AUGUST 9, 2011—MINNETONKA, MN—Bass fans have until midnight Sunday, August 14 to register for their shot at big payouts, world-championship berths and world-class bass fishing in the team-format, North American Bass Circuit’s August 19 shootout on Minnesota’s most famous bass factory—Lake Minnetonka.
With more than 80 competitors from across the Midwest signed up at press time, anglers have incredibly good odds at winning great cash prizes. Plus, the Circuit’s Big-Bass Pot, along with sponsor contingencies including Cabela’s Angler Cash, Stratos 2X ‘Double Your Winnings,’ Ranger Cup, Detwiler-MarineTech Products, Optima Batteries True Blue program and O2 Technologies U2 and Oxygenator bonuses, add nearly $15,000 to the payout. The top four teams also receive great line and bait packages from Rapala, Trigger X and Sufix line.
As an added incentive, the top 10 teams at Minnetonka qualify for the 2011 NABC World Bass Championship. Set for Sept. 24-25 at Leech Lake out of Walker, Minnesota, the Championship offers a $20,000 first-place paycheck. All NABC events receive full coverage in North American Fisherman magazine, which has more than 3 million readers across the U.S. and Canada.
The Minnetonka tournament also lets anglers test their skills against legendary bass fishermen including Ron Lindner, Ted and Dean Capra, Mark Fisher and more. Teams will take off from historic Lord Fletcher’s in Spring Park at 7 a.m. and fish until 3 p.m. on navigable waters of Lake Minnetonka. They may weigh up to five large- or smallmouth bass.
Weigh-ins are free and open to the public, beginning at 3 p.m. Weigh-in spectators will be treated to a steady stream of ’Tonka bass crossing the NABC stage, along with exciting stories and valuable fishing tips from the tournament anglers. Plus, the NABC and National Professional Anglers Association will raffle off free fishing tackle to kids ages 12 and under throughout the event.
Minnetonka bass are winners in the equation as well. A $15-per-boat donation from each team’s entry fee—made via the NABC’s Bass Conservation Fund through non-profit affiliate Wildlife Forever—will benefit Department of Natural Resources’ projects to protect local fisheries. Since 1984, the NABC and its sister trail, the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit, have donated more than $300,000 to fisheries-enhancement projects in states where our tournaments are held.
The NABC is open to all anglers. Registration costs $450 per two-person team. Teams may register by mail, fax, or online. Full details and printable registration forms are available at northamericanbasscircuit.com. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Remember, registration closes at midnight August 14.
This is the third and final stop of the NABC’s 2011 season. The Lake Winnebago season opener drew teams from four states, and awarded a full payout plus contingencies. The Bays de Noc qualifier yielded phenomenal smallmouth action and drew rave reviews from anglers. The North American Bass Circuit’s title sponsors include Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, Ranger Boats, Stratos Boats and the North American Fishing Club. Supporting sponsors include Mercury Marine, Rapala, Sufix, Trigger X, Detwiler-MarineTech Products, Gemini Sport Marketing, Wave Fishing, O2 Marine Technologies and Optima Batteries.