Day 1 of the Bassmaster Classic will debut on Sunday, April 5 at 11 a.m. ET on ESPN2. The show sets the stage for a three-day competition as North Carolina pro Cherry weighs in five big bass totaling 29 pounds, 3 ounces and takes a commanding lead despite injuring his arm during competition.
“The challenge in covering an event like the Classic, which has already been watched on Bassmaster LIVE or followed on Bassmaster.com and other media by millions of people, is making it fresh and compelling,” said Bruce Akin, B.A.S.S. CEO. “Our talented team produced a series of shows worthy of the historic 50th Bassmaster Classic.”
Coverage of Day 2 of the Classic, a two-hour show, will begin at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 12, and the Championship Sunday episode, also two hours, will air at 10 a.m. Sunday, April 19, both on ESPN2. These and other episodes of The Bassmasters will be re-aired on ESPN2 and ESPN Classic, as well as on The Pursuit Channel.
“The One-Boat Challenge,” the first branded entertainment series from Humminbird® and Minn Kota®, will debut on March 19 with the first of four episodes. Available through both Minn Kota’s YouTube channel and at www.oneboatchallenge.com, each episode chronicles the experience of a group of amateur bass anglers competing for top fishing honors on Mexico’s venerable Lake El Salto.
Utilizing the technological advantages of the One-Boat Network™, which combines Humminbird electronics, Minn Kota trolling motors and Talon shallow-water anchors into a single, integrated system, the eight competitors compete on the famed Mexican bass fishery using One-Boat Network-equipped Vexus boats to see which team can catch the most — or the biggest — fish. While competition winners reap rewards and gain immunity, losing teams receive penalties and face early elimination from the competition.
The reality TV-style competition took place at Anglers Inn on Lake El Salto, a proven big-bass lake surrounded by the picturesque Sierra Madre Mountains of Sinaloa, Mexico. Two-angler teams faced a series of challenges testing their fishing skills, their ability to think on their feet and adapt to changes, as well as their technical savvy with the One Boat Network. For the entirety of the competition, anglers relied on Humminbird SOLIX® units, MEGA Imaging®, LakeMaster® mapping, Talon shallow water anchors and a Minn Kota Ultrex™ trolling motor to help them locate and catch some of the most famous black bass in the world.
The Western Michigan University duo of Joshua Lopez of Kalamazoo, Mich. and John Neubauer of Decatur, Mich. won the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at Table Rock Lake.
The duo had a five-bass limit weighing 18 pounds, 5 ounces. The victory earned the Broncos' bass club $2,000 and qualified them to compete in the 2021 FLW College Fishing National Championship.
The Western Michigan team won by a three-ounce margin over the second-place team of Tad Deatherage and Caleb Romazon, University of Central Mo. They had five bass weighing 18 pounds, 3 ounces.