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At the season-opening National Walleye Tour event, presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, nearly everyone brought five walleyes to the scale. While Lake Francis Case proved to be an incredible numbers fishery, pro winner Chase Parsons ironically was only receiving eight to 10 bites per day. While risky, he intentionally chose to target fewer, but larger walleyes after making a long run south. A similar strategy might unfold at the season’s second stop, where the best walleye sticks in…

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Pro Angler Paul Mueller

Paul Mueller’s decision to throw a silent Deps Evoke 2.0 crankbait around heavily pressured largemouth at the Bassmaster Elite on Neely Henry lead to the biggest bass of the tournament, a 6-pounder. That hefty fish nearly secured him the win, before finishing second, which was still good enough for the Connecticut angler to win Toyota Bonus Bucks once again. Mueller estimates he’s won well over $15,000 in Bonus Bucks the past few seasons. And the fact you don’t have to…

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Youth Angler holds Bass

Young-gun Trey McKinney has earned his success in competitive bass fishing. The 16-year-old angler from Goreville, Illinois has already been fishing competitively for seven years and has racked up an impressive list of accomplishments. “I’ve been fortunate to win three junior division national championships, and one year I won the Next Generation Championship,” says McKinney, who garnered national acclaim by becoming the first-ever angler to win both the B.A.S.S. and FLW Junior Championships in the same year. While the popularity…

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The new format and concept on bass fishing, the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s North American Bass Challenge (NABC) bring together some of the best premier events for anglers everywhere. Multiple events anchored by the historic 31st Annual Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament May 14-15, 2021. In addition to the same stellar payouts the Sturgeon Bay Open Bass Tournament (SBOBT) has always had, and the all-new and bigger Ranger RT 198 with Mercury 150hp outboard up as the top prize…

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Anglers Hoisting Trophies

Tournament walleye fishing, especially at the highest level, can be a fickle endeavor. Sometimes you’re the bug, and sometimes you’re the windshield. Day two of the 2021 National Walleye Tour season opener, presented by Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s, saw many of the day-one windshields quickly turn to bugs. Capitalizing on others’ inconsistency, Nitro pro Chase Parsons shot up the leaderboard and stole another major victory in South Dakota. Ten years ago on Lake Oahe, the then 27-year-old Parsons revealed…

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