Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit 2017 Tournament Schedule Includes Midwest’s Hottest Bass Fisheries

 

Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit 2017 Tournament Schedule Includes Midwest’s Hottest Bass Fisheries

Great Bass Fishing, Exciting Team Format Competition And Hefty Payouts Await!

For Immediate Release –

Ponca City, Okla.—Nov. 8, 2016—Since 2011 the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit has offered two-person teams the opportunity to compete in a professionally run setting on the Midwest’s best bass lakes for serious cash and prizes. The 2017 season promises even more great tournament bass action as the circuit again visits the region’s premier fisheries at peak fishing times.

The Cabela’s NABC’s 2017 schedule includes four qualifiers and a new end-of-the-season NABC Open that combines a Team of the Year Shootout and Tournament of Champions into one exciting event.

The schedule includes:

May 13 – Little Sturgeon Bay, WI
June 17 – Lake Vermilion, MN
July 29 – Bays de Noc, Escanaba, MI
Aug 19 – Mille Lacs Lake, MN
Sept 9-10 – NABC Open/Tournament of Champions – Location TBA

“The 2017 Cabela’s NABC schedule reads like a short list of truly world-class bass fisheries,” says Senior Tournament Director Dan Palmer. “Each of these systems could easily qualify as a once-in-a-lifetime destination for serious bass anglers from across North America.

“Plus, new for 2017 is an exciting year-end Cabela’s NABC/Open Tournament of Champions,” Palmer continues. “While this event is open to the public to fish, the top point getters from the first four NABC events will fish for the coveted NABC Team of the Year award, which comes with bragging rights and a hefty paycheck. The location and specific details will be announced shortly.”

Along with great fishing, the Cabela’s NABC’s proven format allows teams to test their skills against the region’s top bass anglers in pursuit of thousands in cash and prizes at each event. Payouts are based on the number of teams entered in each event. Plus, the NABC Big Bass Pot and sponsor contingencies including Ranger Cup, Stratos 2X and Garmin Grand Giveaway add thousands more to the total.

Teams also compete for berths in the prestigious Cabela’s NABC World Bass Championship and Team of the Year titles. For example, Ben Otto and Casey Gallagher of Pulaski, Wisconsin, claimed a $3,600 prize package for winning 2016 Cabela’s NABC Team of the Year honors. The package included paid entry fees to all four 2017 qualifiers and the 2016 championship, $1,000 Cabela’s in gift cards and handsome trophies.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, recently concluded 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.

 

Ahrndt, Kurowski Win Big-Water Battle To Claim Cabela’s NABC Championship Crown

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Sturgeon Bay, Wisc.—Oct. 2, 2016—Bob Ahrndt and Chad Kurowski dialed in a tricky transition smallmouth bite to topple an all-star field of the Midwest’s best bass fishing teams at the 2016 Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s World Bass Championship Oct. 1-2 on Sturgeon Bay of Lake Michigan.

Presented by Cabela’s, the event featured the top point-accumulating two-person teams from the circuit’s 2016 regular season, which included qualifiers in Minnesota and Wisconsin and drew hard-fishing teams from across the region.

“This is my biggest moment in tournament bass fishing,” said Kurowski, of Peshtigo, Wisconsin. “And I had the most enjoyable time with my partner out of everybody I’ve ever fished with.”

“It’s kind of surreal,” added Kurowski, of New Franken, Wisconsin. “After all the hours of practice, year after year—to finally put it together feels great.”

While many anglers battled heavy seas making long-distance runs to far-flung fishing areas 40 or more miles up the rugged shoreline, Ahrndt and Kurowski played the short game. “We never ran north of Snake Island,” Ahrndt admitted, referring to a well-known landmark a short cast north of the Little Sturgeon Bay takeoff area at Wave Pointe Resort and Marina.

Water temperatures hovered around 59 degrees, and a stout north to northeast wind had blown for nearly a week leading up to the championship. Cool and stirred up conditions inside some of the bays had more than a few teams running and gunning during practice, and many continued to do so after the event started.

Ahrndt and Kurowski settled on a game plan that included targeting classic autumn transitional areas such as steep drop-offs and boulders in less than 20 feet of water, using their side-scanning sonar to pinpoint structural sweet spots.

“Some of the bass were suspended and others were hugging bottom,” said Kurowski, revealing they threw a mix of dropshot rigs, jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. “The steady wind helped the bite. It was a little challenging drifting in 4- to 5-foot rollers but it flattened out around noon.”

They shot out to an early and substantial lead with a 27-pound, 3-ounce day one limit and followed up with 26 pounds, 7 ounces on day two for an impressive 53-pound, 10-ounce total.

“It was tough for awhile today,” added Ahrndt. “At noon we had two 5-pounders and the rest were threes. But we stuck to our guns and got our 6-pound kicker with half an hour left to go.” As fate would have it, besides securing the win, the broad-shouldered bass also ended up in a tie for big fish of the tournament.

Along with serious bragging rights, Ahrndt and Kurowski pocketed a cool $10,000 in cash, plus $390 from the NABC Big Bass Pot, which included $50 from the hosts at Wave Pointe.

Reigning Cabela’s NABC Team of the Year Ben Otto and Casey Gallagher of Pulaski, Wisconsin, finished second. They also broke the 50-pound barrier, bringing in 25-15 and 24-03 limits for a 50-pound, 2-ounce total that earned them $5,000 in cash.

Minnesotans Michael Walters, of Maple Grove, and Seth Feider, of Bloomington, placed third with 46 pounds, 1 ounce, good for $2,500 plus $390 in Big Fish Pot winnings for their 6-pound behemoth bronzeback. Fellow Minnesotans Scott Bonnema, of Zimmerman, and Bob Spriegl, of Oakdale, finished fourth with 41 pounds, 11 ounces and collected $1,500 cash plus $170 from the Big Fish Pot.

For complete results CLICK HERE.

To see the full photo library from the event, CLICK HERE.

In all, the Cabela’s NABC awarded $28,982 in cash and prizes at the event, including Team of the Year and Championship payouts, as competitors enjoyed more than 200 percent payback on their entry fees.

Weigh-ins were held bayside at Wave Pointe Resort. A total of 119 bass weighing 454 pounds, 15 ounces crossed the stage and were released back into the Sturgeon Bay system.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, concluded 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.

The 2017 Cabela’s NABC schedule will be announced shortly. For more information, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com, email info@northamericanbasscircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

Ahrndt, Kurowski Grab Day One Lead At Cabela’s NABC Championship

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Sturgeon Bay, Wisc.—Oct. 1, 2016—Wisconsin’s Bob Ahrndt and Chad Kurowski rocketed out of the gate with a 27-pound, 3-ounce, 5-fish limit to grab the day one lead at the 2016 Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s World Bass Championship on Sturgeon Bay of Lake Michigan.

The two-day event presented by Cabela’s pits the Midwest’s top two-person bass fishing teams against one another in an all-out battle for ultimate bragging rights and thousands in cash and prizes, plus lucrative sponsor contingencies including Ranger Cup, Stratos 2X and Garmin Grand Giveaway bonuses.

Teams qualified by fishing Cabela’s NABC regular season events in Minnesota and Wisconsin this summer. Qualifiers are open to all bass anglers regardless of club or sponsor affiliation.

Undaunted by dire reports of transitional bass and a tough bite on the world-renowned smallmouth fishery, Ahrndt, of Peshtigo, and Kurowski, of New Franken, targeted a trio of hotspots where the wind had whipped the bay’s mythical bronzebacks into a feeding mood.

“The day did start out a little tough at first, but then we pulled up on a spot where the bass were schooled up, eating crayfish and shad,” says Ahrndt.

“We fished them awhile, caught a limit and moved on to our next spot,” he adds. “We fished three spots in all and left bass biting on all three, so hopefully they’re there again tomorrow and the wind doesn’t blow too hard so we can get to them.”

Not that they want the wind to totally lie down. “Wind is a good thing out here,” he explains. “The flatter the conditions, the tougher the bite. When the wind blows, the big ones come out to bite. We’ve had a steady north to northeast wind for five or six days now. If it stays somewhat like this, we should be able to catch our fish again.

That being said, Kurowski acknowledges that anything can happen on this historic and ever-challenging slice of Great Lakes paradise. “This is Sturgeon Bay,” he cautions. “You can catch them one day out here and zero the next.”

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Casey Gallagher and Ben Otto are currently in second with 25-15.

Fellow Wisconsinites and reigning Cabela’s NABC Team of the Year Ben Otto and Casey Gallagher are hot on the leaders’ heels. They sacked a monstrous 25-15 limit of their own and feel good about their odds going into the second round of the title showdown.

“Today was better than expected,” says Otto, who, like Gallagher, hails from Pulaski.  “We caught fish early and all throughout the day.”

Fueling their confidence, the action was widespread. “We caught a few bass just about everywhere we went,” he continues.  “We ran into a pretty good school at one point and left them biting, so hopefully we can get them again tomorrow.”

In all, Sturgeon Bay was more generous than many anglers expected after enduring a tough practice period earlier in the week. Six teams broke the 20-pound barrier and it took 14 pounds to crack the top 10. More than half the field boxed a limit and only one squad blanked.

Big bass of the day was a 5-pound, 13-ounce beauty boated by 2012 Cabela’s NABC Team of the Year Will Pappa and Austin Felix of Minnesota.

Rounding out the top five are:

3. Scott Bonnema and Bob Spriegl, 20-13
4. George Liddle, Jr. and Janet Parker, 20-03
5. Dennis Fiedler and Duane Anderson, 20-01
5. Adam Rasmussen and Ben Antoniewicz, 20-01
For full results CLICK HERE.

“We had a tough week so we’re pleasantly surprised,” Fiedler said while waiting his turn in the NABC bump line. “If our pattern holds up tomorrow should be another good day.”

The action continues tomorrow out of scenic Wave Pointe Resort and Marina near the city of Sturgeon Bay. Bass fans are invited to come out and cheer their favorite teams on at the 8 a.m. launch, then come back for the 4 p.m. weigh-in to see who claims the coveted championship crown.

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

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