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Anglers Announce Their Commitment to Major League Fishing

Edwin Evers Major League Fishing Pro Edwin Evers has been fishing with MLF since the very beginning. On Monday night he posted on Facebook, in part, “I hope my brothers in this fraternity we call pro fishing will realize that we’ve never had a greater opportunity than we have right now, and that I’veseen more positive change in the last two weeks than I have in the past 20 years. It’s a chance for us to finally control our own destiny, and at the end of the day, you have to decide whether you want to be the bass or you want to be the shad. I want to be the bass. I’m excited about 2019 and our future fishing Major League Fishing next year.”

Major League Fishing Announces 80 Anglers Set for New Bass Pro Tour

Major League Fishing (MLF) leadership today announced the official roster of the 80 anglers who have committed to compete in the new-for-2019 Bass Pro Tour and MLF Cup events. The final list was made public during an MLF meeting held this week at Big Cedar Lodge with several of its sponsors and anglers present to discuss plans in follow up to the league's recent announcement of significant expansion for the purpose of growing the sport. "We understand how difficult this decision was for pro anglers ... everyone who has faced a potential career-changing move can relate to it, but the deadline has passed for the invitees and we now proudly have 80 individuals who have committed to a dream that goes beyond just a tournament payday," said MLF co-founder and PBTAA Vice President Boyd Duckett. "Sure, higher payouts are part of it, but for us this is not a competition we're in against other trails. It doesn't matter what B.A.S.S. or FLW does; our goal is different. These anglers know that and we're ecstatic to have them on board with the new MLF plans." The full 80-man field includes Bassmaster Classic champions, FLW Forrest Wood Cup winners, Anglers of the Year and top tour performers from throughout the world of competitive bass fishing. The 2019 MLF anglers are: Casey Ashley, Justin Atkins, Adrian Avena, Josh Bertrand, Tommy Biffle, Zack Birge, Stephen Browning, Brent Chapman, Jason Christie, Luke Clausen, Gary Clouse, Dustin Connell, Brandon Coulter, Cliff Crochet, Mark Daniels Jr., Mark Davis, Ott DeFoe, Boyd Duckett, Brent Ehrler, James Elam, Paul Elias, Edwin Evers, Todd Faircloth, Shinichi Fukae, Shaw Grigsby, Greg Hackney, Roy Hawk, Brett Hite, Tim Horton, Randy Howell, Mike Iaconelli, Alton Jones, Alton Jones Jr., Kelly Jordon, JT Kenney, Gary Klein, Jeff Kriet, Jason Lambert, Bobby Lane, Chris Lane, Russ Lane, Jordan Lee, Matt Lee, Dave Lefebre, Jared Lintner, Justin Lucas, Aaron Martens, Mike McClelland, Cody Meyer, Ish Monroe, Andy Montgomery, Andy Morgan, John Murray, Britt Myers, Michael Neal, Takahiro Omori, Cliff Pace, Brandon Palaniuk, Keith Poche, Jacob Powroznik, Skeet Reese, Marty Robinson, Dean Rojas, Mark Rose, Fred Roumbanis, Bradley Roy, Terry Scroggins, Fletcher Shryock, Gerald Spohrer, Wesley Strader, Scott Suggs, Gerald Swindle, Randall Tharp, Jonathon VanDam, Kevin VanDam, Greg Vinson, David Walker, James Watson, Jacob Wheeler and Jesse Wiggins. "This is a new day in professional bass fishing, with MLF and its team of anglers and partners now on a fast track to elevate the sport to a level comparable to that of other major league sporting events," MLF Commissioner Don Rucks said. "Our game is played on a 'field," and we have celebrities, fast action, rules, officials, penalties and a clock. Our participants like being role models and giving autographs, and we're going to make it easier for anglers and fans to share the passion of fishing going forward." "I, we, are going into this new MLF venture with a different mentality," said Kevin VanDam, holder of many bass fishing titles. "To me, looking at this list is a very powerful statement about the future of the league. This group of anglers accepted the opportunity because they all believe in the vision and that we have the chance to do something very special for the sport of fishing. With all the anglers working hard for the same end goal, the future is going to be very exciting." MLF will continue its popular Cup events and World Championship, airing on Outdoor Channel and CBS, respectively. New are the Bass Pro Tour competitions and championship, and eventually ,tour qualifiers, all of which will use the same entertaining and conservation-friendly catch, weigh and immediate-release format.

TrueTimber® Announces First-Ever ICAST Attendance to Showcase New Fishing Line

TrueTimber invites attendees of ICAST, the world’s largest sportfishing trade show, to visit the TrueTimber booth (5446) to see an assortment of performance gear in some of the company’s most sought-after camouflage patterns. Exhibiting at the show for the first time, TrueTimber is pleased to showcase an exciting new product line designed specifically for the fishing and outdoor community. Attendees can also discuss licensing opportunities and meet professional bass angler and TrueTimber brand ambassador Edwin Evers. “ICAST is one of the most important trade events in the recreational fishing industry, and we’re excited to be exhibiting for the first time in our company’s history,” said TrueTimber CEO Rusty Sellars. “As we prepare to formally debut our fishing product line, we see this as an incredible opportunity to meet with trade professionals and begin introducing our products to the industry. We’ll be displaying several photorealistic camo patterns, including the soon-to-come Viper Aqua and new Rift—which has already begun to roll out to our partners. Plus, with an appearance by pro angler Edwin Evers, it’s shaping up to be a big event for TrueTimber.” Edwin Evers Evers is a 11-time Bassmaster Elite Series Pro, two-time Major League Fishing winner and the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic champion. During his professional career, he has placed in the top ten in 63 Bassmaster tournaments. Now entering his 21st season as a professional angler, Evers is on track to compete in several B.A.S.S. tournaments and three Major League Fishing tournaments by the end of the year. He is also an avid outdoorsman and hunter, primarily hunting deer, turkey and waterfowl.

Sabine River Elite postponed

Citing recent heavy rains and high water in the Sabine River watershed, B.A.S.S. has decided to postpone the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Elite presented by Econo Lodge that had been scheduled to begin in Orange, Texas, next week. “The safety of our anglers and others on the waters of the Sabine River system are our primary concern,” said B.A.S.S. Tournament Director Trip Weldon. “Weather and water conditions are expected to create potentially hazardous boating conditions, and we feel compelled to postpone the event until conditions are more favorable.” The tournament originally was to begin Friday, April 6, and conclude Monday, April 9. As conditions began to deteriorate, Weldon told Elite Series anglers Thursday the tournament would be delayed at least one day. “We became convinced today that conditions would not improve in time for the tournament to be held in the coming days.” The tournament will be rescheduled for another time during the 2018 Elite Series season, which concludes with the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship in September. Officials from B.A.S.S. and local host organizations in Orange will be meeting in the coming days to select a suitable date to reschedule the event.

General Tire Named Title Sponsor of Major League Fishing

Major League Fishing (MLF) and General Tire formally announced today that General Tire will be the title sponsor and official tire of MLF beginning in 2018. The multi-year agreement kicks off with the General Tire Major League Fishing Summit Cup's first event airing on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2 - 4 p.m. ET, on Outdoor Channel. The partnership is an extension of the relationship that began in 2015 and includes MLF Cup events and the General Tire World Championship. "We're excited to expand our partnership with Major League Fishing," said Travis Roffler, director of marketing for General Tire. "Fishing is a great fit for the General Tire brand as we embody an outdoor lifestyle that usually requires trucks, and the right kind of tires, to get you where you need to go. The format, the anglers, and the fans make Major League Fishing the perfect fit for us. We're looking forward to growing with MLF in 2018 and beyond!" "General Tire is a true big-league sponsor and an incredible and active partner that we are proud to work with," said Jim Wilburn, general manager of Major League Fishing. "As a sponsor, they have grown organically alongside Major League Fishing where and when it made sense for them. It was all a very natural fit on both sides. Getting to work with Travis (Roffler) and all of Team General Tire is very gratifying to both Major League Fishing and our anglers, as their enthusiasm and the ideas they bring to the table help advance both MLF and the sport."

Edwin Evers Partners with TrueTimber Camo

TrueTimber is pleased to partner with professional bass angler Edwin Evers as the company prepares to launch a new fishing product line in spring 2018. The TrueTimber fishing line will include a new camouflage pattern, clothing and accessories, and Evers will be a key part of the TrueTimber family moving forward. “I’m thrilled to partner with TrueTimber,” said Evers. “They have shown incredible growth over the last several years, and to help them launch a fishing line is a great opportunity. TrueTimber is different than many other companies out there because they are a fully capable manufacturer. This allows them to ensure unbelievable quality and create the advanced apparel that we need whether on the water or in the woods.” Evers is a 11-time Bassmaster Elite Series Pro, 2-time Major League Fishing winner and the 2016 GEICO Bassmaster Classic champion. During his professional career, he has placed in the top ten in 63 Bassmaster tournaments. Now entering his 21st season as a professional angler, Evers is on track to compete in 11 B.A.S.S. tournaments and three Major League Fishing tournaments this year. He is also an avid outdoorsman and hunter, primarily hunting deer, turkey and duck. “We’re extremely proud to welcome Edwin to the TrueTimber family as we get ready to introduce our new fishing line to customers,” said TrueTimber CEO Rusty Sellars. “Not only is he a talented angler, but he shares our passion for the outdoors and the hunting tradition. As we prepare to launch a new pattern and products into a new market, we can’t think of anyone better suited than Edwin to help tell our brand’s story and propel us forward in the fishing category.”

Video: Edwin Evers Explains How to Avoid Blowing Up Your Outboard in Cold Conditions

While many anglers in the North are driving trucks, ATVs and snowmobiles on the ice in pursuit of northern pike, walleyes and panfish, those living in warmer regions of the United States never have to store their boats. That said, fishing open water during winter and early spring does require some knowledge when it comes to properly using an outboard.

DRESSING FOR COLD WEATHER WITH EDWIN EVERS

Edwin Evers explains how he stays warm during cold weather events like in the 2015 Geico Bassmaster Classic at Lake Hartwell.

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