Gibson and Beck take top honors at Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit event hosted by Lowe Equipment on Lake Erie
51 seconds ago by Keith Worrall
Amended April 26, 2022 at 12:35 PM
Sandusky, Ohio – April 26, 2022 – This was a continuation of two different stories between what Lake Erie anglers encountered on day one of the event and day two. On the first day, anglers faced some pretty tough conditions with cool temperatures and a strong northeast wind bringing high waves and rolls into Sandusky Bay along the southern shores of Lake Erie. The second day brought some very welcome weather changes as the wind died down and changed to the south, bringing with it very warm temperatures and a little less “walleye chop”. Despite the changing weather, partners Joseph Gibson (Avon Lake, OH) and Bryan Beck (Lakewood, OH) took victory in the second leg of the 2022 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit (MWC) event presented by Lowe Equipment Attachments. on Lake Erie from Sandusky OH.
Gibson and Beck brought a 36-03 pound heavy bag. on Day 1, that put them nearly a pound behind Day 1 leaders Steve Hendricks and Brian Ulmer and with a respectable lead of nearly 3 ponds over the third place team of Jason Kopf and Ryan Buddie.
On day two, the stars aligned and Lake Erie gave future champions another big limit to take the 31-11 pound MWC milestone. The team’s two-day total weight of 67 to 14 pounds of Lake Erie gold was good enough to win the top prize of $17,600 as well as $6,300 for the MWC option pot, $7,000 in Ranger Cup cash, $1,000 Lowrance cash, (2) Okuma Reels, and other prizes totaling $32,985!
In addition to all of this, an affiliate of the Walleye Federation (TWF), the Lake Erie Walleye Trail (LEWT) has partnered with MWC to run one of their regular season events alongside the MWC event and bring their anglers through the main stage of the MWC. As members of the LEWT, Gibson and Beck won this event, also bringing their grand total to over $50,000 between the two events!
Here’s a breakdown of what the rest of the top 5 MWC teams have brought to the ladder:
2nd. Steve Hendricks and Brian Ulmer 67-13, $7,400 cash and $3,260 option
3rd. Jason Kopf and Ryan Buddie 65-04, $4,960 cash and $2,500 option
4th. Dennis Hunter and Jesse Guerra 62-01, $3,960 cash
5th. Steve and Wally Neumann 61-02, $3,360 cash and $2,063.50 option
The total cash and prize payout for this Lake Erie event, presented by Lowe Equipment, was $111,973 paid between 27 spots on 136 MWC teams. Anglers caught a total of 1338 fish weighing a total of 7051lbs 13oz. during the event. The biggest fish of the event was caught by Gary and Alex Kisel and weighed in at 11 pounds. 9 oz.
Anglers were thrilled to participate in this great dual event with new teams from across the country, and look forward to partnering again in the future with the LEWT and other TWF affiliate clubs and local trails. to further solidify an ongoing partnership between The Walleye Federation and walleye clubs everywhere.
The anglers and staff of Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit would like to thank the Town of Sandusky and the shores and islands of Lake Erie in Ohio for hosting this event and for the hospitality while visiting their Beautiful city ! We and our partners for this LEWT event would also like to thank Sandusky’s Victory Kitchen for catching all the fish this weekend and providing much needed help to families in need across the region. These events take a lot of time to plan and working with these great places made the whole process seamless. Thanks again!
Under the umbrella of The Walleye Federation (TWF), the Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s Masters Walleye Circuit is North America’s undisputed leader and oldest in team walleye tournaments and, as an inductee in the freshwater angling hall of fame, has set the standard for competitive walleye fishing for the past 38 years and has directly donated hundreds of thousands of dollars and helped raise millions of dollars in support of fishing programs. nationwide walleye conservation. The MWC is open to walleye anglers from all walks of life. The 2022 schedule features seven qualifiers in six states, plus a spot in the 2023 Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s MWC Walleye World Championship.
Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s – The best outfitters in the world, are in their 21st season as title sponsor of the Masters Walleye Circuit. Official sponsors include: Lowe Equipment Attachments, Lowrance Electronics, Mercury Marine, Ranger Boats. Associate sponsors include: Walleye Federation, Church Tackle, FishLab, Okuma, Power-Pole and TH Marine. For more information send an e-mail [email protected]or call (580) 765-9031.