“Toughest Walleye Anglers on Planet Earth” Take on Lake Huron July 17-18 Presented by Lowe Equipment Attachments

Ponca City, Okla. — July 13, 2020 — Lake Huron may be listed as #2 on greatest of the “Great Lakes”, but July 17-18 anglers of the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) will consider it the #1 thing they need to beat on their way to a trophy, presented by Lowe Equipment Attachments.

Launching out of the lakeside town of Oscada, MI, competitors will have the entire U.S. side of Lake Huron to explore, with many of them searching the northern edge of famed Saginaw Bay. “I anticipate seeing a 50/50 split in anglers going to the south, towards Saginaw Bay and the others going north, getting closer to waters they may have fished in years we have launched out of the St. Mary’s River.” Says Jack Baker, MWC Tournament Director.

This tournament was scheduled in early April of 2020 due to the cancellation of the Detroit River event for Covid 19 safety precautions. “Fortunately for us, Oscoda is a fishing town and they welcomed the chance to host us on the first phone call!” Said Jeff Kelm, tournament emcee. “I’m excited for this small community to get the chance to show off to the walleye world. With a large launch and an abundant walleye population, plus an active CVB/Chamber of Commerce taking care of anglers, this is going to be fun.”

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 the Ausable Harbor beginning at 3:00pm both days July 17, 18.  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 Lake Huron tournament is close of business Tuesday, July 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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The “Dream Team” of Dan Stier and Dennis Bense Catch the Gold at Lake Sakakawea Presented by Ranger Boats

New Town, ND — July 13, 2020 — After a long absence from Lake Sakakawea, the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) presented by Ranger Boats, teamed up with 4 Bears Casino to reignite the circuit’s relationship with the historic lake. While the views all around the reservoir are incredible, the results of the two-day tournament for Dan Stier (Mina, SD) and Dennis Bense (Bismark, ND) were equally impressive.

Each of the two mornings at take-off, as their boat rolled past the MWC staff, tournament announcer, Jeff Kelm called out the team’s boat number and their names, and each morning Dan Stier would echo back “The Dream Team”. Dan elaborated on that nickname on stage after weighing over 29lbs of fish on the second day of competition. “Dennis and I have a pretty unique thing going, each time we team up and fish a tournament together, we usually end up winning it.” When asked how they caught a total of 55-08 on Friday and Saturday, Stier said the team did what they knew what to do best, fishing creek chubs in deep water.

Of course, no great story comes without a little adversity. After securing the win, Dennis shared a story with the crowd about losing a potentially tournament winning fish out of the net at the back of the boat. “I am really relieved, I let one get out of the net today that would have been about a two-pound upgrade and I would have never have heard the end of it we didn’t win.” Fortunately for both Dennis and Dan, the two pounds were not a necessity after besting second place by over 10 pounds.

Dan Stier and Dennis Bense take home $14,400 in cash and prizes, including the $7,700 first-place cash payout, $3,500 option pot cash, $1,000 Ranger Cup bonus, $500 Lowrance bonus, $500 AirWave certificate, $200 in 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: Craig Kolden & Benjamin Leidholm 45-15, $3,850 cash

3rd: Jason Feldner & Mike Peluso 44-02, $2,550 cash, $2,500 option pot cash

4th: Matthew Liebel & Tory Hill 43-05, $2,000 cash

5th: Grant Miller & Cole Frenzel 42-13, $1,500 cash, $1,500 option pot cash

 

All together the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit awarded $34,506.50 in cash and prizes at 4 Bears Casino and Lodge in New Town, ND.

361 fish weighed a total of 1,195 lbs. 11 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.

North Dakota’s Lake Sakakawea Welcomes Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s MWC July 10-11 Presented by Ranger Boats

Ponca City, Okla. — July 1, 2020 — Only a few times in the storied history of the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit has the tournament arrived on the shores of Lake Sakakawea. July 10-11, teams will once again explore the massive flowage in search of their 5 largest walleyes to bring to the tournament stage at 4 Bears Casino, New Town, ND, presented by Ranger Boats.

The entire Missouri River system has an abundant walleye population and the Lake Sakakawea reservoir has arguably the largest size structure of the entire waterway. “This is big water” Jack Baker, Tournament Director said of the size of the lake and how the weather will affect plans. “This is water that will test you but will also spoil you when you’re on the right bite. We love going to destination fisheries, and this is as good as if not better than many walleye waters right now.”

As the tournament host, 4 Bears Casino is has made plans for anglers to stay, play and fish while in the area. With all the amenities fishermen look for, tournament participants will have fun on and off the water. Ample launch and dock space as well as rig parking available, anglers can lodge right where the tournament will launch from, cutting down on the cost of fuel.

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 the 4 Bears Marina beginning at 3:30pm both days July 10, 11.  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 Lake Sakakawea tournament is close of business Tuesday, July 7. 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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Consistency Leads to Win on Lake Oahe for Father and Son Duo Presented by Lowrance

Mobridge, SD — June 29, 2020 — Expectations ran as high as the mercury when the 2020 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit launched out of Mobridge, SD. Presented by Lowrance, the father-son team of Monte and Josh Olson bested the field with an impressive 41-09 total weight after two days of grind-it-out fishing.

Known locally for their tournament prowess, the Olsons found the tournament winning fish much closer to the launch site than most of the rest of the teams. “We were within 10 miles either side of the launch (Indian Creek Recreation Area), we didn’t have to make the long runs.” mentioned Josh Olson. This gave them more time with lines in the water and a chance to locate a consistent heavy bite. “We weren’t on good fish earlier in the week” Josh continued, “but the last few days it got better.”   

Securing 21-04 on day one, the pair found themselves in second place after day one’s weigh-in. This prompted a camera in the boat for a period of time on day two, as this event was being filmed for an upcoming season of Federation Angler TV. Within minuets of the camera crew entering their boat, Monte and Josh found themselves with one of the largest fish either has caught in a tournament in the net. “I couldn’t believe it.” said Josh,” We had thrown back a 23 (inch) and 24 (inch) fish about an hour before and we were starting to think we made a mistake.” No mistake was made as their day two weight of 20-05 was good enough to solidify the win.

Monte and Josh Olson headed home with $11,550 in cash and prizes, including the $9,850 first-place cash payout, $500 AirWave certificate, $200 in 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: Cody Stoner & Samuel Domke 36-06, $4,950 cash

3rd: Justin Cole & Melissa Daughtry 32-08, $3,550 cash, $3,700 option pot cash, $500 Lowrance Bonus

4th: Steven Senyak & Alek Heier 30-03, $2,700 cash

5th: Gary & Belinda Maher 29-06, $2,100 cash, $1,000 Ranger Cup Bonus

 

All together the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit awarded $48,045 in cash and prizes in Mobridge, SD.

497 fish weighed a total of 1,105 lbs. 07 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.