Cliffe, Nix Win 2020 Regular Season Final at the Illinois River Presented by Lowrance

Cliffe, Nix Win 2020 Regular Season Final at the Illinois River

Presented by Lowrance

Spring Valley, Ill — October 7, 2020 — Adrian Cliffe and Brent Nix gambled on a 40 mile-run down river through two days of fishing to win the 2020 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) qualifier at the Illinois River. The final championship-qualifying event for 2020 was presented by Lowrance and found many of the Spring Valley faithful scrambling for a bite.  Having local knowledge of the system and “go for broke” attitude the pair took home the $8,300 cash and more.

Spring Valley, IL and the Illinois River have a decades-long history with the MWC, but due to Covid-19 the 2020 event took a turn few were prepared for. For its entire history, the event placed on the Illinois River in Spring Valley has always been a spring-time event. Some anglers have been fishing that spring event since the beginning. The introduction of the pandemic and ensuing Covid restriction, the March event was moved to October, challenging many of the anglers that typically fish the river as a start to their season.

Competitors made the best of it and found bites a variety of ways. The winners, Cliffe and Nix found that trolling was the right way to catch over 22lbs of fish over the course of the event. “That’s what worked best for us so far.” When asked how he was catching fish before the rules meeting on Thursday afternoon. “What I am concerned about is that we have had two great days of pre-fishing in a row here, which means we need to have four great days to win this thing.” Cliffe and Nix had not only another couple of great days, it was enough to solidify the win against a great group of anglers.

With the top weight of 22-08, Adrian and Brent took home over $11,000 in cash and prizes, including the $8,300 first-place cash payout, $1,000 Ranger Cup bonus, $500 AirWave certificate, $200 Okuma reels 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: Robert Hausler & Chris Clemmons 21-01, $4,000 cash

3rd: Jim Passo & butch Rabetski 20-08, $2,300 cash

4th: Adam & Steve Sandor 20-03, $2,000 cash

5th: Chase Rockstead & Andy Pogorzelski 20-01, $1,600 cash, $2,853 option pot cash

 

The 9th place team of Casey Williams and Kent Leibhart took home the $500 Lowrance bonus from the Illinois River.

All together the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit awarded $31,637 in cash and prizes in Spring Valley, IL.

391 fish weighed a total of 624 lbs. 08 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.

New MWC Anglers Tom Huynh and Nate Wolske Win at Cass Lake Presented by Mercury

Cass Lake, Minn — September 22, 2020 — The Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) prides its self on being the premier walleye team tournament trail in the world. So, it should come as no surprise that anglers from all walks of life strive to not only find their way into an MWC event but succeed when they arrive. Tom Huynh (Moorehead, MN) and Nate Wolske (Boy River, MN) are self-described “Bass Guys” that decided this summer to switch their sole focus on bass and explore the world of walleye tournament fishing. Presented by Mercury, the MWC event held on Cass Lake September 18-19 saw many local walleye anglers making a run at the top spot, but along came Tom and Nate with a record setting 37-00 weight after two days of fishing. 

Tom and Nate arrived at Cass Lake early in the week to begin exploring the near 16,000 acres of water. Having never been to Cass before, they knew they needed to check anything that could hold fish. That included some of the deepest holes they could find. “We found some fish at 55 feet of water at first and thought, Ok, I guess we are fishing deep.” Tom Huynh said after securing the win. “Then we slid out to 65 feet, then 68 and we saw these large marks around bait balls of cisco.” The duo found themselves nearly alone in their “honey hole” and reaped the benefits of coming into this event without preconceived ideas about where to find fish, a trap many anglers can find themselves in when fishing is tough.

Minnesota state law allows only one fish over 20” to be kept per angler each day, making it far more challenging to achieve weights that rival destinations like Lake Erie or Green Bay. But Cass Lake is a healthy fishery and Huynh and Wolske found a way to average 3.7 pounds per fish with six of their fish being under 20” and only four over that 20” mark through two days of competition.

Previously the top weights at Cass Lake have been just over 34lbs, but that wasn’t quite enough to take home the $10,400 first-place check this weekend. Zac Christenson (Cambridge, MN) and Toby Kvalevog(Brainard, MN) placed second with 34-15, the second most ever to be weighed at Cass. “Who would have thought that if you bring in 34 pounds of fish here you would only take second?” Toby mentioned after Saturday’s weigh-in. “This lake is a lot of fun right now.”

With the top weight Tom and Nate took home over $15,500 in cash and prizes, including the $10,400 first-place cash payout, $3,400.00 option pot cash, $500 AirWave certificate, $200 Okuma reels 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: Zac Christenson & Toby Kvalevog 34-15, $5,350 cash, $2,327 option pot cash and the $500 Lowrance bonus

3rd: Steve Weickert & Joe Balcer 34-05, $3,600 cash, $1,450 option pot cash

4th: Dan & Alexa Fuller 30-04, $2,600 cash

5th: Dennis & Don Marx 29-13, $2,100 cash, $950 option pot cash

The 11th place team of Doug and Mark Gallant took home the $1,000 Ranger Cup bonus from Cass Lake.

All together the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit awarded $49,567 in cash and prizes at Cass Lake, MN.

515 fish weighed a total of 1,233 lbs. 02 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.

Tommy Skarlis 1965-2020

The Masters Walleye Circuit goes back to Cass Lake September 18-19 Presented by Mercury

Ponca City, Okla. — August 24, 2020 — Anglers from across the country travel to Cass and the connecting chain of lakes for a multitude of reasons; the tranquil sites, the incredible Stony Point accommodations and the excellent walleye population. The men and women of the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) will get to experience all of the same, mixed in with the heart-pounding, nail-biting excitement of two days of tough competition. Presented by Mercury September 18-19 the MWC will once again hold their two-day team format tournament at Stony Point Resort.

Walleyes on the Cass lake chain can be caught in a variety of different ways giving anglers an opportunity to do what feels comfortable to them to catch their 5-fish limit each day. “There is so many ways to catch fish on Cass.” Said tournament director Jack Baker. “This isn’t going to be a one-way-fits-all event.” The added element of only 2 fish to the scale per team with a length of 20” or greater creates a its own set of challenges that will entice anglers to make tough decisions. “It get very real at 8am when a 21” fish hits the net, because you have to make the decision so early whether you are going to need that fish or let it go to save room in the livewell for a larger one later in the day.”

One thing is for certain, the MWC anglers, Stony Point resort is about as good as it gets, anywhere. With cabins on the water, ample dock and charging areas and a great history, first-time MWC/Stony Point competitors will not soon forget the visit.

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 Stony Point Resort beginning at 3:30pm both days September 18, 19.  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 Cass Lake tournament is close of business Monday, September 14. 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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