MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. – Bombardier Recreational Products (BRP), makers of Evinrude E-TEC outboards, has re-joined the Cabela’s National Walleye Tour (NWT) as an official sponsor for the 2015 season. The renewal was finalized as the NWT prepares for the upcoming season, scheduled to kick off May 7 on the Mississippi River at Lake City, Minn.
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 150 hp option to a 250 hp model. In addition, 2nd through 15th place will receive a $1,000 cash bonus and 16th through 31st will receive a $500 payout. Co-anglers who finish on top of the leaderboard will receive an extra $1,500, while 2nd through 10th receive $500 and 11th through 31st receive $250.
“Evinrude has been an integral part of the National Walleye Tour since the beginning,” said Anthony Wright, NWT tournament director. “They have such a rich history of supporting walleye anglers and we’re fortunate to have them as a partner. We’re excited about the upcoming season and proud to build on our relationship with Evinrude.”
The BRP portfolio includes Ski-Doo and Lynx snowmobiles, Sea-Doo watercraft, Can-Am all-terrain and side-by-side vehicles, Can-Am Spyder roadsters, Evinrude and Rotax marine propulsion systems as well as Rotax engines for karts, motorcycles and recreational aircraft. BRP’s Evinrude line-up offers engines from 3.5 to 300 horsepower, including the all-new Evinrude E-TEC G2.
“NWT events provide a great platform to promote the best-in-class performance of Evinrude E-TEC outboards,” said Evinrude Director of Marketing and Strategic Planning Chris Berg. “The all-new Evinrude E-TEC G2 is the perfect choice for walleye anglers looking for the next generation of power, performance, reliability and value with up to 20 percent more torque, 15 percent better fuel efficiency and 75 percent fewer total regulated emissions than leading four-stroke competitors.”
The National Walleye Tour will include a total of three qualifying events, plus a year-end championship. Official registration for all events has already begun both online and by phone. The NWT website offers numerous details on the circuit, including official rules, tournament structure, payout and incentives.
All 2015 NWT events feature 100 percent payback. A fully rigged Ranger Boat, plus cash, is guaranteed for first place at each event – a minimum total value of $61,000. Multiple contingency programs are available for even higher payout. Anglers that fish all three regular-season events, in addition to the top points leaders, will qualify for the three-day, entry-fee championship.
For more details, anglers are encouraged to call 612-424-0708 or visit the website at www.nationalwalleyetour.com. From here, site visitors can register for events, view the TV schedule and learn more about what’s in store for 2015.