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.”
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 email@example.com, or call (580) 765-9031.