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5 fish 30 POUNDS! Stangel, Cox Win Cabela’s NABC North Region Season Opener On Sturgeon Bay Presented by Stratos Boats

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Sturgeon Bay, Wisc.—May 10, 2014—Wisconsin’s Jason Stangel and Chris Cox put together a record-setting five-bass limit weighing 30 pounds even to win the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s North Region season opener on Sturgeon Bay of Lake Michigan out of Wave Pointe Marina & Resort May 10.

“It’s fantastic,” Cox, of Dodgeville, said of the win. The victory earned he and Stangel the $10,000 first-place purse, plus a pair of $500 Cabela’s gift cards and $1,050 from the Big-Bass Pot for catching the tournament’s second-biggest bass. “I grew up around here and fished a lot of events,” added Stangel, of Two Rivers. “To win this is a special accomplishment.” 

Winners with fish

The victors explained that finding pockets of 47- to 48-degree water surrounded by cooler water temperatures was key to locating the mother lode of Sturgeon Bay smallmouths. Once in the hot zone, they fished jerkbaits and tubes in depths of one to eight feet.

The combination helped them crush the existing Cabela’s NABC single-day basket benchmark of 27 pounds, 15 ounces—set by fellow Wisconsinites Jason Corrao, of Sauk City, and Matt Stefan, of Junction City at the 2013 Circuit stop on Sturgeon Bay. For their part, Corrao and Stefan raised the bar on the Circuit’s big-fish record with a 7-pound, 2-ounce giant that bested the 6-pound, 15-ounce previous record, which they’d also set last year on Sturgeon Bay.

Second-place finishers, Wisconsin’s Joe Kaminski, of Sturgeon Bay, and David Kruck, of Neenah, weighed 28 pounds, 9 ounces, worth $4,750 in cash plus two $250 Cabela’s gift cards. Close behind in third place with 28 pounds, 8 ounces, Scott Ourada, of Little Suamico, and John Allen, of Green Bay, collected $2,400 in cash plus a pair of $100 Cabela’s gift cards and the $200 Optima Batteries True Blue contingency. In all, the top teams shared more than $35,000 in cash and prizes.

The team-format tournament offered one day of competition on the bay’s world-class smallmouth fishery, with a second day reserved in case of bad weather. The weigh-in was held at Wave Point Marina. Sturgeon Bay yielded 311 bass weighing a total of 1,283 pounds, 12 ounces in the Circuit’s catch-and-release format. Fifty-four teams brought limits to the stage.

This was the first of four NABC North Region qualifiers of 2014. The remaining schedule includes Lake Winnebago, Wisconsin, June 14; Leech Lake, Minnesota, July 26; and Lake Vermillion, Minnesota, August 22-23 (two-day bonus filmed for television event). The North Region Championship is set for Oct. 4-5 on the Mississippi River at La Crosse, Wisconsin. In addition, the Cabela’s NABC Southeast Region has a qualifier remaining on Lake Russell, South Carolina, June 1. The Southeast Region Championship will be held on Lake Lanier, Georgia, Aug. 9-10.

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 closes at 10 a.m. on Monday prior to each tournament. For more information, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com, email info@northamericanbasscircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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Gentry Wins Cabela’s NABC Southeast Region Clarks Hill Qualifier – Presented by Ranger Boats

Gentry Wins Cabela’s NABC Southeast
Region Clarks Hill Qualifier

Presented by Ranger Boats 

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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 info@northamericanbasscircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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Cabela’s NABC North Region Kicks Off 2014 Trail On Sturgeon Bay May 10 Presented by MotorGuide

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Ponca City, Okla.—April 29, 2014—Midwest bass fans have a shot at great team-format tournament action and thousands in cash and prizes when the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s North Region visits Wisconsin’s legendary Sturgeon Bay of Lake Michigan May 10.

The event offers a single day of competition on the world-renowned smallmouth bass fishery, with a second backup day in case bad weather. Two-person teams will fish from 6:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., at which point the team with the heaviest total weight for up to five bass will be crowned the tournament champions. Bass fans of all ages are invited to watch the action unfold at the weigh-in, which is free, open to the public, and held at Wave Point Marina.

Given the tournament’s timing and the health of the smallmouth population, competitors can expect epic action. At last year’s Cabela’s NABC Sturgeon Bay qualifier, winners Jason Corrao and Matt Stefan sacked an incredible 27-pound, 15-ounce five-bass limit. In doing so, they rewrote Circuit history by crushing the all-time single-day basket record of 23.54 pounds.

Besides great fishing, competitors will vie for serious cash and bragging rights. 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.

This is the first of four NABC North Region qualifiers of 2014. The remaining schedule includes 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. In addition, the Cabela’s NABC Southeast Region has two qualifiers remaining. Those events are sent for Clarks Hill, Georgia, May 4 and Lake Russell, South Carolina, June 1. The Southeast Region Championship will be held on Lake Lanier, Georgia, Aug. 9-10.

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 info@northamericanbasscircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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Hawkins, Jordan win Cabela’s NABC Southeast Region Lake Lanier Qualifier

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Hawkins, Jordan Win Cabela’s NABC Southeast Region
Lake Lanier Qualifier

Presented by MotorGuide

 

For Immediate Release –

 

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.

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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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FOR FULL STANDINGS: CLICK HERE

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 info@northamericanbasscircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

 

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Birchfield, Harrison Win Cabela’s NABC Southeast Region Season Opener On Lake Hartwell, South Carolina

DSC_0084Birchfield, Harrison Win Cabela’s NABC Southeast Region
Season Opener On Lake Hartwell, South Carolina

Presented by Stratos Boats

 

For Immediate Release - 

Anderson, S.C.—Feb. 16, 2014—North Carolina’s Darrin “Joe” Birchfield and Chuck Harrison sacked an impressive five-fish limit weighing 21 pounds, 6 ounces to take top honors at the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s season opener on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell February 16.

 

“It feels really good to win this—I don’t think it’s totally sunk in yet,” Harrison, of Brevard, beamed minutes after the weigh-in concluded at scenic Portman Marina. He and Birchfield collected $5,200 in cash and prizes for their accomplishment, including the $4,000 cash purse, $1,000 Ranger Cup contingency and $200 Optima True Blue Award.

 

“We were excited when the NABC was coming to the area,” added Birchfield, of Hendersonville. “We’ve seen their MWC walleye tournaments on TV for years, and knew they put on a good show.” Tournament director Shane DuBois noted that teams weren’t disappointed, with many anglers praising the payout structure. “A lot of guys were pretty impressed that we gave away $10,500 in cash, prizes and the Big Bass Pot for a 17-boat event,” he said.

 

Birchfield and Harrison fished ½-ounce jigging spoons in a creek channel off a point in 30 to 35 feet of water. Harrison explained that a “hard hop” was key to the presentation. “We’d drop the spoon to bottom, reel up a couple of turns, then whip it up pretty good,” he said. “As soon as the slack came out of the line, we’d rip it again.”

 

Second-place finishers, Georgians Russell Davis and Chad Hart, were close behind with 20 pounds, 10 ounces, worth $2,000. They added $800 to their total by catching big bass of the tournament—a 6-pound, 5-ounce beauty. In all, 62 bass weighing a total of 172 pounds, 7 ounces were brought to the Cabela’s NABC scale. All were released alive.

For a full list of results and photos CLICK HERE!

 

 

This was the first of four Cabela’s NABC Southeast Region qualifying tournaments in 2014. The remaining schedule includes Lake Lanier, Georgia, March 22; 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 info@northamericanbasscircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

 

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