Cabela’s MWC Revises World Championship Qualifications

February 14, 2011—MINNETONKA, MN—Tapping its 27 years of experience on the tournament scene—and the insight of more than 1,000 hard-core walleye anglers within its ranks—the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit continues its aggressive drive to improve the MWC.

Toward that end, the MWC is making continued refinements in the process for earning a coveted berth in the prestigious $100,000 Cabela’s World Walleye Championship.

Highlights of the revised system include:
1. Top 45 teams go to Championship regardless of Division.
2. Teams qualify by their best three finishes, which do not need to be within one Division.
3. Scoring is based on place-based performance system, using the former MWC Challenge formula. Teams earn points based on where they place as a percentage of the field, rewarding teams that do well against larger fields, while not penalizing those in smaller fields.
4. As a failsafe to guard against catastrophically poor fishing conditions destroying a Division’s chances of making the Championship, each Division is guaranteed a minimum number of berths, based on how many teams fish three events in that Division. If a Division does not meet its minimum, the number of berths needed to meet the minimum are added to the 45.

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A reminder to walleye fans looking to fish the MWC this season and cash in on up to $1 million in payouts plus thousands in contingencies from Cabela’s, Berkley Gulp!, Ranger Boats, Lowrance Electronics, Worldwide Marine Insurance, and The Oxygenator, registration is now open. Teams that sign up for three events before February 28 are considered Cabela’s MWC Premier Teams, and enjoy a number of perks, including installment billing, special Premier contingencies and more.

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Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is entering its tenth season as title sponsor of the MWC. Official sponsors include: Berkley, Ranger Boats, Mercury, MotorGuide, Lowrance, Fishouflage, Versus (Vs.) Television Network and North American Fishing Club. Associate Sponsors include: O2 Marine Technologies, Northland Fishing Tackle, Ryjus, Reflections, Worldwide Marine Insurance, Sea Grant and Wildlife Forever. Now heading into its 27th season, the Cabela’s MWC is the oldest team circuit in walleye fishing.