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.

 

Peters And Leuthner Tap Backwater Bronzeback Bounty To Win Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Rainy River Tournament, Presented by Mercury

Peters And Leuthner Tap Backwater Bronzeback Bounty To Win Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Rainy River Tournament, Presented by Mercury

Baudette, Minn.—July 15, 2018—Tough conditions on the main channel couldn’t stop competitive bass fishing veterans Matt Peters and Brad Leuthner from finding the mother lode of smallmouths to win the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s regular season tournament on the Rainy River out of Baudette, Minnesota, July 15.

When water clarity on the legendary border water tanked the night before the tournament, the pair turned to overlooked tributaries in their quest to load the livewell. In these slightly clearer off-channel areas, they dialed in a deadly finesse softbait program that produced a 5-fish limit of backwater bronzebacks weighing a total of 16 pounds, 12 ounces to capture their first NABC victory and a cool $3,000 in cash—plus $1,000 in Ranger Cup winnings.

“I’m sure there’s a bunch of bass in the main channel and we had a few spots going in practice, but the river turned to chocolate milk for the tournament,” said Peters, of Waconia, Minnesota. “So we looked for the clearest water we could find.”

“Finding the right color water was the main key to our success today,” added Leuthner, of Victoria, Minnesota. “Once we found it, we slowed down and looked for the best spots within the area.”

Although they tried topwaters, soft-plastic jerkbaits turned out to be the ticket. “You had to fish the bait really slow,” Leuthner added. “Most bites came as the bait was sitting there, or when you popped it off structure and triggered a reaction strike.”

Presented by Mercury Marine and based at Willie Walleye Park in Baudette, the event pitted two-person bass fishing teams from the U.S. and Canada against one another in a battle for border water bragging rights and a share of the NABC’s lucrative payout.

Perennial contenders in numerous NABC events over the years, both Peters and Leuthner were elated at the victory. “Brad and I have been after this for a long time,” said Peters. “It’s nice to finally win one and bring home the hardware.”

“It feels good,” added Leuthner. “We’ve knocked on the door and landed in the top five a number of times but never won one until now.”

The off-color water challenged the field to find members of the Rainy River’s legendary smallmouth population. As trophies in the 5- and 6-pound class played hard to catch, big bass of the event was a 4-pound, 7-ounce beauty that earned Adam Bachynski of Keewatin, Ontario, and Andrew Beernaert of Winnepauge, Manitoba, $200 in cash from the NABC Big Bass Pot.

The Rainy River tournament was the third NABC event of the season, coming on the heels of exciting shootouts on the world-class bass fisheries of Mille Lacs Lake, Minnesota, and Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin. An equally impressive destination is up next, when the NABC travels to the hallowed waters of Bays de Noc, Michigan, August 18 for a taste of yet another one of North America’s finest bass fisheries.

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.

 

Border Battle Brewing! Rainy River Next Stop For Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit July 15, Presented by Mercury

Border Battle Brewing!
Rainy River Next Stop For Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit July 15

Presented by Mercury

 

Ponca City, Okla.—June 27, 2018—With two exciting smallmouth smashfests already under its belt for the 2018 season, the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit is headed to yet another one of the continent’s top bronzeback destinations—the famed Rainy River out of Baudette, Minnesota.

The iconic border water running between Ontario and the Gopher State will be the battleground as two-person teams from across the Midwest compete for thousands in cash and prizes July 15. Tournament boundaries include U.S.  waters ONLY of the Rainy from the Wheeler’s Point access upstream to the Nelson Park dock at Birchdale.

Launch and weigh-in are set for Willie Walleye Park in Baudette—and despite the park’s marble-eyed namesake, burly bass will take center stage as the region’s top anglers lock horns for cash and bragging rights.

“The Lake of the Woods area and Baudette, Minnesota, welcome the NABC to town,” said Joe Henry, executive director of Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau. “The famous Rainy River is known more for walleyes and sturgeon, but the river is also home to a huge population of smallmouth bass. A variety of structure and some big bass await anglers in the slow-rolling river, which encompasses 42 miles of feeder rivers, current breaks, reeds, bridge embankments, rocks, holes and humps—providing NABC teams with a ton of structure to figure out. Monster bass are often caught by unsuspecting walleye anglers, so it will be fun to see what happens when the bass are actually targeted. This will be one fun tournament.”

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 Sturgeon Bay Cabela’s NABC season opener.

As a bonus to anglers who fish multiple NABC events, at the conclusion of the 2018 season the 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 2:30 p.m. at Willie Walleye Park in Baudette. 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 includes five events on a mix of the Midwest’s finest largemouth and smallmouth bass destinations. Registration for the Rainy River tournament closes Monday, July 9 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.

Teal, Vocelka Break 25-Pound Barrier To Win Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Mille Lacs Lake Tournament, Presented by Ranger Boats

Teal, Vocelka Break 25-Pound Barrier To Win Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Mille Lacs Lake Tournament, Presented by Ranger Boats

Isle, Minn.—June 16, 2018—Aaron Teal and Dane Vocelka overcame ever-changing weather conditions, scattered fish and a talented field of the Midwest’s top competitive bass anglers to win the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s regular season tournament on mighty Mille Lacs Lake.

The hard-fishing pair pocketed a cool $6,900 in first-place cash for their efforts. They also broke the mythical 25-pound barrier with a hefty 25-pound, 2-ounce limit of beefy Mille Lacs smallmouths, topping the weights at three previous NABC events on the central-Minnesota bass-fishing Mecca.

“It feels good to win this,” recalled Teal, of Richmond, Minnesota. “There were a lot of great anglers fishing the event, so we knew we had our work cut out for us. Plus, the weather was crazy. The wind switched three or four times, and we went from fishing in flat calm to six-foot rollers.”

“I’m feeling speechless right now,” added Vocelka, of Mound, Minnesota. “We had a tough practice. The big fish were scattered, so we ended up with 10 spots we wanted to spend time on. And the talent in the NABC field here was incredible. I’ve lost money to almost every one of these guys in different tournaments over the years, so it’s great to win this one.”

Teal and Vocelka’s winning game plan included focusing on offshore structure in 12 to 14 feet of water, mainly on the east side of the lake. Most of their bass came on dropshot rigs tipped with shad-style softbaits, but one tight-lipped weigh fish required coaxing with a light-line fly setup before biting.

Rounding out the top five teams were:

2nd: Brian Wood and Nathan Whitting, 24-12, $3,300 cash plus $3,260 from the option pot

3rd: Josh Douglas and Joel Willert, 24-04, $2,000 cash

4th: Jim Moynagh and Steve Sandberg, 23-09, $1,250 cash plus $2,172 from the option pot

5th: Matt Peters and Justin Faulk, 23-08, $1,050 cash

In all, the Cabela’s NABC awarded a total payout of $25,862 in cash and prizes.

A total of 165 bass weighing 685 pounds, 2 ounces crossed the scale at Mac’s Twin Bay Resort and were returned to the Mille Lacs system utilizing the Cabela’s NABC’s state-of-the-art catch-and-release system. Big bass was a 5-pound, 10-ounce trophy smallmouth caught by Brian Wood and Nathan Whitting.

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.