Pappa, Felix Win Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit 2017 Tournament Of Champions

Austin Felix and Will Pappa proudly display their Cabela’s NABC champions’ trophies.

 

 

Prairie du Chien, Wisc.—Sept. 24, 2017—Minnesotans Will Pappa and Austin Felix rallied to claim the crown at the North American Bass Circuit’s 2017 Tournament of Champions Sept. 23-24 on the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

“We’re feeling really good right now!” exclaimed Pappa, of Lonsdale, moments after taking the title. “This has been one of our goals for a long time. We’d won an NABC qualifier, Team of the Year and cashed checks before but never won one of those fancy champions’ trophies until today.”

“We finally did it!” added Felix, of Eden Prairie. “We knew if we could put two consistent days together we’d have a shot at it, and that’s exactly what happened.”

Pappa and Felix tapped a hot wing dam pattern on day one for a 5-fish limit weighing 15 pounds, 13 ounces. The weight put them in third place, where they trailed leaders Adam Hermsen and T.J. Maglio by nearly a pound. Undaunted, they stuck to their game plan on day two and added 16 pounds, 12 ounces to their tally for a leaderboard-topping 32-pound, 9-ounce total.

“Austin found a wing dam in practice that produced a lot of our better fish,” Pappa explained, noting that topwater spook-style baits were hot, with slow-moving jerkbaits a distant second. “A sweet spot on the wing dam produced fish until about 9 a.m.,” Felix added. “After that, we flipped jigs and plastics to laydowns and cutbanks.”

The champs collected more than $12,700 for their efforts, including the $9,000 cash payout and $2,716 cash from the option pot, plus a pair of custom champion’s trophies.

Rounding out the top three teams were:

2nd: Adam Hermsen and T.J. Maglio, 32-00, $4,000 cash

3rd: Josh Keeney and John Berrens, Jr., 29-13, $2,000 cash

In all, the Cabela’s NABC awarded a total payout of $25,756 in cash and prizes at this event. Over the course of the entire 2017 season, the NABC paid out $123,452 in cash and prizes, which represents a 120 percent payback on anglers’ entry fees.

A total of 139 bass weighing 356 pounds, 1 ounce crossed the scale at the St. Feriole Boat Launch and were returned to the Mississippi River in the Cabela’s NABC’s catch-and-release format. Big bass was a 5-pound, 8-ounce tank boated by Felix and Pappa.

This was the final event of the 2017 Cabela’s NABC season. Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, concludes its seventh year 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. 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.

LIVE weigh-in Saturday Sept 23-24 of the Cabela’s NABC Tournament of Champions

The live video of Day 1 of the 2017 Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Tournament of Champions at Prairie Du Chein, WI. is below

 

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.

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