MLF Announces Score Change for Bass Pro Tour 2023

Major League Fishing (MLF), the world’s largest tournament fishing organization, today announced a score change for the Bass Pro Tour 2023. The hugely popular catch-weigh-and-release format will remain, but the Scoring will progress from each number of fish that can be scored to scoring each angler’s five (5) heaviest bass per day. The “every fish counts” format will remain for both the all-star General Tire Heavy Hitters event and the General Tire Team Series.

The rating change will slightly alter anglers’ progress in each Bass Pro Tour event. The 40 anglers in Group A will compete on Days 1 and 3 and the 40 anglers in Group B will compete on Days 2 and 4. The top 20 from each group, based on the heaviest cumulative weight of five bass per day out of two days will advance to the knockout round (day 5). Anglers who win the qualifying round will no longer receive an automatic spot in the championship round. The weights are set to zero for the Knockout Round and 10 anglers will advance to the Championship Round (Day 6). Weights from the Knockout Round will carry over to the Championship Round, and the winner of the event will be determined by the heaviest cumulative weight of the Knockout and Championship Round over two days.

“Major League Fishing and the Bass Pro Tour was designed to deliver a new level of excitement, to grow the sport and expand our fanbase,” said Kathy Fennel, Executive Vice President and General Manager of MLF. “Our fans love the drama and excitement that the Bass Pro Tour’s Every Fish Counts format provides, but they also want to see the best anglers in the world fish for their top five, like these fans do every weekend. Major League Fishing is fortunate to have the logistical capabilities and flexibility of our anglers, to be able to offer both scoring formats in our tournaments – the best of both worlds.

“This rating change on the Bass Pro Tour next year is not a departure from our brand,” Fennel continued. “We’re simply looking to make the improvements our fans and pros have been asking for while staying true to the Bass Pro Tour’s two most important tenets – our live SCORETRACKER® ranking and our conservation-focused catch, weigh, immediate release format. .”

After logging on and hearing the same feedback from many different fans throughout the year, a group of Bass Pro Tour anglers approached the league with the suggestion to change the scoring format from every fish count to five. heaviest bars. After discussions with several stakeholders, BPT fishers were asked about the possible rating change. The anglers overwhelmingly voted with their fans for the change.

“I’m really excited about this change, and I think it will resonate with our hardcore tournament audience,” said Berkley pro Jordan Lee, Bally Bet’s 2020 Angler of the Year. “As exciting as ‘every fish counts’ is, the five fish score really resonates with our fans. The sport of tournament bass fishing is used to competing in this scoring format, and I think some of the hardcore tournament anglers who may not have followed us as much as before will like this score change. I think Major League Fishing has done a great job of handling this – it’s a piece of the puzzle that will also make it the best viewing experience for fans.

“The majority of tournament anglers fish under the five-fish scoring format, so this change will help them identify better,” added Kevin VanDam, who has over $7.1 million in career earnings. “It also forces us to focus totally on the big fish. This will vary from body to body of water, but this format (five fish) requires a different mentality. It’s what I did my entire career until we started the Bass Pro Tour, so I don’t think it’s going to be a big transition for me, at all.

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