Erickson, Worden Win Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Devils Lake Tournament, Presented by Lowrance Electronics

Erickson, Worden Win Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Devils Lake Tournament

Presented by Lowrance Electronics

Devils Lake, N.D.—July 22, 2017—Jeff Erickson and Jered Worden of Grand Forks, North Dakota, rode a consistent trolling pattern to victory at the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s Devils Lake regular-season qualifier presented by Lowrance Electronics July 21-22

The pair sacked a 23-pound, 15-ounce day one limit and added 24 pounds, 15 ounces on day two for a 48-pound, 14-ounce total that propelled them past day one leaders Troy Morris and Corey Heiser by a 6-ounce margin. “It’s amazing. I’m shaking like a leaf,” said Erickson. “This is a dream come true.”

“I really don’t know how to describe it,” added Worden. “Corey and Troy put up 32 pounds on day one. Today we were just hoping to catch enough to stay in the hunt. They’re phenomenal anglers, and the rest of the field knows how to catch fish, too. It’s hard to believe we won.”

 

The pair used leadcore and snap weights to slow troll crankbaits tight to bottom in 20 to 40 feet of water in East Bay. They credited their Lowrance electronics for pinpointing prime structure, along with the bottom-hugging walleyes relating to it.

“We relied heavily on SideScan to mark structure such as boulders and transitions from hard to soft bottom,” said Erickson. “DownScan was also key,” Worden noted. “The fish were holding tight to bottom. We looked for subtle color changes that indicated fish, then trolled right over the top of them.”

Erickson and Worden collected $15,200 in cash and prizes, including the $12,000 first-place cash payout, $1,000 Ranger Cup contingency, $500 Lowrance Electronics bonus, $500 AirWave certificate and $200 Okuma Reel bonus. They also won a $1,000 Cabela’s National Team Championship Prize Package including paid entry into the 2018 NTC, travel stipend, team jerseys and plaques.

Rounding out the top five were:

2nd: Troy Morris, Corey Heiser, 48-08, $5,850 plus $3,658 in cash from the option pot

3rd: Scott Larson, Chris Reinhart, 45-00, $3,700

4th: Chad Lunde, Luke Schultz, 44-02, $2,700 plus $2,758 in cash from the option pot

5th: Josh Klein, Jay Kulla, 42-09, $2,200

In all, the Cabela’s MWC awarded $57,795.50 in cash and prizes.

A total of 657 walleyes weighing 1,780 pounds, 7 ounces came to the scale at the Sivert Thompson Activities Center in scenic Grahams Island State Park. Big fish was an 8-pound, 12-ounce beauty caught by  Kulla and Klein, but a number of other broad-shouldered walleyes also crossed the stage. Adding to the fun, the Cabela’s MWC and National Professional Anglers Association presented a Youth & Family Fishing Clinic immediately after the day-one weigh-in, with participating youths receiving rod-and-reel combos courtesy of the NPAA.

Under the umbrella of The Walleye Federation (TWF), the Cabela’s MWC is open to avid walleye anglers from all walks of life. The 2017 schedule includes seven qualifiers in five states on a diverse selection of rivers, inland lakes and Great Lakes fisheries representing North America’s top walleye destinations.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its 16th season as title sponsor of the MWC. Official sponsors include: Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, Ranger Boats and The Walleye Federation. Associate sponsors include: AirWave Pedestals, Bagley Baits, Church Tackle, G-Juice, MotorGuide and Okuma. For more information, email [email protected], or call (580) 765-9031.

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Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Announces 2018 Team Walleye Tournament Schedule

Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Announces 2018 Team Walleye Tournament Schedule

Competitors To Battle For Big Payouts While Enjoying Great Walleye Fishing

On World-Class Destinations At Peak Fishing Times

Ponca City, Okla.—July 22, 2017—Competitive walleye anglers, mark your calendars. The Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s 2018 team walleye tournament schedule is packed with an A-list lineup of longtime circuit favorites and angler-requested venues sure to please anyone who enjoys catching fish while battling for thousands in cash and prizes in a professionally run setting.

The Cabela’s MWC’s 2018 trail includes eight qualifiers in seven states, plus the 2019 Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship. “We worked extensively with MWC anglers to develop a schedule that hits top destinations at peak fishing times,” says MWC president and CEO Robert Cartlidge. “As a result, the 2018 lineup offers anglers the chance to test their skills on a variety of world-class fisheries from the High Plains to the Great Lakes, all when the bite is on.”

The 2018 Cabela’s MWC tournament schedule includes:

March 23-24               Spring Valley, IL

April 13-14                 Detroit River, MI

April 27-28                 Lake Francis Case Platte, SD

May 4-5                      Lake Erie, Lorain OH

June 1-2                      Lake McConaughy, Ogallala, NE

July 13-14                   Lake of the Woods, MN

August 3-4                  Bay of Green Bay Oconto, WI

Sept. 14-15                  Cass Lake, MN

Oct. 3-5, 2019             MWC World Walleye Championship, Lake Winnebago, WI

The Cabela’s MWC offers anglers lucrative payouts that are based on the number of teams entered in each event and paid to the top 20 percent of the field. In addition, the circuit’s big-fish pot, option pot payouts and sponsor bonuses including Ranger Cup, Lowrance Electronics, Okuma and AirWave add thousands more to the total. As a result, winners routinely pocket $10,000 to $15,000 or more in cash and prizes. Plus, the first-place team also wins a $1,000 Cabela’s National Team Championship Prize Package including paid NTC entry, travel stipend, team jerseys and plaques.

Teams fishing three or more tournaments also compete for coveted berths in the Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship, which is comprised of the top point-accumulating teams from the previous year’s season and offers payouts based on the previous year’s participation. Teams that qualify in 2018 will fish the 2019 championship, which is set for October 3-5, 2019 on Wisconsin’s famous Lake Winnebago System.

Teams fishing at least four qualifiers compete for Team of the Year awards including a $10,000 sponsorship package and thousands more in cash and Cabela’s Cash cards, as well as fully paid entries into a full season of great walleye action.

North America’s longest-running and undisputed leader in team walleye tournaments, the Cabela’s MWC has set the standard for competitive walleye fishing since 1984.

Operated under the umbrella of The Walleye Federation (TWF), the Cabela’s MWC is open to avid walleye anglers from all walks of life, regardless of sponsor or club affiliations. Registration for 2018 events will open in January. Visit masterswalleyecircuit.com for updates, official rules and registration information.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is currently in its 16th season as title sponsor of the MWC. Official sponsors include: Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, Ranger Boats and The Walleye Federation. Associate sponsors include: AirWave Pedestals, Bagley Baits, Church Tackle, G-Juice, MotorGuide and Okuma. For more information, email [email protected], or call (580) 765-9031.

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LIVE! Cabela’s MWC on Devils Lake, Presented By Lowrance

We are LIVE at Devils Lake Cabela’s MWC event, Presented By Lowrance. July 21-22 at 3:00pm CDT

North Dakota’s Devils Lake Hosts Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Regular Season Tournament July 21-22, Presented by Lowrance Electronics

NOTICE ! REGISTRATION FOR THIS EVENT CLOSES MONDAY EVENING JULY 17TH

Ponca City, Okla.—July 6, 2017—Great walleye fishing and exciting, high-stakes competition will be on tap when the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit returns to North Dakota’s famed Devils Lake for a regular season qualifying tournament presented by Lowrance Electronics July 21-22.

One of the High Plains’ hottest walleye fisheries, Devils Lake has long been a favorite destination for MWC anglers—and for good reason. Two-person teams have more than 200,000 acres of water to work with, and a variety of presentations put walleyes in the livewell.

At the 2016 MWC Devils Lake tournament, North Dakotans Troy Morris and Corey Heiser employed a pair of totally different tactics to top the leaderboard with a winning weight of 44 pounds. On day one, they vertically fished hard-bodied swimming jigs in 28 to 36 feet along a steep main-lake breakline. They switched gears on day two, trolling shad-imitating crankbaits in 23 to 25 feet of water.

Morris and Heiser also credited their Lowrance StructureScan 3D sonar system for helping them find fish fast on the massive body of water. Among the many key details their sonar revealed were schools of juvenile white bass, which hungry walleyes were following, as well as low-riding ’eyes holding tight to rocky areas.

Teams will compete for thousands in cash and prizes. For starters, the Cabela’s MWC’s lucrative payouts are based on the number of teams entered in each event. Plus, the MWC Big Fish Pot, MWC option pot payouts, and sponsor bonuses including Ranger Cup, Lowrance Electronics, Okuma and AirWave add thousands more to the total. The first-place team will also win a $1,000 Cabela’s National Team Championship Prize Package including paid 2018 NTC entry, travel stipend, team jerseys and plaques.

Such winnings add up quick. For example, Morris and Heiser walked away with nearly $20,000 for their 2016 victory.

The two-day event is hosted by the Devils Lake Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, with launches and weigh-ins held at the Sivert Thompson Activities Center in scenic Grahams Island State Park. Weigh-ins begin at 3 p.m. As a bonus to budding tournament fans, the Cabela’s MWC and National Professional Anglers Association will present a Youth & Family Fishing Clinic immediately after the day-one weigh-in. The first 50 youths will receive rod-and-reel combos courtesy of the NPAA.

Teams fishing three or more MWC tournaments in 2017 also battle for coveted berths in the 2018 Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship, set for October 2018 on Lake Michigan’s Bays de Noc out of Escanaba, Michigan. Teams fishing at least four qualifiers compete for Team of the Year awards, including a $10,000 sponsorship package and thousands more in cash and Cabela’s Cash cards, as well as fully paid entries into a full season of great walleye action.

As a bonus, Lowe Equipment Attachments offers all Cabela’s MWC anglers a 25 percent discount off the MSRP on all its auger, trenching and grapple products in 2017 available through Midwest Attachments, LLC. For details, visit masterswalleyecircuit.com/tournaments/contingencies.

Under the umbrella of The Walleye Federation (TWF), the Cabela’s MWC is open to avid walleye anglers from all walks of life. Deadline to register for the Devils Lake tournament is Monday, July 17 at 4 p.m. For complete details, visit masterswalleyecircuit.com.

The 2017 schedule includes seven qualifiers in five states on a diverse selection of rivers, inland lakes and Great Lakes fisheries representing North America’s top walleye destinations.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its 16th season as title sponsor of the MWC. Official sponsors include: Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, Ranger Boats and The Walleye Federation. Associate sponsors include: AirWave Pedestals, Bagley Baits, Church Tackle, G-Juice, MotorGuide and Okuma. For more information, email [email protected], or call (580) 765-9031.

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LaPine, Vande Kolk Rally To Win Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Winnebago Tournament, Presented by Mercury Marine

LaPine, Vande Kolk Rally To Win Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Winnebago Tournament

Presented by Mercury Marine

Menasha, Wisc.—June 3, 2017—Jake LaPine and Owen Vande Kolk vaulted from 12th place on day one to win the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s Lake Winnebago regular season qualifier presented by Mercury Marine June 2-3.

“It feels great to be able to put it together on day two and win this on our home waters,” said LaPine, of Oshkosh. “It’s awesome,” added Vande Kolk, of Waupun. “It hasn’t really sunk in yet.”

It was the first MWC win for both anglers. LaPine, 30, began fishing the circuit at age 12 with his father, Jim LaPine. “I fished the MWC with him for years and owe him a lot for getting me started in this sport,” the younger LaPine said emotionally moments after accepting the first-place trophy.

Vande Kolk was fishing his first MWC, but was equally elated. “Jake called me up about a week ago and asked me to get in the tournament with him, and it worked out great,” he said.

The pair targeted the Fox River with a trio of tactics during the two-day event, which saw teams battle a tough bite LaPine blamed on a “baitfish explosion” that made competing with natural forage tough. “We pitched jigs tipped with leeches or crawlers onto rocky areas, trolled streamer flies on 3-way rigs in areas where the fish were set up along current seams, and also trolled crankbaits on leadcore,” said LaPine.

On day one, they sacked four fish weighing total of 6 pounds, 7 ounces to land in a tie for 12th place, trailing leaders Dave Ehlke and Duane Haedt by nearly 4 pounds. “Going into day two we told ourselves we needed to get 15 pounds plus,” said LaPine. “We were fortunate to get some good 19 and 20 inchers, and top it off with a 27 incher at the end of the day.” That last walleye, taken on a fly, tipped the scale at 6 pounds, 6 ounces and was the biggest fish weighed in during the tournament.

The winners didn’t change their tactics for day two, but kept moving from spot to spot faster than on day one. “We ended up being in the right place at the right time,” added Vande Kolk.

Their five-fish limit of 17 pounds, 8 ounces gave them a 23-pound, 15-ounce total weight. It was enough to rocket up the leaderboard and charge past Ehlke and Haedt by three pounds.

LaPine and Vande Kolk collected more than $11,000 in cash and prizes, including the $9,100 first-place cash payout, $500 AirWave certificate and $412 from the MWC Big Fish Pot. They also won a $1,000 Cabela’s National Team Championship Prize Package including paid entry into the 2018 NTC, travel stipend, team jerseys and plaques.

Rounding out the top five were:

2nd: Dave Ehlke and Duane Haedt, 20-15, $5,440 plus $200 Okuma Reel bonus

3rd: Tom and Michael Kamp, 17-03, $3,100 plus $500 Lowrance bonus

4th: Kevin Pawlacyk and Steve Lenz, 16-07, $2,300

5th: Kevin and Eric McQuoid, 16-05, $2,000 plus $1,000 Ranger Cup bonus and $2,037 from the option pot

In all, the Cabela’s MWC awarded $37,585 in cash and prizes.

A total of 240 walleyes weighing 400 pounds, 10 ounces crossed the scale during the catch-and-release event. Adding to the fun, the Cabela’s MWC and National Professional Anglers Association presented a Youth & Family Fishing Clinic immediately after the day-one weigh-in, with participating youths receiving rod-and-reel combos courtesy of the NPAA.

Under the umbrella of The Walleye Federation (TWF), the Cabela’s MWC is open to avid walleye anglers from all walks of life. The 2017 schedule includes seven qualifiers in five states on a diverse selection of rivers, inland lakes and Great Lakes fisheries representing North America’s top walleye destinations.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its 16th season as title sponsor of the MWC. Official sponsors include: Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, Ranger Boats and The Walleye Federation. Associate sponsors include: AirWave Pedestals, Bagley Baits, Church Tackle, G-Juice, MotorGuide and Okuma. For more information, email [email protected], or call (580) 765-9031.

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