Wilson, Lakich Crowned Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit 2018 Team of the Year

Wilson, Lakich Crowned Cabela’s Masters  Walleye Circuit 2018 Team of the Year

Ponca City, Okla.—Sept. 28, 2018—Wisconsin’s young guns Max Wilson and Isaac Lakich put together a stellar season on a variety of North America’s top walleye destinations to earn the coveted title of the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s 2018 Team of the Year.

Wilson, 22, of Wales, and Lakich, 23, of Richfield, racked up 581 points during their top four regular season tournaments after placing sixth at the Illinois River, 12th at Lake Erie, 16th at Lake McConaughy and 22nd at the Detroit River.

“This is one of the biggest awards you can win in professional walleye fishing, and something every competitive walleye angler strives for,” said Wilson. “Winning an MWC tournament is awesome. But winning MWC Team of the Year shows you had a great overall season on multiple bodies of water, and in our case, against anglers with many more years of experience than us. It’s a wonderful, exciting feeling.”

“I’m honestly in disbelief,” added Lakich. “I can’t believe that as young as we are, we accomplished something many extremely talented anglers have worked their whole careers toward. I’m humbled by it, and even more excited to see what the future brings.”

Wilson and Lakich credited their ability to work together and their blend of complementary fishing skills for their MWC Team of the Year title, along with a mutual determination to fight to the finish.

“Our season was defined by fishing hard until the buzzer,” Wilson reported. “During three different tournaments, we faced serious challenges on day two—sometimes late in the day—and managed to overcome them by staying focused until the last minute. At Lake Erie, for example, with five minutes left to fish we caught a 12-pounder that kept our Team of the Year dreams alive.”

Teams fishing at least four MWC qualifiers compete for Team of the Year awards. Top prize is a $10,000 MWC Living the Dream sponsorship package that includes paid entry fees into four 2019 MWC tournaments, lodging, cash stipends and more. Wilson and Lakich also earned a berth in the 2018 Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship. The next four finishers in the Team of the Year Race each received a paid entry in the Cabela’s National Team Championship (NTC); plus, teams fishing second through 10th divvied up $10,000 in cash and Cabela’s gift cards.

Rounding out the top five teams were:

2nd: Mark Lemke, Walter Price, 575 points

3rd: Wayne Butz, Scott Cisewski, 569 points

4th: Mike Hanson, James Debernardi, 568 points

5th: Joe Miller, Mark Barden, 551 points

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 included eight regular season qualifiers in seven states, plus the 2018 Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship at Bays de Noc, Michigan. The 2019 schedule will be announced shortly. Visit masterswalleyecircuit.com for updates, official rules and registration information.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, concluded 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 info@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Announces 2019 Team Walleye Tournament Schedule

Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit Announces 2019 Team Walleye Tournament Schedule

 Lineup Loaded With World-Class Walleye Fishing, Exciting Competition And Hefty Payouts

Ponca City, Okla.—Oct. 4, 2018— The Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit’s 2019 team tournament schedule offers competitive walleye anglers high-stakes, exciting team-format competition in a professionally run setting on North America’s premier walleye destinations.

The Cabela’s MWC’s 2019 trail includes eight qualifiers in seven states, in which anglers will battle for cash, prizes and coveted berths in the 2020 Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship.

“As we’ve done in seasons past, the MWC worked closely with our anglers to create a schedule that visits a diverse selection of fisheries at peak fishing times,” says MWC President and CEO Robert Cartlidge. “The 2019 lineup includes a great mix of rivers, inland lakes, reservoirs and big-water destinations—all when the walleyes are biting.”

The 2019 Cabela’s MWC tournament schedule includes:

March 22-23               Illinois River, Spring Valley, IL

April 12-13                 Detroit River (river only), Trenton, MI

April 26-27                 Big Stone Lake, Ortonville, MN

May 17-18                  Lake McConaughy, Ogallala, NE

June 21-22                  Lake Erie, Port Clinton, OH

August 2-3                  Sturgeon Bay, Sturgeon Bay, WI

August 16-17              Devils Lake, Devils Lake, ND

Sept. 20-21                  Leech Lake, Walker, MN

Oct. 3-5, 2019             MWC World Walleye Championship, Lake Winnebago, WI*
(*qualifying teams from 2018 MWC tournament season)

The Cabela’s MWC’s lucrative payouts, 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. As a result, winners routinely pocket $10,000 to $15,000 or more in cash and prizes. 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.

Teams fishing three or more tournaments also compete for coveted berths in the Cabela’s MWC World Walleye 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 2019 will fish the 2020 championship, which is set for October 8-10, 2020 on the Mississippi River out of Quad Cities, Illinois.

Teams fishing at least four qualifiers compete for Team of the Year awards including a $10,000 “MWC Living the Dream” sponsorship package and thousands more in cash, Cabela’s gift cards and paid tournament entries.

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, regardless of sponsor or club affiliations. Registration for 2019 events will open in January. Visit masterswalleyecircuit.com for updates, official rules and registration information.

Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, is wrapping up 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 info@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.

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Quick Day 2 update 2018 World Walleye Championship Its All On the Line for Tomorrow

IT was a brutal day 2 on the Bays De Noc. It started with sleet and snow and went down hill from there but as is always the case these guys can catch them.  Day 3 is going to be a true shootout.

Leading after Day 2 with 39-10 is Tim and Tom Ahrens who “declined” a picture after weigh in maybe thinking they would not be the Day 2 leaders after the dust settled but indeed they were. Now the are sitting atop the pile going into the last day.  If they can repeat tomorrow they could be World Walleye Champions!

It is not going to be easy however because big water tough guys Larry Rhodes and Dan Johnson are once again weighing in consistent big bags and sitting in second place with 38-04.

Right behind them is our day 1 leaders Curtis Oliver and Doug Galant with 34-12, another 24 pound bag like they weighed on day 1 and they will be tough to beat as well.

Stay tuned for tomorrow final day 3 to see who wins.

See the weigh in video on our live page

For full standing check out the results page HERE

Heavyweight Battle at Escanaba, Day 1 at the 2018 World Walleye Championship

Day 1 of the 2018 World Walleye Championship at Escanaba is done now and it was a day of “heavyweights.”

There is only one way to get a spot into the Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship, you have to qualify to get here, you have to earn it. Which means everyone here is a veteran and everyone here has proven that they can win at any time. It is a heavyweight battle.

It started this morning with “heavyweight” winds in the 20 mph category. it is often said that MWC anglers are the “Toughest Anglers on Plant Earth”  as such the anglers were up to the task today and the top weights proved it.

Leading Day 1 and setting a very high bar is veteran team of Curtis Oliver, SD and Doug Gallant, MO without a doubt they are MWC circuit heavyweights always near the top they have put themselves into position to win this event on the very first day, at the very least they are going to make all the other team chase them with a heavyweight day 1 catch of 24-06!

Sitting six pounds back in second place is a couple of heavy hitters from Ohio  in Larry Rhodes and Dan Johnson who weigh a limit for 18.06 pounds today.  Where there are big fish in big waters these guys can catch them  and are a threat.

Still 2 day of competition to go so anything can happen with this field of anglers any one of them can catch them and anyone of them can win.

For full day 1 results check out the results page HERE