ESCANABA - Competitive walleye anglers will converge on Bays de Noc at Escanaba Aug. 29-30 for the third regular-season event of the Cabela's National Walleye Tour. The tournament circuit features a pro-am style format and guarantees over 100 percent payback.
The Bays de Noc event begins Thursday, Aug. 28, with tournament registration from 2 to 4 p.m. at Terrace Bay Inn with a mandatory pre-tournament meeting set to start at 5 p.m. Pro and co-angler pairings will be announced at the pre-tournament meeting.
Anglers will launch Friday and Saturday mornings at 7 a.m. from the Escanaba River Mouth Launch and motor over to Ludington Park Harbor for the take offs. Weigh-ins are set for Ludington Park Harbor at 3 p.m. each day.
To secure a guaranteed entry at the event, pro-anglers and co-anglers will need to sign up with each other by Aug. 13. All other entries will be assigned according to date and time of sign up with a deadline of Aug. 26.
On Saturday, Mercury Marine and Triton Boats will be offering free demo rides of the acclaimed 216 Fishunter from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. 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 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 championship will be held Sept. 18-20 on Lake Winnebago in Oshkosh, Wis.
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 $57,000. 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 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. From here, site visitors can register for events, view the contingency programs and TV schedule and learn more about what's in-store for 2014.