Otto And McGraw Win Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Lake Minnetonka Season Finale, Presented by Cabela’s

Otto And McGraw Win Cabela’s
North American Bass Circuit Lake Minnetonka Season Finale

 Presented by Cabela’s

 Minnetonka, Minn.—Sept. 23, 2018—Minnesotans Ryan Otto and Aaron McGraw sacked a 5-fish limit weighing a whopping 19 pounds, 6 ounces to win the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit season finale on Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka Sept. 22.

Despite their hefty limit, Otto and McGraw were pleasantly surprised at the victory. “There are so many great anglers here and so many big fish in Minnetonka, you always have to be thinking of 20 pounds to win,” said Otto, of Mayer.

Otto explained the team’s catch came from deep weedlines, although they had both deep and shallow game plans prepared for the event. “We had a plan A and B ready to go,” said Otto. “We started out deep this morning and caught some fish. Then it slowed down so we rolled up shallow but got nothing. Everything came from deep water.”

McGraw, of Plymouth, confirmed the team’s presentations were straightforward and simple jigging programs that tempted Tonka’s bass bounty into biting. “That was it, keeping it simple,” he smiled.

Presented by Cabela’s, the event pitted 48 anglers from four states against one another in a battle for bragging rights and a share of the NABC’s lucrative payout. The winners collected $7,128 for their efforts including $4,800 in cash for taking first place plus an additional $2,328 in cash from the option pot.

Rounding out the top four teams were:

2nd: Lucas DeYoung and Brad Wynnemer, 18-11, $2,400 cash

3rd: Jack Gavin and Tim Peterzen, 18-03, $1,530 cash

4th: Shane and Mason Raveling, 17-15, $1,318 cash

In all, the Cabela’s NABC awarded a total payout of $17,518 in cash and prizes. A total of 107 bass weighing 312 pounds, 14 ounces crossed the stage and were released into Lake Minnetonka. Big bass was a 5-pound, 12-ounce beauty caught by Jack Gavin and Tim Peterzen.

The Lake Minnetonka tournament was the fifth and final NABC event of the season, coming on the heels of exciting shootouts on the world-class bass fisheries of the Rainy River and Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota, Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, and Bays de Noc, Michigan.

Based in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the Cabela’s NABC is open to two-person teams from all walks of life, regardless of club or sponsor affiliation. Entry fees are $500 per regular season tournament. 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.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, concluded its eighth year as title sponsor of the NABC. Other sponsors include: Bass Pro Shops, Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Motor Guide, Garmin, T-H Marine, Blackfish and Faculty of Fishing. For complete details, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com, email info@northamericanbasscircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

 

NABC LIVE COVERAGE

Cabela’s NABC LIVE coverage from Minnetonka, MN

3:00pm Saturday Sept. 22 , Presented By Cabela’s

 

 

 

NABC Season Finale! Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Returns To Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka, Sept. 22, Presented by Cabela’s

NABC Season Finale!
Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Returns To Minnesota’s Lake Minnetonka, Sept. 22

Presented by Cabela’s

Ponca City, Okla.—August 31, 2018—Competitive bass anglers are invited to join the fun when the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit wraps up its 2018 season on Minnesota’s world-famous Lake Minnetonka Saturday, Sept. 22.

Presented by Cabela’s, the single-day, team format tournament will see the region’s top anglers testing their skills on one of the Midwest’s most revered multi-species bass fisheries.

“Minnetonka is a fitting playing field for the conclusion of another exciting Cabela’s NABC season,” says Tournament Director Jack Baker. “The lake is well-known for producing great bass fishing, and teams will be able to fish a variety of presentations in all types of bass habitat. We expect to see big catches come from deep structure, shallow water and everything in between.”

Along with great fishing and exciting competition in a professionally run setting, the Cabela’s NABC’s proven format rewards anglers with lucrative payouts that include a GUARANTEED first-place prize of $10,000 for any event with 50 teams or more. Plus, the NABC Big Bass Pot, Option Pot and sponsor contingencies including Ranger Cup, Garmin Grand Giveaway and T-H Marine Atlas Awards add thousands more to the total. For example, Michael Walters and Luke Ronnestrand pocketed more than $10,000 in winnings at the Cabela’s NABC’s Sturgeon Bay tournament.

In addition to the regular payout and bonuses, the coveted NABC Team of the Year title will be awarded at the Lake Minnetonka tournament. Shane and Mason Raveling currently lead the race with 294 points for their best three finishes. But Matt Peters and Justin Faulk are hot on their heels with 292 points, and a number of other top teams are still in contention as well.

Competition is fierce, considering that the 2018 NABC Team of the Year will be awarded a minimum $10,000 prize package, including the opportunity to advance to the 2019 National Bass Anglers Association National Championship on Table Rock Lake, to compete for thousands in cash and prizes, including a new Ranger Boat! The second- and third-place NABC teams from the season’s points standings will also be awarded prize packages and opportunities to compete in the NBAA championship.

Bass fans of all ages are invited to catch the excitement at the weigh-in, which begins at 3 p.m. on the shores of Maxwell Bay at 3400 North Shore Dr. in Wayzata. If you can’t make it in person, watch the action live online at northamericanbasscircuit.com.

Based in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the Cabela’s NABC is open to two-person teams from all walks of life, regardless of club or sponsor affiliation. Entry fees are $500 per regular season tournament. 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.

The 2018 Cabela’s NABC season included five events on a mix of the Midwest’s finest largemouth and smallmouth bass destinations. Registration for the Lake Minnetonka tournament closes Monday, Sept. 17 at 4 p.m.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is enjoying its eighth year as title sponsor of the Cabela’s NABC. Other sponsors include: Bass Pro Shops, Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Motor Guide, Garmin, T-H Marine, Blackfish and Faculty of Fishing. For complete details, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com, email info@northamericanbasscircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

Raveling, Bester Make Six Bites Count To Capture Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Bays de Noc Tournament, Presented by Garmin

Raveling, Bester Make Six Bites Count To Capture Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Bays de Noc Tournament

 Presented by Garmin

 Escanaba, Mich.—August 18, 2018—Minnesotans Shane Raveling and Jeremy Bester turned a slow day and six bites into a white-knuckle victory and hefty payday at the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s Bays de Noc tournament out of Escanaba, Michigan, August 18.

“It’s great to win this one,” said Raveling, of Jordan. “We had a very tough practice and only got six bites today—two of them in the last 20 minutes. But we made them count, culling out a two-pounder with a 4-plus at the last minute.”

“We squeaked this one out,” laughed Bester, of Prior Lake (who was a substitute for Mason Raveling). “Shane and I have been friends for a long time and we always have a lot of fun in the boat. Today we went hours between bites and were hoping for a respectable limit—winning is icing on the cake.”

Raveling and Bester spent the day dragging tube jigs slowly along bottom in 12 to 18 feet of water on Big Bay de Noc. “We ground it out,” Raveling added. “The bays were a little rough this morning but we were running a 620 Ranger Fisherman, so we had no worries.”

Last to weigh-in, they brought a 23-pound, 12-ounce 5-fish limit of smallmouth bass to the scale, to the delight of fans gathered to watch the parade of trophy bass from the legendary Lake Michigan fishery. The catch was worth a cool $5,300—including $4,300 in cash plus $1,000 in Ranger Cup winnings.

Presented by Garmin and based at Escanaba Harbor, the event pitted two-person bass fishing teams from four states against one another in a battle for bragging rights and a share of the NABC’s lucrative payout.

Rounding out the top four teams were:

2nd: Steve Nooyen and Neil Vandervest, 23-08, $2,190 cash

3rd: Kevin Dillingham and Dan Goldberg, 22-15, $1,200 cash

4th: Bill Gruber and Josh Gruber, 22-06, $1,100 cash

In 9th place, Will Pappa and Austin Felix pocketed $1,940 in cash for being the highest finishing team in the NABC Option Pot. In all, the Cabela’s NABC awarded a total payout of $14,270 in cash and prizes. A total of 85 bass weighing 330 pounds, 8 ounces crossed the stage and were released into the Bays de Noc system.

The Bays de Noc tournament was the fourth NABC event of the season, coming on the heels of exciting shootouts on the world-class bass fisheries of the Rainy River and Mille Lacs Lake in Minnesota, and Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. An equally impressive destination is up next, when the NABC travels to the hallowed waters of Lake Minnetonka, Minnesota, September 22 for the 2018 season finale.

Based in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the Cabela’s NABC is open to two-person teams from all walks of life, regardless of club or sponsor affiliation. Entry fees are $500 per regular season tournament. 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.

The 2018 NABC season includes five events on a mix of the Midwest’s finest largemouth and smallmouth bass destinations. Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is enjoying its eighth year as title sponsor of the NABC. Other sponsors include: Bass Pro Shops, Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Motor Guide, Garmin, T-H Marine, Blackfish and Faculty of Fishing. For complete details, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com, email info@northamericanbasscircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.