Solid Pre-Fish Leads to Solid Win for Wilson and Lakich Presented by Mercury

Marinette, Wisc — August 10, 2020 — The field of the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) tournament, Presented by Mercury, was scattered throughout the bay of Green Bay August 7-9 with many hoping to cash in on a historic bite. Max Wilson (Campbellsport, WI) and Isaac Lakich (Richfield, WI) have been tracking this bite for weeks leading up to the MWC event. Though a great bite was to be expected, the delayed second day of competition was not.

The Masters Walleye Circuit’s tournament director, Jack Baker, made the decision to cancel fishing activities on Saturday, August 8th due to treacherous wind and weather conditions on the bay. “We always want a safe environment for our anglers to fish in.” Said Jack about his decision. “Many of these teams are making long runs, and although that’s a choice they make and not something they have to do, I want to make sure the desire for safety stays top-of-mind rather than the fish.”

Max and Isaac worried that their fish may have moved or that other conditions would cause them to stumble when fishing resumed on Sunday, August 9. When they arrived at their spot, they found water temperatures had dropped significantly, generally signaling a loss of active fish. “We dropped our electronics and saw the fish were still stacked there.” Max said as they weighed their fish that afternoon. “I looked over at Isaac and told him the fish are still here and I knew if they were here, we could catch them.” Isaac knew that between their time on the water Max and him had done all they could have done. “We have a solid pre-fishing plan. We split up and we checked and re-checked everything. We fish very similarly so I knew I could trust what he found and he could trust me.”

Max and Isaac weighed a total of 74lbs and brought home over $17,500 in cash and prizes, including the $10,600 first-place cash payout, $3,782.50 option pot cash, $500 AirWave certificate and a $1,000 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s National Team Championship Prize Package, including paid entry into the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s NTC, travel stipend, team jerseys and plaques.

 

The rest of the top five teams:

2nd: Wayne Butz & Scott Cisewski 69-12, $5,600 cash, $2,700 option pot cash $1,000 Ranger Cup bonus, $500 Lowrance bonus, $200 in Okuma reels

3rd: Jaran Cox & Quillan Rank 64-10, $3,750 cash, $1,700 option pot cash

4th: Michael McCardle & Scott Valleskey 64-01, $2,600 cash, $1,200 option pot cash

5th: Brandon & Tom McPeak 61-06, $2,150 cash

 

All together the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit awarded $54,772.50 in cash and prizes in Marinette, WI.

410 fish weighed a total of 2170 lbs. 14 oz. during the event.

Under the umbrella of The Walleye Federation (TWF), the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit is North America’s longest-running and undisputed leader in team walleye tournaments and as an inductee into the freshwater fishing hall of fame, has set the standard for competitive walleye fishing for 36 years and is open to avid walleye anglers from all walks of life. The 2020 schedule includes 7 qualifiers in seven states, plus the 2021 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship.

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s – The World’s Foremost Outfitters, are in their 19th season as title sponsor of the Masters Walleye Circuit. Official sponsors include: Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, Ranger Boats and The Walleye Federation. Associate sponsors include: AirWave Pedestals, Berkley, Church Tackle, Soft Steel, Okuma, Power-Pole and T-H Marine. For more information, email info@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

Day 2 BLOW DAY called at Marinette due to high winds on the Bay, anglers will compete tomorrow for a final day

Safety first,

When the wind blows hard out of the wrong direction on big water such as the Bay of Green Bay it can get big in a hurry.  Anyone who has fished the bay can attest to that.  Tournament officials called off day 2 at the MWC Marinette event Presented by Lowrance this morning for that very reason.

“Small craft advisories are nothing to new to walleye fishing and MWC angler are expert boaters and well versed in big water. It is the direction the wind is blowing from that is the deciding factor on most blow days.” Stated Tournament Director Jack Baker.  ” A south or southwest wind runs right down the Bay of Green Bay for miles and there is no safe way to get out of it or run a leeside out of the wind to get to a fishing location. Waves roll for miles and it just gets bigger and bigger. The safety of our anglers is always our first priority so we will sit out today and fish tomrrow.”

The National weather service forecast was for SW and SSW winds 15-20 with gusts to 25 for most of the day Saturday August 8th. A “blow day” means that the final day of the MWC event at Marinette move to tomorrow Sunday Aug 9th, The anglers get a day off today to work on tackle or relax a bit as the bay is off limits to all anglers today.

Back to “The Bay” as the Masters Walleye Circuit Visits Marinette, WI August 7-8 Presented by Mercury

Ponca City, Okla. — July 20, 2020 — Anticipation grows as anglers prepare to converge on a favorite across the circuit, the Bay of Green Bay, this time launching out of Marinette, WI. August 7-8 the “Toughest Walleye Teams on Planet Earth” will pit themselves against the elements to bring to the scales their five largest walleyes. Presented by Wisconsin-based Mercury Marine, the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) looks to showcase the incredible fishery “the bay” continues to be.

“The Masters Walleye Circuit has a long history of conservation efforts on Green Bay over the last three decades, as well as many other bodies of water.” Jack Baker, tournament director said. “A quick search will show up many articles that link the Masters Walleye Circuit to a multitude of conservation efforts to support walleye fishing over the years.” MWC’s continued pledge of giving back a portion of all entry fees to walleye conservation, preservation and restoration has resulted in over $360,000 direct dollars being donated to numerous walleye projects to date.  Much of those MWC funds were matched three dollars to every one dollar with federal sport fish restoration funds which resulted in well over one-million dollars being directed to walleye fishing. “On a popular body of water like Green Bay where hundreds of guides and charter boats operate daily, multiple events are held each year and tens of thousands of angler days are logged annually, it is important for us all to help support the resource.

The MWC has been doing just that longer than anyone else in the industry. “We are so proud to have state of the art weigh-in equipment, including top-of-the-line release boats that are the envy of any state agency or fishery biologist. We look back years ago and thanks to the efforts of many, including the DNR and fisheries biologists, the MWC family of anglers and staff long before I got here, the weights and the fishery continues to stay healthy and shine year after year.”

Due to the Covid 19 pandemic, this tournament was moved to the August 7-8 dates after originally being scheduled as a May 2020 event. Baker commented on the disappointment of having to reschedule. “We know anglers were looking forward to a spring event here, and frankly, so was I, but we will have a great time and I know the competitors have their summertime spots picked out.”

Each MWC event has a lucrative payout which is based on the number of teams entered into that event, and is awarded to 20% of the field, providing more inspiration to sign up and join the fun. In addition, to a hefty check, the first-place team also earns a $1,000 Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s National Team Championship (NTC) prize package including paid entry, travel stipend, team jerseys and plaques. Additionally, the big-fish pot, option pot and sponsor bonuses from Ranger Cup, Lowrance, Okuma, AirWave and T-H Marine Atlas Awards add thousands more for distribution among the field.

Qualified teams from the 2020 season earning points in at least three qualifiers compete for coveted berths in the 2021 World Walleye Championship, set for October 2021 on the Mississippi River in Lake City, MN. Those earning points in at least four qualifiers compete for Team of the Year honors, including a $10,000 sponsorship package and thousands more in cash and prizes to the top 10 teams in the final “best of 4” final standing each year.

Daily live weigh-ins will be held at Menekaunee Habor beginning at 3:00pm both days August 7, 8.  We encourage you to watch the weigh-ins live, online, at masterswalleyecircuit.com or on our Facebook page facebook.com/MastersWalleyeCircuit.

Under the umbrella of The Walleye Federation (TWF), the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit is North America’s longest-running and undisputed leader in team walleye tournaments and as an inductee into the freshwater fishing hall of fame, has set the standard for competitive walleye fishing for 36 years. MWC is open to walleye anglers from all walks of life. The 2020 schedule includes seven qualifiers in seven states, plus the 2021 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship. Registration is now open for all events, and the registration deadline for the Marinette tournament is close of business Monday, August 3. Visit masterswalleyecircuit.com for full details.

Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s – The World’s Foremost Outfitters, are in their 19th season as title sponsor of the Masters Walleye Circuit. Official sponsors include: Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, Ranger Boats and The Walleye Federation. Associate sponsors include: AirWave Pedestals, Church Tackle, Berkley Fishing, Okuma, Power-Pole, Soft Steel and T-H Marine. For more information, email info@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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Johnson and Rhoad’s Breeze to a Win on Lake Huron

 

Johnson and Rhoads Breeze to a Win on Lake Huron

 Presented by Lowe Equipment Attachments

Oscoda, Mich — July 20, 2020 — When Dan Johnson (Fayetteville,OH) and Larry Rhoads (Milford, OH) found themselves facing a mighty Southwest wind on Lake Huron Friday afternoon, they knew they had to make every cast count and more importantly, every bite. Launching out of the AuSable River for the two-day Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit, presented by Lowe Equipment Attachments, Dan and Larry headed south toward Saginaw Bay to find what they needed to hoist the trophy at the end of the weekend.

“We finally had consistent wind and weather both today and yesterday.” Said Larry after Saturday’s weigh-in at the AuSable River Harbor. “We only caught nine fish today and I knew Steve (Vandermark) and Jerry (Fox Jr.) were on good fish too, the same program actually.” Dan and Larry lead after day one with a Friday weight of 19-01 and knew they would need a little luck to keep the lead. “The camera guy (Kevin) was our good luck charm, I think. We didn’t catch many after he left our boat.”

The event was the first of its kind for the communities of Oscoda/AuSable, MI. Originally scheduled for the Detroit River in April of 2020 the Masters Walleye Circuit was forced to move and reschedule selecting Oscoda as the replacement destination for the Michigan event. “The atmosphere in town was exciting, every single marquee in town had a message to our anglers wishing them luck and welcoming them to town. “Jeff Kelm, tournament announcer said. “They had volunteers handing out free coffee and donuts at the launch, free hot dogs at weigh-in, everyone in town was asking “what can we do to help and when are you coming back?”

Dan Johnson and Larry Rhoads weighed a total of 35-11 and brought home over $13,400 in cash and prizes, including the $7,200 first-place cash payout, $3,200.50 option pot cash, $500 Lowrance bonus, $500 AirWave certificate, $200 in Okuma reels, a TH Marine Atlas Awards bonus and a $1,000 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s National Team Championship Prize Package, including paid entry into the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s NTC, travel stipend, team jerseys and plaques.

The rest of the top five teams:

2nd: Steve Vandemark & Jerry Fox Jr. 34-04, $3,700 cash, $1,000 Ranger Cup bonus

3rd: Kevin Dahl & Travis Pisarek 30-08, $2,450 cash, $2,000 option pot cash

4th: Rodger Riggs & Jason Kopf 29-10, $1,600 cash, $1,250 option pot cash

5th: Dennis Pisha & Tyler Schuiteman 29-07, $1,500 cash

All together the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit awarded $29,080.50 in cash and prizes at Oscoda/AuSable, MI.

252 fish weighed a total of 725 lbs. 09 oz. during the event.

Under the umbrella of The Walleye Federation (TWF), the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit is North America’s longest-running and undisputed leader in team walleye tournaments and as an inductee into the freshwater fishing hall of fame, has set the standard for competitive walleye fishing for 36 years and is open to avid walleye anglers from all walks of life. The 2020 schedule includes 7 qualifiers in seven states, plus the 2021 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship.

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s – The World’s Foremost Outfitters, are in their 19th season as title sponsor of the Masters Walleye Circuit. Official sponsors include: Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, Ranger Boats and The Walleye Federation. Associate sponsors include: AirWave Pedestals, Berkley, Church Tackle, Soft Steel, Okuma, Power-Pole and T-H Marine. For more information, email info@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.