Cabela’s Renews Support of North American Bass Circuit

Cabela’s Renews Federation Angler Support






Ponca City, Okla.—Sept. 18, 2017—Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter of hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, has renewed its support for North America’s largest network of grassroots tournament fishing organizations by extending its Federation Angler sponsorship for the 2018 tournament season.

“We are happy to continue our support of Federation Angler, and are looking forward to another great year in 2018,” said Jennifer Murphy, Cabela’s brand partnership program manager. “Federation Angler is a dedicated group of knowledgeable and passionate anglers. That dedication shows in the quality events they plan and execute, and all the great work they do to promote fishing and conservation.”

“We are extremely proud to continue our Cabela’s partnership,” added Kelly Gohman, Federation Angler VP of sales and marketing. “Cabela’s has been a great supporter of Federation Angler’s competitive fishing, youth outreach and conservation efforts. Plus, their industry-leading products are a perfect fit for our hard-fishing members and the thousands of fans following them across our media platforms.”

Cabela’s, headquartered in Sidney, Nebraska, is the world’s largest direct marketer of hunting, fishing, camping and related outdoor merchandise. Since the company’s founding in 1961, Cabela’s has grown to become one of the most well-known outdoor recreation brands in the world, and has long been recognized as the World’s Foremost Outfitter.

Through Cabela’s expansive network of retail stores and its well-established direct-order business, it offers a wide and distinctive selection of high-quality outdoor products at competitive prices while providing superior customer service. Cabela’s also issues the Cabela’s CLUB Visa credit card, which serves as its primary customer loyalty rewards program.

Based in Ponca City, Oklahoma, Federation Angler represents the largest collection of fishing, youth and conservation organizations under one roof in America today, including two National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame entities and some of the oldest and largest tournament organizations in existence.

The Federation Angler network includes The Bass Federation, Student Angler Federation High School Fishing, The Walleye Federation, Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit, Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit and National Bass Anglers Association. For complete details, visit or call (580) 765-9031.


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, email, 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