Kzaley and Oja win Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s NABC at Lake Vermillion Presented by Ranger Boats

Tower, Minn, June 17th, 2019 – The over 39,000 acres of Lake Vermillion could have intimidated some, but not the winning team of Kevin Kzaley (Otsego, MN) and Eric Oja (Farmington, MN). The team conquered the lake and the North American Bass Circuit (NABC) event with handing in over twenty pounds in the one-day tournament.

Presented by Ranger Boats, this Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s NABC event was hosted by Fortune Bay Casino, a favorite location for many of the anglers on the circuit. Having a great launch location, very close to many of the fishermen’s top fishing spots, can mean more time fishing and less time going for boat rides.

While on stage Kevin and Eric credited their 20-06 weight to sticking to the plan of finding fish still on beds. They committed themselves to traveling the distance needed to find the few bed-fish still lingering in the cool tannin waters. As the team fished throughout the day they continued to upgrade, when before coming in to the scale still believing they didn’t have enough to pull off the win. “We thought we needed another big one.” Eric chuckled while holding tightly to the winner’s trophy.

Kzaley and Oja made out well, winning the $2,400 top prize plus trophies, then winning $2,268 in Option Pot #1 and $255 for the second biggest bass for a grand total of $5,563 in cash and trophies.

Rounding out the top three:

2nd Jim Merthan and Dave Skallet, 18 lbs. 15 oz., $1,200 cash, $1,512 option-pot cash, $2,250 option-pot cash

3rd Charles Brant and Nathan Nipper, 17lbs. 14oz., $600 cash

Overall the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s NABC awarded $12,020 in cash and prizes at Sturgeon Bay.

NABC 2019 format has a very modest base entry fee of only $200.00 per team, plus, will build upon the successful option pot model NABC has used for years.  Option pot opportunities have been expanded for 2019.  Pay back is 90% for all levels and ONLY to those teams that pay into them.  All entries will payout one place for every six entries, which means maximum benefit to the teams that finish in the money and everyone can CHOOSE their own entry fees! Sign-up now – For more on this, visit

Anglers can look forward to (5) one-day events on some of the most popular bass waters in North America. The winners of each of the 5 season events, as well as the top teams from the year-end point standings, will automatically advance to the NBAA National Championship in the spring of 2020 with all entry fees paid to NBAA and a chance at the top prize- a new aluminum Ranger Boat!

Points are tracked from each event to earn a Team of The Year prize package, which also includes advancement opportunity and other prizes for top finishers in the year-end team-of-the-year point standings.

With only a $40 annual membership fee per person, stout paybacks totaling over 100% each year, contingencies and option pot totals numbering into the in the tens of thousands of dollars, the anglers fishing the 2019 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit will find ample opportunity to recover travels costs and entry fees.

Based in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit offers something for everyone and all income levels. It is open to two-person teams from all walks of life, regardless of club or sponsor affiliation. Entry fees are $200.00 per regular season tournament. Along with an overall annual payback to anglers well in excess of 100 percent, (125% in 2018) a small $5 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.

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