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

For Immediate Release –

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, email, or call (580) 765-9031.