-day event is headquartered at Mac’s Twin Bay Resort just north of Isle. Two-person teams will compete for thousands in cash and prizes while testing their skills against each other and Mille Lac’s world-class bass population.

Given the lake’s reputation, heavy weights will be the rule. At the NABC’s 2016 Mille Lacs qualifier, Minnesotans Lucas Matzke and Dan Cochran topped the field with a 5-fish limit weighing a whopping 24 pounds, 4 ounces. They inched ½-ounce football jigs tipped with twin-tail grubs along rock bottoms in 20 feet of water for the win, but a variety of presentations are expected to produce prodigious bronzebacks.

“Depending on the conditions, you can catch them on drop-shots, hair jigs, jerkbaits, crankbaits and topwaters,” says longtime NABC angler and national touring pro Austin Felix. “I’m excited to fish this event. Mille Lacs is the best lake in the country as far as I’m concerned. It has the size and numbers to produce big weights, and I’d be very surprised if it doesn’t take 24 pounds to win this time around, too.”

The Cabela’s NABC’s Mille Lacs tournament is open to all two-person teams regardless of club or sponsor affiliation. 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. Bass fans of all ages are invited to watch the action unfold at the weigh-in, beginning at 3 p.m. at Mac’s Twin Bay Resort.

Besides great bass fishing and the thrill of competing in a professionally run setting, teams battle for serious winnings. Cabela’s NABC payouts are based on the number of teams entered in each event. Plus, the NABC Big Bass Pot and sponsor bonuses including Ranger Cup, Stratos 2X and Garmin Grand Giveaway add thousands more to the total. For example, at last season’s Mille Lacs NABC event, Matzke and Cochran pocketed more than $7,000 for their victory.

Teams competing in multiple events can reap even greater rewards. Those fishing at least three Cabela’s NABC tournaments have a shot at qualifying for the 2017 Tournament of Champions. Team of the Year titles will also be awarded to the top three teams, led by a Team of the Year prize package that includes paid entry fees to four 2018 qualifiers and the 2017 championship, plus $1,000 in Cabela’s gift cards and handsome trophies.

The Cabela’s NABC is based in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Entry fees are $400 per regular season tournament and for the NABC Open. Registration for the Mille Lacs tournament closes at 4 p.m. (CST) Monday, August 14th. For complete details and to sign up, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com.

The 2017 Cabela’s NABC season includes four regular season qualifiers in Minnesota and Wisconsin, on a selection of largemouth and smallmouth bass fisheries that anglers have called the circuit’s best lineup ever and a “dream season” for the region’s bass fans.

The action kicked off in May with a smallmouth blitz on Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, then traveled to Minnesota’s renowned Lake Vermilion June 17 and Bays de Noc, Michigan, July 29. Mille Lacs marks the last qualifier, but a special NABC Open and the Tournament of Champions are set for September 23-24 on the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its seventh season as title sponsor of the NABC. Other sponsors include: Ranger Boats, Stratos Boats, Mercury Marine, Garmin and G-Juice.

Along with an overall payback to anglers well in excess of 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.

Keeney, Berrens Launch Offshore Bronzeback Blitz To Win Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Bays de Noc Qualifier Presented by Stratos Boats

Keeney, Berrens Launch Offshore Bronzeback Blitz To Win Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit

Bays de Noc Qualifier

 Presented by Stratos Boats

 

Escanaba, Mich.—July 29, 2017—Wisconsin’s Josh Keeney and John Berrens, Jr., dialed in the offshore tube bite to tank a 5-bass limit of smallmouths weighing 26 pounds, 1 ounce, and win the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s Bays de Noc regular season qualifier presented by Stratos Boats July 29.

“To come out on top of such an elite field on a fishery like this is incredible,” said Keeney, of Winneconne. “These are the best bass anglers in this part of the country, and after the weigh-in they were the first ones to congratulate us.”

“It’s a great feeling,” added Berrens, of Weyauwega. “There are some great sticks who bring in huge bags on this body of water. I guess we stumbled onto the right bites at the right time.”

Keeney and Berrens focused on Big Bay de Noc’s legendary offshore fishery, where they dragged ¼-ounce tube jigs on reefs in 4 to 8 feet of water. Berrens noted that their Garmin electronics played a pivotal role in finding fish-holding areas in the massive system. “The Panoptix sonar (which lets anglers see around the boat in real time and three dimensions) helped us find prime structure off to the side of the boat, without driving over it,” he said.

Their limit was spread out throughout the day. “We got a keeper right away and then a fish here and there until we caught our last keeper during the last hour,” said Keeney.

In a testament to the quality of the Bays de Noc smallmouth population, each of their bass topped the 5-pound mark. “The smallest was 5-1 and the biggest was 5-11,” said Keeney reported. “We’ll take that any day, on any body of water.”

Regulars on the NABC trail, Keeney and Berrens were quick to note the sportsmanship and camaraderie exhibited by circuit anglers. “We had another tournament boat near us in one area, but they were very cordial and kept their distance,” he noted. “That’s one of the things I love about fishing the NABC. The competition is intense, but the anglers are all professional, respectful and courteous.”

The victors collected a cool $4,600 for their efforts, including the $3,600 first-place cash payout, plus the $1,000 Garmin Grand Giveaway contingency.

Rounding out the top four teams were:

2nd: Bob Ahrndt, Chad Kurowski, 25-06, $1,800 cash, plus $2,716 from the option pot and $500 from the big fish pot

3rd: Kevin Dillingham, Dan Goldberg, 25-04, $1,100 cash, plus $250 from the big fish pot

4th: Jason Corrao, Shaun Kruzitski, 25-00, $722 cash, plus $250 from the big fish pot

In all, the Cabela’s NABC awarded a total payout of $11,938 in cash and prizes.

A total of 111 bass weighing 473 pounds, 4 ounces crossed the scale at Escanaba Harbor and were returned to the Bays de Noc system in the Cabela’s NABC’s catch-and-release format. Big bass was a 6-pound, 11-ounce behemoth bronzeback caught by Bob Ahrndt and Chad Kurowski.

Based in Escanaba and hosted by the Bays de Noc Convention and Visitors Bureau, this was the third of four 2017 Cabela’s NABC qualifiers. The regular season concludes on Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota, August 19. A special NABC Open and the Tournament of Champions are set for September 23-24 on the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its seventh season as title sponsor of the NABC. Other sponsors include: Ranger Boats, Stratos Boats, Mercury Marine, Garmin and G-Juice.

Based in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the Cabela’s NABC is open to two-person teams regardless of club or sponsor affiliation. Entry fees are $400 per regular season tournament and for the NABC Open.

Along with an overall payback to anglers well in excess of 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.

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