Ravelings Win Cabela’s NABC Lake Vermilion Tournament

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Tower, Minn.—Aug. 15, 2015—The father-and-son team of Mark and Shane Raveling brought a 20-pound, 7-ounce five-smallmouth limit to the scale to win the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s regular-season finale presented by Ranger Boats on Minnesota’s Lake Vermilion August 15.

“This is great,” said Shane, of Jordan, Minnesota. “Dad and I were gunning for team of the year honors and ended up with a big enough bag to win the tournament. It was one of those days when everything came together.”

“It’s a tremendous feeling,” added Mark, of Longville, Minnesota. The elder Raveling, who holds the Minnesota largemouth bass state record for an 8-pound, 15-ounce behemoth caught in 2005, noted that he and his son have been fishing bass tournaments together for more than 30 years. “Shane is the best fishing partner I could ask for,” he said. “We’ve taken a couple of seconds on the NABC but this is our first win on the Circuit.”

Their milestone victory was worth more than $10,000 including the first-place check of $8,100 plus the $1,000 Ranger Cup bonus and a pair of $200 Cabela’s gift cards for their efforts. They added another $540 in cash for taking third in the big-fish pot.

The Ravelings also achieved their goal of becoming the 2015 Cabela’s NABC Team of the Year, accumulating 260 points in their best three tournaments. Besides bragging rights, the coveted title comes with a $3,600 prize package, which includes paid entry fees to all four 2016 qualifiers and the 2015 championship, $1,000 in Cabela’s gift cards and handsome trophies.

The Ravelings keyed on offshore structure in the morning, fishing jerkbaits and 3/8-ounce tube jigs in 10 to 16 feet of water. “We got into one spot where we must have caught 25 bass—they were coming on every cast for awhile,” said Shane. “It was a great flurry, we worked up a sweat,” Mark added with a smile.

After the offshore bite cooled when the wind picked up, they decided to make a move. “We were headed to our largemouth spots,” Shane recalled. “But we stopped on some shallow rocky structure along shore and caught more smallmouths, upgrading until 15 minutes before check-in.”

Rounding out the top five teams were:

2nd: Kevin Kzaley and Eric Oja, 19-12, $3,800 cash plus two $100 Cabela’s gift cards and $1,350 for first-place in the big-fish pot with a 5-pound, 8-ounce smallmouth

3rd: Brian Post and Joe Shaw, 19-04, $2,100 cash plus two $50 Cabela’s gift cards

4th: Jim Barczak and Mike Mayan, 18-11, $1,400 cash plus two $50 Cabela’s gift cards and $810 for taking second in the big-fish pot

5th (tie): Andrew and Michael Nitchals, 18-10, $1,150 cash

5th (tie): Karen Savik and Tom Monsoor, 18-10, $1,150 cash

In all, the Cabela’s NABC awarded a total payout of $27,200 in cash and prizes.

The 58 teams enjoyed great fishing, logging 50 5-fish limits as 258 bass weighing a total of 820 pounds, 5 ounces crossed the stage at Fortune Bay Resort Casino in the Circuit’s catch-and-release format.

This was the fourth of four regular-season qualifying tournaments. Teams fishing at least three NABC tournaments this season also battled for invitations to the prestigious, high-stakes championship, which 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. Along with a 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 bass conservation projects anywhere the NABC does business.

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

Cabela’s NABC Heads For Minnesota’s Lake Vermilion August 15 Presented by Ranger Boats

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Ponca City, Okla.—July 24, 2015—The Midwest’s top competitive bass anglers will again converge on Minnesota’s Lake Vermilion when the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit returns August 15 for a regular season qualifier presented by Ranger Boats.

The event offers two-person teams a shot at exciting competition for thousands in cash and prizes on the iconic Northwoods fishery. Teams will be allowed to bring their best five large- or smallmouth bass to the scale, and the team with the heaviest total weight will be crowned tournament champions.

Judging by last season’s results, competitors are in for great bass fishing. At the 2014 Cabela’s NABC two-day Vermilion qualifier last August, 43 teams brought in 78 limits and 397 bass weighing a total of 1,257 pounds, 11 ounces. It took 40 pounds, 9 ounces to win the event; Minnesotans Andrew and Michael Nitchals, both of Willmar, racked up the winning weight plying tubes and football jigs on deep rock piles connected to islands or the main shoreline.

Cabela’s NABC anglers enjoy more than a 100 percent payback, with payouts based on the number of teams entered in each event. For example, the Nitchals’ efforts were rewarded with a $6,500 first-place payout, which included $5,900 in cash plus a pair of $300 Cabela’s gift cards.

Teams competing in the 2015 qualifier can expect equally lucrative payouts, which are distributed 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.

Because this is the fourth and final NABC regular-season qualifier, even more winnings will be at stake. Teams fishing at least three NABC tournaments this season will battle for coveted invitations to the prestigious, high-stakes championship, which is set for Sept. 19-20 on Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka and offers $15,000 for first place and $10,000 for second, based on full fields at the qualifiers and championship.

Cabela’s NABC Team of the Year titles will also be awarded to the top five point-accumulating 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.

Tournament fans of all ages are invited to watch the Lake Vermilion action unfold at the weigh-in, which is free, open to the public, and starts at 3 p.m. at Fortune Bay Resort Casino.

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. Along with a payback of more than 100 percent, 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 the Monday prior to each tournament. For more information, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com, email info@northamericanbasscircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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Wood, Whiting Win Cabela’s NABC Mille Lacs Qualifier Presented by Garmin

Wood, Whiting Win Cabela’s NABC Mille Lacs Qualifier

Presented by Garmin

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Isle, Minn.—July 11, 2015—Minnesota’s Brian Wood and Nathan Whiting broke the 20-pound barrier to top the 46-team field battling for top honors at the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s regular season qualifier presented by Garmin on Minnesota’s mighty Mille Lacs Lake July 11.

“This is pretty awesome, especially with the caliber of anglers in this tournament,” Wood, of Golden Valley, said seconds after stepping off the stage in front of an enthusiastic weigh-in crowd gathered at Mac’s Twin Bay. He and Whiting, of Forest Lake, collected the first-place check of $6,400 plus a pair of $200 Cabela’s gift cards for their efforts. They added $820 from the big-fish pot to their total for tying for big bass of the event with a 5-pound, 4-ounce beauty.

“I actually didn’t think we were going to win,” added Whiting. “I thought we had about 18 pounds and would finish somewhere in the top 10.” As it turned out, their five-smallmouth limit pushed the scale to an impressive 20 pounds, 9 ounces. They were the only team to top 20 pounds, although all teams in the top 10 brought in 17-pound baskets.

Wood and Whiting said their winning pattern consisted of drop-shotting home-poured 4-inch worms around isolated main-lake boulders lying in eight to 10 feet of water. “We started out slow and broke off a lot of fish, but as it turned out it didn’t matter,” Wood said.

Rounding out the top five teams were:
2nd: Andy Young and Dave Larson, 19-06, $3,200 cash plus two $100 Cabela’s gift cards
3rd: Jack Gavin and Eric Klaers, 18-14, $1,800 cash plus two $50 Cabela’s gift cards
4th (tie): Ryan and Corey Brant, 18-13, $1,150 cash plus a $50 Cabela’s gift card
4th (tie): Aaron Daeges and Brian Bengtson, 18-13, $1,150 cash plus a $50 Cabela’s gift card

In all, the Cabela’s NABC awarded a total payout of $20,590 in cash and prizes.

Overall, teams enjoyed great fishing as 171 bass weighing a total of 542 pounds, 11 ounces crossed the stage in the Circuit’s catch-and-release format.

This was 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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