Hawkins, Jordan Win Cabela’s NABC Southeast Region
Lake Lanier Qualifier
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Gainesville, GA—March 22, 2014—Georgia’s Tim Hawkins and Rob Jordan sacked an impressive five-fish limit weighing 18 pounds, 6 ounces to take top honors at the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s Lake Lanier qualifier March 22.
“This is great! Everything fell into place for us this afternoon,” said Jordan, of Suwanee. He and Hawkins, of Cumming, collected $3,450 in cash and prizes for their accomplishment, including the $3,000 first-place paycheck and $450 from the Big Bass Pot for a 5-pound, 2-ounce largemouth.
After their go-to plan of targeting spotted bass in deep water fizzled in the morning, they switched gears and focused on largemouth bass in depths eight feet or less. Custom-painted blueback herring jerkbaits accounted for most of the fish, although swimjigs also produced a few key bites.
Second-place finishers, fellow Georgians Fred Hawkins and Justin Beavers, were just two ounces behind with 18 pounds, 4 ounces, worth $2,000. In all, the event awarded $7,455 in cash and prizes, for a 124 percent payback. Teams also enjoyed solid fishing, as 51 bass weighing a total of 132 pounds, 4 ounces were brought to the Cabela’s NABC scale. All were released alive.
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This was the second of four Cabela’s NABC Southeast Region qualifying tournaments in 2014. The remaining schedule includes Clarks Hill, Georgia, May 4; 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 plus 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 remains open through the Sunday night prior to each tournament or until the field fills. For more information, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com, email email@example.com, or call (580) 765-9031.