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.