Outdoor Channel, Pro Anglers Form ‘MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING’

TULSA, Okla. – Declaring the creation of a new game, with new rules and no limits, Outdoor Channel, America’s Leader in Outdoor TV, and 24 of the world’s premiere competitive bass fishing anglers have come together to form MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING. This new sports organization will feature competitive bass fishing events designed to bring high-intensity challenges to the competitors and entertainment, as well as insight, to audiences.

Major League Fishing to be based in Tulsa

The Outdoor Channel and a group of 24 top anglers announced Thursday they have formed Major League Fishing, an organization owned jointly by the cable television company and the anglers. The organization will be Tulsa-based with Winnercom producing the shows. The idea is to spice up bass fishing with new rules and a new format to give greater insight into what anglers go through and capture the drama to draw in more viewers, Rucks said. "The goal is to expand the sport of bass fishing by presenting a different product that will attract a broader base of viewers for the sport," he said. 

Butcher, Evers Enjoy “The Derby”

Three years ago, with the help of a local newspaper reporter, Bassmaster Elite Series pros Terry Butcher and Edwin Evers started an annual kids fishing derby on a pond near Oklahoma’s Lake Oologah. The third annual event, completed on June 4, proved their efforts were well-spent.


Up on stage, Ott DeFoe pushed back his cap and wiped his face with his palm. He’d just watched his opponent, Edwin Evers, weigh in 8 pounds, 2 ounces of Alabama River bass. DeFoe, a 25-year-old Bassmaster Elite Series rookie, was sweating it.

On the water with Evers

Photographer Seigo Saito spent the final day of the Evan Williams Bourbon All-Star Championship capturing images of Edwin Evers on the Alabama River.

Evan Williams Bourbon All-Star Championship Live Blog

We are underway for the final day. It doesn't take long with two anglers. One thing quickly noticed is that water levels have dropped overnight on the Alabama River. It is at the lowest level we've seen all week.That could play havoc on our two finalists or play right into their hands. We'll see.

Ott's spots vs. Evers' largemouth

MONTGOMERY, Ala. – Two anglers remain in the Evan Williams Bourbon All-Star Championship, and will battle Sunday head to head for the $100,000 top prize. Edwin Evers and Ott DeFoe have had dream seasons on the Elite Series this year and continued their success into the postseason.Both anglers are fishing completely different patterns on completely different ends of the sprawling Alabama River.

Da foe for DeFoe

Evers out to end Elite rookie's postseason runDeFoe’s final All-Star opponent will be Edwin Evers of Talala, Okla., who beat Casey Ashley of Donalds, S.C., for the right to fish another day. Ashley had 8-0 to Evers’ 14-0.Evers and DeFoe were the last two standing in the July 23-31 Toyota Trucks All-Star Week. It began July 23 on Lake Jordan with 12 anglers. Eight advanced to the Alabama River for three days of match play. The prize is $100,000, winner take all.

Day Two Quotable

“I’m just excited to be fishing tomorrow. It’s a nerve-wracking format.”

A new battle begins

Four anglers remain in the hunt, with the top anglers from Friday, Ott DeFoe and Gerald Swindle, squaring off, while Edwin Evers and Casey Ashley battle it out for the other spot in Sunday's final.


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