Events

2012 Challenge Cup

  • Challenge Cup Battle Wounds

    Published: April 2, 2012

    It was the final hour of the final day when Kevin reared back and launched a jerkbait cruise missile into my forearm. Upon impact, the line snapped and the lure exploded into tiny pieces. Read More

  • Webisode Seven: Climb Inside the Minds

    Published: March 26, 2012

    The Major League Lessons webisode invites viewers to climb inside the minds of Major League Fishing anglers during and after their quest to capture the Challenge Cup title. Read More

  • Ehrler Stunning in Finals

    Published: March 27, 2012

    The lone angler from the FLW, Brent Ehrler, put on an overwhelming performance in the Challenge Cup finals with a winning total weight of 52 pounds, 4 ounces. Read More

  • Ehrler's Self-Induced Pressure
    Fueled Challenge Cup Victory

    Published: March 23, 2012

    As Brent Ehrler advanced round to round in the Challenge Cup, one question loomed. Could the lone FLW angler beat 23 Elite Series anglers? Read More

  • Challenge Cup Final Four

    Published: March 15, 2012

    After a week of fierce angling competition and topsy-turvy weather conditions, it's finally down to this. The final four all vying for the first ever Challenge Cup on Lake Amistad. Read More

  • Jordon, McClelland Advance to Finals

    Published: March 20, 2012

    In a heated race to the 40-pound cutline, Kelly Jordon and Mike McClelland survive Sudden Death Day 2 and advance to the finals to face Kevin VanDam and Brent Ehrler. Read More

  • Size vs. Numbers in Webisode Five

    Published: March 13, 2012

    Two anglers, using different strategies, leap from early frustration to the top of the pack. One angler goes for quantity, while the other scores with fewer, but substantially larger, bass. Read More

  • Sudden Death Day 2: The Winds of Change

    Published: March 7, 2012

    Kevin VanDam once said, "The wind is your friend!" Well, after three days of being the friend - and at times, a smiling enemy the wind has packed up its bags and departed for parts unknown. Read More

  • VanDam, Ehrler Championship Bound

    Published: March 11, 2012

    Competitor Kevin VanDam used a combination of baits to put on a bass fishing clinic in Sudden Death Day 1. KVD reached the cutline in the second period, followed by Ehrler in the third. Read More

  • 'Crushing' Performance in Webisode Four

    Published: March 5, 2012

    A “performance for the ages” is what viewers of the Major League Fishing Challenge Cup fourth webisode will see. Read More

  • Sudden Death: The Race to 40 Pounds

    Published: February 29, 2012

    Pressure packed tournament bass fishing? You ain't seen nothing yet! After three days of competition, the bass angling pros competing at the Challenge Cup on Lake Amistad will see things get ratcheted up to yet another level. Read More

  • Elimination Round Day 3: Angler Notes

    Published: March 5, 2012

    The third group of anglers of the Challenge Cup experienced the intensity of the format for the first time on Amistad Lake. Those anglers who were able to overcome the pressure to perform in a new format earned the right to move onto the Sudden Death round Read More

  • Day 3 Anglers Brace for the Unknown

    Published: February 22,2012

    Leading into the third round of elimination fishing at the Challenge Cup, the combination of injury, the unknown and a grim weather forecast are all conspiring to crank up personal anxiety levels to values threatening to go off the charts. Read More

  • McClelland Goes Wire to Wire

    Published: March 5, 2012

    Competitor Mike McClelland started and ended strong in the final Elimination round of the Challenge Cup. He led all three periods and finished the day with a total of 38.50 pounds.
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  • Day 2 Forecast: All Kinds of Adversity

    Published: February 14, 2012

    With the first elimination round of the Challenge Cup competition finally in the books in southwest Texas, the mood before the second round of elimination is mixed.  Read More

  • Elimination Round Day 2: Angler Notes

    Published: February 27, 2012

    The second group of anglers of the Challenge Cup experienced the intensity of the format for the first time on Amistad Lake. Those anglers who were able to overcome the pressure to perform in a new format earned the right to move onto the Sudden Death round. Read More

  • Ike Mounts Period 3 Comeback

    Published: February 27, 2012

    Taking what he learned from the first period, Iaconelli tossed a spinnerbait and boated 11 largemouth for 24.75 pounds. The late surge boosted his final weight to 34.5 pounds. Read More

  • Injured Angler, High Winds in Webisode Three

    Published: February 28, 2012

    Harsh morning weather and a courageous effort by a “one-armed angler” draw attention during the third webisode of Major League Fishing’s Challenge Cup. Read More

  • 'Going Ike' in Webisode Two

    Published: February 21, 2012

    Early frustration followed by an entertaining comeback effort by Mike Iaconelli are among Elimination Round highlights from the second webisode of the Challenge Cup. Read More

  • Quinn and 'Bama Rig Crush the Field

    Published: February 20, 2012

    As the clock struck 7:15 a.m., the anglers powered their rigs into the fishing zone. They had 15 minutes to scout the area and locate a spot they felt would provide them the quick response from Lake Amistad’s bass population. Read More

  • 'Bama Rig Dominates Webisode One

    Published: February 7, 2012

    One angler caught nearly 60 pounds of bass on the first day of competition using the Alabama rig. His performance with the popular, yet somewhat controversial, bait will be featured during the first pay-per-view webisode. Read More

  • Elimination Round Day 1: Angler Notes

    Published: February 20, 2012

    The first group of anglers of the Challenge Cup experienced the intensity of the format for the first time on Lake Amistad. Those anglers who were able to overcome the pressure earned the right to move onto the Sudden Death semifinal round. Read More

  • Mental Prep in Overdrive on Eve of Day 1

    Published: February 10, 2012

    On the eve of the first ever Jack Link’s Major League Fishing Challenge Cup presented by Busch Beer, the eight anglers competing in Day 1 Elimination Round are ... well they're jacked. Read More

  • Amistad Challenge Cup: KVD Sounds Off

    Published: February 8, 2012

    Like it or not, and his competitors certainly fall into the latter category, Kevin VanDam is the face of professional bass fishing. So what does the current king of bass fishing think about the debut of Major League Fishing on 64,900-acre Lake Amistad? Read More

  • Major League Fishing Competitor List Update

    Published: October 12, 2011

    Bobby Lane and Todd Faircloth, two of the most accomplished and popular pro anglers in the U.S., have been added to the prestigious group of competitors scheduled to fish the Major League Fishing™ Challenge Cup, League Commissioner Don Rucks announced today. Read More


  • Tournament Analysis

    As Brent Ehrler advanced round to round in the Challenge Cup, one question loomed. Could the lone FLW angler beat 23 Elite Series anglers? Read More

  • About the Lake

    It has been said that everything is bigger in Texas. While that might seem like a lot of hot air and bravado in some corners of the U.S., it is indeed true when the subject turns to bass fishing in the Lone Star State. Read More

  • About The Community

    In the desert, water is everything. So it should come as no surprise that in the history of Del Rio, a Southwest Texas border city of some 45,000 people incorporated in 1911, that the clear liquid gold commodity has played a key role in the area’s rich history. Read More