BRP, maker of Evinrude outboards, announced it has re-joined the Cabela’s National Walleye Tour (NWT) as an official sponsor for the 2017 season. The renewal was finalized as the NWT prepares for the upcoming season, scheduled to kick-off on April 12 on Lake Erie.
As part of the agreement, Evinrude will continue to reward anglers who power their boats with an Evinrude E-TEC outboard engine. A winning Evinrude angler at any one of the three regular-season events will receive an engine upgrade from the standard 150hp option to a 250hp model.
In addition, second through 15th place will receive a US $1,000 cash bonus and 16th through 31st will receive a US $500 payout. Co-anglers who finish on top of the leaderboard will receive an extra US $1,500, while second through 10th receive US $500 and 11th through 20th receive US $250.
“Evinrude has been a vital part of the National Walleye Tour since the beginning and helps put anglers in a position to win serious money,” says Anthony Wright, NWT tournament director. “Our industry partners are instrumental to providing a well-run competition. With their support, our tournament anglers are sure to have another great season in 2017.”
“The NWT tour offers the ideal arena to demonstrate the industry-leading power, performance and value of our Evinrude E-TEC G2 outboards,” says Olivier Pierini, Evinrude’s new Director of Global Marketing and Strategic Planning. “Anglers that use our engines have given us such positive feedback about the impact the torque and reliability of the E-TEC G2 engines have had on their tournament strategy. We look forward to the results from this year’s events and helping even more anglers have a successful 2017 season.”
All NWT events are said to deliver ‘100 percent payback’, which includes a fully-rigged Ranger 1880 plus cash for a first-place finish at each event – a minimum total value of US $56,000.
First-place also offers potential boat and motor upgrades. Anglers that fish all three regular season events, in addition to the top points leaders, will qualify for the three-day, entry-fee championship.
The championship event will feature some of the country’s best walleye anglers in a pro-am style format and guarantees over 100 percent payback, including two-fully rigged Ranger boats for first and second place in the pro-angler category and, new for 2017, a new Ranger 1682 with 115 horsepower Evinrude, valued at US $26,500 for the first-place co-angler.
2017 NWT scheduled events:
April 12 to 13 – Lake Erie (Sandusky, Ohio)
May 11 to 12 – Lake Sakakawea (Garrison, N.D.)
June 15 to 16 – Mississippi River (Prairie du Chien, Wis.)
Championship – August 16 to 18 – Green Bay (Marinette, Wis.)