GRAND LAKE, Okla. — Major League Fishing kicked off its REDCREST 2022 Bass Pro Tour championship at Grand Lake on Tuesday.
The tournament runs March 23-27 as it showcases the top 41 anglers from the 2021 season who will be competing for the championship and prize of $300,000.
Anglers took to the water on Tuesday.
What are the rules?
2 News Oklahoma's Shea Smith went out on the lake with a Major League Fishing official to get a rundown of how the competition works.
In traditional bass fishing competitions, anglers only weigh their five largest fish at the end of the day but in Major League Fishing it’s different.
“The main difference in that format and major league fishing format, in MLF is every fish counts," says Lance Lewis, competition crew chief.
Outdoor Sports Expo in Tulsa
As a part of the event, Major League Fishing is hosting an expo at the SageNet Center at Tulsa's Expo Square from March 25-27 from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.
The expo will feature more than 130 booths and vendors with the latest products and gear in fishing, boating, hunting and camping. There will also be live shows, activities for children and prize giveaways.
All 80 professional anglers on the Bass Pro Tour are also expected to be on hand as well as fishing legend Jimmy Houston.
Local champion competes for second title
Talala's Edwin Evers is one of the tournament favorites competing at Grand Lake.
“The REDCREST is our championship, our world championship you know, the end of our season and we kind of kick off the next season off with it and to have it here in Tulsa on Grand Lake…It gives me goosebumps when I say it because my family is part of it you know so many friends,” Evers told 2 News Oklahoma.
How can you follow the competition?
Anglers will take off at Grand Lake daily at 7:30 a.m. and return as the competition ends at 4 p.m.
Fans can follow the event online throughout the day with MLF's live stream and score tracker.
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