Jasen Schine & Edward Michneiwicz win two day event featuring the top 15 teams from last year. Congratulations!
The Bay de Noc Walleye Club will be hosting 4 walleye tournaments beginning:
Come fish the Bays, Green Bay and Lake Michigan waters. The fishing will be great.
For more information contact Jerry Plourde at 906-420-0022.
A one-day postponement due to winds couldn’t slow down the “Ole Pete Memorial” Crown Battery, Sharpnack Direct, Lake Erie Walleye Trail (LEWT) event at Sandusky May 20. 57 teams roared out of Sandusky bay under cloudy skies and light rain.
“I heard from a number of teams that got out to fish Saturday afternoon that the last front had shut off what had been a hot walleye bite,” LEWT Tournament Director, Jeff Lash, commented. “I’m not quite sure what to expect this afternoon, but it seems like someone always figures the fish out.”
Figure them out they did, as the father and son team of Aaron and Wyatt Humbert of Republic, Ohio, shocked the field by staying inside Sandusky Bay and collecting a monster bag of five walleye weighing 39.14 pounds to take the win and $3,100.
Second place and $1,725 went to Jerome Dorlack of Northville, MI, and Nick Meisner of Swanton OH, with five walleye weighing in at 32.64 pounds.
Third place and $1,300 went to Michael Doornink of Wexford PA, and David Pontius of Blacklick OH, with five fish at 32.53 pounds.
The first place Big Fish plaques and $562 also went to tournament winners Humbert and Humbert for landing the largest fish of the tournament at 10.18 pounds. The second largest walleye of the day weighing in at 8.96 pounds, worth $368, was landed by Shawn Hornbeck of Fredericksburg OH, and Tyler Bethold of Columbia Station OH.
Long time LEWT supporter Sharpnack Direct in Willard Ohio offers a cash prize to the highest finishing LEWT angler at each event who owns a used or new vehicle purchased from Sharpnack. The Humberts also won this $150 cash award.
Ranger Boats pays $500 to qualified Ranger boat owners under their Ranger Cup program. The Humberts continued their clean sweep of the top awards by collecting the $500 award!
Medina Plating sponsors our Early Bird contingency that goes to the top finishing team that entered all four events before the Early Bird deadline. Of course, Aaron and Wyatt added this $150 prize for a total take on the day of $4,462!
The final four are set in the $6,400 LEWT Knockout challenge. The NCAA style knockout format pits two teams against each other at each tournament, with the final four fighting it out at the two-day championship finale held in Huron June 8 & 9. Day one will have Aaron & Wyatt Humbert matched against Roger Hill and Dave Frey. The other side of the bracket features Bob Barnhart and Eric VanDenk facing off against Shawn Ritchie and Mark Brumbaugh. Day one winners will fight it out on day two to see who takes home the $3,000 first place prize. Second receives $2,000, third $1,000 and fourth place is worth $400.
The “Ole Pete Memorial” is held in remembrance of our friend, and former club member Don Peterson. Don was an avid competitor and supporter of our club and circuit, and he is dearly missed by all.
Many of the LEWT anglers donated their walleye catch, which will be cleaned by Lake Fish in Sandusky. These filets are donated to the Victory Temple Soup Kitchen in Sandusky who uses this resource to feed people in our community who need assistance.
The remaining 2018 LEWT schedule is as follows: June 8/9 –Huron- City Ramp – “Erie Outfitters LEWT Championship”
The Western Basin Sportfishing Association (WBSA) is a social based club for anglers that fish in the Western and Central Basins of Lake Erie and its tributaries. The WBSA operates the popular LEWT tournament series on Lake Erie. Membership is open to anyone interested in fishing, no matter their location or skill level. Our goal is to present information in a manner that will help sustain and improve fishing in one of the greatest inland sport fisheries in the world. Scientific information, fishing techniques, locations and presentations are presented at our meetings by expert and knowledgeable speakers and tournament anglers from our group. These anglers are very open with techniques, and will help any member that is trying to learn new methods.
For a complete list of the tournament results, or for more information about the LEWT please visit www.wbsa.us You can also find us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/wbsalewt
Please support our 2018 LEWT sponsors, without whom we could not operate the circuit. Crown Battery Systems, Sharpnack Direct in Willard, Medina Plating, Magee East Campground and Marina, Ranger Boats, Waldo Peppers Restaurant, Smooth Moves, Worldwide Marine Underwriters, Reef Runner Lures, Vic’s Sports Center, Erie Outfitters, Rednek Outfitters, Hi-Way Bait Tackle and Lodging, and Domka Outdoors.
Kirchner, McCormick Win 2018 Cabela’s National Team Championship, Presented by Cabela’s
La Crosse, Wisc.—May 19, 2018—Hometown heroes Martin Kirchner and Michael McCormick racked up a total weight of 44 pounds, 15 ounces on their home waters to win more than $95,000 and top honors at the 2018 Cabela’s National Team Championship (NTC) May 17-19 on Pools 7, 8 and 9 of the Mississippi River out of La Crosse, Wisconsin.
Presented by Cabela’s and hosted by Explore La Crosse, the three-day championship featured 400 of North America’s finest walleye anglers competing in two-person teams that qualified for the event through local walleye tournaments organized by clubs and circuits sanctioned by The Walleye Federation.
Kirchner and McCormick, both of La Crosse, Wisconsin, set the bar high on day one with a leaderboard-topping 28-pound, 12-ounce, five-fish limit that put them more than 8 pounds ahead of their closest rivals.
Day two was tougher, though, as they brought just one walleye weighing 1 pound, 13 ounces to the stage at scenic Veterans Park. Their two-day total of 30 pounds, 9 ounces was still enough to pace the pack, however, and they easily made the cut as the field was trimmed to the top 25 teams for the final day of competition.
In an exciting finish, Kirchner and McCormick were the last team to take the stage on day three. Trailing leaders Paul and Katie de Voss of Prairie du Chein, Wisconsin, by 13 pounds as they came to the scale, Kirchner and McCormick were elated when their 14-pound, 6-ounce day three limit pushed them back on top for the win.
“I thought they had us,” Kirchner said moments after claiming the title. “They had a heavy basket and we thought we had 13 or 14 pounds, so it was going to be close.”
“It feels great to win this at home,” added McCormick, who guides on the river. “The water was high and fast, and the fish were on the move every day. We couldn’t reach our go-to spot on day two but put together enough to get it done.”
The pair focused on Pool 8, fishing willow cats on live-bait rigs consisting of a ¾-ounce sinker and 2- to 3-foot leader. Their favorite fishing area was a walleye-rich section of rocky structure in a main-channel bend where slick and slack water met.
For their efforts, Kirchner and McCormick collected $95,595 in winnings, including the $25,000 first-place cash paycheck, a brand-new Mercury-powered Ranger boat valued at $70,095, the $250 Day One Geico Big Basket Award and $250 Day One Mercury Big Fish Award for a beautiful 8-pound Mississippi River walleye.
Paul and Katie de Voss slipped to a very respectable second place with 43 pounds, 9 ounces. They earned $10,000 cash plus a hefty Ranger Cup contingency consisting of a new $70,095 Mercury-powered Ranger boat.
The 2018 event marked the 17th edition of the prestigious Cabela’s NTC championship, which annually draws hundreds of avid walleye anglers from across the U.S. and Canada.
Rounding out the top five were:
3rd: Steve and Dan Bodinger, 41-11, $8,500 cash
4th: Jesse and Dylan Nussbaum, 38-05, $7,000 cash
5th: Adam Swisher and Jason Surface, 36-00, $6,000 cash
The Cabela’s NTC offers a lucrative payback of more than 400 percent of entry fees. Teams shared $250,940,000 in cash and prizes, plus 50 custom Cabela’s All-American rings, trophies, plaques and more.
Another $1,000 in Cabela’s gift cards were awarded for big fish and big basket honors. As noted earlier, Kirchner and McCormick pocketed both awards on day one. On day two, Ryan Dempsey and Jacob Kaprelian won the $250 Ranger Boats Big Basket Award for their 16-pound, 6-ounce limit, while Ross Neubauer and Jaimee Tourangeau collected the $250 Pepsi Big Fish Award for an 8-pound, 6-ounce walleye.
A total of 745 walleyes weighing 1,594 pounds, 11 ounces crossed the scale at Veterans Freedom Park during the championship.
Originally scheduled for the Quad Cities, the event was moved to La Crosse less than two weeks before the tournament due to forecast flooding. The Walleye Federation presented Dale Radcliffe of the TWF-sanctioned Mighty Miss Walleye Series with a free $650 entry into the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit for the club’s support in making the championship a success.
Adding to the excitement, weigh-ins were streamed live online at walleyefederation.com. The action was also filmed for national television airing on NBC Sports’ “Americana Outdoors” and the Pursuit Channel. Dates and airtimes will be announced at walleyefederation.com.
Cabela’s NTC sponsors include Cabela’s, Bass Pro Shops, Ranger Boats, Pepsi, Geico. Mercury, Explore La Crosse, and TWF.
Based in Ponca City, Oklahoma, The Walleye Federation manages the qualifying process and co-produces the event alongside the Cabela’s Corporate Brand Partnership Team. Qualifying for the 2019 Cabela’s NTC is now under way. For details, visit walleyefederation.com, or call (580) 765-9031.