Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Heads For Leech Lake Tournament


Leech Lake means great bass fishing. Last fall, Minnesotans Buckley Smith and John Roundsley won the Cabela’s NABC World Bass Championship with a 10-fish limit weighing 34.95 pounds. Anglers can expect more of the same great action at this year’s tournament, set for Sept. 8 out of Trapper’s Landing Resort.

AUGUST 13, 2012—MINNETONKA, MN—Great bass fishing and hefty cash payouts await when the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit continues its 2012 season on Minnesota’s mighty Leech Lake out of Scenic Trapper’s Landing Resort.

Set for Saturday, Sept. 8, the single-day, team-format tournament is open to all anglers regardless of club or sponsor affiliation. Teams launch at 7 a.m. from Trapper’s, and whoever brings in the heaviest 5-bass basket to the 3 p.m. weigh-in walks away with a $10,000 paycheck, (based on 50-boat field) plus a shot at sponsor contingencies and big fish cash adding more than an additional $10,000 to the pot.

Cabela’s NABC payouts are based on the number of teams entered in each event, and awarded to the top 20 percent of the field. At last count, the Leech Lake payout was already over $14,000 in cash—including $7,400 cash for first place. The sponsor bonuses up for grabs could total an additional $9,860 from Cabela’s, Stratos Boats, Ranger Boats, Bomber, Booyah Bait Co., Optima, Oxygenator, Sufix, Trigger X, XCalibur and YUM. As more teams sign up, the payout will grow.

Along with great odds of cashing a check, Cabela’s NABC tournaments offer exciting competition, in a professionally-run setting, against top two-person teams from across the Upper Midwest. Results are posted on and distributed to more than 350 media outlets nationally. Winners’ photos and highlights of the tournament are featured in North American Fisherman  magazine, which reaches more than 3 million avid anglers.

The fishing should be world-class, too. Although Leech is legendary for walleye and muskie action, the 112,000-acre lake’s many bays, weedbeds and tributaries hold fat largemouths. When the Cabela’s NABC journeyed to Leech last September for the 2011 World Bass Championship, Minnesotans Buckley Smith and John Roundsley took top honors with a 10-fish limit weighing 34.95 pounds, worth $20,000 for first place in the two-day event, along with a $1,000 Ranger Cup bonus and a great prize package including Rapala, Trigger X and Sufix products. In all, the 25 Championship teams brought 203 largemouths weighing a total of 602.93 pounds to the scale in the catch-and-release event.

Anglers interested in joining the fun at this year’s Leech Lake tournament should keep in mind that registration closes at midnight on Sunday, Sept. 2 or when the tournament field fills at 50 teams. The entry fee is $500 per team, and you may register by mail, fax, or online. Full details, printable registration forms and more available at or for more information.

Local families and bass fans of all ages are also invited to join the fun at weigh-in, held at Trapper’s Landing Resort beginning at 3 p.m, when more than 70 of the Midwest’s best bass anglers bring their baskets to the Cabela’s NABC stage. Weigh-in spectators will be treated to a steady stream of bass, along with exciting stories and valuable fishing tips from the tournament anglers. Plus, kids ages 12 and under will receive t-shirts and the Cabela’s NABC and National Professional Anglers Association will hand out free fishing tackle throughout the event.

This is the final qualifier of the NABC’s 2012 season. Teams fishing two or more NABC tournaments a season compete for berths in the NABC World Bass Championship, set for October 5-6 on Pools 4 and 5 of the Mississippi River. The event offers a $30,000 cash purse plus sponsor bonuses, and carries a $20,000 first-place paycheck plus ultimate bassin’ bragging rights.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is title sponsor of the North American Bass Circuit. Official sponsors include Ranger Boats, Stratos Boats and the North American Fishing Club. Supporting sponsors include Mercury Marine, Bomber Lures, Booyah Bait Co., Rapala, Sufix, Trigger X, XCalibur, YUM, Angler’s Pal-MarineTech Products, Wave Fishing, O2 Marine Technologies, Gemini Sport Marketing, Reflections, and Optima Batteries.