Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Headed To Green Bay For Great Lakes Big-Fish Showdown May 19-20 Presented by Lowe Equipment Attachments

Ponca City, Okla.—May 9, 2017—A big-water, big-walleye showdown is expected when the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit descends upon the legendary waters of Green Bay May 19-20 for the trail’s fourth qualifying tournament of the season.

Presented by Lowe Equipment Attachments, the two-day event is based in the city of Green Bay, with launches and weigh-ins held bayside at Green Bay Metro Park. With the world-class walleye fishery of Green Bay and the Fox River below the DePere Dam in play, heavy baskets and exciting tournament action are expected as anglers clash for thousands in cash and prizes.

The Cabela’s MWC’s lucrative payout schedule is based on the number of teams entered in each event. 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. Plus, the first-place team will 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 in a hurry. At the 2016 Green Bay MWC qualifier, for example, winners Buck Gehm and Louie Apitz claimed more than $14,680 in cash and prizes.

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 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.

Along with great payouts at each MWC event, teams fishing three or more tournaments in 2017 will 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 an added bonus, presenting sponsor 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 information on that program, 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 Green Bay tournament is Monday, May 15 at 4 p.m.

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 info@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.
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Arndts Conquer Tough Bite To Win Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Big Stone Lake Tournament Presented by Lowrance

Ortonville, Minn.—April 29, 2017—Hard-fishing brothers Artie and Scott Arndt charged from 10th place on day one all the way to the winner’s circle to claim top honors at the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s Big Stone Lake regular season qualifier presented by Lowrance Electronics April 28-29 out of Lakeside Park in downtown Ortonville, Minnesota.

It was the second year in a row that a pair of Arndts topped the leaderboard at Big Stone. In 2016, Artie and son Tanner won the MWC qualifier on the scenic border water separating Minnesota from South Dakota.

 

“It’s hard to believe,” said Artie after this year’s win. “It was a tough bite. The water temperature dropped 10 degrees in a week, from the 50s into the low 40s. But we ground it out and got it done.”

 

The Arndts brought just one walleye to the MWC scale on day one. The fish was a good one, though, weighing 5 pounds, 12 ounces, and put them within striking distance of leaders Chris and Joe Kujawa, who boated four fish for 8 pounds, 8 ounces.

 

“The water was dirty the first morning, so we started out pitching jigs in five to eight feet of water off shoreline rocks, slowly working the jig back to the boat,” said Artie. “We got our fish on a short-shanked, ball-head jig tipped with a minnow.” Water clarity quickly improved, however, dooming their pattern and forcing a run-and-gun approach that yielded no keepers but a plan for day two. “We lost a couple of good fish trolling dirty water in the afternoon, so we were excited going into day two,” he added.

 

On Saturday, they trolled shad-bodied, perch-colored crankbaits 1.8 mph in eight to 11 feet of water on the south end of the lake, from Skeleton Island to Ortonville. “Another key besides finding dirty water was switching from size 5 down to size 4 crankbaits, which produced most of our fish,” said Scott. They ended up with a 14-pound, 5-ounce, five-fish limit for a 20-pound, 1-ounce total that propelled them past the Kujawas

and into first place.

 

Like his brother, Scott was excited about the win. “It’s surreal,” he said. “But at my age (47), getting a chance to do this with my brother means the world to me. We grew up fishing Big Stone an

d have a lot of great memories. Winning this MWC event together is something we’ll remember forever.”

Along with memories, the Arndts collected more than

$13,900 in cash and prizes, including the $9,500 first-place cash payout, $2,716 from the option pot, $500 AirWave certificate, $200 Okuma Reel bonus and 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: Chris and Joe Kujawa, 19-03, $4,700 plus $2,037 cash from the option pot and $500 Lowrance bonus

3rd: Jarrod Fredericks and Thomas Larson, 19-02, $3,200

4th: Jake and Gene Brueggemann, 18-14, $2,500

5th: Steve Vick and Sean Andersen, 18-08, $2,000 plus $1,358 from the option pot

 

Sixth-place finishers Mike Dorris and Brian Tordsen claimed $1,500 cash plus the $1,000 Ranger Cup bonus and $679 from the option pot. In all, the Cabela’s MWC awarded $44,020 in cash and prizes.

A total of 126 walleyes weighing 320 pounds, 10 ounces crossed the scale and were released back into Big Stone Lake during the 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 and includes 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 info@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Returns To Big Stone Lake For High Stakes Border Battle April 28-29, Presented by Lowrance

Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Returns To Big Stone Lake
For High Stakes Border Battle April 28-29

Presented by Lowrance

Ponca City, Okla.—April 17, 2017—Competitive walleye anglers from across the Midwest will converge on Big Stone Lake April 28-29 to enjoy great fishing and test their skills the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s third qualifying tournament of the season.

Spanning nearly 12,000 acres, the border water between Minnesota and South Dakota has long been a favorite destination for MWC anglers—and for good reason. A variety of fishing techniques produce walleye gold here, including pitching jigs, spinner rigging, trolling crankbaits and slip-bobber fishing. Plus, Department of Natural Resources’ fisheries surveys reveal Big Stone’s walleye population is in excellent shape, with a wide range of fish sizes present from 15-inch eaters to trophies topping 28 inches.

The tournament’s late-April timing coincides with great fishing on Big Stone. Walleye fans can expect to see a parade of 5-fish daily limits cross the stage at scenic Lakeside Park in downtown Ortonville, Minnesota, during the two-day event presented by Lowrance Electronics.

The stakes are high, thanks to the Cabela’s MWC’s lucrative payouts—which are based on the number of teams entered in each event. 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. Plus, 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. Such winnings add up in a hurry. At the 2016 Big Stone MWC, for example, winners Artie and Tanner Arndt took home more than $13,500 in cash and prizes.

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 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.

Along with great payouts at each MWC event, teams fishing three or more tournaments in 2017 will 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.

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 Big Stone Lake tournament is Monday, April 24 at 4 p.m.

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 info@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

Additionally, the Big Stone event is supported annually by:

 

 

Whitson, Campeau Win Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Detroit River Tournament, Presented by Ranger Boats

Whitson, Campeau Win Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Detroit River Tournament

Presented by Ranger Boats

Trenton, Mich.—April 8, 2017—Ontario’s Greg Whitson and Mark Campeau rallied to score an exciting come-from-behind win at the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s Detroit River regular season qualifier April 7-8 out of scenic Elizabeth Park in Trenton, Michigan.

“This is great,” said Whitson, of Windsor. “This is our seventh time fishing the MWC at Detroit. Mark and I grew up on Pike Creek on Lake St. Clair near the Detroit River, and we’ve always wanted to win one on our home waters.”

Whitson and Campeau are no strangers to success on the Circuit. In addition to numerous money finishes, they won the 2015 Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship on Lake Erie, and the 2015 MWC qualifier on Lake Michigan’s Bays de Noc out of Escanaba.

Whitson and Campeau, of St. Joachim, found themselves in seventh on day one after boating three walleyes for 9 pounds, 6 ounces. “Teams were restricted to fishing the river due to high winds on Lake Erie,” Whitson explained. “The river was super muddy from two days of rain flushing runoff down from Lake St. Clair. We tried jigging a little but then switched to handlining chartreuse-yellow and chrome minnowbaits off the south end of Grosse Ile Island in 13 to 18 feet of water.”

On day two, smoother sailing put Erie in play. “We trolled green, chrome and orange deep-running minnowbaits 1.3 to 1.5 mph in 10 to 14 feet of water in Brest Bay,” said Whitson. “We focused on stained areas because they had the warmest water we could find—up to 47 degrees.” The tactics yielded four fish weighing 26 pounds, 4 ounces, which gave them a 35-pound, 10-ounce total weight and propelled them to the top of the MWC leaderboard.

They collected more than $15,300 in cash and prizes for their comeback exploits, including the $9,000 first-place cash payout, $1,000 Ranger Cup bonus, $500 Lowrance Electronics contingency, $500 AirWave certificate, $200 Okuma Reel bonus and a $1,000 Cabela’s National Team Championship Prize Package including paid entry into the 2017 NTC, travel stipend, team jerseys and plaques.

Rounding out the top five were:

2nd: Steve and Dan Bodinger, 27-08, $4,500 plus $2,340 cash from the option pot

3rd: Joe Wickey and James Calvisky, 26-15, $3,000

4th: Mike Dorris and Brian Tordsen, 21-15, $2,200

5th: Witold Niemiec and Wojciech Czykier, 21-14, $1,900

 

In all, the Cabela’s MWC awarded $42,148.50 in cash and prizes.

A total of 126 walleyes weighing 467 pounds, 13 ounces crossed the scale at Elizabeth Park during the 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 and includes 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 entering 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 info@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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