Major League Fishing to Compete in Alabama

Competitive Bass Fishing Television Program to Visit State from October 7-15

ALABAMA (October 7, 2016) - Major League Fishing will complete its sixth season of filming as 30 top anglers compete in the Lucas Marine Oil Challenge Cup presented by Bass Pro Shops in Alabama, from October 10-15, 2016. Winners of the MLF Ultimate Dream Sweepstakes, a contest offering 20 lucky winners a chance to visit an MLF competition and fish with a professional angler, will also enjoy a weekend in Eufaula, AL, prior to the competition.

Major League Fishing 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 six days of competition, all seeking to make it to the final day’s Championship Round. The show captures the anglers’ efforts as they seek to catch as many fish as possible in 7 and a half hours of fishing and weigh all “scorable bass” before immediately releasing the fish back into the water.

The event comes to Alabama at an important time for the state’s parks, as since 2012, more than $15 million has been transferred out of the Alabama State Parks System budget and into the General Fund to cover other needs for the state.

During the last legislative session, Alabama Senator Clay Scofield championed a constitutional amendment that would protect the state parks funding from being transferred, and that amendment, Amendment 2, will appear on the state’s general election ballot on November 8.

“We are excited about the opportunity to host the Major League Fishing organization—Their hard work and contemporary ideas have put them front and center with the bass fishing community and it is an honor to work with them,” State Parks Director Greg Lein said. “The outdoor recreation provided by our state parks is not only attractive, but creates economic engines that are vital to the health of our local communities across this state. An outdoor event of this scale not only showcases our state parks, but creates partnerships that promote positive opportunities for future generations.”

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The events filmed in Alabama will begin airing in May 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 Alabama.

“As Major League Fishing moves around the country we have always wanted to come to Alabama because of the state’s incredible reputation for bass fishing,” said MLF Commissioner Don Rucks. “We’re excited that the time has finally come and the great people of Eufaula and Lakepoint State Park have made a visit for our Cup anglers possible.”

Major League Fishing Cup anglers competing in Eufaula are Alabama natives Tim Horton and Boyd Duckett, Aaron Martens, Alton Jones, Andy Montgomery, Bobby Lane, Brent Chapman, Brent Ehrler, Dean Rojas, Denny Brauer, Edwin Evers, Gary Klein, Greg Hackney, Ish Monroe, Jeff Kriet, Kelly Jordon, Kevin VanDam, Mark Davis, Mike McClelland, Shaw Grigsby, Skeet Reese, Takahiro Omori, and Tommy Biffle. There are also seven 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.

“Although many of our anglers have fished Eufaula, not many have ever fished these waters in the fall,” Randy White, executive producer, said. “We’re eager to see what the lakes have to offer and how our anglers react to the conditions—it’s appropriate we’ve come to Alabama for our ‘Challenge’ Cup.”

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

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 www.majorleaguefishing.com and follow Major League Fishing on Twitter, Instagram and on Facebook.

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Major League Fishing – Bailey McBride | bmcbride@majorleaguefishing.com

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