Green Bay, Wisc.—Oct. 7, 2016—Day one leaders Randall Gaines and Mike Rhoades didn’t miss a beat when high winds dictated reduced boundaries that restricted anglers to the Fox River on day two of the three-day Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit 2016 World Walleye Championship.
The hard-fishing pair sacked a 5-fish limit of 7-02 to retain their reign atop the leaderboard with 34-13 headed into the final day of competition out of Green Bay.
Gaines and Rhoades weren’t the only competitors in the 48-boat field to hold steady when the playing field was trimmed to the river. Incredibly, the top six teams all held their positions from day one.
Wisconsin’s Michael Lenarduzzi and Douglas McDonough held second place with 33-15, followed by 2015 Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Champions Greg Whitson and Mark Campeau of Ontario with 30-14.
A great crowd gathered riverside at Green Bay Metro Park’s boat launch to witness the festivities, which along with exciting walleye tournament action included a youth and family fishing clinic presented by the Cabela’s MWC, National Professional Anglers Association and Pure Fishing.
Young walleye fans got to meet MWC anglers, learn about fishing and conservation, and received a free rod-and-reel combo courtesy of the NPAA.
Adding to the fun, the event is being filmed for national television airing on Federation Angler TV, which appears on the Pursuit Channel.
The action continues tomorrow morning on the final day of the tournament, which pits the top teams from the Cabela’s MWC’s 2015 tournament season against one another for more than $100,000 in cash and prizes.
Championship teams are fighting for their share of more than $100,000 in cash and prizes , including a cool $15,000 in cash for first place.
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 qualifiers on the Illinois River March 17-18, the Detroit River April 7-8, Big Stone Lake April 28-29, the Bay of Green Bay out of Green Bay May 19-20, Lake Winnebago June 2-3, Devils Lake July 21-22, and the St. Marys River Aug. 25-26.
Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is concluding its 15th season as title sponsor of the MWC. Official Circuit sponsors include: Berkley Gulp!, Abu Garcia, Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, Ranger Boats and The Walleye Federation. Associate MWC sponsors include: AirWave Pedestals, G-Juice, MotorGuide and Okuma. For more information, visit masterswalleyecircuit.com, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call (580) 765-9031.