Dan Palmer Retires as Tournament Director; Northfield, Minnesota’s, Jack Baker Tapped to Fill that Role

Fisherman, a Fisherman’s friend and now an Entrepreneur!

Recently a pair of unique opportunities came along for Dan & Jen Palmer that required the industry veteran to make the very tough decision to retire from one dream job he loved in order to embrace another and then another as new business opportunities came along for him and his family.

Thank you for the honor of representing each and every one of you as a Tournament Official, Sponsor Rep, Co-worker, and most of all Friends! Dan Palmer stated. “It has been an incredible 11 years of Living The Dream in the Tournament Industry.”

Late in 2016, Dan and his family acquired the Original Eddie Bait Company that started making Muskie baits in Hayward Wisconsin in 1947.  Dan’s plan was to continue running tournaments and the bait company. Then in January 2017, another opportunity became available in his home town when a popular local pub called “Twin Lakes Tap” unexpectedly became available to them. This is where the tough decision came into play with a once in a lifetime opportunity at stake, Dan and Jen made the leap into the realm of fulltime business owners!

“Dan has a great love and passion for the outdoors and for the anglers he served.” According to Robert Cartlidge, President at the Federation National Office.  “I consider him and his family life-long friends and while we will certainly miss them at our events, we wish them all the best in their new endeavors as entrepreneurs. If you get close to Hayward, please stop by Twin Lakes Tap and say “hello”. I am sure Dan would enjoy it.” 

The leadership team underwent a nationwide search for the right person to fill the position by contacting a long list of clubs, anglers and industry partners for their recommendations. A number of qualified candidates were identified and interviewed.  In the end, Northfield, Minnesota’s Jack Baker was picked to fill the role.

Jack’s resume’ is impressive and he strikes me as a down to earth person who knows how to succeed and is no stranger to hard work,” Cartlidge stated. “Jack was selected to run our northern tournament operations because of his passion for the sport, his years of experience and his reputation in the industry. I’m sure there will be a learning curve between hard water and soft water events but I have no doubt that Jack will hit the ground running and serve our anglers well.” 

With 9 years of tournament operations experience as a business man, as a leader and as the current director of the premier ice fishing circuit in the US, the North American Ice Fishing Circuit, (NAIFC).  Baker also has past experience in managing the ICE MAN realty TV show, as a golf course pro and manager and as a young man he worked in the family’s lumber business.

Here is Jack’s take on his new role. “You don’t replace someone like Dan you build off his accomplishments and carry it forward. I am excited for this opportunity and to meet all the anglers, we are going to keep it fun.”

Baker is already on board with the national office as of Feb 1 working hard and prepping for the 2017 season openers. He can be reached via email for now jack@federationangler.com  and on the tournament hotline starting March 1 which is 580.716.4291

Welcome aboard Jack!

 

 

NABC Season Opener at Little Sturgeon Bay, Presented By Mercury is coming  up May 13th!   GET SIGNED UP TODAY COME AND MEET JACK!

Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit 2017 Tournament Schedule Includes Midwest’s Hottest Bass Fisheries

 

Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit 2017 Tournament Schedule Includes Midwest’s Hottest Bass Fisheries

Great Bass Fishing, Exciting Team Format Competition And Hefty Payouts Await!

REGISTRATION OPENS JANUARY 5TH

For Immediate Release –

Ponca City, Okla.—Nov. 8, 2016—Since 2011 the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit has offered two-person teams the opportunity to compete in a professionally run setting on the Midwest’s best bass lakes for serious cash and prizes. The 2017 season promises even more great tournament bass action as the circuit again visits the region’s premier fisheries at peak fishing times.

The Cabela’s NABC’s 2017 schedule includes four qualifiers and a new end-of-the-season NABC Open that combines a Team of the Year Shootout and Tournament of Champions into one exciting event.

The schedule includes:

May 13 – Little Sturgeon Bay, WI
June 17 – Lake Vermilion, MN
July 29 – Bays de Noc, Escanaba, MI
Aug 19 – Mille Lacs Lake, MN
Sept 23-24 – NABC Open/Tournament of Champions – Mississippi River, PDC

“The 2017 Cabela’s NABC schedule reads like a short list of truly world-class bass fisheries,” says Senior Tournament Director Dan Palmer. “Each of these systems could easily qualify as a once-in-a-lifetime destination for serious bass anglers from across North America.

“Plus, new for 2017 is an exciting year-end Cabela’s NABC/Open Tournament of Champions,” Palmer continues. “While this event is open to the public to fish, the top point getters from the first four NABC events will fish for the coveted NABC Team of the Year award, which comes with bragging rights and a hefty paycheck. The location and specific details will be announced shortly.”

Along with great fishing, the Cabela’s NABC’s proven format allows teams to test their skills against the region’s top bass anglers in pursuit of thousands in cash and prizes at each event. Payouts are 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 more to the total.

Teams also compete for berths in the prestigious Cabela’s NABC World Bass Championship and Team of the Year titles. For example, Ben Otto and Casey Gallagher of Pulaski, Wisconsin, claimed a $3,600 prize package for winning 2016 Cabela’s NABC Team of the Year honors. The package included 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, recently concluded 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.

The Cabela’s NABC is based in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Entry fees are $400 per tournament with a $400 OPTIONAL pot for those who wish to fish for even more money! Along with an overall payback of more than 100 percent, 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.

 

Ahrndt, Kurowski Win Big-Water Battle To Claim Cabela’s NABC Championship Crown

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Sturgeon Bay, Wisc.—Oct. 2, 2016—Bob Ahrndt and Chad Kurowski dialed in a tricky transition smallmouth bite to topple an all-star field of the Midwest’s best bass fishing teams at the 2016 Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s World Bass Championship Oct. 1-2 on Sturgeon Bay of Lake Michigan.

Presented by Cabela’s, the event featured the top point-accumulating two-person teams from the circuit’s 2016 regular season, which included qualifiers in Minnesota and Wisconsin and drew hard-fishing teams from across the region.

“This is my biggest moment in tournament bass fishing,” said Kurowski, of Peshtigo, Wisconsin. “And I had the most enjoyable time with my partner out of everybody I’ve ever fished with.”

“It’s kind of surreal,” added Kurowski, of New Franken, Wisconsin. “After all the hours of practice, year after year—to finally put it together feels great.”

While many anglers battled heavy seas making long-distance runs to far-flung fishing areas 40 or more miles up the rugged shoreline, Ahrndt and Kurowski played the short game. “We never ran north of Snake Island,” Ahrndt admitted, referring to a well-known landmark a short cast north of the Little Sturgeon Bay takeoff area at Wave Pointe Resort and Marina.

Water temperatures hovered around 59 degrees, and a stout north to northeast wind had blown for nearly a week leading up to the championship. Cool and stirred up conditions inside some of the bays had more than a few teams running and gunning during practice, and many continued to do so after the event started.

Ahrndt and Kurowski settled on a game plan that included targeting classic autumn transitional areas such as steep drop-offs and boulders in less than 20 feet of water, using their side-scanning sonar to pinpoint structural sweet spots.

“Some of the bass were suspended and others were hugging bottom,” said Kurowski, revealing they threw a mix of dropshot rigs, jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits. “The steady wind helped the bite. It was a little challenging drifting in 4- to 5-foot rollers but it flattened out around noon.”

They shot out to an early and substantial lead with a 27-pound, 3-ounce day one limit and followed up with 26 pounds, 7 ounces on day two for an impressive 53-pound, 10-ounce total.

“It was tough for awhile today,” added Ahrndt. “At noon we had two 5-pounders and the rest were threes. But we stuck to our guns and got our 6-pound kicker with half an hour left to go.” As fate would have it, besides securing the win, the broad-shouldered bass also ended up in a tie for big fish of the tournament.

Along with serious bragging rights, Ahrndt and Kurowski pocketed a cool $10,000 in cash, plus $390 from the NABC Big Bass Pot, which included $50 from the hosts at Wave Pointe.

Reigning Cabela’s NABC Team of the Year Ben Otto and Casey Gallagher of Pulaski, Wisconsin, finished second. They also broke the 50-pound barrier, bringing in 25-15 and 24-03 limits for a 50-pound, 2-ounce total that earned them $5,000 in cash.

Minnesotans Michael Walters, of Maple Grove, and Seth Feider, of Bloomington, placed third with 46 pounds, 1 ounce, good for $2,500 plus $390 in Big Fish Pot winnings for their 6-pound behemoth bronzeback. Fellow Minnesotans Scott Bonnema, of Zimmerman, and Bob Spriegl, of Oakdale, finished fourth with 41 pounds, 11 ounces and collected $1,500 cash plus $170 from the Big Fish Pot.

For complete results CLICK HERE.

To see the full photo library from the event, CLICK HERE.

In all, the Cabela’s NABC awarded $28,982 in cash and prizes at the event, including Team of the Year and Championship payouts, as competitors enjoyed more than 200 percent payback on their entry fees.

Weigh-ins were held bayside at Wave Pointe Resort. A total of 119 bass weighing 454 pounds, 15 ounces crossed the stage and were released back into the Sturgeon Bay system.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, concluded 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.

The Cabela’s NABC is based in Ponca City, Oklahoma. Entry fees are $500 per regular season tournament and $600 for the two-day championship. Along with an overall payback of more than 100 percent, 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.

The 2017 Cabela’s NABC schedule will be announced shortly. For more information, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com, email info@northamericanbasscircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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