Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Returns To Big Stone Lake
Presented By The Walleye Federation
Ponca City, Okla.—April 14, 2016—Competitive walleye anglers have a chance to enjoy great fishing while testing their skills against top two-person teams from across the Midwest when the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit returns to a longtime favorite destination, Big Stone Lake, for a qualifying tournament April 29-30.
The walleye-rich border impoundment separating Minnesota from South Dakota has hosted many MWC events throughout the trail’s history, and never fails to deliver exciting tournament action for anglers using a variety of techniques from slip bobbering to jigging, rigging and cranking.
Based in scenic Lakeside Park in Ortonville, the event offers teams two full days of competition. Teams will be allowed to weigh five fish measuring 15 inches and over each day—with one over 20 inches per angler—and the team with the heaviest two-day total weight will be crowned the tournament champions.
The Cabela’s MWC offers lucrative payouts, which are based on the number of teams entered in each event. Plus, the MWC Big Fish Pot and MWC side pot payouts, along with sponsor bonuses including Ranger Cup, Abu Garcia, Lowrance Electronics and Okuma add thousands more to the total. Additional bonuses can push the tally even higher. And as an added incentive, the first-place team will win a $1,000 Cabela’s National Team Championship Prize Package including paid NTC entry, travel stipend, team jerseys and plaques.
Weigh-ins are free, open to the public and begin at 3 p.m. As a bonus to budding tournament fans, the Cabela’s MWC, National Professional Anglers Association and Pure Fishing 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.
Adding to the excitement, Cabela’s MWC qualifiers also serve as “State Championship Events.” 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 the MWC is not holding a qualifier that year will offer a State Champions title for that state as well.
In states where the MWC hosts only one event each year, the winners of that event earn a state champions title for that year for that state regardless of where they live. In states hosting two or more regular season MWC events, like Minnesota, teams will be required to count scores for all events held in that state to earn the state champions title.
Besides serious bragging rights, state champions will 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.
Along with great payouts at each event, teams fishing three or more tournaments in 2016 will battle for coveted berths in the 2017 Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship, set for September on Minnesota’s Cass Lake out of Stony Point Resort. 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 great walleye action.
Under the umbrella of The Walleye Federation (TWF), the Cabela’s MWC is open to avid walleye anglers from all walks of life. In all, the 2016 schedule includes seven qualifiers in six states and includes a diverse selection of the Walleye Belt’s finest rivers, inland lakes and big-water fisheries. Deadline to register for the Big Stone tournament is Monday, April 25.
Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is in its 15th 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, visit masterswalleyecircuit.com, email [email protected], or call (580) 765-9031.