Ready, Set, Cast! MLF Airing the Patriot Cup in April and May
8 Apr, 2020
Major League Fishing (MLF) premiered the Sqwincher Patriot Cup Presented by Venmo on Saturday, April 4, 2020 on Outdoor Channel. The 2020 Patriot Cup was filmed in October 2019 on Fort Gibson Lake in Muskogee, Oklahoma and will air as an original series on Outdoor Channel every Saturday (April 4 – May 9) at 2 p.m. ET. Each episode is re-aired on Outdoor Channel and available on-demand to MyOutdoorTV subscribers.
Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour features eight stages. The top 30 anglers at the end of each two stages of the Bass Pro Tour qualify to compete in a Cup. There are four Cup events: Challenge Cup, Heritage Cup, Patriot Cup, and Summit Cup. MLF Cup events are filmed “in the dark” and the results are revealed in the series on Outdoor Channel. MLF Cup events have been the No. 1 program on Outdoor Channel for the last four years.
“It’s not easy to make one of these events, I know going into it that it’s going to be a grind,” said 28-year-old MLF pro Jordan Lee, who has earned over $1.5 million in career winnings in his short tenure.
The 2020 MLF Sqwincher Patriot Cup field featured the top 30 Pros from the 2019 Bass Pro Tour Stages Five and Six, listed here. The field of 30 is divided into three groups of 10 for the Elimination Round. The Top 6 from each Elimination grouping (18 total) advance to the Sudden Death Round (two groups of nine anglers). The Top 4 from each Sudden Death grouping advance to the Championship Round. Saturday’s premiere episode features the following 10 MLF pros: Zack Birge, Brent Ehrler, Gerald Swindle, Luke Clausen, Jordan Lee, Stephen Browning, Jesse Wiggins, Greg Vinson, Dustin Connell and Todd Faircloth.
MLF tournaments feature a catch-weigh-immediately release format where every fish over a variable minimum weight counts toward a cumulative day’s total. The anglers compete in three, 150-minute periods and have an official on their boat to weigh their fish and ensure they’re following tournament rules. The result is a fast-paced, high energy sport for competitive bass fishing as if basketball, hockey and fishing combine.
For a complete listing of the MLF television schedule, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com/tv-schedule.
About Major League Fishing - Founded in 2011, Major League Fishing (MLF) brings the high-intensity sport of competitive bass fishing into America’s living rooms on Outdoor Channel, Discovery, CBS, CBS Sports Network, World Fishing Network, Sportsman Channel, and on-demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). The Bass Pro Tour consists of eight events and a championship streamed live on www.MajorLeagueFishing.com and MOTV.
In late 2019, MLF acquired FLW which expands their portfolio to include the world’s largest grassroots fishing organization, including the strongest five-fish format professional bass fishing tour, the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit, as well as the Toyota Series, Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine, and Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI, and High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing.
For more information on the league and anglers, visit www.MajorLeagueFishing.com and follow MLF on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.