December 31, 2014
TULSA, Okla. – Major League Fishing is back on the air. Fans of the production will have the opportunity this week to tune in to Outdoor Channel, America’s Leader in Outdoor TV, to see not just one, but two new, original Major League Fishing series.
The Major League Fishing GEICO Selects begin airing on Thursday (New Year’s Day) at 8 p.m. (ET) with action from the series’ first event: the Bass Pro Shops Summit Select, a competition that was filmed on lakes around Muskogee, Oklahoma. The GEICO Selects’ hour-long shows will, in addition to the regular Thursday 8 p.m. airing, also appear three more times each week: Sundays at 7 a.m., Tuesdays at 7 a.m. and 2 p.m. (All times are ET.)
Jack Link’s Major League Fishing – the original MLF production, also known as the Cup Series – debuts its expanded, two-hour television event on Saturday, January 3, at 2 p.m. The General Tire Summit Cup, filmed on lakes in the Waterville, Maine region, will be shown three times each week. In addition to the Saturday afternoon airing, the competition will be shown beginning on Sunday’s at 4 p.m. and Thursdays at 10 a.m.
“We’re extremely pleased with the commitment Outdoor Channel has shown to Major League Fishing. We believe Major League Fishing is a tremendous show, and we’re doing things with competitive fishing that have never been done. Our feedback is amazing and incredibly positive,” said Major League Fishing General Manager Jim Wilburn.
“When you do the math, that’s 10 hours of Major League Fishing each week on Outdoor Channel,” Wilburn said. “I think people will enjoy every minute.”
Major League Fishing is an equally owned partnership between a group of competition anglers and Outdoor Channel. All Major League Fishing events feature anglers competing in boats with live leaderboards. Anglers are allowed to catch and record as many “scorable bass” as they can. All bass are weighed and recorded, then they are immediately released back into the water.
Anglers not only do not have practice days prior to Major League Fishing events, the competition bodies of water are not disclosed until the anglers pull into their boat launch areas.
GEICO Select anglers include: Scott Ashmore, Brent Chapman, Jason Christie, Keith Combs, Ott DeFoe, Kurt Dove, Paul Elias, Todd Faircloth, Randy Howell, Andy Montgomery, Cliff Pace, Brandon Palaniuk, Keith Poche, Marty Robinson, Mark Rose, Casey Scanlon, Morizo Shimizu, Kevin Short, Fletcher Shryock, Michael Simonton, Scott Suggs, Gerald Swindle, James Watson and Jacob Wheeler.
Major League Cup anglers are: Tommy Biffle, Denny Brauer, Mark Davis, Boyd Duckett, Edwin Evers, Brent Ehrler, Shaw Grigsby, Greg Hackney, Tim Horton, Michael Iaconelli, Alton Jones, Kelly Jordon, Gary Klein, Jeff Kriet, Bobby Lane, Aaron Martens, Mike McClelland, Ish Monroe, Takahiro Omori, Jason Quinn, Skeet Reese, Dean Rojas, Kevin VanDam and Byron Velvick.
About Jack Link’s Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing is a partnership of 24 of the world’s most talented, influential professional bass anglers and Outdoor Channel. Jack Link’s is the organization’s title sponsor. For more information, visit www.majorleaguefishing.com. Follow us on Twitter, on Instagram and on Facebook.
About Outdoor Channel
Taking viewers across America and around the world on unparalleled adventures since 1993, Outdoor Channel is America’s Leader In Outdoor TV. Dedicated to the outdoor lifestyle and conservation, the independent cable network is a division of Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, LLC and provides a complete spectrum of riveting hunting, fishing, shooting and adventure entertainment. Outdoor Channel is received by nearly 40 million U.S. households – the largest outdoor TV footprint in the country – and is available in more than 50 countries internationally. Outdoor Channel can be viewed in HD and is accessible by broadband and mobile platforms. For program times and other information, visit www.outdoorchannel.com. Follow us on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook, and download our iPhone and iPad app. #WhatGetsYouOutdoors