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.

Ravelings Win Cabela’s NABC Lake Vermilion Tournament

Presented by Ranger Boats

 

For Immediate Release – 

Tower, Minn.—Aug. 15, 2015—The father-and-son team of Mark and Shane Raveling brought a 20-pound, 7-ounce five-smallmouth limit to the scale to win the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s regular-season finale presented by Ranger Boats on Minnesota’s Lake Vermilion August 15.

“This is great,” said Shane, of Jordan, Minnesota. “Dad and I were gunning for team of the year honors and ended up with a big enough bag to win the tournament. It was one of those days when everything came together.”

“It’s a tremendous feeling,” added Mark, of Longville, Minnesota. The elder Raveling, who holds the Minnesota largemouth bass state record for an 8-pound, 15-ounce behemoth caught in 2005, noted that he and his son have been fishing bass tournaments together for more than 30 years. “Shane is the best fishing partner I could ask for,” he said. “We’ve taken a couple of seconds on the NABC but this is our first win on the Circuit.”

Their milestone victory was worth more than $10,000 including the first-place check of $8,100 plus the $1,000 Ranger Cup bonus and a pair of $200 Cabela’s gift cards for their efforts. They added another $540 in cash for taking third in the big-fish pot.

The Ravelings also achieved their goal of becoming the 2015 Cabela’s NABC Team of the Year, accumulating 260 points in their best three tournaments. Besides bragging rights, the coveted title comes with a $3,600 prize package, which includes paid entry fees to all four 2016 qualifiers and the 2015 championship, $1,000 in Cabela’s gift cards and handsome trophies.

The Ravelings keyed on offshore structure in the morning, fishing jerkbaits and 3/8-ounce tube jigs in 10 to 16 feet of water. “We got into one spot where we must have caught 25 bass—they were coming on every cast for awhile,” said Shane. “It was a great flurry, we worked up a sweat,” Mark added with a smile.

After the offshore bite cooled when the wind picked up, they decided to make a move. “We were headed to our largemouth spots,” Shane recalled. “But we stopped on some shallow rocky structure along shore and caught more smallmouths, upgrading until 15 minutes before check-in.”

Rounding out the top five teams were:

2nd: Kevin Kzaley and Eric Oja, 19-12, $3,800 cash plus two $100 Cabela’s gift cards and $1,350 for first-place in the big-fish pot with a 5-pound, 8-ounce smallmouth

3rd: Brian Post and Joe Shaw, 19-04, $2,100 cash plus two $50 Cabela’s gift cards

4th: Jim Barczak and Mike Mayan, 18-11, $1,400 cash plus two $50 Cabela’s gift cards and $810 for taking second in the big-fish pot

5th (tie): Andrew and Michael Nitchals, 18-10, $1,150 cash

5th (tie): Karen Savik and Tom Monsoor, 18-10, $1,150 cash

In all, the Cabela’s NABC awarded a total payout of $27,200 in cash and prizes.

The 58 teams enjoyed great fishing, logging 50 5-fish limits as 258 bass weighing a total of 820 pounds, 5 ounces crossed the stage at Fortune Bay Resort Casino in the Circuit’s catch-and-release format.

This was the fourth of four regular-season qualifying tournaments. Teams fishing at least three NABC tournaments this season also battled for invitations to the prestigious, high-stakes championship, which is set for Sept. 19-20 on Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in 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 a 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 bass conservation projects anywhere the NABC does business.

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

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