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