Professional walleye circuit gearing up for the second tournament of the 2016 season
NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. – Competitive walleye anglers will converge on Lake Winnebago, May 26-27, at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, for the second tournament of the 2016 Cabela’s National Walleye Tour. The tournament circuit features a pro-am style format and guarantees over 100 percent payback.
The Oshkosh event begins Wednesday, May 25, with tournament registration from 2-4 p.m. at LaSure’s Banquet Hall (3125 S. Washburn St., Oshkosh, WI, 54904) 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 and Friday mornings at 7 a.m. from the Miller’s Bay/Menominee Park and return each day to the boat launch for weigh-ins at 3 p.m.
The last day to register for the NWT Oshkosh event is Monday, May 23. Anglers are encouraged to register online and will be automatically entered in a drawing for a $100 Cabela’s gift card.
During each day of competition, Triton Boats and Mercury Marine are offering free demo rides in the acclaimed 216 Fishhunter. The demo rides will take off from the boat launch.
Ranger Boats and Evinrude will also offer free test rides on Friday, May 27, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The first 50 participants will receive a free gift.
The National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) will also host a “Future Angler” program for children on Friday at approximately 5:30 p.m. The program will feature 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 150 children who attend the educational program.
Anglers who are participating in any of the numerous contingency prize programs are encouraged to submit all pertinent information at registration to remain eligible for any potential bonus money.
Each NWT tournament features over 100 percent payback. A fully rigged Ranger Boat, plus cash, is guaranteed for first place at each event – a total value of $61,000. Anglers that fish all three regular-season events, in addition to the top points leaders, will qualify for the three-day, entry-fee championship.
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 FOX Sports, 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 website at www.nationalwalleyetour.com. From here, site visitors can register for events, view the contingency programs and TV schedule and learn more about what’s in-store for 2016.
2016 NWT scheduled events:
May 26-27 – Lake Winnebago (Oshkosh, Wis.)
June 23-24 – Green Bay (Sturgeon Bay, Wis.)
Championship – Aug. 3-5 – Lake Oahe (Mobridge, S.D.)
National Walleye Tour events are made possible through the sponsorship and continued support of these well-respected brands: Cabela’s, Ranger Boats, Lucas Oil, Evinrude, RAM, Mercury, Minn Kota, Triton Boats, Power-Pole, Amphibia, Arctic Ice, Stratos Boats, Lowrance, Protect the Harvest, BoatU.S., Mustang Survival, Raymarine, Valley Fashions, T-H Marine, Atlas, G-Juice, Powertex Group.