Sturgeon Bay, WI, May 13th, 2019 – A “live by the sword, die by the sword” mentality is what Bob Arhndt (Peshtigo, WI) and Josh Crededio (Chicago, IL) brought with them as they took on all the field at Sturgeon Bay for the first event of the 2019 BPS/Cabelas North American Bass Circuit season.
When asked, many of the anglers that came across the stage to weigh fish Saturday at Wave Point Marina, said they pulled out everything they had, the boat looks a mess, but Bob and Josh were content with what they tied on Friday night in preparation for the tournament. Confidence ran high for this team already at the Friday night rules meeting.
Crededio is well known for passing on the “Big Fish” pot as he doesn’t want to cast any bad luck or “jinx” into his plans, but 2019 partner Bob Arhndt wasted no time as they approached the registration table throwing down the $50 dollars. If they could look into the future, they would have seen that investment was a wise decision. With a 6 lbs. 11 oz. smallmouth to cap off the event after they set 27 lbs. 4 oz. on the scale, they took home not only the tournament win, but sealed up a $500 bonus for “Big Fish”. Altogether, competitors brought in 77 fish weighing 312 lbs. 10 oz.
Arhndt and Crededio drive out of Sturgeon Bay with $4,900 in cash plus those coveted NABC Champions trophies. $2,300 of that for the 1st place win, $2,100 for their share of option pot #1 and $500 “Big Fish” bonus.
Rounding out the top three:
2nd Alan Neumann and Eric Valentine, 24 lbs. 5 oz., $1,200 cash
3rd Will Papa and Austin Felix, 22 lbs. 15 oz., $640 cash, $1,410 option-pot cash, $3,150 option-pot #2 cash
Overall the BPS/Cabela’s NABC awarded $12,260 in cash and prizes at Sturgeon Bay.
NABC 2019 format has a “Choose your own entry fee” with a very modest base entry fee of only $200.00 per team, from there you choose, based upon the successful option pot model NABC has used for years. Option pot #1 is an additional $300 per team and Option Pot #2 is an added $500 choose on or both. Pay back is a whopping 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! Sign-up now – For more on this, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com.
Anglers can look forward to (5) one-day events in 2019 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 and a chance at the top prize- a new RT 188 Ranger Aluminum 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/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/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. Base 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 set to begin 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 northamericanbasscircuit.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (580) 765-9031.