Lineup Includes Hefty Payouts, Exciting Competition And Great Fishing
Ponca City, Okla.—Oct. 3, 2016—Since 1984 the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit has set the standard for providing serious walleye anglers with affordable yet exciting, high-stakes team-format walleye competition in a professionally run atmosphere. That tradition continues in 2017, thanks to a tournament schedule once again filled with top walleye destinations at peak fishing times.
The circuit’s 2017 lineup features seven qualifiers in six states on a diverse selection of rivers, inland lakes and Great Lakes fisheries.
The 2017 Cabela’s MWC schedule includes:
Illinois River at Spring Valley, IL
Detroit River/Lake Erie at Trenton, MI
Big Stone Lake at Ortonville, MN
Bay of Green Bay at Green Bay, WI
Lake Winnebago at Menasha, WI
Devils Lake at Devils Lake, ND
St. Marys River at Sault Ste. Marie, MI
“The MWC once again focused on fishing premier destinations when the bite is on,” said MWC Senior Tournament Director Dan Palmer. “The 2017 schedule offers world-class walleye fishing, hefty tournament payouts and a great time for our anglers in a two-person team setting that lets you enjoy the thrill of competition with your favorite fishing partner.”
Along with enjoying fast fishing and exciting competition in a professionally run team format that has stood the test of time for more than 30 years, anglers have a shot to win thousands in cash and prizes at each event.
Cabela’s MWC qualifier payouts are based on the number of two-person teams entered in each event, and can top $20,000 cash for first place. Plus, the MWC Big Fish Pot, MWC side pot payouts and bonuses from sponsors including Ranger Boats, Lowrance Electronics, Abu Garcia, Lowe Equipment Attachments and Okuma add thousand more to the total.
Cabela’s MWC qualifiers also serve as “State Championship Events,” adding more excitement to every tournament. All teams fishing the event are eligible for the State Champions title in that state, and any event with more than 10 teams registered from any state where MWC is not holding a qualifier that year will offer a State Champions title for that state as well. Besides bragging rights, state champions earn, at minimum, custom state champions’ prizes and awards, a berth in the Cabela’s NTC, and a spot on the MWC website’s Wall of Fame.
Teams fishing three or more tournaments in 2017 will also battle for coveted berths in the 2018 Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship, set for October on Bays de Noc out of Escanaba, MI.
The MWC World Walleye Championship represents the top point-accumulating teams from the previous year’s season, with the payout based on that previous year’s participation as well. Teams fishing at least four qualifiers compete for Team of the Year awards, including thousands in cash and Cabela’s Cash cards, as well as fully paid entries into a full season of exciting walleye action and more.
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 2017 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 looking forward to its 16th season as title sponsor of the MWC. Official sponsors include: Berkley Gulp!, Abu Garcia, Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, Ranger Boats and The Walleye Federation. Associate sponsors include: AirWave Pedestals, G-Juice, MotorGuide and Okuma. For more information, email [email protected], or call (580) 765-9031.