The Major League Fishing World Championship is set to premiere with a 2-hour episode this Saturday, Oct. 10, at 7 a.m. EDT on Discovery. The event, shot over six days in late July in Grand Rapids, Minn., showcases 16 MLF pro anglers culminating the 2020 Cup season and competing for a top prize of $100,000.
Saturday's episode features the first eight anglers (Group A) competing in the opening-day Shotgun Round at Wabana Lake, a 2,221-acre fishery that is known for having a great mix of both largemouth and smallmouth bass.
“Wabana Lake is a lake that is very small in size, but large in stature,” said Marty Stone, MLF director of event research and program analyst. “It’s only a touch over 2,000 acres, but it has a large quantity of cover and a large population of fish. It’s a very visual lake, with a good 50-50 mix of largemouth and smallmouth. Guys can fish a combination of deep and shallow there.
“The key factor on Wabana Lake is all of the sunken islands,” Stone continued. “The boat docks tend to play, but there aren’t many of them. Wabana has more sunken islands than most of the lakes we fish, and the fish certainly like to set up shop there. It’s an interesting fishery that is going to make for a very exciting episode.”
The World Championship is a six-episode series that features 16 MLF pro anglers visiting northern Minnesota to compete on four different fisheries across the region, including Pokegama Lake, Wabana Lake, Turtle Lake, and Spider Lake. The fisheries are unknown to the anglers – they do not learn where they are competing until they arrive to the launch ramp each morning of competition.
The 16 anglers who'll be competing are Casey Ashley, Brent Ehrler, Edwin Evers, Bobby Lane, Jordan Lee, Jared Lintner, Aaron Martens, Cody Meyer, Andy Montgomery, Michael Neal, Takahiro Omori, Jacob Powroznik, Mark Rose, Jeff Sprague, Greg Vinson and Jacob Wheeler. For more information on the qualifying process, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com/MLF-101.
The full television schedule can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com/tv-schedule.