Stage 3 of the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour in North Carolina just wrapped up this past weekend and Gary recaps the action with Jim and Trav. Gary says like the rest of the viewers at home he watched the Championship Round from the LIVE feed online. Angler Edwin Evers kicked off the first period with a lot of momentum, but at one point a monster bass broke his line and Gary says after that it appeared that Evers had a hard time recovering. Those kinds of moments are just the nature of the format of Major League Fishing, says Gary. Throughout the course of the competition viewers get insight into what they normally wouldn’t see – the highs and lows on each boat for each angler. Gary says it’s exciting and really as if you’re sitting in the boat next to the anglers and for that reason, viewers are better able to build connections with the pros and see their personalities, styles and more. The Championship Round saw a lot of lead changes, but when the dust settled Jacob Powroznik came out on top to win the $100,000. Gary says Powroznik did a great job, but viewers were also privy to moments that didn’t go his way. Recounting one such moment, Gary talks about a point where Powroznik was feeling the pressure of the SCORETRACKER LIVE and forced a fish to the boat on a spinning rod, bringing it in hot, only to have it slip from his hands. It’s moments like those, watching them unfold live, that make the tension of the competition palpable and even more real for viewers.
The concept of bass fishing has changed throughout the years and Gary has been a big part of that evolution. He talks about his career and where it began, cutting his teeth on the B.A.S.S. circuit, fishing FLW and every circuit on the west coast. Gary talks about his journey through those years and how he and others worked hard to create the highest cash paying event in the history of all competitions which was the U.S. Open in 1981. As the competitive bass fishing world has changed, he has evolved with it, chasing bass all across the country. However, Gary says that after so many years of competition he always thought that the bass fishing world could be doing a better job at presenting the sport to the public. He thought that they needed to be getting more people involved in the sport and growing it. He wanted to reach out to families and get them involved, educate people, especially parents about what fishing really is about so they weren’t afraid to take their kids out and expose them to fishing. In addition to education, Gary says he thought that the format of traditional bass fishing could really be improved upon. In what other true professional sport does a competitor ever compete and not know where they stand among their fellow competitors? That was one of the coolest changes they made with Major League Fishing, Gary says. With SCORETRACKER LIVE, every fish count and the live leaderboard allows not only anglers, but spectators to see exactly where they stand in the competition. You’re now aware of every fish that is being recorded in real time during the competition, Gary says. With the expansion of Major League Cups to the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour, instead of having 30 anglers, 10 at a time on the SCORETRACKER, now they have 40 at a time. As a result, Gary says things are very fast paced. The anglers are trying to advance to the next round of competition and the world can follow them along the way.
Gary says that the addition of the SCORETRACKER LIVE can create pressure for anglers and they have to work not to let it get to them. Being able to instantly see how other anglers are performing can cause nerves to rise. However, Gary says that he really appreciates it. One of the things he likes most about competing under the format is that as an angler it pushes him to elevate his game, pushes him to make clear decisions, and pushes him to become more efficient because every fish really counts, and he enjoys that. Furthermore, it keeps things exciting and it’s not the same ol’ same ol’ – the new format has reenergized anglers across the board, Gary says. Because the anglers are now competing for more money, not paying an entry fee and having to elevate their game or get eliminated, there is a new energy.
There are a lot of moving parts that make Major League Fishing the success it has become. Gary says if people are excited about the 2019 season then they should be pumped about what’s to come in 2020 which he describes as their come-out season. The Redcrest will be second to none and events will be on the world stage. Gary says he’s thrilled to be a part of the evolution of the bass fishing industry and Major League Fishing. He notes that they have something really special in Major League Fishing and are working hard on the future of it.
Stages 4-8 of the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour are left. Stage 4 kicks off in Dayton, TN on April 9th and viewers can watch at www.MajorLeagueFishing.com by clicking on the “MLF NOW!” tab. You can also watch live with MyOutdoorTV. Gary says that the MyOutdoorTV app is really great and he keeps it on his iPad. The MyOutdoorTV app gives viewers access to all of the previously recorded MLF events on Outdoor Channel. Plus, anything that airs on CBS and Discovery Channel also finds a home on MyOutdoorTV. After 48 hours of a Major League Fishing event, those shows are then loaded to MyOutdoorTV so if you miss an event you can always go back and catch up on the action.
Be sure to watch Gary Klein and the rest of the professional bass anglers competing in Major League Fishing. You can watch events LIVE on www.MajorLeagueFishing.com or on MyOutdoorTV. You can also catch all the action Saturdays at 2:00 pm ET on Outdoor Channel.
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