All Eyes on Erie As the Next Stop for the 2021 Masters Walleye Circuit
Presented by Lowe Equipment Attachments
Ponca City, Okla. — March 25, 2021 — Hot off the drama that unfolded on the scales at the first event of the 2021 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) season, the anglers turn their attention to what may be a record-shattering weigh-in on the shores of Lake Erie, Port Clinton, OH. Presented by Lowe Equipment Attachments, this two-day team event will send participants from across the country out on the lake some call the greatest walleye water in the world April 16-17.
Newly seated MWC tournament director Jeff Kelm said of the expected large catch rate and weight “If you’re going to fish walleyes on a competitive level, you have to do it here, and this event can be a lucrative place to start. I have no doubts that if the anglers find the right fish, we will see over 100 lbs. of fish brought to the scale.” In as recent as 2018 a weight of 89 lbs. was brought in for the two-day event and Jeff believes that it could be pushed higher. “There is a lot of fish in the system and we should be near these large schools at the right time to see something magical.”
For the second year in a row, the MWC has combined efforts with the Lake Erie Walleye Trail (LEWT) at Lake Erie to allow anglers from both far and wide to win some incredible money and prizes. “Bringing the best Lake Erie circuit (LEWT) and the best national circuit (MWC) together in the walleye capital of the world is a tournament angler’s dream!” said LEWT Tournament director Jason Fischer, “Can’t wait to see what Port Clinton will bring.”
With thousands of dollars already set to be awarded at every Masters Walleye Circuit event, new contingencies for the 2021 MWC season will be an additional opportunity to make the trip pay off. With the all-new Ranger Cup program, a $1,000 Lowrance bonus, up to a $500 Lowe Equipment Attachment bonus and Berkley Fishing Big Fish package, adding to the already incredible payback tournament participants have come to expect.
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, Berkley Fishing, Lowe Equipment and T-H Marine Atlas Awards add thousands more for distribution among the field.
Qualified teams from the 2021 season earning points in at least three qualifiers compete for coveted berths in the 2022 World Walleye Championship, set for October 2021 on the bay of Green Bay in Oconto, WI. 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 the Jefferson Street Pier beginning at 3:30pm both days April 16-17. 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 37 years. MWC is open to walleye anglers from all walks of life. The 2021 schedule includes seven qualifiers in six 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 Lake Erie tournament is close of business Monday, April 12th. Visit masterswalleyecircuit.com for full details.
Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s – The World’s Foremost Outfitters, are in their 20th 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: Church Tackle, Berkley Fishing, Okuma, Power-Pole, Soft Steel and T-H Marine. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (580) 765-9031.