Gentry Wins Cabela’s NABC Southeast
Region Clarks Hill Qualifier
Presented by Ranger Boats
For Immediate Release –
Appling, Georgia—May 4, 2014—Fishing solo in his first-ever Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit tournament, South Carolina’s Glenn Gentry took top honors at the trail’s Clarks Hill qualifier out of Appling, Georgia, May 4.
“I’m very pleased,” said Gentry, of North Augusta. “This is my home lake, and I’m really happy to win here today.” While the event followed the Circuit’s time-tested two-person team format, Gentry fished alone on the sprawling southern reservoir. He targeted bass harassing schools of herring over shallow points, using a variety of tactics including flukes, topwaters and jigs.
Gentry’s five-bass winning weight of 16 pounds, 7 ounces was worth a cool $2,500 paycheck. Georgians David Nichol, of Gainesville, and Paul Marks, of Cumming, collected $500 for finishing second with 16 pounds, 1 ounce. Fellow Peach State bass fans Jody Hughes, of Baldwin, and James Smith, of Bowersville, earned big-fish honors and $250 from the Big Bass Pot for a beauty tipping the scale at 5 pounds, 12 ounces.
This was the third of four Cabela’s NABC Southeast Region qualifying tournaments in 2014. The remaining schedule includes Lake Russell, South Carolina, June 1; and the Southeast Region Championship on Lake Lanier, Georgia, Aug. 9-10. In addition, the NABC North Region features qualifiers at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, May 10; Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin, June 14; Leech Lake, Minnesota, July 26; and Lake Vermillion, Minnesota, August 22-23 (two-day bonus event). The North Region Championship is set for Oct. 4-5 on the Mississippi River at La Crosse, Wisconsin.
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 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 Optima True Blue add thousands in cash and prizes 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 for their respective NABC Region, which offers $15,000 cash for first place based on a full field. Regional Team of the Year titles will also be awarded to the team from each region with the highest point total from any three NABC qualifiers. Each title is worth $2,000 in Cabela’s gift cards, plus trophies and paid entry into their 2014 regional championship and 2015 regional qualifiers. In all, Team of the Year races will award more than $7,000 in cash and prizes to the top five teams in each region.
Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its fourth season as title sponsor of the NABC. Other sponsors include: Ranger Boats, Stratos Boats, Mercury Marine, MotorGuide, Optima Batteries, G-Juice and Sea Grant.
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 each two-day region championship. The Circuit offered more than 100 percent payback to anglers in 2013 and will do so again in 2014. 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 email@example.com, or call (580) 765-9031.