Cabela’s NABC Heads For Mille Lacs Smallmouth Smackdown July 11 Presented by Garmin

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Ponca City, Okla.—June 29, 2015—Smallmouth bass fans are counting down the days to the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s regular season qualifier presented by Garmin on Minnesota’s mighty Mille Lacs Lake.

Set for Saturday, July 11, the event offers two-person teams a shot at exciting competition for thousands in cash and prizes on the legendary bronzeback factory. Largemouths are also fair game, of course, and the big lake’s many bays and weedbeds are no doubt going to be a factor as well.

Teams will be allowed to bring their best five bass to the scale, and the team with the heaviest total will be crowned tournament champions.

Tournament host Kevin McQuoid of Macs Twin Bay Resort predicts a great bite, especially for smallmouths. “It’s been phenomenal so far this season,” he says. “We’ve had numerous anglers from the South making the pilgrimage to Mille Lacs just to sample the action.”

Indeed, the sheer number of sag-bellied brown bass puts even hallowed southern fisheries to shame, and bodes well for an all-out big-bass battle during the NABC tournament.

Besides great fishing and the thrill of competing in a professionally run setting, teams 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 additional 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 Garmin Grand Giveaway add thousands in cash to the total.

At the Cabela’s NABC Sturgeon Bay qualifier, for example, winners Troy Norman and Andrew Carlson collected $10,150 in cash and Cabela’s cash cards for their victory.

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, which offers $15,000 for first place and $10,000 for second, based on full fields at the qualifiers and championship. Team of the Year titles will also be awarded to the top five teams, led by a $3,600 prize package for the overall Team of the Year, which includes paid entry fees to all four 2016 qualifiers and the 2015 championship, $1,000 Cabela’s in gift cards and handsome trophies.

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 Mac’s Twin Bay Resort just north of Isle on Highway 47.

This is the third of four NABC regular-season qualifiers of 2015. The final qualifier is set for another world-class Gopher State bass destination—Lake Vermillion—August 15. The NABC Championship runs Sept. 19-20 on Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its fifth season as title sponsor of the NABC. Other sponsors include: Ranger Boats, Stratos Boats, Mercury Marine, Garmin, MotorGuide, G-Juice and T-H Marine.

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 the two-day championship. The Circuit offered more than 100 percent payback to anglers in 2014 and will do so again in 2015. 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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Blaeser, Frasl Win Cabela’s NABC Lake Wisconsin Tournament Presented by Stratos Boats

Blaeser, Frasl Win Cabela’s NABC Lake Wisconsin Tournament

Presented by Stratos Boats

 

For Immediate Release –

 

Dekorra, Wisc.—June 6, 2015—Minnesota’s Brian Blaeser and Lindy Frasl weighed a five-largemouth limit totaling 14 pounds, 12 ounces to win the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s Lake Wisconsin tournament presented by Stratos Boats.

 

“This is incredible,” said Frasl, of Brainerd, moments after topping the 40-boat field. “Words can’t describe it.” He and Blaeser, of Freeport, collected $5,800 in cash plus two $200 Cabela’s gift cards for their efforts.

Lake Wisconsin - NABC - Winners

It was a sweet victory following a slow start on the 7,197-acre south-central Wisconsin impoundment. After struggling to put together a solid pattern during much of prefishing, they finally figured out a game plan just in time for the tournament. “It was a stressful week,” said Blaeser. “We didn’t think we had the fish to win it until late Friday.”

 

As it turned out, the winning bass were waiting closer than they thought. “After checking out spots all over the lake, we found them by chance 100 yards from our motel,” said Frasl. “They were in shallow water, tight to flooded bushes along the bank,” added Blaeser, noting that the winning pattern consisted of pitching jigs tipped with ribbed, beaver-style creature bites.

 

Rounding out the top five were:

2nd: Dennis Fiedler and Duane Anderson, 14-8, $2,900 cash plus two $100 Cabela’s gift cards

3rd: Brian Post and Joe Shaw, 13-11, $1,500 cash plus two $50 Cabela’s gift cards

4th: Marty and Dan Sickenberger, 12-13, $1,200 cash plus two $50 Cabela’s gift cards

5th: Andrew and Michael Nitchals, 12-02, $1,000 cash

 

Big fish of the event was a 4-pound, 1-ounce largemouth caught by Chris James and Jason Mazzarisi, who pocketed $810 from the big bass pot for their catch. In all, the Cabela’s NABC awarded a total payout of $15,960 in cash and prizes.

 

Weigh-ins were held at the Lakeside Bar and Grill in Dekorra. A total of 104 bass weighing 227 pounds, 1 ounce crossed the scale and were returned to Lake Wisconsin in the Cabela’s NABC’s catch-and-release format.

NABC Lake Wisconsin Winners Fish

This was the second of four NABC regular-season qualifiers of 2015. The remaining schedule includes Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota, July 11; and Lake Vermillion, Minnesota, August 15. The NABC Championship is set for Sept. 19-20 on Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka.

 

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its fifth season as title sponsor of the NABC. Other sponsors include: Ranger Boats, Stratos Boats, Mercury Marine, Garmin, MotorGuide, G-Juice and T-H Marine.

 

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 the two-day championship. The Circuit offered more than 100 percent payback to anglers in 2014 and will do so again in 2015. 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 of 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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Norman, Carlson Win Cabela’s NABC 2015 Sturgeon Bay Season Kick-Off, Presented by Mercury Marine

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Little Sturgeon Bay, Wisc.—May 10, 2015—Ontario’s Troy Norman and Andrew Carlson sacked a five-bass limit weighing 26 pounds, 9 ounces to win the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s 2015 season opener on Wisconsin’s legendary Sturgeon Bay of Lake Michigan May 10.

Norman and Carlson, both of Fort Frances, claimed the $8,200 first-place cash prize plus two $450 Cabela’s cash cards. They also collected $1,500 from the big bass pot for a 6-pound, 9-ounce behemoth bronzeback that was the biggest fish brought to the scale during the event.

Sixty-six two-person teams from nine states and two Canadian provinces battled on the bay’s legendary smallmouth fishery. The field recorded a full 58 limits as 300 fish weighing 1,169 pounds, 12 ounces crossed the stage, to the delight of weigh-in fans gathered at scenic Wave Pointe Marina.

Second-place finishers Mark Raveling, of Longville, Minnesota, and Shane Raveling, of Jordan, Minnesota, weighed 24 pounds, 9 ounces, worth $4,100 in cash plus two $225 Cabela’s cash cards. Close behind with 24 pounds, 8 ounces were Jon O’Connor, of Winnipeg, Manitoba, and Joe Frohreich, of Pinewood, Minnesota, finished third and collected $2,050 in cash plus a pair of $125 Cabela’s cash cards. In all, the top 13 teams shared more than $29,360 in cash and prizes.

This was the first of four NABC regular-season qualifiers of 2015. The remaining schedule includes Lake Wisconsin, June 6; Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota, July 11; and Lake Vermillion, Minnesota, August 15. The NABC Championship is set for Sept. 19-20 on Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka.
Besides great fishing, competitors 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 additional 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 Garmin Grand Giveaway add thousands in cash 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, which offers $15,000 for first place and $10,000 for second, based on full fields at the qualifiers and championship. Team of the Year titles will also be awarded to the top five teams, led by a $3,600 prize package for the overall Team of the Year, which includes paid entry fees to all four 2016 qualifiers and the 2015 championship, $1,000 Cabela’s in gift cards and handsome trophies.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its fifth season as title sponsor of the NABC. Other sponsors include: Ranger Boats, Stratos Boats, Mercury Marine, Garmin, MotorGuide, G-Juice and T-H Marine.

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 the two-day championship. The Circuit offered more than 100 percent payback to anglers in 2014 and will do so again in 2015. 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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