Sabatose, Mausser Win Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s Kinzua Reservoir Tournament Presented by Zippo Outdoors

Sabatose, Mausser Win Cabela’s Masters Walleye
Circuit’s Kinzua Reservoir Tournament 

Presented by Zippo Outdoors

 For Immediate Release –

Bradford, Penn.—July 12, 2014—Pennsylvania’s Chuck Sabatose and Frank Mausser racked up an impressive 20-pound total catch to claim top honors at the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s qualifying tournament on Kinzua Reservoir out of Bradford, Pennsylvania, July 11-12.

kinzua winnersAfter landing in third place on day one with 12 pounds, 10 ounces, Sabatose, of Brockport, and Mausser, of Sharon, weighed a 7-pound, 6-ounce basket the final day to charge past day one leaders, Ohio’s Jason Kopf and Rodger Riggs. Sabatose and Mausser collected $9,500 in cash for the win, plus the $500 Berkley Baits Award and $500 Lowrance HDS Gen2 Touch and Elite 7 contingency. They also claimed a $1,000 Cabela’s National Team Championship Prize Package including paid NTC entry, travel stipend, team jerseys and plaques.

 

 

“It’s an amazing feeling—a dream come true!” said Sabatose, who fished a Cabela’s MWC event at Henderson Harbor, New York, a number of seasons ago and has long hoped the trail would stop at his home waters of Kinzua. “Structure is key on this lake,” he noted. “We trolled Berkley Flicker Shads on leadcore line at speeds of 1.7 to 2.2 mph over rockpiles and stump patches, and caught fish from depths of 16 to 36 feet deep.”

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In second place with 17 pounds, 3 ounces, Kopf, of Avon Lake, and Riggs, of Cleveland, pocketed $4,750 in cash, plus the $1,000 Ranger Cup contingency.

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Rounding out the top 5 were:

3rd: Johnnie Candle and Dennis Skurulsky, 17-02, $3,300

4th: Scott Rhodes and Jeff Koester, 17-01, $2,500 plus the $250 Zippo Hot Hands Big Fish Award for catching big fish of the tournament, an 8-pound, 7-ounce walleye, and the $200 Optima True Blue contingency

5th: Nick Lary and Kurt McKenna, 16-15, $2,000

In all, the Cabela’s MWC awarded $39,360 in cash and prizes.

Weigh-ins were held at Giordano’s Corydon Hotel outside Bradford. Kinzua yielded 302 walleyes weighing a total of 497 pounds, 2 ounces in the catch-and-release event. The Cabela’s MWC, National Professional Anglers Association, Pure Fishing and Zippo Outdoor Brands presented a Youth & Family Fishing Clinic immediately after the first day’s weigh-in. Participating youths received rod-and-reel combos courtesy of the NPAA.

The event marked the Circuit’s first trip to the Keystone hotspot, which drew a groundswell of local participation and support. “A big thank-you is in order for everyone who helped make this event a success, including Zippo Outdoors, Giordano’s Corydon Hotel, the Seneca Nation, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford, and the Bradford High School Criminal Justice Club,” said Tournament Director Dan Palmer. He also thanked local MWCer and Zippo pro-staffer Doug Yohe and teammate Charlie Brandt for welcoming new competitors into the MWC family.

Under the umbrella of The Walleye Federation (TWF), the Cabela’s MWC is open to avid walleye anglers from all walks of life. The 2014 trail includes 10 stops spread across seven states in the Walleye Belt. Teams showcase their skills—and sponsor products—at world-class venues such as the Illinois, Detroit and Mississippi rivers, Green Bay, Big Stone Lake, Kinzua Reservoir, Cass Lake and Lake Erie.

Along with great payouts at each event, teams fishing three or more tournaments battle for coveted berths in the 2015 Cabela’s MWC Championship, set for October 2015 on Lake Erie out of Huron, Ohio. Teams fishing at least three qualifiers also compete for Team of the Year awards, including a $25,000 “Living the Dream” sponsorship package, which includes fully paid entries to the Cabela’s National Walleye Trail as a pro and co-angler, use of a 600 series Ranger boat, travel stipends and more.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its 12th season as title sponsor of the MWC. Official sponsors include: Berkley Gulp!, Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, MotorGuide, Ranger Boats, The Walleye Federation and Zippo Outdoor Brands. Associate sponsors include: Berkley Trilene, Church Tackle, Lindy Legendary Fishing Tackle, Optima Batteries, Rockstar Hitch Mounted Mud Flaps, T-H Marine and Sea Grant.

Entry fees are $650 per tournament, of which more than 100 percent is returned to anglers at the qualifiers, World Championship and Team of the Year races. Registration closes at 10 a.m. on Monday prior to each tournament. For more information, visit masterswalleyecircuit.com, email info@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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Kinzua MWC Presented by Zippo Day 1 Report

North Dakota and PA anglers dominate most of the top 10 ….but Ohio Anglers Jason Kopf From Avon Lake and Rodger Riggs from Cleveland Lead Day 1 with 5 fish for 13-08 and are in the drivers sea At Kinzua.

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Did we just say North Dakota? Yes we did good fishermen are good fishermen, no matter where they live or are fishing.  While PA anglers hold 6 of the top 10 spots, Second Place team of Chad Yohe, from New Salem North Dakota and partner Michael Yohe from Bradford, PA sits solidly in second and while Chad is fishing with family and grew up here as a young man, he has lived in the Dakotas for some time and does not fish here often anymore.  Sitting in third is PA anglers Chuck Sabatose and Frank Mausser. PA anglers aAlso hold 4th, 5th, 6th and 8th places. Then there is World Walleye Champion Johnnie Candle from Devils Lake, ND and his season partner from WI, Dennis Skurulsky sit in seventh place with only four fish weighing  7-14. New Jersey anglers hold down the 9th spot and MWC veteran big stick form MIand IN hold down the 10th spot.

Kinzua, is a beautiful place you need to visit, no internet, no cell service in the Allegheny Mountians lakeside and…. thats not all bad!

Day 2 final weigh in begins at Corydon Hotel  near the lake at 4:00pm EST come on out and join us!

For full standings CLICK HERE

For daily photos CLICK HERE

 

Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Rolls East To Kinzua Reservoir, Pennsylvania, July 11-13 Presented by Zippo Outdoors

Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Rolls East
To Kinzua Reservoir, Pennsylvania, July 11-13

Presented by Zippo Outdoors

For Immediate Release –

Ponca City, Okla.—June 19, 2014—The Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit will test new waters when it visits the Keystone hotspot of scenic Kinzua Reservoir out of Bradford, Pennsylvania, July 11-13 for a regular-season qualifying tournament.

“The bite should be fantastic,” predicts Circuit veteran, Kinzua insider and Zippo Outdoors pro-staffer Doug Yohe. Home to Pennsylvania’s state record walleye—a 17-pound, 9-ounce behemoth—Kinzua is a river-run impoundment ripe with fishing options. “A variety of presentations from jigging the trees to pulling crankbaits or spinner rigs will all take fish,” says Yohe.

Two-person teams will be allowed to weigh five fish per day, and the team with the heaviest two-day total weight will be crowned the tournament champions. The event is scheduled for July 11-12, with July 13 reserved in case bad weather forces the cancellation of one of the first two days. Be advised, however, registration closes at 10 a.m. on Monday, July 7.

Cabela’s MWC payouts are based on the number of teams entered in each event. Plus, the MWC Big Fish Pot, along with sponsor bonuses including Ranger Cup, Berkley Baits, Lowrance Electronics, Optima True Blue and the Zippo Hot Hands Big Fish Award add thousands more to the total.

The public is invited to the weigh-ins, which begin at 4:30 p.m. daily at Giordano’s Corydon Hotel in Bradford. The Cabela’s MWC, National Professional Anglers Association, Pure Fishing and Zippo Outdoor Brands will present a Youth & Family Fishing Clinic immediately after the first day’s weigh-in. The first 50 youths will receive rods 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 2014 trail includes 10 stops spread across seven states in the Walleye Belt. Teams showcase their skills—and sponsor products—at world-class venues such as the Illinois, Detroit and Mississippi rivers, Green Bay, Big Stone Lake, Kinzua Reservoir, Cass Lake and Lake Erie.

Along with great payouts at each event, teams fishing three or more tournaments battle for coveted berths in the 2015 Cabela’s MWC Championship, set for October 2015 on Lake Erie out of Huron, Ohio. Teams fishing at least three qualifiers also compete for Team of the Year awards, including a $25,000 “Living the Dream” sponsorship package, which includes fully paid entries to the Cabela’s National Walleye Trail as a pro and co-angler, use of a 600 series Ranger boat, travel stipends and more.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its 12th season as title sponsor of the MWC. Official sponsors include: Berkley Gulp!, Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, MotorGuide, Ranger Boats, The Walleye Federation and Zippo Outdoor Brands. Associate sponsors include: Berkley Trilene, Church Tackle, Lindy Legendary Fishing Tackle, Optima Batteries, Rockstar Hitch Mounted Mud Flaps, T-H Marine and Sea Grant.

Entry fees are $650 per tournament, of which more than 100 percent is returned to anglers at the qualifiers, World Championship and Team of the Year races. Registration closes at 10 a.m. on Monday prior to each tournament. For more information, visit masterswalleyecircuit.com, email info@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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Dempsey And Adler Win Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Green Bay Tournament, Presented by Ranger Boats

Dempsey And Adler Win Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Green Bay Tournament

Presented by Ranger Boats

For Immediate Release –

Oconto, Wisc.—June 21, 2014—Wisconsin’s Ryan Dempsey and Adam Adler jigged up nine walleyes weighing an impressive 60 pounds, 9 ounces to win the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s Green Bay regular-season qualifying tournament out of Oconto, Wisconsin, June 20-21.

“It feels really good to win, there’s definitely some pride involved,” said Adler, of Oconto Falls. Indeed, the victory was sweet redemption after he and Dempsey, of Oneida, took second at the Cabela’s National Team Championship on Green Bay in late May after leading the event the first two days. In fact, it was a role-reversal at the Cabela’s MWC Green Bay qualifier. Dempsey and Adler left the dock on day two in second place, then climbed to first when day one leaders Randy Gaines and Mike Rhoades brought just one fish to the scale the final day.

winners-w-fish“There was a lot less pressure going out in second place this morning,” Dempsey grinned after scoring the win. He explained that he and Adler cast jigs, bladebaits and lipless rattlebaits in depths of 4 to 23 feet of water, experimenting with a variety of cadences from snap-jigging to dragging. A ¾-ounce leadhead tipped with a 4½-inch, paddle-tailed Berkley PowerBait was a top producer.

 

 

 

 

winner-w-stuffDempsey and Adler claimed the $10,500 first-place cash prize, plus $1,000 Ranger Cup contingency, $500 Berkley Baits Award, and the $500 Lowrance HDS Gen2 Touch and Elite 7 contingency.

They also claimed a $1,000 Cabela’s National Team Championship Prize Package including paid NTC entry, travel stipend, team jerseys and plaques.

 

 

 

 

In second place, Michigan’s Wayne Van Dyke, of Spruce, and Erich Carlson, of Presque Isle, weighed in seven fish for 47 pounds, 12 ounces, worth $5,300 in cash.

2nd-place

Rounding out the top 10 were:

3rd: Randy Gaines and Mike Rhoades, 41-02, $3,500 plus the $250 Zippo Hot Hands Big Fish Award for catching big fish of the tournament, an 11-pound, 8-ounce walleye

4th: Johnnie Candle and Dennis Skurulsky, 32-05, $2,650

5th: Steve VandeMark and Rob Ruckman, 28-00, $2,050

6th: Tom Hoinacki and Keith Daniels, 25-10, $1,900

7th: Paul Gutowski and Michael Gutowski, 24-05, $1,700

8th: Scott Ludwig and Jeff Otis, 23-01, $1,600

9th: Troy Morris and Corey Heiser, 22-11, $1,500 plus the $200 Optima True Blue contingency

10th: Kevin Blanck and Ken Marklein, 22-09, $1,400

In other contingency winnings, Chad Burns and Nick Wenninger won the Rockstar Comeback Award for jumping from 44th on day one to 17th place, worth a $500 Rockstar Mud Flap Package. In all, the Cabela’s MWC awarded $47,000 in cash and prizes.

Weigh-ins were held at Breakwater Park in Oconto. Green Bay yielded 195 walleyes weighing a total of 747 pounds, 6 ounces in the catch-and-release event. The Cabela’s MWC, National Professional Anglers Association, Pure Fishing and Zippo Outdoor Brands presented a Youth & Family Fishing Clinic immediately after the first day’s weigh-in. Participating youths received 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 2014 trail includes 10 stops spread across seven states in the Walleye Belt. Teams showcase their skills—and sponsor products—at world-class venues such as the Illinois, Detroit and Mississippi rivers, Green Bay, Big Stone Lake, Kinzua Reservoir, Cass Lake and Lake Erie.

Along with great payouts at each event, teams fishing three or more tournaments battle for coveted berths in the 2015 Cabela’s MWC Championship, set for October 2015 on Lake Erie out of Huron, Ohio. Teams fishing at least three qualifiers also compete for Team of the Year awards, including a $25,000 “Living the Dream” sponsorship package, which includes fully paid entries to the Cabela’s National Walleye Trail as a pro and co-angler, use of a 600 series Ranger boat, travel stipends and more.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its 12th season as title sponsor of the MWC. Official sponsors include: Berkley Gulp!, Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, MotorGuide, Ranger Boats, The Walleye Federation and Zippo Outdoor Brands. Associate sponsors include: Berkley Trilene, Church Tackle, Lindy Legendary Fishing Tackle, Optima Batteries, Rockstar Hitch Mounted Mud Flaps, T-H Marine and Sea Grant.

Entry fees are $650 per tournament, of which more than 100 percent is returned to anglers at the qualifiers, World Championship and Team of the Year races. Registration closes at 10 a.m. on Monday prior to each tournament. For more information, visit masterswalleyecircuit.com, email info@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Returns To Green Bay at Oconto June 20-22, Presented by Ranger Boats

Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Returns
To Green Bay at Oconto June 20-22

Presented by Ranger Boats

For Immediate Release –

Ponca City, Okla.—June 10, 2014—World-class Great Lakes walleye fishing and high-stakes team tournament competition collide when the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit returns to Green Bay of Lake Michigan out of Oconto, Wisconsin, June 20-22 for a regular-season qualifying tournament.

The event offers two full days of competition on Green Bay’s incredible walleye fishery, with one day reserved in case of bad weather. The circuit’s time-tested team format lets anglers choose their favorite fishing partner to share the excitement. Two-person teams will be allowed to weigh five walleyes per day, and the team with the heaviest two-day total weight will be crowned the tournament champions.

While the event is open to all teams regardless of club or sponsor affiliation, be advised that registration closes on Monday, June 16.

Along with a chance to sample the bay’s legendary walleye fishing and test their skills against top teams from across the Walleye Belt, competitors will vie for thousands of dollars in cash and prizes. Cabela’s MWC payouts are based on the number of teams entered in each event. Plus, the MWC Big Fish Pot, along with sponsor bonuses including Ranger Cup, Berkley Baits, Lowrance Electronics, Optima True Blue and the Zippo Hot Hands Big Fish Award add thousands more to the total.

The public is invited to watch the action unfold at the weigh-ins, which begin at 4 p.m. daily at Breakwater Park in Oconto. Also in town for the weekend is a special city wide “Nature Fest” event hosted by the city of Oconto, there will be lot of nature related things to see and do in the area for the anglers and their families while they are in town and while the anglers are out on the water.  The Cabela’s MWC, National Professional Anglers Association, Pure Fishing and Zippo Outdoor Brands will present a Youth & Family Fishing Clinic immediately after the first day’s weigh-in. The first 50 youths will receive rods 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 2014 trail includes 10 stops spread across seven states in the Walleye Belt. Teams showcase their skills—and sponsor products—at world-class venues such as the Illinois, Detroit and Mississippi rivers, Green Bay, Big Stone Lake, Kinzua Reservoir, Cass Lake and Lake Erie.

Along with great payouts at each event, teams fishing three or more tournaments battle for coveted berths in the 2015 Cabela’s MWC Championship, set for October 2015 on Lake Erie out of Huron, Ohio. Teams fishing at least three qualifiers also compete for Team of the Year awards, including a $25,000 “Living the Dream” sponsorship package, which includes fully paid entries to the Cabela’s National Walleye Trail as a pro and co-angler, use of a 600 series Ranger boat, travel stipends and more.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its 12th season as title sponsor of the MWC. Official sponsors include: Berkley Gulp!, Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, MotorGuide, Ranger Boats, The Walleye Federation and Zippo Outdoor Brands. Associate sponsors include: Berkley Trilene, Church Tackle, Lindy Legendary Fishing Tackle, Optima Batteries, Rockstar Hitch Mounted Mud Flaps, T-H Marine and Sea Grant.

Entry fees are $650 per tournament, of which more than 100 percent is returned to anglers at the qualifiers, World Championship and Team of the Year races. Registration closes at 10 a.m. on Monday prior to each tournament. For more information, visit masterswalleyecircuit.com, email info@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

 

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Neubauer, Tourangeau Score Comeback Win and Over $150,000 in Cash and Prizes At Cabela’s National Team Championship

Neubauer, Tourangeau Score Comeback Win, 30,000 Cash and TWO New Ranger Boats with Evinrude Outboards At the 2014 Cabela’s National Team Championship

Green Bay, Wisc.—May 31, 2014—Michigan’s Ross Neubauer and Jamie Tourangeau overcame a 9-pound, 10-ounce final day deficit to score a dramatic comeback victory at the 2014 Cabela’s National Team Championship.

“This is unbelievable,” Tourangeau, of Escanaba, said while clutching the coveted Cabela’s NTC trophy seconds after claiming the crown in front of a cheering crowd gathered in the shadows of Green Bay’s legendary Lambeau Field. “We were so far behind, we thought we were fishing for second place.”

A three-day event held May 29-31, the Cabela’s NTC is widely regarded as the pinnacle of grassroots walleye tournaments. It is comprised of two-person teams that qualified through competition in local tournaments organized by walleye clubs sanctioned by The Walleye Federation.

During the first two days of competition, the full field of 237 teams from 20 states and provinces across North America battled on the walleye-rich waters of Green Bay and the Fox River. Each team was allowed to bring their best five fish to the scale each day. Competition was fierce, as only the top 25 teams advanced to the final round on day three.

Neubauer and Tourangeau, who qualified through the Great Lakes Sport Fishermen club out of Escanaba, sacked a respectable 31 pounds, 3 ounces on day one and 29 pounds, 9 ounces on day two to enter the final round in second place with 60 pounds, 12 ounces. They trailed Wisconsin’s Adam Adler, of Oconto Falls, and Ryan Dempsey, of Oneida, who had a commanding lead with 70 pounds, 6 ounces.

“We stuck to our game plan,” said Neubauer, of Iron Mountain, explaining that he and Tourangeau trolled gold-colored crankbaits behind planer boards to target walleyes suspended around 15 feet down over deeper water off a sand point between Peshtigo and Sturgeon Bay.

Weighing in ahead of the leaders, Neubauer and Tourangeau brought a 28-pound, 13-ounce five-fish limit to the scale for an 89-pound, 9-ounce total weight. As Adler and Dempsey took the stage with a limit of their own, the walleye world collectively held its breath. Adler and Dempsey needed 19 pounds, 3 ounces for the win. And considering they had brought in baskets weighing more than 30 pounds apiece to the scale on both days one and two—and led the field the entire tournament—the odds of victory were definitely in their favor.

But this day would be different. Adler and Dempsey’s final weight tallied 18 pounds, 13 ounces for an 89-pound, 3-ounce total—leaving them just six ounces short of claiming the championship. “Today we played it safe and it cost us,” said Dempsey.

Neubauer and Tourangeau were stunned. Besides ultimate bragging rights in the walleye world, they claimed the $30,000 first-place cash prize, along with a $60,000 Evinrude E-Tec powered 620 Ranger boat. They also won a second Ranger and E-Tec combo through the Ranger Cup contingency program, pushing their total winnings over $150,000.

In all, the Cabela’s NTC paid out $121,000 in cash to the top 50 teams and $14,600 in Cabela’s gift cards to the remainder of the field. In addition, the top 25 teams earned the title of “Cabela’s All-Americans” and received commemorative rings marking their achievement.

Another $1,000 in Cabela’s gift cards was awarded for big-fish and big-basket honors. On day one the Chevrolet Big Basket Award went to Adler and Dempsey for their 39-pound, 8-ounce bag. They also pocketed the Evinrude Big Fish Award for the 9-pound, 3-ounce trophy that anchored the impressive weight. On day two, the Ranger Boats Big Basket Award went to Wisconsin’s Kevin Adams, of Shawano, and Pat Schuette, of Manitowoc, for their 31-pound, 1-ounce catch. Day two Pepsi Big Fish honors went to Wisconsin’s Phillip Weigel, of West Salem, and Adam Woodhouse, of Stoddard, for the 10-pound, 3-ounce beauty that ended up big fish of the event.

A total of 1,969 fish weighing 7,221 pounds, 2 ounces crossed the stage during the three-day Cabela’s NTC event, of which the vast majority were released alive back into the Green Bay system.

Adding to the excitement, the event was streamed live on the internet and filmed for national television, to air the first week of August on “Americana Outdoors” on NBC Sports and the Pursuit Channel. Exact dates and airtimes will be announced at walleyefederation.com.

The event offered a number of family-friendly activities. A Kid’s Fishing Clinic was followed the day one weigh-in; youngsters met NTC competitors and received free rod-and-reel combos courtesy of Cabela’s and The Walleye Federation. On Saturday, Ranger Boats and Evinrude motors presented a TESTRIDE event at Metro Boat Launch, offering the chance to test-drive four new, fully-rigged, Evinrude E-Tec powered Ranger boats.

Weigh-ins were also just a short cast from Cabela’s brand-new 100,000-square-foot destination retail center at 1499 Lombardi Avenue in the Village of Ashwaubenon. With a Wisconsin Sportsman’s Hall of Fame showcasing trophy animal mounts and other memorabilia honoring the state’s outdoor heritage, plus aquariums and an incredible selection of outdoor gear, it provided the perfect place to spend time between take-offs and weigh-ins.

Cabela’s NTC sponsors include Chevrolet, Ranger Boats, Evinrude, Geico, MotorGuide and Pepsi. The Walleye Federation, based in Ponca City, Oklahoma, manages and produces the event, including the qualifying process. For details, visit walleyefederation.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

For Final Results CLICK HERE

For pictures of the event CLICK HERE

13th Annual Cabela’s National Team Championship Set For Green Bay, Wisconsin May 29-31 – LIVE coverage on www.walleyefederation.com

new-cabelas-ntc-blue-lettersPonca City, Okla.—May 16, 2014—Walleye fishing’s most coveted crown will be up for grabs on Green Bay May 29-31 when 237 two-person teams from across North America battle for top honors in the Cabela’s National Team Championship.

Widely regarded as the walleye world’s premier grassroots championship, the Cabela’s NTC is comprised of teams that qualified through competition in local tournaments organized by walleye clubs sanctioned by The Walleye Federation. A total of 20 states and provinces from Nevada to Maryland will be represented.

The event marks the 13th edition of the prestigious championship. Teams will vie for ultimate bragging rights and more than $250,000 in cash and prizes. First prize is $30,000 in cash plus a $60,000 Evinrude E-Tec powered 620 Ranger boat. A second Ranger and E-Tec combo will be awarded through the Ranger Cup contingency, meaning the victors could take home more than $150,000 in cash and prizes.

In all, the Cabela’s NTC pays out $121,000 in cash to the top 50 teams, $14,600 in Cabela’s gift cards to the remainder of the field, and $1,000 in Cabela’s gift cards for big fish and big basket awards. In addition, the top 25 teams earn the title of “Cabela’s All-Americans” and received commemorative rings marking their achievement.

The entire field will compete the first two days on the walleye-rich waters of Green Bay and the Fox River. Each team will be allowed to bring their best five fish to the scale each day. Competition will be fierce, as only the top 25 teams advance to the final round on day three.

Walleye fans are invited to cheer on their favorite teams when they take off from Green Bay’s Metro Boat Launch each morning at 7 a.m., then watch the action unfold in person at the weigh-ins, which begin at 4 p.m. daily in the shadows of legendary Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Adding to the excitement, the event will be streamed live on the internet at www.cabelas.com/ntc and at www.walleyefederation.com

It is also filmed for national television, to air the first week of August on “Americana Outdoors” on NBC Sports and the Pursuit Channel. Exact dates and airtimes will be announced at walleyefederation.com.

Weigh-ins are also just a short cast from Cabela’s brand-new 100,000-square-foot destination retail center at 1499 Lombardi Avenuein the Village of Ashwaubenon. With a Wisconsin Sportsman’s Hall of Fame showcasing trophy animal mounts and other memorabilia honoring the state’s outdoor heritage, plus aquariums and an incredible selection of outdoor gear, it’s the perfect place to spend time between take-off and weigh-in.

For store information, call: (920) 264-0140 or visitcabelas.com.

The Cabela’s store also showcases the latest technology from the company’s newest NTC partner—trolling motor icon MotorGuide. “We have long supported anglers in a variety of venues, and are proud to help The Walleye Federation and Cabela’s NTC promote walleye fishing and fisheries conservation coast to coast,” said MotorGuide marketing manager Dave Walsh. “We also look forward to introducing their hard-core anglers and countless dedicated fans to MotorGuide’s new high-performance Xi5 wireless trolling motor and Pinpoint GPS navigation system. These exciting new technologies can help anglers everywhere catch more fish in all types of conditions.”

Other activities include a Kid’s Fishing Clinic at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 29 in the Lambeau Field parking lot following the day one weigh-in; youngsters will get to meet NTC competitors and receive free rod-and-reel combos courtesy of Cabela’s and The Walleye Federation.

On May 31, Ranger Boats and Evinrude motors will present a TESTRIDE event at Metro Boat Launch from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., offering the chance to test-drive four new, fully-rigged, Evinrude E-Tec powered Ranger boats, including an 1880 Angler, 1850 Reata, and two 621s. A new Z521 will also be on display. Test-rides are free, youth and adult life jackets are provided, and families are encouraged to experience the latest in marine technology with a professional angler as their guide.

Cabela’s NTC sponsors include Chevrolet, Ranger Boats, Evinrude, Geico, MotorGuide and Pepsi. The Walleye Federation, based in Ponca City, Oklahoma, manages and produces the event, including the qualifying process. For details, visit walleyefederation.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

Heinrich, Backstrand Win Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Big Stone Lake Qualifier Presented by MotorGuide

For Immediate Release – Ortonville, Minn.—May 17, 2014—

After a fast start on day one, Minnesotans Justin Heinrich and Cody Backstrand survived a much tougher bite on day two to win the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s Big Stone Lake qualifier May 16-17.

“This was a blast!” said Heinrich, of Rogers, moments after claiming victory in the team-format event in front of a cheering crowd gathered at Riverside Park in Ortonville. “It hasn’t even started to sink in yet,” added Backstrand, of Ortonville, noting that this was the team’s first-ever MWC tournament. “We’ve fished together a few years and finally decided to give it a try. Things really worked out great!”

The winners rocketed out of the gate on day one with a five-fish, 20-pound basket that would ultimately be the biggest bag to cross the Cabela’s MWC stage during the event.

“It was tougher on day two,” Backstrand reported, speculating that calmer conditions may have slowed the bite. “We didn’t have a fish in the livewell at 11:30 and were getting a little nervous,” added Heinrich. Just when they were about to abandon their golden pattern, Big Stone’s walleyes came to life and rewarded their patience with five fish for 14 pounds, 3 ounces, giving them a 34-pound, 3-ounce two-day total.

“We trolled spinner rigs with leeches 1.2 to 1.3 mph in 12 feet of water along a transition between rock, gravel and sand about a mile north of Ortonville,” said Heinrich, admitting that multiple trips to his local Cabela’s retail store in Rogers helped him stock up for the winning performance. Other keys to the presentation were 10-pound Berkley XT monofilament mainline, size 2 Colorado spinner blades and bottom bouncers for ballast.

Heinrich and Backstrand collected the $7,700 first-place cash payout, plus the $500 Berkley Baits contingency and $525 from the big-fish pot for catching the largest walleye on day one. They also claimed a $1,000 Cabela’s National Team Championship Prize Package including paid NTC entry, travel stipend, team jerseys and plaques.

In second place, fellow Minnesotans Artie Arndt, of Ortonville, and Mike Frisch, of Elbow Lake, weighed in 10 fish for 31 pounds, 10 ounces, worth $4,100 in cash.

Rounding out the top 10 were: 3rd: James Hartman and Dan Sunne, 30-07, $2,700 4th: Gregory Jones and Scott Zupfer, 29-02, $2,100 5th: Kelly Stattelman and Monty Athey, 29-01, $1,700 6th: Brent Hasslen and Ritchie Seidell, 28-05, $1,400 7th: Mike Olson and Pete Geroy, 28-03, $1,200 plus $1,000 Ranger Cup and $500 Lowrance HDS Gen2 Touch and Elite 7 contingency 8th: Isaac and Todd Pauly, 27-02, $1,200 plus $250 Zippo Hot Hands Big Fish Award for catching big fish of the tournament, a 9-pound, 1-ounce walleye 9th: Todd Laughton and Terry Zimmer, 26-09, $1,000 10th: Rick and Dillon Robinson, 25-13, $1,000

In other contingency winnings, 19th-place finishers Troy Morris and Corey Heiser collected the $200 Optima True Blue Bonus.In all, the Cabela’s MWC awarded $30,770 in cash and prizes.

Big Stone Lake yielded 303 walleyes weighing a total of 823 pounds, 1 ounce and 36 five-fish Cabela’s MWC limits were recorded in the catch-and-release event. The Cabela’s MWC, National Professional Anglers Association, Pure Fishing and Zippo Outdoor Brands presented a Youth & Family Fishing Clinic immediately after the first day’s weigh-in. Participating youths received 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 2014 trail includes 10 stops spread across seven states in the Walleye Belt. Teams showcase their skills—and sponsor products—at world-class venues such as the Illinois, Detroit and Mississippi rivers, Green Bay, Big Stone Lake, Kinzua Reservoir, Cass Lake and Lake Erie.

Along with great payouts at each event, teams fishing three or more tournaments battle for coveted berths in the 2015 Cabela’s MWC Championship, set for October 2015 on Lake Erie out of Huron, Ohio. Teams fishing at least three qualifiers also compete for Team of the Year awards, including a $25,000 “Living the Dream” sponsorship package, which includes fully paid entries to the Cabela’s National Walleye Trail as a pro and co-angler, use of a 600 series Ranger boat, travel stipends and more.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its 12th season as title sponsor of the MWC. Official sponsors include: Berkley Gulp!, Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, MotorGuide, Ranger Boats, The Walleye Federation and Zippo Outdoor Brands. Associate sponsors include: Berkley Trilene, Church Tackle, Lindy Legendary Fishing Tackle, Optima Batteries, Rockstar Hitch Mounted Mud Flaps, T-H Marine and Sea Grant.

Entry fees are $650 per tournament, of which more than 100 percent is returned to anglers at the qualifiers, World Championship and Team of the Year races. Registration closes at 10 a.m. on Monday prior to each tournament. For more information, visit masterswalleyecircuit.com, email info@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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