Lien, Wicks Win Cabela’s NABC North Region Leech Lake Tournament

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Walker, Minn.—July 26, 2014—Minnesotans Mike Lien and Willy Wicks broke the 20-pound barrier to win the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s North Region tournament on mighty Leech Lake July 26 out of scenic Horseshoe Bay Lodge.

“It’s great to get the monkey off our backs,” said an elated Lien, of Park Rapids, who explained that he and Wicks have had brushes with victory but never closed the deal. “We’ve been so close, so many times, winning this one is awesome.”

10563019_787638444630122_6778239843300643523_nLien and Hicks’ five-largemouth limit weighing 20 pounds even topped the 46-team field, earning them $6,200 in cash plus a pair of $300 Cabela’s gift cards and $645 for taking second place in the Big Bass Pot. “It feels good,” added Wicks, of Nevis. He explained they leaned on a few key spots to put together the winning basket. They focused on rice and reeds in 4 to 5 feet of water, throwing Northland Tackle Jaw Breaker Spoons and ¾-ounce jigs tipped with Berkley PowerBait and Havoc craw trailers.

 

 

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In second place with 18 pounds, 7 ounces, fellow Minnesotans Connor Summers, of Nevis, and James Eischens, of Park Rapids, pocketed $3,000 in cash, two $200 Cabela’s gift cards and $1,075 in cash from the Big Bass Pot for catching a 5-pound, 5-ounce largemouth that was big fish of the event.

 

Third-place finishers Mike Johnson and Benjamin Cumber, both of Park Rapids, weighed in 17 pounds, 13 ounces, worth $1,700 in cash and two $100 Cabela’s gift cards. Wisconsinites Jim Barczak, of Osceola, and Mike Mayan, of Rosendale, collected the $200 Optima True Blue contingency in fifth place. In all, the top teams shared $20,940 in cash and prizes.

 

The catch-and-release event offered one day of competition on the bass-rich system, with a backup day in case of bad weather. The weigh-in was held at Horseshoe Bay Lodge. Teams brought a total of 30 limits to the stage as Leech Lake yielded 184 bass weighing a total of 562 pounds, 6 ounces.

 

This was the third of four NABC North Region qualifiers of 2014. The regular-season schedule concludes on Lake Vermillion, Minnesota, August 22-23 (two-day bonus event). The North Region Championship is set for Oct. 4-5 on the Mississippi River at La Crosse, Wisconsin. The Southeast Region Championship will be held on Lake Lanier, Georgia, Aug. 9-10.

 

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

 

Based in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the Cabela’s NABC is open to two-person teams regardless of club or sponsor affiliation. Entry fees are $500 per regular season tournament and $600 for each two-day region championship. The Circuit offered more than 100 percent payback to anglers in 2013 and will do so again in 2014. In addition, a small donation is included in each entry fee and matched by NABC and other conservation organizations up to 3-to-1 in support bass conservation projects anywhere the NABC does business.

 

Registration closes at 10 a.m. on Monday prior to each tournament. For more information, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com, email info@northamericanbasscircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

 

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Cabela’s NABC North Region Visits Mighty Leech Lake July 26-27

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Cabela’s NABC North Region Visits Mighty Leech Lake July 26-27

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Ponca City, Okla.—July 8, 2014—A big-water bassin’ battle is brewing on Minnesota’s mighty Leech Lake. Top teams from across the Midwest will compete for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes when the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s North Region visits the world-class fishery July 26-27.

Open to two-person teams regardless of club or sponsor affiliation, the event offers a single day of competition, with a backup day in case of bad weather. Teams will be allowed to bring their best five bass to the scale, and the team with the highest total weight will be crowned tournament champions. Tournament 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 3:30 p.m. at Horseshoe Bay Lodge.

With summer bass patterns in full swing, a variety of tactics will produce fish on the 112,000-acre north-central Minnesota honeyhole. At last season’s Cabela’s NABC stop on Leech, Minnesotans Connor Leagjeld and Chad Keller flipped their way to victory with 19 pounds, 6 ounces. In 2012, Wisconsin’s Bernie and Brad Ksionek sacked 18.72 pounds fishing swim jigs and Texas-rigged hawgtails in skinny water to take top honors.

Besides great fishing, competitors will vie for serious cash and bragging rights. Cabela’s NABC payouts are based on the number of teams entered in each event. Qualifying tournaments with 75 teams or more offer a guaranteed first-place cash purse of $10,000 plus payout to the top 20 percent of the field. Plus, the NABC Big Bass Pot, along with sponsor contingencies including Ranger Cup, Stratos 2X and Optima True Blue add thousands in cash and prizes to the total.

Teams 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 championship for their respective NABC Region, which offers $15,000 cash for first place based on a full field. Regional Team of the Year titles will also be awarded to the team from each region with the highest point total from any three NABC qualifiers. Each title is worth $2,000 in Cabela’s gift cards, plus trophies and paid entry into their 2014 regional championship and 2015 regional qualifiers. In all, Team of the Year races will award more than $7,000 in cash and prizes to the top five teams in each region.

This is the third of four NABC North Region qualifiers of 2014. The remaining schedule includes a final qualifier on Lake Vermillion, Minnesota, August 22-23 that WILL BE TELEVISED (two-day bonus event), and the North Region Championship is set for Oct. 4-5 on the Mississippi River at La Crosse, Wisconsin. The Southeast Region Championship will be held on Lake Lanier, Georgia, Aug. 9-10.

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

Based in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the Cabela’s NABC is open to two-person teams regardless of club or sponsor affiliation. Entry fees are $500 per regular season tournament and $600 for each two-day region championship. The Circuit offered more than 100 percent payback to anglers in 2013 and will do so again in 2014. In addition, a small donation is included in each entry fee and matched by NABC and other conservation organizations up to 3-to-1 in support bass conservation projects anywhere the NABC does business.

Registration closes at 10 a.m. on Monday prior to each tournament. For more information, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com, email info@northamericanbasscircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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NABC North Region Points Race Update!

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Southeast Region 2014 Points Results

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We want to thank all the anglers that fished the Southeast Region of the Cabela’s NABC in 2014! Here are the Current Point Standings for the 2014 SE Region Cabela’s NABC Circuit!

 

Wilterdink Brothers Win Cabela’s NABC Lake Winnebago Qualifier

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Wilterdink Brothers Win Cabela’s NABC Lake Winnebago Qualifier

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Oshkosh, Wisc.—June 14, 2014—Wisconsin’s Matt and Eric Wilterdink sacked an impressive 17-pound, 1-ounce, five-fish limit to win the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s North Region Lake Winnebago qualifier out of Oshkosh, Wisconsin, June 14.

 

“It feels really good,” said Eric, of Sherwood. “My brother Matt and I have been fishing tournaments together for a long time and this is our first big win in a major regional event.” It wasn’t their first solid showing in a Cabela’s NABC qualifier, however. They finished in ninth place both previous times the Circuit stopped at Lake Winnebago, in 2012 and 2011.

 

1904113_764513793609254_2783367329376890359_nThe third time was definitely the charm, and Eric credited the 2014 event’s the post-spawn time frame for their better finish this season. “We saw more of a summer pattern, with the bass feeding again,” he said, explaining that they pitched tubes and jig-and-craw presentations into emerging weedbeds in three feet of water along Winnebago’s west shore for the win.

 

“Our day didn’t start out well,” noted Matt Wilterdink, of Neenah. “We tried for smallmouths at first. But when we only caught one 14-incher during the first hour and half of the tournament, we decided that our smallie program wasn’t working and switched gears.” The brothers claimed $7,000 in winnings for their first-place finish, including $6,400 in cash plus a pair of $300 Cabela’s gift cards. They also pocketed $1,050 from the Big Bass Pot for catching big fish of the tournament, a 4-pound, 11-ounce largemouth.

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Cabela’s NABC Lake Winnebago Coming up Quick!

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Battle on ‘Bago June 14-15

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Ponca City, Okla.—June 1, 2014—Wisconsin’s renowned Lake Winnebago system will host high-stakes, professionally run team bass tournament action when the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s North Region visits Oshkosh June 14-15.

The event offers a single day of competition, with a backup day in case of bad weather. Two-person teams will be allowed to bring their best five bass to the scale, and the team with the highest total weight will be crowned tournament champions. 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 Rainbow Park on the Fox River.

The Lake Winnebago system offers excellent bass fishing, giving teams an opportunity to test their skills in a variety of scenarios from shallow bays to deep offshore structure. When the Circuit visited Winnebago in May of 2012, Wisconsin’s Casey Gallagher, of Pulaski, and Ty Cornell, of Black Creek, earned top honors with a five-bass catch weighing a whopping 17.59 pounds.

Besides great fishing, competitors will vie for serious cash and bragging rights. Cabela’s NABC payouts are based on the number of teams entered in each event. Qualifying tournaments with 75 teams or more offer a guaranteed first-place cash purse of $10,000 plus payout to the top 20 percent of the field. Plus, the NABC Big Bass Pot, along with sponsor contingencies including Ranger Cup, Stratos 2X and Optima True Blue add thousands in cash and prizes to the total.

Teams 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 championship for their respective NABC Region, which offers $15,000 cash for first place based on a full field. Regional Team of the Year titles will also be awarded to the team from each region with the highest point total from any three NABC qualifiers. Each title is worth $2,000 in Cabela’s gift cards, plus trophies and paid entry into their 2014 regional championship and 2015 regional qualifiers. In all, Team of the Year races will award more than $7,000 in cash and prizes to the top five teams in each region.

This is the second of four NABC North Region qualifiers of 2014. The remaining schedule includes Leech Lake, Minnesota, July 26; and Lake Vermillion, Minnesota, August 22-23 (two-day bonus event). The North Region Championship is set for Oct. 4-5 on the Mississippi River at La Crosse, Wisconsin. The Southeast Region Championship will be held on Lake Lanier, Georgia, Aug. 9-10.

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

Based in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the Cabela’s NABC is open to two-person teams regardless of club or sponsor affiliation. Entry fees are $500 per regular season tournament and $600 for each two-day region championship. The Circuit offered more than 100 percent payback to anglers in 2013 and will do so again in 2014. In addition, a small donation is included in each entry fee and matched by NABC and other conservation organizations up to 3-to-1 in support bass conservation projects anywhere the NABC does business.

Registration closes at 10 a.m. on Monday prior to each tournament. For more information, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com, email info@northamericanbasscircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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