ESCANABA - Competitive walleye anglers will converge on Bays de Noc at Escanaba on Aug. 29-30 for the third regular-season event of the Cabela's National Walleye Tour.
The tournament circuit features a pro-am style format and guarantees over 100 percent payback.
The Bays de Noc event begins Thursday, Aug. 28, with tournament registration from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Eastern time) at Terrace Bay Inn (7146 P Rd., Gladstone) with a mandatory pre-tournament meeting set to start at 5 p.m. Pro and co-angler pairings will be announced at the pre-tournament meeting.
Anglers will launch Friday and Saturday mornings at 7 a.m. from the Escanaba River Mouth Launch and motor over to Ludington Park Harbor for the take offs. Weigh-ins are set for Ludington Park Harbor at 3 p.m. each day.
On Saturday, Aug. 30, Mercury Marine and Triton Boats will be offering free demo rides of the acclaimed 216 Fishunter from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
The National Professional Anglers Association (NPAA) will also host a "Future Angler" program for children after Saturday's weigh-in, at approximately 4:15 p.m., featuring an educational seminar and training for youth from top-notch NPAA members.
The youth-orientated event will include a free rod/reel combo or "Future Pro" t-shirt for the first 100 children who attend the educational program. The event will take place on Sunday in the event of any weather cancellations on Saturday.
Airing on multiple networks, the National Walleye Tour will be seen on World Fishing Network, and Pursuit Channel, as well as the NBC Sports Network. A fully rigged Ranger Boat, plus cash, is guaranteed for first place at each event - a total value of $57,000.