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Losing Composure During Episode 2

by Major League Fishing Communications

Elimination Round Day 2 Competitors

Ish Monroe

Edwin Evers

Takahiro Omori

Jeff Kriet

Aaron Martens

Kelly Jordon

Skeet Reese

Dean Rojas

TULSA, Okla. – Cool, calm and collected are not the words to describe all of Jack Link’s Major League Fishing anglers during the second episode of the 2013 General Tire Summit Cup, which is airing this week on Outdoor Channel.

Tempers get short on more than one occasion as eight Major League Fishing anglers tackle Chautauqua Lake in an effort to advance past the Elimination Round.

Edwin Evers, Kelly Jordon, Jeff Kriet, Aaron Martens, Ish Monroe, Takahiro Omori, Skeet Reese and Dean Rojas compete in this Day 2 of opening-round competition. On Day 1 (Episode 1 on Outdoor Channel), Mike Iaconelli, Denny Brauer, Greg Hackney and Shaw Grigsby advanced to the next round.

The Summit Cup was filmed on Chautauqua Lake in Western New York and tests the skills of the anglers as they compete 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.

“This is a terrific episode. Some anglers’ fuses are a little short. And that can be understandable, because we put these guys in some tough situations, and every decision is important. One day with no practice can put folks on edge,” said Major League Fishing Commissioner Don Rucks.

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. For access to Outdoor Channel’s program schedule, please visit: http://outdoorchannel.com/Schedule.aspx.

Major League Fishing also offers EXTENDED CAST, a web-based, significantly expanded version of the Summit Cup television episodes. Episode One of EXTENDED CAST is being offered free of charge. Episode 2 will be available on January 11. To sign up for EXTENDED CAST, click here.

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. Each day’s action serves as an elimination round.

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.

The Summit Cup included six consecutive days of competition. Round One took place during the first three days, with eight anglers competing each day. The top four anglers from each day advanced to the next round. Round Two was comprised of the 12 advancing anglers. During Round Two, six anglers competed on the first day, the remaining six the next day. Two anglers advanced each competitive day of Round Two, setting up a Championship Final Round featuring the top four anglers.

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