Ponca City, Okla.- Three weeks into registration, the Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit is off to a fast start as walleye fans east to west are reserving their chance to enjoy great fishing and compete for hefty payouts at 10 qualifiers on the 2013 trail.
As expected, the surge in registrations has come from traditional strongholds such as the season opener on the Illinois River at Spring Valley, Illinois, and the renowned big-fish battle on the Detroit River in April. But other events, including the August qualifier at Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, are also showing strong gains.
Earlybird-known as “Premier Team”-signups are also strong, with teams taking advantage of extra perks for signing up for three or more tournaments prior to the February 15 earlybird deadline. Premier entries enjoy great odds of making the championship, as the top 25 point-accumulating Premiers earn coveted invites to the $100,000 no-entry-fee Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship. (The top 20 teams overall, fishing a minimum of three events, will also be invited.) Premiers also enjoy installment billing and priority entry in all events.
Along with renewed interest in walleye tournament fishing, circuit officials credit part of the gains to additional benefits, streamlined rules and enhanced prize packages available to MWC anglers in light of the trail’s recent sale to The Walleye Federation. Extra benefits include an annual TWF membership that expands opportunities to other events including the Cabela’s National Walleye Tour and National Team Championship. The MWC also updated its rules, including the creation of a simplified points system for qualifying for the Cabela’s MWC World Championship and MWC Team of the Year race. Read More