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Distinctive Pattern Found in
Episode One of Summit Cup

by Major League Fishing Communications

Elimination Round Day 1 Competitors

Greg Hackney

Gary Klein

Michael Iaconelli

Denny Brauer

Shaw Grigsby

Mike McClelland

Tommy Biffle

Tim Horton

TULSA, Okla. – Jack Link’s Major League Fishing anglers latch onto a significant pattern during Elimination Day 1 of the league’s General Tire Summit Cup, which will air in primetime Thursday, January 3, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on Outdoor Channel.

The event, filmed on Chautauqua Lake in Western New York, tests the skills of some of the world’s best anglers during a challenging day of fishing. The anglers competed on a designated, roughly 2,000-acre zone. The anglers were not aware that Chautauqua Lake would be the venue until three days before the event began. In accord with Major League Fishing rules, the anglers were not allowed to practice or receive advance information on the venue or fishing conditions.

“We are absolutely delighted with what the event at Chautauqua produced,” said Major League Fishing Commissioner Don Rucks. “These anglers were put into some challenging conditions, but as you might expect, they figure out how to catch fish. They find the right pattern, and I think people will really enjoy seeing how they work things out.

The Summit Cup will air six times per week during the first quarter of 2013 on Outdoor Channel, America’s Leader In Outdoor TV. The Championship Round also will air on February 9 at 1 p.m. ET/Noon CT on the NBC network. Subsequent to its airing on NBC, the championship round will re-air on Outdoor Channel the following week.

Major League Fishing also will offer EXTENDED CAST, a web-based, significantly expanded version of the Summit Cup episodes. Episode One of EXTENDED CAST is being offered free of charge and will be available after Outdoor Channel's January 3 primetime airing. For access to Outdoor Channel’s program schedule, please visit: http://outdoorchannel.com/Schedule.aspx.

Competitors Greg Hackney, Gary Klein, Mike Iaconelli, Denny Brauer, Shaw Grigsby, Mike McClelland, Tommy Biffle and Tim Horton comprise the field for Elimination Day 1 competition.

The Summit Cup, held August 27 through September 2, 2012, includes 24 of the world’s best-known competitors and utilizes an innovative angler-created format. In addition to not being able to practice, the anglers are not allowed to practice before the event, cannot compete with pre-determined GPS waypoints, and are limited to fishing on designated sections of water disclosed to them less than 12 hours before their competition rounds began.

The anglers’ boats are equipped with real-time leader boards. Boat judges accompany all anglers and administer penalties. After the weight of each catch is recorded, bass are released back into the lake.

“We had more penalties at Chautauqua than we did during our first event, which was last year on Lake Amistad,” Rucks said. “The reason is that, now, if an angler allows a caught fish to hit the boat carpet he is penalized. Our aim is to encourage good conservation and fish handling. But the rules are enforced strictly, and I’ll just say that the anglers produced some awfully good television in regards to the new rule.”

The Summit Cup included six consecutive days of competition. Elimination Rounds took place during the first three days, with eight anglers competing each day. The top four anglers from each day advanced to the Sudden Death Rounds. During two days of Sudden Death, six anglers competed on the first day, the remaining six the next day. Three anglers advanced each competitive day of Sudden Death, setting up a Championship Final Round featuring the top six anglers.

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