13th Annual Cabela’s National Team Championship Set for Green Bay, WI
Walleye fishing’s most coveted crown will be up for grabs on Green Bay May 29-31 when 237 two-person teams from across North America battle for top honors in the Cabela’s National Team Championship.
Widely regarded as the walleye world’s premier grassroots championship, the Cabela’s NTC is comprised of teams that qualified through competition in local tournaments organized by walleye clubs sanctioned by The Walleye Federation. A total of 20 states and provinces from Nevada to Maryland will be represented.
The event marks the 13th edition of the prestigious championship. Teams will vie for ultimate bragging rights and more than $250,000 in cash and prizes. First prize is $30,000 in cash plus a $60,000 Evinrude E-Tec powered 620 Ranger boat. A second Ranger and E-Tec combo will be awarded through the Ranger Cup contingency, meaning the victors could take home more than $150,000 in cash and prizes.
In all, the Cabela’s NTC pays out $121,000 in cash to the top 50 teams, $14,600 in Cabela’s gift cards to the remainder of the field, and $1,000 in Cabela’s gift cards for big fish and big basket awards. In addition, the top 25 teams earn the title of “Cabela’s All-Americans” and received commemorative rings marking their achievement.
The entire field will compete the first two days on the walleye-rich waters of Green Bay and the Fox River. Each team will be allowed to bring their best five fish to the scale each day. Competition will be fierce, as only the top 25 teams advance to the final round on day three.
Walleye fans are invited to cheer on their favorite teams when they take off from Green Bay’s Metro Boat Launch each morning at 7 a.m., then watch the action unfold in person at the weigh-ins, which begin at 4 p.m. daily in the shadows of legendary Lambeau Field in Green Bay. Adding to the excitement, the event will be streamed live on the internet at www.cabelas.com/ntc and at www.walleyefederation.com
It is also filmed for national television, to air the first week of August on “Americana Outdoors” on NBC Sports and the Pursuit Channel. Exact dates and airtimes will be announced at walleyefederation.com.
Weigh-ins are also just a short cast from Cabela’s brand-new 100,000-square-foot destination retail center at 1499 Lombardi Avenuein the Village of Ashwaubenon. With a Wisconsin Sportsman’s Hall of Fame showcasing trophy animal mounts and other memorabilia honoring the state’s outdoor heritage, plus aquariums and an incredible selection of outdoor gear, it’s the perfect place to spend time between take-off and weigh-in.