Smallmouth Paradise Awaits Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Anglers At Bays de Noc Tournament July 29

Smallmouth Paradise Awaits Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Anglers
At Bays de Noc Tournament July 29

Presented by Stratos Boats

Ponca City, Okla.—July 17, 2017—The Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit continues its 2017 tour of the Upper Midwest’s best bass fishing destinations June 29 with a regular season qualifier presented by Stratos Boats on Michigan’s Big and Little Bays de Noc.

Based in Escanaba and hosted by the Bays de Noc Convention and Visitors Bureau, the single-day event offers two-person teams a chance to win thousands in cash and prizes while sampling the super-sized smallmouths of this incredible fishery situated on the north end of Lake Michigan.

Hailed as one of the continent’s premier places to catch smallmouths over 4 pounds, the Bays de Noc system is expected to produce 5-fish limits in excess of 20 pounds. When the Cabela’s NABC last visited in July of 2011, Minnesotans Bob Perkins and Justin Ohotto topped the leaderboard with an impressive limit just shy of 23 pounds. The catch was anchored by a broad-shouldered bronzeback that weighed 6.62 pounds and established a new benchmark for the circuit’s big-bass record.

A variety of classic smallmouth presentations hold water on Bays de Noc. Perkins and Ohotto used a mix of tactics, including topwater prop baits and soft-plastic tubes. Smallies roam a wide range of depths and structures, but Perkins and Ohotto caught the majority of their fish on 6- to 10-foot reefs.

As expected, circuit regulars are fired up about the upcoming tournament. “We’re excited to fish Bays de Noc,” said NABC angler Josh Crededio, who, with partner Alan Neumann, won the Circuit’s 2017 Lake Vermilion qualifier and placed second in the Sturgeon Bay season opener. “It’s a world-class destination, and having a chance to fish an NABC tournament on it is an opportunity we can’t pass up.”

The Cabela’s NABC’s Bays de Noc tournament is open to all two-person teams regardless of club or sponsor affiliation. Teams will be allowed to bring their best five large- or smallmouth bass to the scale, and the team with the heaviest total will be crowned the champions. Bass fans of all ages are invited to watch the action unfold at the weigh-in, beginning at 3 p.m. at the Escanaba Harbor.

Besides great bass fishing and the thrill of competing in a professionally run setting, teams battle for serious winnings. Cabela’s NABC payouts are based on the number of teams entered in each event. Plus, the NABC Big Bass Pot and sponsor bonuses including Ranger Cup, Stratos 2X and Garmin Grand Giveaway add thousands more to the total. At the recent Lake Vermilion qualifier, for example, Neumann and Crededio pocketed a cool $5,400 in cash.

Teams competing in multiple events can reap even greater rewards. Those fishing at least three Cabela’s NABC tournaments have a shot at qualifying for the 2017 Tournament of Champions. Team of the Year titles will also be awarded to the top three teams, led by a Team of the Year prize package that includes paid entry fees to four 2018 qualifiers and the 2017 championship, plus $1,000 in Cabela’s gift cards and handsome trophies.

Based in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the Cabela’s NABC is open to two-person teams regardless of club or sponsor affiliation. Entry fees are $400 per regular season tournament and for the NABC Open. Registration for the Bays de Noc tournament closes at 4 p.m. (CST) Monday, July 24th. For complete details and to sign up, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com.

The 2017 Cabela’s NABC season includes four regular season qualifiers in Minnesota and Wisconsin, on a selection of largemouth and smallmouth bass fisheries that anglers have called the circuit’s best lineup ever and a “dream season” for the region’s bass fans.

The action kicked off in May with a smallmouth blitz on Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, then traveled to Minnesota’s renowned Lake Vermilion June 17. Remaining events include Bays de Noc, Michigan, July 29; and Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota, August 19. A special NABC Open and the Tournament of Champions are set for September 23-24 on the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its seventh season as title sponsor of the NABC. Other sponsors include: Ranger Boats, Stratos Boats, Mercury Marine, Garmin and G-Juice.

Along with an overall payback to anglers well in excess of 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.

Neumann, Crededio Win Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Lake Vermilion Qualifier, Presented by Garmin

Neumann, Crededio Win Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit
Lake Vermilion Qualifier

 Presented by Garmin

 

Tower, Minn.—June 17, 2017—Alan Neumann and Josh Crededio sacked 18 pounds, 11 ounces to win the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s regular season qualifier presented by Garmin on Minnesota’s renowned Lake Vermilion June 17.

“This is awesome,” said Neumann, of Krakow, Wisconsin. “We were second at the NABC’s Sturgeon Bay tournament but didn’t know what to expect at Vermilion. This is an incredible fishery, but we didn’t think we had enough to win. To come out on top is amazing.”

“It’s exciting,” added Crededio, of South Elgin, Illinois. “It will definitely keep me awake on the way home tonight.”

The winners weighed a 5-fish limit consisting of one largemouth and four smallmouths. They started out the day fishing topwater frogs in Everett Bay, then finished up throwing tubes and craw baits to near-shore boulders and docks later in the day.

The victory earned them the $5,400 first-place cash payout, and coupled with their second-place Sturgeon Bay finish, put them in great position for the team-of-the-year race. “We’re looking forward to the Bay de Noc tournament,” said Crededio. “If we can put a good bag together we’re in pretty good shape.”

Rounding out the top five teams were:

2nd: Terry Tretsven, Mike Bruno, 18-08, $2,100 cash (tie)

2nd: Michael Walters, Luke Ronnestrand, 18-08, $2,100 cash (tie), plus $2,793 from the option pot

4th: Scott Bonnema, Mark Fisher, 18-05, $1,100 cash, plus $1,862 from the option pot

5th: Jim Merthan, Dave Skallet, 18-02, $1,000 cash

In all, the Cabela’s NABC awarded a total payout of $20,996 in cash and prizes.

 

A total of 210 bass weighing 661 pounds, 2 ounces crossed the scale at Fortune Bay Resort Casino and Resort and were returned to Lake Vermilion in the Cabela’s NABC’s catch-and-release format. Big bass was a 5-pound, 7-ounce beauty caught by Terry Tretsven and Mike Bruno.

This was the second of four 2017 Cabela’s NABC regular-season qualifiers. The remaining schedule includes Bays de Noc, Michigan, July 29; and Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota, August 19. A special NABC Open and the Tournament of Champions are set for September 23-24 on the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its seventh season as title sponsor of the NABC. Other sponsors include: Ranger Boats, Stratos Boats, Mercury Marine, Garmin and G-Juice.

Based in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the Cabela’s NABC is open to two-person teams regardless of club or sponsor affiliation. Entry fees are $400 per regular season tournament and for the NABC Open.

Along with an overall payback to anglers well in excess of 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.

Minnesota’s Legendary Lake Vermilion Next Stop On Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s “Dream Season” Presented by Garmin

Minnesota’s Legendary Lake Vermilion Next Stop On Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s “Dream Season”

 Presented by Garmin

 

Ponca City, Okla.—May 30, 2017—The Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s 2017 tour of the Upper Midwest’s hottest bass fisheries continues Saturday, June 17, with a regular season qualifier presented by Garmin on Minnesota’s renowned Lake Vermilion, from the Fortune Bay Resort Casino.

The single-day event offers two-person teams a chance to win thousands in cash and prizes while enjoying a mix of smallmouths and largemouths on one of the Northwood’s premier bass lakes.

Vermilion’s smallmouth population is on the rise and will likely play a major role in the tournament’s final standings. Based on the results of past NABC events, teams will need to break the 20-pound mark to have a shot at victory. In 2015, Mark and Shane Reveling won with five smallies for 20 pounds, 7 ounces. And in 2014, which was a two-day contest, Andrew and Michael Nitchals topped the leaderboard with 10 fish for 40 pounds, 9 ounces.

The upcoming tournament is open to all two-person teams regardless of club or sponsor affiliation. Teams will be allowed to bring their best five large- or smallmouth bass to the scale, and the team with the heaviest total will be crowned the champions. Bass fans of all ages are invited to watch the action unfold at the weigh-in, beginning at 3 p.m. at Fortune Bay Resort Casino.

Besides great bass fishing and the thrill of competing in a professionally run setting, teams will battle for serious winnings. Cabela’s NABC payouts are based on the number of teams entered in each event. Plus, the NABC Big Bass Pot and sponsor bonuses including Ranger Cup, Stratos 2X and Garmin Grand Giveaway add thousands more to the total.

Teams competing in multiple events can reap even greater rewards. Those fishing at least three Cabela’s NABC tournaments have a shot at qualifying for the 2017 Tournament of Champions. Team of the Year titles will also be awarded to the top three teams, led by a Team of the Year prize package that includes paid entry fees to four 2018 qualifiers and the 2017 championship, plus $1,000 in Cabela’s gift cards and handsome trophies.

The 2017 Cabela’s NABC season includes four regular season qualifiers in Minnesota and Wisconsin, on a selection of largemouth and smallmouth bass fisheries anglers have called the circuit’s best lineup ever and a “dream season” for the region’s bass fans.

The action kicked off in May with a smallmouth blitz on Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. Remaining events include Lake Vermilion, Minnesota, June 17; Bays de Noc, Michigan, July 29; and Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota, August 19. A special NABC Open and the Tournament of Champions are set for September 9-10 on the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its seventh season as title sponsor of the NABC. Other sponsors include: Ranger Boats, Stratos Boats, Mercury Marine, Garmin and G-Juice.

Based in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the Cabela’s NABC is open to two-person teams regardless of club or sponsor affiliation. Entry fees are $400 per regular season tournament and for the NABC Open. Registration for the Lake Vermilion tournament closes at 4 p.m. (CST) Monday, June 11th.

Along with an overall payback to anglers well in excess of 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.

Eggers And Hepler Win Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Sturgeon Bay Season Opener, Presented by Mercury Marine

Sturgeon Bay, Wisc.—May 13, 2017—David Eggers of Granger, Indiana, and Tad Hepler of Niles, Michigan, sacked a 5-fish limit weighing 26 pounds, 13 ounces to win the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s 2017 season opener presented by Mercury Marine May 13th on Lake Michigan’s Sturgeon Bay.

“We’ve finished second twice at Sturgeon Bay before, so it feels really good to finally win one,” said Eggers. “It’s such an incredible fishery,” Hepler added. “If the NABC comes back, we’ll fish it for sure. We can make a pretty good vacation out of coming up and fishing here.”

Limited success during practice forced Eggers and Granger to fall back on a past hotspot. “We didn’t have much going, so we fished a transition line in 6 to 8 feet of water that had produced big fish in the past,” Eggers explained. The pair fished homemade soft-plastic craws and darters on leadhead jigs, and boated most of their bass before 9 a.m.

“Timing is everything,” Hepler noted. “These fish move around looking for warm water. The water temp was 52 degrees the day of the tournament. It dropped overnight and when we went back the next day, we didn’t catch a single fish in that spot, or even see one.”

The hefty catch of prespawn smallmouths propelled Eggers and Hepler past their rivals in the field and earned them the $5,054 first-place cash payout.

Rounding out the top five teams were:

2nd: Alan Neumann and Josh Crededio, 25-04, $2,520 cash

3rd: Trent Glover and Jim Lokken, 25-01, $1,400 cash plus another $950 in big fish money

4th: Troy Norman and Andrew Carlson, 24-09, $1,050 cash

4th: Adam Hermsen and TJ Maglio, 24-09, $1,050 cash plus another $510.00 for 2nd place big fish money

Eighth-place finishers Jason Corrao and Shaun Kruzitski collected $500 in payout earnings, plus $2,568 in cash for taking first place in the NABC option pot. Bob Ahrndt and Chad Kurowski along with Scott Bonnema and Mark Fisher tied for second in the option pot and split the $1,700 cash prize which settled out to be $850 per team.

In all, the Cabela’s NABC awarded a total payout of $19,902 in cash and prizes.

A total of 182 bass weighing 731 pounds, 11 ounces crossed the scale at Wave Point Marina and Resort and were returned to the Sturgeon Bay system in the Cabela’s NABC’s catch-and-release format. Big bass was a 7-pound, 3-ounce trophy smallmouth caught by Trent Glover and Jim Lokken, who won $850.00 from the big fish pot and another for the $100 Wave Pointe Big Fish Bonus.

This was the first of four 2017 Cabela’s NABC regular-season qualifiers. The remaining schedule includes Lake Vermilion, Minnesota, June 17; Bays de Noc, Michigan, July 29; and Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota, August 19. A special NABC Open and the Tournament of Champions are set for September 9-10 on the Mississippi River at Prairie du Chien, Wisconsin.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its seventh season as title sponsor of the NABC. Other sponsors include: Ranger Boats, Stratos Boats, Mercury Marine, Garmin and G-Juice.

Based in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the Cabela’s NABC is open to two-person teams regardless of club or sponsor affiliation. Entry fees are $400 per regular season tournament and for the NABC Open.

Along with an overall payback to anglers well in excess of 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.