Major League Fishing to Compete in Vidalia/Natchez

Competitive Professional Bass Fishing Television Program to Visit Area from October 9-14

October 13, 2017

Natchez, Miss. (October 13, 2017) - Major League Fishing will wrap its seventh season of filming as 27 of the nation’s top anglers compete in the 2018 Lucas Oil Challenge Cup in the waters surrounding Vidalia, Louisiana, and Natchez, Mississippi, from October 9-14, 2017.

The television series features some of the biggest names in professional bass fishing and includes Bassmaster Classic champions, Angler of the Year winners and title-holders from both the Bassmaster Elite Series and the FLW Tour. Anglers will compete across the rivers and lakes surrounding the area in six days of competition, culminating with the crowning of the 2018 Challenge Cup champion.

“This area was hand-selected and suggested by one of our trusted anglers, who came to fish the area this time last year, so I’m confident we’re going to have a great week of fishing,” said Randy White, MLF executive producer. “We look for any opportunity we can to take our anglers to a new and challenging body of water, and we think that’s what we’re doing in this location this week.”

The Major League Fishing Cup events filmed this week will begin airing in May 2018 on Outdoor Channel, America’s leader in outdoor television, and will re-air at the end of the year on Discovery. This is Major League Fishing’s first time in its six-year history to fish in Mississippi and the second visit to Louisiana – the first was the 2015 Challenge Cup, which was filmed in Shreveport. Edwin Evers was the 2015 Challenge Cup Champion, and went on to win the 2016 Bassmaster Classic.

Major League Fishing Cup anglers competing in the 2018 Challenge Cup are Louisiana native Greg Hackney, as well as MLF Pros Tim Horton, Boyd Duckett, Aaron Martens, Alton Jones, Andy Montgomery, Bobby Lane, Brent Chapman, Brent Ehrler, Dean Rojas, Denny Brauer, Edwin Evers, Gary Klein, Ish Monroe, Jeff Kriet, Kelly Jordon, Kevin VanDam, Mark Davis, Mike Iaconelli, Mike McClelland, Shaw Grigsby, Skeet Reese, Takahiro Omori, Jason Christie, Jacob Wheeler and Tommy Biffle. One GEICO Select angler will also compete, but his name is not released so as not to reveal results of pervious events.

Major League Fishing is filmed “in the dark”, meaning fans are highly encouraged to not follow the competitors and results are not disclosed until the show airs. MLF anglers as well as local officials will host a Meet and Greet for fans to meet anglers, league boat officials and talent Aly Akers, as well as explore a Major League Fishing boat and have a chance to win signed jerseys. The Meet and Greet will take place on Wednesday, October 18, from 6-7:30 p.m. at the Vidalia Conference and Convention Center at 112 Front Street. The event is family friendly and open to the public.

About Major League Fishing
Developed through a joint effort between Outdoor Channel and two dozen premier bass fishing anglers in 2011, Major League Fishing brings the high-intensity sport of competitive bass fishing into America’s living rooms in the form of riveting two-hour TV episodes. Twenty-four world-class anglers are filmed over the course of a six-day event. The show captures their efforts as they utilize a demanding format that allows them to weigh all the “scorable bass” they catch. Unlike other competitive fishing events, live leaderboards in the boats allow anglers to know their standings at all times. For more information about the game, visit and follow Major League Fishing on Twitter, Instagram& and on Facebook.

Media Contact:

Major League Fishing – Bailey McBride | (918) 770-6635 |

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