Each Major League Fishing angler has to set up his boat and gear according to the rules. These platforms are stacked with state-of-the-art tech. By John Geiger and Bailey McBride
2017 Nitro Z18. Single-console only. The color has to be PRO50 A, with charcoal carpet and seats. Each has KeelGuard Protector. It has to be black and keeps the Nitro hulls in shape.
Mercury OptiMax Pro XS, 150 HP. The prop is a Merc High Performance, pitched for a strong hole shot. There should also be a tilt limiter on the engine.
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Motorguide 36-volt, 45-inch shaft. No built-in transducer
TH Marine Atlas Hydraulic jack plate with a 6-inch maximum travel.
TH Marine Hot Foot. These pedal throttles make the boat safer in case of an extreme slow-down or the need to have both hands on the wheel during heavy seas.
Lowrance HDS-9 Gen2 Touch, HDS-7 Gen2 Touch, two transducers and Point-1 GPS antenna.
Power-Pole Blades, two units per boat. Must be black.
About the MLF
Game & Fish and Major League Fishing have partnered up to dig deeper into this exciting tournament format. MLF is one of the top-rated shows on Outdoor Channel and showcases 48 of the world's best anglers in five televised bass-fishing competitions and three instructional shows.
The format is unique: no practice days, surprise venues, a real-time leaderboard and no limits. Fans also get a close look at the personalities of the anglers — the successes and failures as they happen — as well as the tactics they use to catch fish in all kinds of conditions.
Look for new episodes of Major League Fishing on Outdoor Channel every Saturday at 2:00 p.m. Eastern or on MOTV.com, and check out the new General Tire World Championship presented by Bass Pro Shops on CBS starting June 24.
Game & Fish and MLF bring the action to you now! — Editors