Team Nitchals Wins Cabela’s NABC North
Region Lake Vermilion Tournament
For Immediate Release – Tower, Minn.—Aug. 23, 2014—
Minnesotans Andrew and Michael Nitchals, both of Willmar, turned in a pair of hefty baskets weighing a total of 40 pounds, 9 ounces to win the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s North Region tournament on Lake Vermilion Aug. 22-23. “It feels incredible,” said Andrew. “This is our second year on the Circuit, and to win one is amazing.” Michael credited the caliber of competition for making the victory extra sweet. “It’s a pretty tough field on the Cabela’s NABC,” he added. “To finish first against these anglers is extremely satisfying.” The Nitchals boated a pair of five-bass limits during the two-day bonus event. On day one, they broke the 20-pound barrier with a 20-pound, 11-ounce sack that turned out to be big basket of the tournament. They followed up with 19 pounds, 14 ounces on day two. Although largemouths were fair game, all of their fish were smallmouths. The pair explained that their primary pattern was plying deep rock piles connected to islands or the shoreline. “Offshore structure never really produced for us,” said Andrew. With their boat over 17 to 25 feet of water, they targeted the transition between rocks and sandier substrate. “Most of our fish came from around the 15-foot mark,” added Michael. A trio of presentations yielded bass. Tube jigs and football-head jigs dragged along bottom were hot tickets, although several keepers fell to walk-the-dog topwater baits when surface action erupted. The Nitchals’ efforts were rewarded with the $6,500 first-place payout, which included $5,900 in cash plus a pair of $300 Cabela’s gift cards.
In second place with 38 pounds, 5 ounces, fellow Minnesotans Joseph Hall, of Lake City, and Aaron LaRocque, of Wabasha, pocketed $3,200 including $2,950 in cash plus two $125 Cabela’s gift cards.
Minnesotans Dennis Fiedler, of Minnetonka, and Duane Anderson, of Coon Rapids, collected the $200 Optima True Blue contingency in sixth place. In all, the top teams shared nearly $20,000 in cash and prizes.
The catch-and-release event offered two days of competition on the bass-rich system. The weigh-in was held at Fortune Bay Resort Casino. Teams brought a total of 78 limits to the stage as Lake Vermilion yielded 397 bass weighing a total of 1,257 pounds, 11 ounces. In conjunction with the Cabela’s NABC tournament, . Adding to the excitement, the tournament was filmed for national airing on the Pursuit Network on Federation Angler TV. Visit federationangler.com for dates and times. This was the fourth of four NABC North Region qualifiers of 2014.
Fortune Bay Casino also gave away a 2014 Ranger Z117 bass boat valued at nearly $37,000 at a drawing on August 23! Congratulations to Theresa Duffy from Eveleth, Minnesota, She was the winner of the brand new Ranger Boat! (pictured below)
The North Region Championship is set for Oct. 4-5 on the Mississippi River at La Crosse, Wisconsin. Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its fourth season as title sponsor of the NABC. Other sponsors include: Ranger Boats, Stratos Boats, Mercury Marine, MotorGuide, Optima Batteries, G-Juice and Sea Grant. 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 each two-day region championship. The Circuit offered more than 100 percent payback to anglers in 2013 and will do so again in 2014. In addition, a small donation is included in each entry fee and matched by NABC and other conservation organizations up to 3-to-1 in support bass conservation projects anywhere the NABC does business. Registration closes at 10 a.m. on Monday prior to each tournament. For more information, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (580) 765-9031.
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