From Major League Fishing
TULSA, Okla. - Early frustration followed by an entertaining comeback effort from Michael Iaconelli are among Elimination round highlights in the second episode of Major League Fishing's Challenge Cup. The show will air on Outdoor Channel in primetime, Thursday, April 5, at 9:00 p.m. ET.
The lively Elimination Day 2 of fishing features an inside-the-boat look at the ups and downs of the volatile Mike Iaconelli, as well as come-from-behind runs by two other competitors.
Major League Fishing, a partnership with 24 of the world's best anglers and Outdoor Channel, America's Leader in Outdoor TV, features competitive bass fishing events designed to bring high-level challenges to participants and entertainment to audiences. The Challenge Cup, league's first event, included six consecutive days of competition. The first three days comprise the Elimination round, with eight anglers competing each day and the top four advancing.
"There's no doubt that some strong personalities take center stage on the second day of competition," said Major League Fishing Commissioner Don Rucks. "And as we in this business know, there's no stronger on-the-water personality than Mike Iaconelli. I think people will enjoy watching what happens with Mike and seeing if he's able to make the cut to the next round."
Second-day anglers include: Michael Iaconelli, Tommy Biffle, Takahiro Omori, Alton Jones, Todd Faircloth, Shaw Grigsby, Denny Brauer and Edwin Evers.
"Several of our anglers had especially interesting days. For example, I believe viewers will get caught up in what happens with Tommy Biffle," Rucks said. "And, again we had a tight race to see which angler would get the critical fourth-place spot."
During episode one, which followed Elimination Day 1 Challenge Cup action, Jason Quinn, Gary Klein, Kevin VanDam and Brent Ehrler advanced to the Sudden Death round of competition. Ehrler edged out Aaron Martens by a quarter of a pound to capture the critical fourth-place spot. Quinn took first place by catching nearly 60 pounds using an Alabama rig.
For extended coverage the Major League Fishing Challenge Cup, viewers have the option to watch Internet-based pay-per-view shows. The online broadcasts, called ADVANCE CAST, are only offered on Major League Fishing's web site. All seven pay-per-view webisodes are currently available for purchase. Each webisode represents one day of competition. The seventh ADVANCE CAST webisode is a wrap-up show, featuring in-depth, on-the-water segments with the winners from each round and the Challenge Cup champion. The ADVANCE CAST total-event BassPass, a package of all seven webisodes, cost $17.94, with individual episodes available for $2.99 each. (The seven-event BassPass package features a "free" week.)
Each ADVANCE CAST shows many attractions, including:
- Commentary from anglers during competition about how they searched for, found and caught fish
- Anglers' reactions to their own failures and successes, and reactions to other competitors
- More than twice the coverage than what is televised on Outdoor Channel
The Challenge Cup, held November 6-11, 2011, on Lake Amistad, included 24 of the world's best-known competitors and utilized an innovative angler-created format. The anglers were not allowed to practice before the event, could not compete with pre-determined GPS waypoints, and were limited to fishing on designated sections of the lake that were disclosed to them less than 12 hours before their competition rounds began. Each day's action served as an Elimination round.
The anglers' boats were equipped with real-time leader boards. Boat judges accompanied all anglers who administered penalties and scored every legal fish as soon as they were caught. After the weight of each catch was recorded, bass were released back into the lake.
The Challenge Cup included six consecutive days of competition. The Elimination rounds 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, which was comprised of the 12 advancing anglers. During Sudden Death, six anglers competed on the first day, the remaining six the next day. Two anglers advanced each competitive day of Sudden Death, setting up a Championship Final featuring the top four anglers.
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