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 firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (580) 765-9031.