MASSIVE WALLEYE

Some of the winning walleye taken from Lake Erie by Greenbush resident Mike Karner, left, and Oscoda resident Adam Hume during the June 5-6 tournament.

LORAIN, Ohio — Oscoda resident Adam Hume and Greenbush resident Mike Karner took first prize during the 2020 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit, held June 5-6 inLorain, Ohio.

Participants from 12 states converged on the shoreline of Lake Erie to battle for the top spot and the $12,000 first-place cash prize. Hume and Karner fought through adversity to claim the weekend’s title of champion.  

According to tournament organizers, Hume and Karner arrived early to begin pre-fishing the tournament waters but within two days of preparation, hopes of participating quickly diminished. Motor problems troubled the team one of their pre-fishing days pondering their next plan. 

Fortunately for Adam and Mike, the issue was minor and back to the grind they went on Thursday to finalize the plan for the two-day event starting the following day.

“One of our home programs in deep water is pulling bandits deep.” said Hume on stage as the weigh-in wrapped up June 6. “We were fishing deeper than most.” 

TROPHIES

Greenbush resident Mike Karner, left, and Oscoda resident Adam Hume, right, display their trophies they earned winning the 2020 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Maters Walleye Circuit tournament event held June 5-6 in Lorain, Ohio.

The team knew what they were comfortable doing and found the right location to fill the livewell with over 44 pounds of fish on day-one, including the “Big Fish” of 10-06.  The duo caught over 39 pounds of fish on the final day to end with a total weight of 83-13, over 10 pounds more than second place.

Hume and Karner walked away with $14,700 in cash and prizes, including the $12,000 first-place cash payout, $1,000 Ranger Cup Bonus, $500 AirWave certificate, $200 in BPS/Cabela’s gift cards for day-one “Big Fish” and a $1,000 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s National Team Championship Prize Package, including paid entry into the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s NTC, travel stipend, team jerseys and plaques.

All together the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit awarded $62,589.50 in cash and prizes in Lorain, Ohio.

The tournaments 832 fish weighed a total of 4,072 lbs. 12 oz. during the event.

Under the umbrella of The Walleye Federation (TWF), the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit is North America’s longest-running and undisputed leader in team walleye tournaments and as an inductee into the freshwater fishing hall of fame, has set the standard for competitive walleye fishing for 36 years and is open to avid walleye anglers from all walks of life. The 2020 schedule includes seven qualifiers in seven states, plus the 2021 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship.

Hume and Karner will get a change to show their walleye catching talents in Oscoda when the tournament moves here in July, according to Tournament Director Jack Baker.

Because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament, which was set to run in April in Detroit, was cancelled and will be staged in Oscoda, said Baker.

The new tournament grouds will be Lake Huron\Saginaw Bay area to run on July 17-18.  All other MWC or TWF events are scheduled to go forward on dates and locations as planned at this time.

MWC will continue to working diligently to keep our anglers and staff safe and continue to do all we can to provide quality events.  A mid-summer tournament will be a great event for our anglers and the fishing should be good just outside of Saginaw Bay on the shores of Lake Huron that time of year.

Anglers who previously registered for the Detroit River event will automatically be moved to the Lake Huron\Saginaw Bay event. Those that cannot make these new dates\location may email the tournament at support@masterswalleyecirucit.com  or call the national office to request a refund or transfer to that entry to another MWC event. Registration is open for this new venue at Oscoda for those who are ready to sign-up.

“We do not take moving events lightly.” Stated MWC President Robert Cartlidge. “But the safety of our anglers, their family and our staff will always be our first priority.  We know that our anglers and communities put these dates on their calendars long in advance and a moving them disrupts vacation time, lodging, tourism and workflow for not just our anglers, site hosts, sponsors and staff but for us as a company, it costs us all. For all other upcoming events, it is optimistically our intent that all the rest of our MWC and TWF events scheduled starting from May on will be held as scheduled unless and until direction from Federal, State or Local officials tell us otherwise. Like all of you we are taking this unprecedented situation day by day right now until it passes.”

“I do have to say that I am very proud of our team, Cartlidge continued. They have been working hard on getting a backup plans together for all our circuits, 150+ events and programs conducted from national office under the Federation Angler umbrella of companies each year. Even in May once areas start to open back up hopefully, we do not know what the new “Normal” might be so rest assured we do have a back-up measures built and systems in place we can use if needed for managing events, meetings/ weigh ins and social distancing on sight once officials tell us it is safe to proceed.”

Baker thought that an event on Lake Huron with quick access to the northern end of Saginaw Bay would be a welcomed option. 

“It’s been a decade since the MWC fished Saginaw Bay area, we already had the Lake Erie MWC event June 5-6 out of Lorain so while this isn’t what we originally planned for rather than move to another event to Lake Erie, I think it’s going to be a great event for the anglers to compete on Lake Huron.”

Under the umbrella of The Walleye Federation (TWF), the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit is North America’s longest-running and undisputed leader in team walleye tournaments and as an inductee into the freshwater fishing hall of fame, has set the standard for competitive walleye fishing for 36 years. MWC is open to walleye anglers from all walks of life. The 2020 schedule includes seven qualifiers in seven states, plus the 2021 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s MWC World Walleye Championship. Registration is now open for all events, Visit masterswalleyecircuit.com for full details.

Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s – The World’s Foremost Outfitters, are in their 19th season as title sponsor of the Masters Walleye Circuit. Official sponsors include: Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, Ranger Boats and The Walleye Federation. Associate sponsors include: AirWave Pedestals, Church Tackle, Berkley Fishing, Okuma, Power-Pole, Soft Steel and T-H Marine. For more information, email info@masterswalleyecircuit.com, or call 580-765-9031.