Ponca City, OK., May 20th, 2019 – Lake Vermillion in Minnesota is widely known as a fishing and scenic paradise. What the anglers on the 2019 North American Bass Circuit will come to know it for is abundant habitat for both largemouth and smallmouth bass, making this event all about game planning.


Presented by Ranger Boats, the June 15th stop at Fortune Bay Casino on famed Lake Vermillion will give both ardent smallmouth anglers and largemouth experts a chance to show what they got as they try to take the top prize money and trophy home. The idea that the anglers can come to the lake and fish what they know makes this stop an attractive option on the circuit.


“My first year there, in 2017, I was blown away by the strategy that went into competition on (Lake) Vermillion.” Tournament emcee Jeff Kelm said. “You had a few mixed bags of fish, but you could clearly see where most of these anglers had their minds set at, either smallmouth was going to take the win or largemouth were going to steal it away.” When asked how he thought anglers would start to learn what they needed, he chuckled “You know, it’s a fishy lake, you can start pitching whatever your favorite lure is and you’re probably going to catch.”


NABC 2019 format has a very modest base entry fee of only $200.00 per team, plus, will build upon the successful option pot model NABC has used for years.  Option pot opportunities have been expanded for 2019.  Pay back is 90% for all levels and ONLY to those teams that pay into them.  All entries will payout one place for every six entries, which means maximum benefit to the teams that finish in the money and everyone can CHOOSE their own entry fees! Sign-up now – For more on this, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com.


Anglers can look forward to (5) one-day events on some of the most popular bass waters in North America. The winners of each of the 5 season events, as well as the top teams from the year-end point standings, will automatically advance to the NBAA National Championship in the spring of 2020 with all entry fees paid to NBAA and a chance at the top prize- a new aluminum Ranger Boat!


Points are tracked from each event to earn a Team of The Year prize package, which also includes advancement opportunity and other prizes for top finishers in the year-end team-of-the-year point standings.


With only a $40 annual membership fee per person, stout paybacks totaling over 100% each year, contingencies and option pot totals numbering into the in the tens of thousands of dollars, the anglers fishing the 2019 Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit will find ample opportunity to recover travels costs and entry fees.


Live weigh-in at Fortune Bay Casino, Tower, MN are free and open to the public beginning at 3:00pm, June 15th.  If you can’t make it in person you can watch the weigh-ins live, online, at northamericanbasscircuit.com or on our Facebook page.


Based in Ponca City, Oklahoma, the Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s North American Bass Circuit offers something for everyone and all income levels. It is open to two-person teams from all walks of life, regardless of club or sponsor affiliation. Entry fees are $200.00 per regular season tournament. Along with an overall annual payback to anglers well in excess of 100 percent, (125% in 2018) a small $5 donation is included in each entry fee and matched by the NABC and other conservation organizations up to 3-to-1 in support of bass conservation projects anywhere the NABC does business.


Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, the World’s Foremost Outfitter for hunting, fishing and outdoor gear, are set to begin their ninth year as title sponsor of the NABC. Other sponsors include: Ranger Boats, Mercury Marine, Motor Guide, Garmin, T-H Marine, and Faculty of Fishing. For complete details, visit northamericanbasscircuit.com, email info@northamericanbasscircuit.com, or call (580) 765-9031.



Don’t forget to sign up for Ranger Cup every year before you start fishing!