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NEED TO KNOW: How to View, Attend Bass Pro Tour Stage One in Kissimmee

History will be made in Kissimmee, Florida Jan. 29-Feb. 3, when the MLF Bass Pro Tour B & W Trailer Hitches Stage One presented By Power-Pole is contested on the waters of the Kissimmee Chain. Viewers around the world will be provided unprecedented access to on-the-water action and expert analysis via the MLF NOW! live stream as the top 80 bass pros in the world compete for the first-ever Bass Pro Tour trophy and a $100,000 payday. In addition, fishing fans attending the MLF Midway and live Major League Fishing Postgame Show presented by Berkley at Big Toho Marina will be part of a historic on-site gameday experience that’ll include sponsor activities, giveaways, food trucks and interaction with Bass Pro Tour pros. Here are the things you need to know about the MLF Bass Pro Tour Stage One: BASS PRO TOUR STAGE ONE – Kissimmee Chain When Bass Pro Tour Stage One will be contested Jan. 29 to Feb. 3 Where Kissimmee, Florida will serve as the host city, with Big Toho Marina (hosting the MLF Midway and post-game show MLF NOW! live stream schedule MLF NOW! will go live daily at 10 a.m. on www.MajorLeagueFishing.com, and will continue until “lines out” at 3:30. MLF NOW! cameras will go live again on the MLF website at 5 p.m. for the official post-game show. Fans are encouraged to attend the post-game show! Competition waters The following lakes in the Kissimmee Chain will host Rounds 1 through 5 (Shotgun rounds through Sudden Death rounds): Lake Tohopekagila, Lake Kissimmee, Lake Cypress and Lake Hatchineha in Osceola County. The action moves to Lake Garcia for the Championship Round on Feb. 3 MLF Midway The MLF Midway will be open from 9:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m., Friday, Feb. 1 through Sunday, Feb. 3. Admission is free.

Major League Fishing Announces Dayton Venue as Bass Pro Tour Stage Four

Major League Fishing announced today that Dayton, Tennessee is the fourth destination of the 2019 MLF Bass Pro Tour schedule, with its famed big bass fishery Chickamauga Lake ready to play a significant role in who wins the event, April 9 - 14. The Rhea County region, anchored by county seat Dayton and including much of Chickamauga and Watts Bar lakes on the Tennessee River, has been a proud and prominent supporter of fishing and its economic impact to the area for several years. "We are thrilled to have this opportunity to bring the MLF Bass Pro Tour to our backyard in its inaugural season," said Dennis Tumlin, Executive Director of Economic Development for Rhea County and Director of Dayton's "Fish Dayton" brand. "It's a great matching of our exceptional bass fishing to the sport's most exciting competition in MLF's catch, weigh and immediate-release format." "Rhea County is proud to showcase our world-class fishery during one of the prime times of the season for giant double-digit bass. If you've never tried our legendary fisheries firsthand, I encourage you to make plans now to come and join in on the festivities and see if you can catch your own personal best!," commented Rhea County Mayor, George Thacker. Scenic Chickamauga will be familiar to most of the 80-angler Bass Pro Tour field because it has hosted many major bass tournaments over the years. In fact, living in the proximity of the 36,240-acre lake are a handful of pros who are nearing or have already surpassed the million-dollar milestone in career tournament earnings, including Michael Neal, Andy Morgan, Wesley Strader, Jacob Wheeler and John Murray. "It's one thing to have Toho, Conroe and the untapped fisheries like Falls, Jordan and Harris to start the season, but to have 'The Chick' in the cleanup position makes this early season lineup amazing," said Michael Mulone, MLF Senior Director of Events and Partnerships, in referring to the tour's season openers in Florida, Texas and North Carolina prior to Tennessee. "You're likely to see some big-time home runs coming from the best hammers in all of fishing at this Dayton stop." The sizable Chickamauga and its nearly 60-mile length seem to always make the lake a tournament wildcard because of its vastness, diverse cover and generous population of bass over 10 pounds. "Just this past weekend, we had a 14.2-pounder caught and released, and the lake has really been fishing well for the past several years. We invite everyone to come participate in the activities throughout the competition days to witness firsthand our fabulous fishing and Southern hospitality. Please put this Dayton visit on your calendars now," Tumlin added.

Pros on Pros: Edwin Evers

We asked some of the Major League Fishing pros to tell us about Edwin Evers.

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Edwin Evers' Tips for Florida Fishing Major League Fishing Pro Edwin Evers explains how he strategizes when he’s fishing in Florida.

Anglers Announce Their Commitment to Major League Fishing

Edwin Evers Major League Fishing Pro Edwin Evers has been fishing with MLF since the very beginning. On Monday night he posted on Facebook, in part, “I hope my brothers in this fraternity we call pro fishing will realize that we’ve never had a greater opportunity than we have right now, and that I’veseen more positive change in the last two weeks than I have in the past 20 years. It’s a chance for us to finally control our own destiny, and at the end of the day, you have to decide whether you want to be the bass or you want to be the shad. I want to be the bass. I’m excited about 2019 and our future fishing Major League Fishing next year.”

Major League Fishing Announces 80 Anglers Set for New Bass Pro Tour

Major League Fishing (MLF) leadership today announced the official roster of the 80 anglers who have committed to compete in the new-for-2019 Bass Pro Tour and MLF Cup events. The final list was made public during an MLF meeting held this week at Big Cedar Lodge with several of its sponsors and anglers present to discuss plans in follow up to the league's recent announcement of significant expansion for the purpose of growing the sport. "We understand how difficult this decision was for pro anglers ... everyone who has faced a potential career-changing move can relate to it, but the deadline has passed for the invitees and we now proudly have 80 individuals who have committed to a dream that goes beyond just a tournament payday," said MLF co-founder and PBTAA Vice President Boyd Duckett. "Sure, higher payouts are part of it, but for us this is not a competition we're in against other trails. It doesn't matter what B.A.S.S. or FLW does; our goal is different. These anglers know that and we're ecstatic to have them on board with the new MLF plans." The full 80-man field includes Bassmaster Classic champions, FLW Forrest Wood Cup winners, Anglers of the Year and top tour performers from throughout the world of competitive bass fishing. The 2019 MLF anglers are: Casey Ashley, Justin Atkins, Adrian Avena, Josh Bertrand, Tommy Biffle, Zack Birge, Stephen Browning, Brent Chapman, Jason Christie, Luke Clausen, Gary Clouse, Dustin Connell, Brandon Coulter, Cliff Crochet, Mark Daniels Jr., Mark Davis, Ott DeFoe, Boyd Duckett, Brent Ehrler, James Elam, Paul Elias, Edwin Evers, Todd Faircloth, Shinichi Fukae, Shaw Grigsby, Greg Hackney, Roy Hawk, Brett Hite, Tim Horton, Randy Howell, Mike Iaconelli, Alton Jones, Alton Jones Jr., Kelly Jordon, JT Kenney, Gary Klein, Jeff Kriet, Jason Lambert, Bobby Lane, Chris Lane, Russ Lane, Jordan Lee, Matt Lee, Dave Lefebre, Jared Lintner, Justin Lucas, Aaron Martens, Mike McClelland, Cody Meyer, Ish Monroe, Andy Montgomery, Andy Morgan, John Murray, Britt Myers, Michael Neal, Takahiro Omori, Cliff Pace, Brandon Palaniuk, Keith Poche, Jacob Powroznik, Skeet Reese, Marty Robinson, Dean Rojas, Mark Rose, Fred Roumbanis, Bradley Roy, Terry Scroggins, Fletcher Shryock, Gerald Spohrer, Wesley Strader, Scott Suggs, Gerald Swindle, Randall Tharp, Jonathon VanDam, Kevin VanDam, Greg Vinson, David Walker, James Watson, Jacob Wheeler and Jesse Wiggins. "This is a new day in professional bass fishing, with MLF and its team of anglers and partners now on a fast track to elevate the sport to a level comparable to that of other major league sporting events," MLF Commissioner Don Rucks said. "Our game is played on a 'field," and we have celebrities, fast action, rules, officials, penalties and a clock. Our participants like being role models and giving autographs, and we're going to make it easier for anglers and fans to share the passion of fishing going forward." "I, we, are going into this new MLF venture with a different mentality," said Kevin VanDam, holder of many bass fishing titles. "To me, looking at this list is a very powerful statement about the future of the league. This group of anglers accepted the opportunity because they all believe in the vision and that we have the chance to do something very special for the sport of fishing. With all the anglers working hard for the same end goal, the future is going to be very exciting." MLF will continue its popular Cup events and World Championship, airing on Outdoor Channel and CBS, respectively. New are the Bass Pro Tour competitions and championship, and eventually ,tour qualifiers, all of which will use the same entertaining and conservation-friendly catch, weigh and immediate-release format.

TrueTimber® Announces First-Ever ICAST Attendance to Showcase New Fishing Line

TrueTimber invites attendees of ICAST, the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, to visit the TrueTimber booth (5446) to see an assortment of performance gear in some of the company’s most sought-after camouflage patterns. Exhibiting at the show for the first time, TrueTimber is pleased to showcase an exciting new product line designed specifically for the fishing and outdoor community. Attendees can also discuss licensing opportunities and meet professional bass angler and TrueTimber brand ambassador Edwin Evers. “ICAST is one of the most important trade events in the recreational fishing industry, and we’re excited to be exhibiting for the first time in our company’s history,” said TrueTimber CEO Rusty Sellars. “As we prepare to formally debut our fishing product line, we see this as an incredible opportunity to meet with trade professionals and begin introducing our products to the industry. We’ll be displaying several photorealistic camo patterns, including the soon-to-come Viper Aqua and new Rift—which has already begun to roll out to our partners. Plus, with an appearance by pro angler Edwin Evers, it’s shaping up to be a big event for TrueTimber.” Edwin Evers Evers is a 11-time Bassmaster Elite Series Pro, two-time Major League Fishing winner and the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic champion. During his professional career, he has placed in the top ten in 63 Bassmaster tournaments. Now entering his 21st season as a professional angler, Evers is on track to compete in several B.A.S.S. tournaments and three Major League Fishing tournaments by the end of the year. He is also an avid outdoorsman and hunter, primarily hunting deer, turkey and waterfowl.

Sabine River Elite postponed

Citing recent heavy rains and high water in the Sabine River watershed, B.A.S.S. has decided to postpone the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Elite presented by Econo Lodge that had been scheduled to begin in Orange, Texas, next week. “The safety of our anglers and others on the waters of the Sabine River system are our primary concern,” said B.A.S.S. Tournament Director Trip Weldon. “Weather and water conditions are expected to create potentially hazardous boating conditions, and we feel compelled to postpone the event until conditions are more favorable.” The tournament originally was to begin Friday, April 6, and conclude Monday, April 9. As conditions began to deteriorate, Weldon told Elite Series anglers Thursday the tournament would be delayed at least one day. “We became convinced today that conditions would not improve in time for the tournament to be held in the coming days.” The tournament will be rescheduled for another time during the 2018 Elite Series season, which concludes with the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship in September. Officials from B.A.S.S. and local host organizations in Orange will be meeting in the coming days to select a suitable date to reschedule the event.

General Tire Named Title Sponsor of Major League Fishing

Major League Fishing (MLF) and General Tire formally announced today that General Tire will be the title sponsor and official tire of MLF beginning in 2018. The multi-year agreement kicks off with the General Tire Major League Fishing Summit Cup's first event airing on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2 - 4 p.m. ET, on Outdoor Channel. The partnership is an extension of the relationship that began in 2015 and includes MLF Cup events and the General Tire World Championship. "We're excited to expand our partnership with Major League Fishing," said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire. "Fishing is a great fit for the General Tire brand as we embody an outdoor lifestyle that usually requires trucks, and the right kind of tires, to get you where you need to go. The format, the anglers, and the fans make Major League Fishing the perfect fit for us. We're looking forward to growing with MLF in 2018 and beyond!" "General Tire is a true big-league sponsor and an incredible and active partner that we are proud to work with," said Jim Wilburn, general manager of Major League Fishing. "As a sponsor, they have grown organically alongside Major League Fishing where and when it made sense for them. It was all a very natural fit on both sides. Getting to work with Travis (Roffler) and all of Team General Tire is very gratifying to both Major League Fishing and our anglers, as their enthusiasm and the ideas they bring to the table help advance both MLF and the sport."

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