The Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit, now under the ownership of The Walleye Federation (TWF), announced today early bird Premier Team registrations are up 25% over the record setting numbers of 2012. Premier Team registration closed February 15.
“Last year, before we acquired the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit, MWC had an all-time high on premier teams and total entries into all events combined as far back as I can find records,” Said, Robert Cartlidge with TWF. “The MWC staff did an excellent job of laying a great foundation. Naturally, we’re very pleased with how the anglers are responding and signing up.
If the early bird Premier Team registration is any indication, we should see numbers up across all events.” Cartlidge continued. “We want to thank all the anglers for that. As anglers ourselves, we understand that with any circuit or trail it’s all about the anglers; it all starts with them and they are the reason we do what we do.”
Registration is still open for all 2013 MWC events and will remain open until the Sunday before each event; however, as noted early bird Premier Team registration has closed. Premier Team registration numbers are up 25% from 94 premier teams in 2012 to 117 premier teams in 2013.
While there’s a long list of benefits to signing up as a premier team, including slightly better odds of making the championship and other premier team perks, which reward anglers who sign up early each year for at least three events. Premier team status is certainly not required to compete or be competitive on the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit.
Anyone can sign up for the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit and all anglers have the opportunity to qualify for the $100,000 2013 World Walleye Championship because the only way to get there is to qualify by catching fish.
The first 2013 Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit event kicks off at Spring Valley, Ill., March 22-24. It’s still a few weeks away and there’s already over a 100 teams signed up to help kick off the season.
To see the full list of premier teams, get more information about fishing the MWC or find an event near you go to www.masterswalleyecircuit.com.
Founded in 1984 and entering its 29th year, the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit is the oldest team tournament circuit in the walleye world. It has a rich history of intense competition, over $500,000 dollars in annual purse money paid out at the nation’s top destinations. MWC is deeply involved in youth outreach and a lasting legacy of conservation that includes more than $300,000 in donations to fisheries projects in states where our events are held.
Now under the umbrella of The Walleye Federation (TWF), the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit is open to all avid walleye anglers, from all walks of life. The 2013 Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit includes 10 qualifiers spread across six states in the Walleye Belt from Colorado to Ohio and North Dakota. Teams showcase their skills—and sponsor products—at world-class venues such as the Illinois River, Detroit\Lake Erie, Huron/Lake Erie, Pueblo, Colorado, Lake Michigan/Oconto, Lake Oahe, Lkae Winnebago, Devils Lake, ND, St. Mary’s rivers, Cass Lake, MN and the World Walleye Championship in Bays de Noc, Escanaba, MI. The 2013 Circuit will be highlight our sponsor partners and angler to the masses with live streaming video of select events and five nationally televised events aired in the Federation Angler TV 13 week block on NBC sports.
Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is entering its 11th season as title sponsor of the MWC. Official sponsors include: Lowrance Electronics, Berkley Gulp!, Ranger Boats, Zippo, Mercury Marine, MotorGuide, Lowes Equipment Manufacturing and The Walleye Federation. Associate Sponsors include: Berkley Line, Optima Batteries, Church Tackle, O2 Marine Technologies and the Sea Grant Institute. For more information, call (580) 765-9031, email [email protected], or visit www.masterswalleyecircuit.com