Competitive walleye anglers will converge on Lake Winnebago at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, Sept. 18-20, for the championship event of the Cabela’s National Walleye Tour. The championship will feature some of the best walleye anglers in a pro-am style format and guarantees over 100% payback, including two-fully rigged Ranger boats.
The event begins Wednesday, Sept. 17, with tournament registration from 2-4 p.m. at the Best Western Premier Waterfront and Convention Center (1 N. Main St., Oshkosh, WI 54901) with a mandatory pre-tournament meeting set to start at 5:00 p.m. Pro and co-angler pairings will be announced at the pre-tournament meeting.
Anglers will launch Thursday, Friday and Saturday mornings at 7 a.m. from Menominee Park (Merritt Ave. and Hazel St., Oshkosh, WI 54901) and return to the park at 3 p.m. each day for the weigh-ins
On Saturday, event attendees can take to the water with Evinrude/Ranger Test Rides. Mercury Marine and Triton Boats will also be offering free demo rides in the acclaimed 216 Fishunter.
The National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) will also host a “Future Angler” program for children after Saturday’s weigh-in, at approximately 4:15 p.m., featuring an educational seminar and training for youth from top-notch NPAA members. The youth-orientated event will include a free rod/reel combo or “Future Pro” t-shirt for the first 100 children who attend the educational program. The event will take place on Sunday in the event of any weather cancellations on Saturday.
Anglers that have paid for all three regular season events and fished at least two events, in addition to the top points leaders, will qualify for the three-day, entry-fee championship. Two fully rigged Ranger boats are guaranteed for the event. The first-place finisher in the Pro division will take home a new Ranger 619FS Fisherman, plus $15,000 cash for a total prize value of $76,000. In addition, the second-place Pro receives a new Ranger 1880 Angler valued at $44,000. Both figures have the opportunity to go even higher with sponsor contingency. Likewise, the winner of the Co-Angler category will take home $6,000 cash, with the opportunity to nearly double with contingency money thanks to NWT sponsors.
The NWT Angler of the Year Awards, presented by Lucas Oil, is also up for grabs at the championship. The pro- and co-anglers with the most points earned after the championship will be awarded custom rings and paid entry fees for the 2015 season.
Anglers who are participating in any of the numerous contingency prize programs are encouraged to submit all pertinent information before the event to remain eligible for any potential bonus money. To check status, anglers are encouraged to call 612-424-0708 prior to the event.
The tournament circuit also includes unprecedented television and media coverage, allowing a national audience to watch the action unfold from each event throughout the season. Airing on multiple networks, the National Walleye Tour will be seen on World Fishing Network, and Pursuit Channel, as well as the NBC Sports Network.
For more details, anglers are encouraged to call 612-424-0708 or 501-317-7548 or check out the new website at www.nationalwalleyetour.com.
2014 Remaining Scheduled Events
Championship – September 18-20 – Oshkosh, Wis. – Lake Winnebago
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