Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Heads North
For Lake Of The Woods Showdown July 13-14
Presented by Ranger Boats
Ponca City, Okla.—June 27, 2018—Walleye anglers who enjoy fast action, exciting competition and hefty payouts are invited to join the fun when the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit ventures north to sample the legendary walleye fishery of Lake of the Woods with a regular season tournament presented by Ranger Boats July 13-14.
Headquartered at scenic Border View Lodge out of Baudette, Minnesota, the two-day event offers two-person teams a chance to test their skills while competing for thousands in cash and prizes in the MWC’s time-tested, professionally run format.
“The Lake of the Woods, Minnesota, area is very excited to welcome the MWC,” said Joe Henry, executive director of Lake of the Woods Tourism Bureau. “This will be the first time MWC anglers will experience The Walleye Capital of the World, and the local community is excited to show off this world-class walleye fishery.”
Henry promises tournament competitors and walleye fans won’t be disappointed by the numbers and sizes of fish that cross the MWC stage. “Anglers will have the opportunity to fish the big waters of Big Traverse Bay, hit 42 miles of the Rainy River and fish the many islands of the northernmost point of the contiguous U.S.—the Northwest Angle,” he said. “Lake of the Woods is loaded with walleyes and known for trophy fish tipping the scales at well over 10 pounds, along with a variety of year classes. Anglers will catch fish using just about every technique in all corners of this watershed. This will be a fun tournament.”
Teams will be allowed to bring their best five fish to the scale each day, and the team with the highest two-day total weight will be crowned the Lake of the Woods champions.
The Cabela’s MWC’s lucrative payouts, which are based on the number of teams entered in each event, provide even more inspiration to join the fun. In addition, the MWC big-fish pot, option pot payouts and sponsor bonuses including Ranger Cup, Lowrance Electronics, Okuma, AirWave and T-H Marine Atlas Awards add thousands more to the total. Plus, the first-place team wins a $1,000 Cabela’s National Team Championship Prize Package including paid NTC entry, travel stipend, team jerseys and plaques.
Such winnings add up. At the recent Lake Francis Case MWC tournament, for example, first-place finishers Doug Lovro and Todd Henle of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, were rewarded with $18,658 in cash and prizes.
Teams fishing three or more tournaments also compete for coveted berths in the championship, which is comprised of the top point-accumulating teams from the previous year’s season and offers payouts based on the previous year’s participation. Teams that qualify in 2018 will fish the 2019 championship, set for October 3-5, 2019 on Wisconsin’s incomparable Lake Winnebago System.
Teams fishing at least MWC four qualifiers also 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, Official 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 available through Midwest Attachments, LLC. For information on that program, visit masterswalleyecircuit.com/tournaments/contingencies.
Walleye fans of all ages are invited to catch the excitement at the daily weigh-ins, which begin at 3 p.m. at Border View Lodge. If you can’t make it in person, watch the weigh-ins live, online, at masterswalleyecircuit.com.
Adding to the excitement, 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.
North America’s longest-running and undisputed leader in team walleye tournaments, the Cabela’s MWC has set the standard for competitive walleye fishing since 1984. Operated under the umbrella of The Walleye Federation (TWF), the Cabela’s MWC is open to avid walleye anglers from all walks of life.
The 2018 tournament schedule includes eight qualifiers in seven states, plus the 2019 Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship. Registration for 2018 events is now open, and the deadline for registering for the Lake of the Woods tournament is Monday, July 9 at 4 p.m. Visit masterswalleyecircuit.com for updates, official rules and registration information.
Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is enjoying its 17th season as title sponsor of the MWC. Official sponsors include: Bass Pro Shops, Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, Ranger Boats and The Walleye Federation. Associate sponsors include: AirWave Pedestals, Church Tackle, MotorGuide, Okuma, Power-Pole and T-H Marine. For more information, email email@example.com, or call (580) 765-9031.