April 24, 2012
From Major League Fishing
TULSA, Okla. - Size versus numbers is the name of the game in Major League Fishing's fifth Challenge Cup episode, this week on Outdoor Channel.
Two anglers leap from early frustration to the top of the pack, and they utilize different strategies to do so. One angler catches a high number of bass, while the other scores with fewer, but substantially larger, fish.
"The anglers face tough post-front conditions," said Major League Fishing Commissioner Don Rucks. "And what's interesting about this day of fishing is that it puts a spotlight on the strategy choices you have to make in Major League Fishing. I'll bet I've heard a dozen of our anglers pose the question if is it better to catch 20 one- to two-pound fish or try to catch a few giants. That question comes front and center this week."
The fifth episode in the Challenge Cup series follows action during Sudden Death Day 2. The first three Elimination Days of competition - featured in episodes 1-3 - involved eight anglers fishing each day. The four anglers with the highest total weight of fish caught from each day advanced to the semifinal Sudden Death round.
The Sudden Death round, however, features a 40-pound qualifying cutline. The first two anglers to reach 40 pounds advance to the championship round.
Elimination round qualifiers Todd Faircloth, Alton Jones, Kelly Jordon, Mike McClelland, Takahiro Omori and Skeet Reese compete on the second day of the Sudden Death round.
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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