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Major League Fishing Features Alpena Lakes

Posted on January 31st, 2014

For the first time in history, Northeast Michigan’s inland lakes will be starring on a national television series. The Jack Link’s Beef Jerky Major League Fishing television series subtitled the General Tire Summit Cup is set to air on the Outdoor Channel beginning Saturday, January 4, 2014. The entire series was filmed near Alpena, MI this past August.

“Our lakes; the lakes where so many of us learned to swim, learned to fish, where we vacation, formed friendships, and watched a lifetime of sunsets; our lakes are the main characters on one of the most popular fishing shows out there. It doesn’t get more exciting than this!” exclaims Mary Beth Stutzman, Alpena Area Convention & Visitors Bureau President.

The series premieres on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2014 from 3-4 p.m. (EST) on the Outdoor Channel. A new episode will air each Saturday running through Feb. 8, with a bonus tips & tricks episode on Feb. 15.

Twenty-four of the world’s best professional bass anglers made the trip to Alpena in late August of 2013 to film the week-long Major League Fishing General Tire Summit Cup tournament on three inland lakes. The exact locations will be revealed on the show but will start on Hubbard Lake. From the footage captured on northeast Michigan lakes, an entire season of programming has been produced for the Outdoor Channel.

“Alpena is honored to have been selected as one of the top locations in the nation for great bass fishing. Because the tournament was considered a black-out tournament without spectators or public scoring nobody really knows what happened out on the lakes. We can’t wait to watch the show and see the challenge our lakes provide these pros. We know how to catch trophy bass on our lakes; but will the pros figure out the winning formula? We can’t wait to find out,” said Stutzman.

Major League Fishing is unique to fishing tournaments and shows in that locations are secret so the anglers do not know where they will be fishing ahead of time. New to this season, none of the anglers knew which lake they would be fishing until minutes before they were scheduled to leave for the launch ramp. Additionally, the fish are scored and results uploaded via satellite in real-time so anglers instantly know where they stand against the competition. And perhaps the biggest difference between Major League Fishing and other tournaments, the fish are gently released unharmed back into the waters almost immediately after scoring takes place. The location secrets, environmentally conscientious rules, and real time score keeping create a nail-biting roller-coaster ride for competitors and viewers alike.

Major League Fishing has a mission to highlight locations across the nation that feature incredible bass fishing and pair up these natural habitats with the best professionals in the industry. Alpena gave the anglers a run for their money and this season promises new surprises for fans.

For more information about Major League Fishing visit and look for the 2014 Summit Cup information under the Events heading. For more information about Alpena contact Stutzman at or visit

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