Ahrndt, Kurowski Grab Day One Lead At Cabela’s NABC Championship

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Sturgeon Bay, Wisc.—Oct. 1, 2016—Wisconsin’s Bob Ahrndt and Chad Kurowski rocketed out of the gate with a 27-pound, 3-ounce, 5-fish limit to grab the day one lead at the 2016 Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s World Bass Championship on Sturgeon Bay of Lake Michigan.

The two-day event presented by Cabela’s pits the Midwest’s top two-person bass fishing teams against one another in an all-out battle for ultimate bragging rights and thousands in cash and prizes, plus lucrative sponsor contingencies including Ranger Cup, Stratos 2X and Garmin Grand Giveaway bonuses.

Teams qualified by fishing Cabela’s NABC regular season events in Minnesota and Wisconsin this summer. Qualifiers are open to all bass anglers regardless of club or sponsor affiliation.

Undaunted by dire reports of transitional bass and a tough bite on the world-renowned smallmouth fishery, Ahrndt, of Peshtigo, and Kurowski, of New Franken, targeted a trio of hotspots where the wind had whipped the bay’s mythical bronzebacks into a feeding mood.

“The day did start out a little tough at first, but then we pulled up on a spot where the bass were schooled up, eating crayfish and shad,” says Ahrndt.

“We fished them awhile, caught a limit and moved on to our next spot,” he adds. “We fished three spots in all and left bass biting on all three, so hopefully they’re there again tomorrow and the wind doesn’t blow too hard so we can get to them.”

Not that they want the wind to totally lie down. “Wind is a good thing out here,” he explains. “The flatter the conditions, the tougher the bite. When the wind blows, the big ones come out to bite. We’ve had a steady north to northeast wind for five or six days now. If it stays somewhat like this, we should be able to catch our fish again.

That being said, Kurowski acknowledges that anything can happen on this historic and ever-challenging slice of Great Lakes paradise. “This is Sturgeon Bay,” he cautions. “You can catch them one day out here and zero the next.”

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Casey Gallagher and Ben Otto are currently in second with 25-15.

Fellow Wisconsinites and reigning Cabela’s NABC Team of the Year Ben Otto and Casey Gallagher are hot on the leaders’ heels. They sacked a monstrous 25-15 limit of their own and feel good about their odds going into the second round of the title showdown.

“Today was better than expected,” says Otto, who, like Gallagher, hails from Pulaski.  “We caught fish early and all throughout the day.”

Fueling their confidence, the action was widespread. “We caught a few bass just about everywhere we went,” he continues.  “We ran into a pretty good school at one point and left them biting, so hopefully we can get them again tomorrow.”

In all, Sturgeon Bay was more generous than many anglers expected after enduring a tough practice period earlier in the week. Six teams broke the 20-pound barrier and it took 14 pounds to crack the top 10. More than half the field boxed a limit and only one squad blanked.

Big bass of the day was a 5-pound, 13-ounce beauty boated by 2012 Cabela’s NABC Team of the Year Will Pappa and Austin Felix of Minnesota.

Rounding out the top five are:

3. Scott Bonnema and Bob Spriegl, 20-13
4. George Liddle, Jr. and Janet Parker, 20-03
5. Dennis Fiedler and Duane Anderson, 20-01
5. Adam Rasmussen and Ben Antoniewicz, 20-01
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“We had a tough week so we’re pleasantly surprised,” Fiedler said while waiting his turn in the NABC bump line. “If our pattern holds up tomorrow should be another good day.”

The action continues tomorrow out of scenic Wave Pointe Resort and Marina near the city of Sturgeon Bay. Bass fans are invited to come out and cheer their favorite teams on at the 8 a.m. launch, then come back for the 4 p.m. weigh-in to see who claims the coveted championship crown.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is concluding 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. For more information, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com, email info@northamericanbasscircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

2016 Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Championship Under Way

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The Midwest’s top two-person bass fishing teams are battling to turn Sturgeon Bay’s legendary bronze into solid gold this weekend Oct. 1-2 at the 2016 North American Bass Circuit World Bass Championship.

Presented by Cabela’s, the prestigious event kicked off this morning with an 8 a.m. takeoff. Teams are fishing Sturgeon Bay of Lake Michigan out of Wave Pointe Resort and Marina.

The championship roster is rich in talent. It includes the 2016 Cabela’s NABC Team of the Year Ben Otto and Casey Gallagher, The Bass Federation’s 2016 TBF District 9 National Semi-Finals Champion Scott Bonnema, touring pros like Seth Fieder and other top contenders.

Cabela’s NABC senior tournament director Dan Palmer expects an all-out bassin’ brawl for the championship crown.

“Water temperatures are running anywhere from the 50s to the 60s, and bass are in transition so there’s going to be a lot of running and gunning,” he says. “I can’t wait to see how the best of the best figure out the bite on one of the world’s premier smallmouth fisheries.”

Weigh-in action begins bayside at 4 p.m. today at Wave Pointe Resort, and the public is invited to join the fun and cheer on their favorite teams.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is concluding 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. For more information, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com, email info@northamericanbasscircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

Cabela’s NABC Championship Set For Sturgeon Bay Oct. 1-2, Presented by Cabela’s

Cabela’s NABC Championship Set For Sturgeon Bay Oct. 1-2

Presented by Cabela’s

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Ponca City, Okla.—Sept. 27, 2016—Wisconsin’s legendary Sturgeon Bay of Lake Michigan hosts the 2016 Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s World Bass Championship this Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 1-2. The Midwest’s top two-person bass fishing teams will battle for top honors at the two-day event, held at Wave Pointe Marina and Resort out of Sturgeon Bay.

The Cabela’s NABC Championship features the top teams from the Circuit’s 2016 tournament trail, which included qualifiers at Lake Minocqua and Lake Wissota in Wisconsin, and Minnesota’s Lake Mille Lacs and Lake Minnewaska.

Rich in bass fishing talent, the field is led by 2016 Cabela’s NABC Team of the Year Ben Otto and Casey Gallagher of Pulaski, Wisconsin. Teams will vie for over 20,000 dollars in cash and prizes, plus lucrative sponsor contingencies including Ranger Cup, Stratos 2X and Garmin Grand Giveaway bonuses.

Teams will be allowed to bring their best five bass to the Cabela’s NABC scale each day, and the duo with the heaviest total weight when the dust settles will capture the coveted crown.

Held bayside at scenic Wave Pointe Marina, weigh-ins are free and open to bass fans of all ages, and begin daily at 4 p.m. Spectators will be treated to a steady stream of beefy smallmouth bass crossing the stage, along with tips and tales from the competitors. Plus, the Cabela’s NABC and National Professional Anglers Association will present a Youth and Family Fishing Clinic immediately following the Day One weigh-in. The first 50 youths will receive free rods and reels thanks to the NPAA.

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

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

 

Matzke, Cochran Win Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s Mille Lacs Lake Qualifying Tournament

Matzke, Cochran Win Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s
Mille Lacs Lake Qualifying Tournament

Presented by Stratos Boats

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Isle, Minn.—August 13, 2016—Minnesotans Lucas Matzke and Dan Cochran weighed in a 5-fish limit weighing a whopping 24 pounds, 4 ounces to win the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s final 2016 regular season team tournament presented by Stratos Boats on Mille Lacs Lake August 13.

“This is still sinking in,” an ecstatic Cochran, of Plymouth, said moments after topping the field of 92 anglers, who had traveled from as far away as California and Ohio to compete on the big lake’s legendary smallmouth fishery. “Lucas and I have fished club events but nothing like this before. It was quite a rush to fish with such good sticks and give them a run for it.”

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“It was exciting to compete against such incredible anglers, including guys like Al Lindner, who taught me to fish,” added Matzke, of Lino Lakes. “Standing in the weigh-in line was a little nerve-wracking because we knew we had a good bag, but it turned out great in the end.”

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Matzke and Cochran said they slowly dragged ½-ounce football heads tipped with twin-tail grubs over rocky bottoms in 20 feet of water on the north and northwest sides of the lake. “Mimicking crayfish was key,” said Cochran, who explained that they fished jigs with orange or red in them, while brown or green grubs graced with a touch of red worked best.

The winners pocketed $7,180 for their efforts, including $6,600 in first-place cash, plus a pair of $100 Cabela’s gift cards and $380 for taking third place in the Big Bass Pot with a 5-pound, 9-ounce beauty.

Rounding out the top five were:

2nd: Scott Bonnema and Bob Spriegl, 23-03, $3,200 cash, plus $200 in Cabela’s gift cards

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3rd: Dean Capra and Jeremiah Johnson, 23-02, $1,800 cash plus $100 in Cabela’s gift cards and $950 from the Big Bass Pot

4th: Adam Rasmussen and Ben Antoniewicz, 22-09, $1,400 cash

5th: Shaun Kruzitski and Jason Corrao, 22-07, $1,000 cash

In all, the Cabela’s NABC awarded a total payout of $17,000 in cash and prizes. A total of 153 bass weighing 573 pounds, 12 ounces crossed the scale at scenic Mac’s Twin Bay and were returned to Mille Lacs Lake in the Cabela’s NABC’s catch-and-release format. Big bass of the day was a 5-pound, 15-ouncer caught by Dean Capra and Jeremiah Johnson.

This was the last of four 2016 Cabela’s NABC regular-season qualifiers. The Cabela’s NABC Championship is set for October 1-2 at Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin.

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

Open to all two-person teams regardless of club or sponsor affiliation, 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. The Circuit offered an overall payback of more than 100 percent in 2015 and will do so again in 2016. In addition, 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.