Major League Fishing to Compete in Minnesota

Competitive Bass Fishing Television Program to Visit State from August 22-27

MINNESOTA (AUGUST 18, 2016) - Major League Fishing will continue its sixth season of filming as 30 top anglers compete in the 2017 Summit Cup in Minnesota from August 22-27, 2016.

The television series features 30 of the top anglers in the country 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 area lakes in five days of competition, all seeking to make it to the final day’s championship round. The show captures their efforts as they seek to catch as many fish as possible and weigh all the “scorable bass” they catch before immediately releasing the fish back into the water.

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The Major League Fishing Cup series is preceded in the television season by the GEICO Selects, another six-day event where 24 anglers compete for a position in the Cup. The events filmed in Minnesota will begin airing in February 2017 on Outdoor Channel, America’s leader in outdoor television. This is Major League Fishing’s first time in its five-year history to fish in Minnesota, though the current one-day MLF record catch of 39 bass weighing 82 pounds, 7 ounces was caught in Northern waters just to the East in Michigan.

“We are excited to explore some of the outstanding fisheries in Minnesota with our anglers,” said MLF Commissioner Don Rucks. “Though many people know this area as walleye country, we think our anglers will have a lot of success on the lakes and will show viewers that this is also a great destination for bass fishing.”

Major League Fishing Cup anglers competing in Michigan are: There are also six MLF Select anglers fishing who cannot be named so as not to reveal the results of previous competitions that have not yet aired on television.

“We expect some really great fishing from the diverse range of lakes we will be visiting in Minnesota,” Randy White, executive producer, said. “These Northern lakes produced our current record performance and this area works very well with the MLF format of fishing.”

The new season of Major League Fishing will begin airing the last week of December, 2017, on Outdoor Channel.

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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.

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