By MLF Communications Staff

Major League Fishing has announced the roster for the 2022 MLF Pro Circuit, showcasing a field of 157 professional anglers competing in the five-biggest-fish format across six regular-season tournaments. In its 27th season, the 2022 Pro Circuit roster features a solid field of veterans and a fresh crop of rookies from across the country, all competing for a total season purse of more than $6 million.

“We had a fantastic 2021 season and are excited to be going into the upcoming year stronger than ever,” said Daniel Fennel, MLF Senior Director of Tournament Operations. “We’re thrilled to offer our top pros an exciting 2022 schedule with expanded media coverage and more opportunities than ever before. We’re extremely proud of what we have accomplished over the last few years, and with this power-packed group of pros, we’re looking forward to very tough competition and the opportunity to continue that legacy in 2022.”

The 2022 roster features former FLW Cup champions Darrel Robertson (1999), Dion Hibdon (2000), Randall Tharp (2013), Brad Knight (2015) and John Cox (2016), TITLE champions Rusty Salewske (2020) and Jimmy Washam (2021), along with former Pro Circuit Angler of the Year (AOY) winners David Walker (1999), Mark Rose (2018), Ron Nelson (2020) and Michael Neal (2021). Bass-fishing legend Larry Nixon also returns to the field for his 24th season on the Pro Circuit.

They’ll be joined by 23 rookies from the MLF Toyota Series, including Plains Division AOY Andy Newcomb, Southern Division AOY Lance Oligschlaeger, Western Division AOY Phillip Dutra and Ricardo Gonzales, who qualified via the MLF Mexico International Division. The star-studded roster also includes 16 Bass Pro Tour anglers, including reigning 2021 Pro Circuit AOY Michael Neal, Pro Circuit 2021 Lake Okeechobee champion Skeet Reese, Wesley Strader, Justin Lucas and seven other pros who fished both circuits in 2021.

Competition kicks off on Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Jan. 27-30, in Brookeland, Texas and culminates with the 2022 TITLE, the Pro Circuit championship, on the St. Lawrence River, Aug. 16-21, in Massena, New York. Each stop will be broadcast live on the Major League Fishing app, MyOutdoorTV (MOTV), and The 2022 Pro Circuit will air on the CBS Sports Network and the Sportsman Channel beginning in July 2022.

The full field will compete on Days 1 and 2 of each regular-season event, with the Top 50 pros based on cumulative weight from days 1 and 2 moving on to Day 3. Weights will be zeroed on Day 4, where the top 10 pros based on cumulative weight from the first three days will compete for the grand prize of up to $135,000, including the lucrative $35,000 Phoenix MLF Bonus for qualified anglers. The MLF Tackle Warehouse TITLE championship features a top award of $235,000, including a $35,000 Phoenix MLF Bonus.

Here's a look at the roster:

Shannon Abbott, Oceanside, Calif.
Jason Abram, Piney Flats, Tenn.
Barron Adams, Mineral Bluff, Ga.
*Stephen Albertson, Stuart, Fla.
Tai Au, Glendale, Ariz.
Evan Barnes, Hot Springs, Ark.
Clayton Batts, Butler, Ga.
*Mickey Beck, Lebanon, Tenn.
Matt Becker, Finleyville, Pa.
Jason Blair, West Palm Beach, Fla.
Greg Bohannan, Bentonville, Ark.
Terry Bolton, Benton, Ky.
Josh Bragg, Jacksonville, Ala.
*Jeff Bridges, Prosper, Texas
Aaron Britt, Yuba City, Calif.
Grae Buck, Green Lane, Pa.
Miles Burghoff, Dayton, Tenn.
Josh Butler, Hayden, Ala.
Jon Canada, Helena, Ala.
*Keith Carson, DeBary, Fla.
Joey Cifuentes, Clinton, Ark.
Ramie Colson, Jr., Cadiz, Ky.
Justin Cooper, Zwolle, La.
Kyle Cortiana, Coweta, Okla.
John Cox, DeBary, Fla.
Mitch Crane, Columbus, Miss.
Lance Crawford, Broken Bow, Okla.
Darrell Davis, Dover, Fla.
Alex Davis, Albertville, Ala.
Randy Despino, Colfax, La.
Tommy Dickerson, Orange, Texas
Scott Dobson, Clarkston, Mich.
*Phillip Dutra, Antioch, Calif.
Dakota Ebare, Brookeland, Texas
Charlie Evans, Berea, Ky.
Ron Farrow, Rock Hill, S.C.
Mark Fisher, Wauconda, Ill.
Trevor Fitzgerald, Belleview, Fla.
Cole Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio
Tim Frederick, Leesburg, Fla.
Nick Gainey, Charleston, S.C.
Jacopo Gallelli, Wetumpka, Ala.
Grant Galloway, Houlka, Miss.
Kyle Gelles, Pingree, Idaho
*Ricardo Gonzălez, Monterrey, N.M.
Shonn Goodwin, Moore, Okla.
Matt Greenblatt, Port St. Lucie, Fla.
*Christian Greico, Tampa, Fla.
Chad Grigsby, Maple Grove, Minn.
Chris Groh, Spring Grove, Ill.
*Blake Hall, Guntersville, Ala.
Kyle Hall, Granbury, Texas
*Cole Harris, Raleigh, N.C.
*Nick Hatfield, Greeneville, Tenn.
Dylan Hays, Hot Springs, Ark.
*Cole Hewett, Orange Park, Fla.
Dion Hibdon, Versailles, Mo.
Lawson Hibdon, Versailles, Mo.
Billy Hines, Vacaville, Calif.
Brett Hite, Phoenix, Ariz.
Jamie Horton, Centerville, Ala.
Miles Howe, San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Randy Howell, Guntersville, Ala.
John Hunter, Shelbyville, Ky.
Charlie Ingram, Centerville, Tenn.
Clabion Johns, Social Circle, Ga.
Brad Knight, Lancing, Tenn.
Takayuki Koike, Otsu Shiga, Japan
Bobby Lane, Lakeland, Fla.
Cal Lane, Guntersville, Ala.
Christopher Lane, Guntersville, Ala.
Brian Latimer, Belton, S.C.
Nick Lebrun, Bossier City, La.
*River Lee, Nacogdoches, Texas
*Robby Lefere, Jackson, Mich.
Jason Lieblong, Conway, Ark.
*Andrew Loberg, Rocklin, Calif.
*Steve Lopez, Oconomowoc, Wis.
Richard Lowitzki, Hampshire, Ill.
Justin Lucas, Guntersville, Ala.
Terry Luedtke, Burton, Texas
Lendell Martin, Jr., Nacogdoches, Texas
Michael Matthee, Centurion, South Africa
*Cameron Mattison, Benton, La.
Mike McClelland, Blue Eye, Mo.
Bill McDonald, Greenwood, Ind.
*Jeff McLain, Columbus, Miss.
Brandon McMillan, Clewiston, Fla.
Jared McMillan, Clewiston, Fla.
Jason Meninger, Fernandina Beach, Fla.
Colby Miller, Elmer, La.
Kerry Milner, Fisher, Ark.
Kurt Mitchell, Milford, Del.
Brandon Mosley, Choctaw, Okla.
Jim Moynagh, Shakopee, Minn.
Robert Nakatomi, Sacramento, Calif.
Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn.
Corey Neece, Bristol, Tenn.
Jim Neece, Jr., Bristol, Tenn.
Ron Nelson, Berrien Springs, Mich.
Dicky Newberry, Houston, Texas
*Andy Newcomb, Camdenton, Mo.
James Niggemeyer, Van, Texas
Larry Nixon, Quitman, Ark.
*Lance Oligschlaeger, Gallatin, Tenn.
Eric Olliverson, Lampe, Mo.
Lane Olson, Forest Grove, Ore.
Jordan Osborne, Hallsville, Texas
*Bruce Parsons, Arbela, Mo.
Dave Parsons, Yantis, Texas
Cody Pike, Powhatan, Va.
Pete Ponds, Madison, Miss.
Tom Redington, Winnsboro, Texas
Matt Reed, Madisonville, Texas
Clark Reehm, Elm Grove, La.
Jimmy Reese, Witter Springs, Calif.
Skeet Reese, Auburn, Calif.
Jason Reyes, Huffman, Texas
Jeff Reynolds, Calera, Okla.
Darrel Robertson, Jay, Okla.
Ricky Robinson, Greenback, Tenn.
Mark Rose, Wynne, Ark.
Rusty Salewske, Alpine, Calif.
Casey Scanlon, Eldon, Mo.
Colby Schrumpf, Highland, Il.
Chase Serafin, White Lake, Mich.
Braxton Setzer, Wetumpka, Ala.
Spencer Shuffield, Hot Springs, Ark.
Blake Smith, Lakeland, Fla.
Derrick Snavely, Piney Flats, Tenn.
Matthew Stefan. Junction City, Wis.
Tyler Stewart, Dubach, La.
Troy Stokes, Southgate, Mich.
Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn.
Laramy Strickland, Bushnell, Fla.
Mike Surman, Boca Raton, Fla.
Randall Tharp, Port Saint Joe, Fla.
Scott Towry, Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
Rusty Trancygier, Hahira, Ga.
J. Todd Tucker, Moultrie, Ga.
Jim Tutt, Longview, Texas
Jason Vance, Battle Ground, Ind.
*Martin Villa, Charlottesville, Va.
John Voyles, Petersburg, Ind.
David Walker, Huntingdon, Tenn.
Jacob Wall, New Hope, Ala.
Todd Walters, Kernersville, N.C.
Chad Warren, Sand Springs, Okla.
Jimmy Washam, Covington, Tenn.
Joshua Weaver, Macon, Ga.
*Mitchell Webb, Skiatook, Okla.
Kyle Weisenburger, Columbus Grove, Ohio
Joe Wieberg, Freeburg, Mo.
Scott Wiley, Bay Minette, Ala.
Tyler Woolcott, Port Orange, Fla.
Gary Yamamoto, Palestine, Texas
Steve York, Bronson, Mich.

*Denotes 2022 Pro Circuit rookie

2022 MLF Pro Circuit Schedule

> Jan. 27-30 -- Stop 1 at Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Brookeland, Texas
> March 13-16 -- Stop 2 at Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Fla.
> April 21-24 -- Stop 3 at Pickwick Lake in Counce, Tenn.
> May 12-15 -- Stop 4 at Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Ala.
> June 16-19 -- Stop 5 at the James River in Richmond, Va.
> July 29-Aug. 1 -- Stop 6 at Lake Champlain in Plattsburgh, N.Y.
> Aug. 16-21 -- TITLE at the St. Lawrence River in Massena, N.Y.