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Published: January 24, 2013

The Race to 24 Pounds in Primetime

by Major League Fishing Communications

Sudden Death Day 1 Competitors

Jeff Kriet

Aaron Martens

Michael Iaconelli

Denny Brauer

Alton Jones

Jason Quinn

TULSA, Okla. – Jack Link’s Major League Fishing anglers scramble to reach a 24-pound cutline during Episode 4 of the 2013 General Tire Summit Cup, which will air in primetime Thursday, January 24, at 9 p.m. ET/8 p.m. CT on Outdoor Channel.

Episode 4 captures action that took place on Day 4 of the Summit Cup, the first of two Sudden Death rounds. Anglers attempt to reach a designated cutline during Sudden Death competition, which took place on scenic Chautauqua Lake in Western New York. During the two Sudden Death competition days, the first three of six competing anglers to catch 24 pounds or more advance to the Championship Round.

“We believe that the cutline we add for the Sudden Death round adds excitement and pressure. The anglers tell us they are amazed at how stressful things can get when you have to stare at that cutline mark all day, knowing you need to get past it,” Major league Fishing Commissioner Don Rucks said.

“We set the Chautauqua cutline at a goal we believed was achievable, but challenging. The lake is fishing tough. To be perfectly honest, our expectation was that anglers might hit the mark in the third period. Of course, we used the same strategy when we set the cutline at Lake Amistad in our first event, and Kevin VanDam hit it in two and a half hours. You never know.”

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.

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:

In addition to the primetime broadcast, the Summit Cup is also available on Outdoor Channel on Thursdays at 11 p.m., Tuesdays at 1 p.m., Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 2 p.m. and Sundays at 4:30 p.m. Eastern time. (Central time broadcast are one hour earlier.)

Major League Fishing also offers EXTENDED CAST, a web-based, significantly expanded version of the Summit Cup television episodes. The Day 1 episode of EXTENDED CAST is being offered free of charge. Day 2 and Day 3 episodes also are currently available. The Day 4 Sudden Death episode will become available on Friday, January 25.

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. The Elimination Round 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 Round. During 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.

About Jack Link’s Major League Fishing
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