The seventh-annual ICAST Cup presented by Major League Fishing (MLF) and Keep America Fishing™ is a bass-fishing tournament, held July 20, 2021, and offers a four-hour bass-fishing shootout on Lake Toho with 100% of the proceeds benefiting the industry’s angler advocacy program, Keep America Fishing.
New this year, USA Bass has joined to partner with MLF and Keep America Fishing and award the top women’s pair a spot on the 2022 USA Pan American Bass fishing team. The highest-finishing team of two female anglers will earn a spot on Team USA Bass at the 2022 Pan American Bass Fishing Championship, alongside Jacob Wheeler, John Cox, Mark Daniels Jr., Dustin Connell, Brian Latimer, Scott Martin and other top pros.
“We are going to be announcing the location for the 2022 Pan Am (Championship) very soon,” said USA Bass President Tony Forte. “Let’s just say it is an iconic bass fishing community, and we expect our Pan American nations to jump at the chance to fish it. We will have our strongest USA Bass Team ever and look forward to qualifying our Women’s pair at the ICAST Cup.”
The entry fee is $200 per company team. Each team is paired with a media representative – who fish for FREE – with the winners taking home the coveted ICAST Cup traveling trophy. More than $50,000 has been raised for Keep America Fishing since the event’s inception in 2015.
Some of the biggest names in professional bass fishing compete in the event, including numerous MLF Bass Pro Tour, Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit and Bassmaster Elite Series anglers. Previous participants include legendary anglers like Bill Dance, and Peter Thliveros, and current Major League Fishing pros like John Cox, Jason Lambert, Dave Lefebre, Justin Lucas, Mark Rose, Fred Roumbanis and Wesley Strader.
For full tournament details and to register for the event, visit ICASTCup.com.
Anglers will take off from Big Toho Marina & Kissimmee Lakefront Park at 6:30 a.m. on Tuesday, July 20. Weigh-in will be held marina, beginning at 10:30 a.m. Onsite check-in for participants will open at 5 a.m. Competitors are advised to plan on arriving to Big Toho Marina no later than 5:30 a.m. in order to meet your pairings and prepare for takeoff. A brief rules meeting will begin at 6 a.m., followed by takeoff at 6:30 a.m. All contestants are required to wear a fastened personal floatation device (PFD) when the outboard engine is in use.
Keep America Fishing™ is leading the fight to preserve your right to sustainably fish on our nation’s waterways. As the voice of the American angler, Keep America Fishing works to keep our public resources – our oceans, lakes, rivers and streams – open, clean and abundant with fish. For more information, please visit KeepAmericaFishing.org.
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About Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing (MLF) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, the Discovery Channel, the Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, the World Fishing Network, the Sportsman Channel and on-demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Tulsa, Oklahoma, with offices in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 13 countries. In 2019 MLF acquired FLW and rebranded it as MLF BIG5, which expanded its portfolio of catch, weigh and immediate release events to include the sport’s strongest five-biggest-fish format tournament circuits. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams, and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement and fish care.
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