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.

Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Heads For Mille Lacs Lake Smallmouth Showdown June 16, Presented by Ranger Boats


Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit Heads For Mille Lacs Lake
Smallmouth Showdown June 16

 

Presented by Ranger Boats

 Ponca City, Okla.—June 6, 2018—After an exciting season opener on Wisconsin’s fabled Sturgeon Bay in May, the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit heads for another world-class smallmouth bass fishing destination—Minnesota’s Mille Lacs Lake.

 Two-person teams from across the Midwest will converge on Mille Lacs June 16 to compete for thousands in cash and prizes in a regular season Cabela’s NABC tournament headquartered at Mac’s Twin Bay Resort just north of Isle.

“Everyone’s excited to see what kind of weights the teams put up on Mille Lacs this season,” said Cabela’s NABC Tournament Director Jack Baker. “In 2017, Shane and Mason Raveling won with a 5-bass limit weighing 23 pounds, 12 ounces. The year before that, Lucas Matzke and Dan Cochran put up 24 pounds, 4 ounces. Given the tournament’s timing and the health of the fishery, I wouldn’t be surprised to see someone break the 25-pound barrier this time around.”

Baker noted that a variety of presentations will likely hold water on Mille Lacs, allowing Cabela’s NABC anglers to fish their favorite tactics. “Football jigs tipped with plastic grub bodies have been top producers the last couple of seasons here,” he said. “But depending on the conditions and mood of the bass, everything from drop-shot rigs, jerkbaits, cranks, hair jigs and topwaters could win the day.”

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 recent 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.

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 Mille Lacs tournament closes Monday, June 11 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.

Walters And Ronnestrand Win Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s Sturgeon Bay Season Opener, Presented by Cabela’s

Walters And Ronnestrand Win Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s Sturgeon Bay Season Opener

 Presented by Cabela’s 

Sturgeon Bay, Wisc.—May 13, 2018—Michael Walters and Luke Ronnestrand’s multi-pronged plan of attack propelled them to victory at the Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit’s 2018 season opener May 12 on Lake Michigan’s legendary Sturgeon Bay.

The pair sacked a 5-bass limit weighing a whopping 28 pounds, 5 ounces to top the leaderboard and pocket more than $10,000 in winnings, including the $6,700 first-place cash payout, $2,568 in cash from the option pot, and $1,000 Ranger Cup contingency.

Presented by Cabela’s and based at scenic Wave Pointe Marina and Resort on Little Sturgeon Bay, WI. the event pitted 37 top two-person bass fishing teams from 9 states against one another in an all-out battle for bassin’ bragging rights and a share of the NABC’s lucrative payout.

“This is great,” said Walters, of Maple Grove, MN., “With conditions changing every day, it was challenging to be consistent.” Ronnestrand, of Elk River, MN., was likewise elated. “It feels really good to come out on top on this amazing fishery against some of the best bass anglers in the nation,” he said.

Walters and Ronnestrand fished a mixed bag of tactics. They started out casting jerkbaits to bass over sand flats in 7 to 10 feet of water early in the day, then threw tubes and grubs into the warmest shallows they could find in the afternoon.

Rounding out the top five teams were:

2nd: George Eastman, Marinette, WI. and Brian Caine, Wausaukee, WI.  28-02, $3,250 cash

3rd: Curtis Anderson, Victoria, MN. and Mark Linduski, Excelsoir, MN. 27-13, $1,900 cash plus another $1,700 from the option pot

4th: Shane and Mason Raveling, Jordon, MN.  27-01, $1,200 cash

5th: Matt Peters, Waconia, MN. and Justin Faulk, Raleigh, NC. 26-13, $1,000 cash

In all, the Cabela’s NABC awarded a total payout of $24,298 in cash and prizes.

A total of 166 bass weighing 639 pounds, 1 ounce crossed the scale at Wave Point Marina and Resort and were returned to the Sturgeon Bay system in the Cabela’s NABC’s catch-and-release format. Big bass was a 7-pound, 11-ounce trophy smallmouth caught by Matt Peters and Justin Faulk.

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.