Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Announces 2016 Schedule

MBC ColorsPonca City, Okla.—Nov. 24, 2015—Great bass fishing, premier destinations, exciting competition and hefty payouts are in store for anglers in the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s sixth season of team-format tournament action.

“Once again, we worked with Cabela’s NABC anglers, fisheries managers, sponsors and site hosts to select the best bass fisheries—at peak fishing times—to put together dynamite destinations for the 2016 tournament trail,” said NABC Senior Tournament Director Dan Palmer.

The lineup features four qualifiers in Minnesota and Wisconsin, and includes a diverse selection of largemouth and smallmouth bass fisheries.

The 2016 Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit schedule is as follows:

June 18            Lake Minocqua, WI

July 16              Lake Minnewaska, MN

July 30              Lake Wissota, WI

Aug 13              Mille Lacs Lake, MN

Oct 1-2              Sturgeon Bay, WI Championship

“Each of these fisheries is a phenomenal bass factory that will provide NABC anglers with exciting venues on which to test their skills against the Midwest’s top two-person teams in a professionally run atmosphere—all while competing for great cash prizes,” Palmer added.

Cabela’s NABC anglers enjoy more than a 100 percent payback, with payouts based on the number of teams entered in each event. Plus, the NABC Big Bass Pot and sponsor contingencies including Ranger Cup, Stratos 2X and Garmin Grand Giveaway add thousands in cash 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 Cabela’s NABC World Bass 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 2017 qualifiers and the 2016 championship, $1,000 Cabela’s in gift cards and handsome trophies.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is entering its sixth 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. Along with an overall payback of more than 116 percent in 2015, a small donation is included in each entry fee and matched by the NABC and other conservation organizations up to 3-to-1 in support of bass conservation projects anywhere the NABC does business.

For more information, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com, email info@northamericanbasscircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

2015 Future Fisherman Auction to include legendary Forrest L. Wood, Forrest Wood Cup Winner, Scott Suggs, and Classic Champion, Casey Ashley

SuggsPONCA CITY, Okla. (November 17, 2015) – The Future Fisherman Foundation announced today its annual online auction is scheduled for November 30-December 7. The auction will once again boast an impressive lineup of outdoor products and guided fresh and saltwater fishing trips.ashley_casey_1

This year’s event is headlined by a half day fishing trip with Forrest Wood Cup $Million Dollar Winner, Scott Suggs and reigning Classic Champion and Quantum Pro, Casey Ashley, plus lunch with Ranger Boats founder, Forrest L. Wood. They all offered to support the event that powers programs like Hooked on Fishing, Not on Drugs, and now interested bidders have a chance at once in a lifetime trips with fishing royalty!

“The number and quality of fishing trips from across the country on this year’s list are amazing, with many being hosted by top professional anglers and fishing celebrities,” Future Fisherman’s, Mark Gintert, said. “The thought of winning a trip with reigning Scott Suggs or Casey Ashley is unbelievable. Add in a potential lunch date with Forrest Wood and you have the making of a very special event for the F3 Foundation,” Gintert added.

woodThe important fundraiser for the non-profit organization is managed on eBay and helps support Future Fisherman’s
“Ensuring the Future of Fishing” mission.

The auction opens at 8am CST, November 30 and runs for seven days.  Participation is easy; visit www.futurefisherman.org and click on the “F3 Auctions” tab. Then, follow the links to the eBay non-profit auction site for viewing and bidding on the items.

The prizes are awarded after the auction’s end so those who have purchased them as gifts will have them in time for Christmas.

The Foundation is still accepting donations for the auction. Those interested in providing fishing trips, products and memorabilia or who have questions can email info@futurefisherman.org or call 580-765-9031.

All proceeds from the auction help the Future Fisherman Foundation’s efforts to engage today’s youth in positive lifestyle activities like fishing and the great outdoors.

Established in 1986, the Future Fisherman Foundation unites the sportfishing industry and a nationwide network of state outdoor educators, national conservation groups and youth organizations.

Although youth focused, the efforts help people of all ages have safe and enjoyable fishing experiences while also fostering conservation ethics.

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Wicht, Koosman Win 2015 Cabela’s NABC Championship Presented by Cabela’s

 

For Immediate Release –

Spring Park, Minn.—Sept. 20, 2015—Minnesotans John Wicht and Ken Koosman led wire to wire to win the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s World Bass Championship on Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka Sept. 19-20 presented by Cabela’s.

“It’s an incredible feeling,” said Koosman, of Elk River. “We’ve fished together a number of years and taken a lot of seconds. It feels really good to win one, especially an event like this.”

nabc champs“This is awesome!” added Wicht, of Rogers. “It means a lot to win against such a talented field of anglers in what I’d say is the premier event in the state this season.”

 

 

 

 

NABC champs with fish

The Championship featured the top 26 teams from the Cabela’s NABC’s 2015 tournament trail, which included qualifiers at Sturgeon Bay and Lake Wisconsin in Wisconsin, and Minnesota’s Mille Lacs and Vermilion lakes.

Wicht and Koosman pitched jigs tipped with soft-plastic trailers to docks and other shoreline sweet spots around Minnetonka to sack an impressive 20-pound, 7-ounce five-bass limit on day one. They followed up with a solid 14-pound, 5-ounce limit on day two for a 34-pound, 12-ounce total worth a cool $12,000 in cash and serious bragging rights on the bassin’ scene.

Rounding out the top five were:
2nd: Jack Gavin, Eric Klaers, 29-00, $5,500 cash
3rd: Jeffrey Allen, Ryan Otto, 28-08, $3,000 cash
4th: Bill and Josh Gruber, 27-12, $2,000 cash
5th: Michael Walters, Seth Feider, 27-11, $1,500 cash

In all, the Cabela’s NABC awarded a payout of $34,470 in cash and prizes, representing a 207 percent payback on anglers’ entry fees.

Weigh-ins were held at historic Lord Fletcher’s. A total of 225 bass weighing 565 pounds, 13 ounces crossed the stage and were quickly returned to Lake Minnetonka in the Circuit’s catch-and-release format. Big fish was a 6-pound, 2-ounce beauty caught by George Eastman and Kevin Scray.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, concludes 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. Along with an overall payback of more than 116 percent in 2015, a small donation is included in each entry fee and matched by the NABC and other conservation organizations up to 3-to-1 in support of bass conservation projects anywhere the NABC does business.

Plans are already underway for the 2016 season. For more information, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com, email info@northamericanbasscircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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