Major League Fishing will continue its sixth season of filming as 30 top anglers compete in the 2017 Summit Cup in Grand Rapids, Minnesota from August 22-27, 2016.
The entire event will unfold just minutes from the Wired2Fish, Inc. and G2 Gemini national headquarters.
"We're so excited to have such talented anglers on our home turf," said Ryan DeChaine, Vice President of Video Production for Wired2Fish. "We're very fortunate to have some of the country's best bass fishing and it's great to see it getting more national attention. I fully expect these guys to post some incredible catches of both largemouth and smallmouth bass. Our entire crew can't wait to watch it unfold when it airs!"
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.
Visit Grand Rapids was the organization that brought Major League Fishing to Grand Rapids, Minnesota. As the tourism bureau, VGR helps coordinate activities and off hotel site events that are on-going throughout the tournament. “We are very excited that Major League Fishing selected Grand Rapids as their first Minnesota location. We are very proud of our community and all of the wonderful outdoor recreation opportunities, including fishing, that we have to offer on our 1,000 area lakes,” shares Megan Christianson, Director of Visit Grand Rapids. “We bid on this event because we want to expand our fishing marketing to include Bass fishing. We want to increase our awareness of the excellent bass lakes we have right here in the center of northern Minnesota,” shares Christianson.
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 Grand Rapids, 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 Grand Rapids, 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: Aaron Martens, Alton Jones, Andy Montgomery, Bobby Lane, Boyd Duckett , 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 Iaconelli, Mike McClelland, Shaw Grigsby, Skeet Reese, Takahiro Omori, Tim Horton, and Tommy Biffle. 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 will 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.