FLORENCE, Ala. (Oct. 2, 2023) – Major League Fishing (MLF), the world’s largest tournament fishing organization, announced today that the 2023 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine Wild Card Regional will take place on Pickwick Lake in Florence, Alabama, Nov. 10-11. The two-day event, hosted by Florence/Lauderdale Tourism, will launch from McFarland Park Marina in Florence.
“The Wild Card event should be taking place at the perfect time of year for Pickwick Lake to really show out,” said Tyler Dolan, Sales Manager, Sport + Travel Trade at the Florence/Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau. “We are looking forward to having everyone in town to see what the Shoals has to offer in the fall.”
In order to be eligible to fish the Wild Card, anglers must have entered all five events within a Phoenix Bass Fishing League division during the 2023 season, fished at least two of them and not qualify for a regular Regional.
Anglers will take off from McFarland Park Marina, located at 1050 Clayborn Lyles Drive in Florence, at 6:30 a.m. CT each day of competition. Weigh-ins will be held at the marina both days beginning at 2:30 p.m. Fans are welcome to attend the event or follow the action online through the “MLF Live” weigh-in broadcasts at MajorLeagueFishing.com.
The full field competes both days at the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Wild Card, with winners determined by the heaviest two-day catch. The top six boaters and top six Strike King co-anglers will advance to the 2024 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine All-American, held on Cherokee Lake in Jefferson County, Tennessee, May 29-31, hosted by Visit Jefferson County, TN.
There will be no off-limits period prior to the pretournament meeting for the Wild Card. No contestant may be on tournament waters for the purpose of locating bass or potential fishing waters after the start of the pretournament meeting except during tournament hours.
Entry for the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Wild Card is now open and runs through Thursday, Nov. 2, 2023, at 5 p.m. CT. Anglers can enter by phone at 270.252.1000.
The 2023 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine was a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season and five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and Strike King co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, advanced to one of six Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regionals. The top six finishers in each regional qualified for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.
Proud sponsors of the 2023 MLF Phoenix Bass Fishing League Presented by T-H Marine include: 13 Fishing, Abu Garcia, B&W Trailer Hitches, Berkley, Black Rifle Coffee, E3, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, General Tire, Grundéns, Gill, Lew’s, Lowrance, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Mystik Lubricants, Onyx, Phoenix, Polaris, Power-Pole, Strike King, Tackle Warehouse, T-H Marine, Toyota, Wiley X and YETI.
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About Major League Fishing
Major League Fishing (MLF) is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, producing more than 250 events annually at some of the most prestigious fisheries in the world, while broadcasting to America’s living rooms on CBS, Discovery Channel, Outdoor Channel, CBS Sports Network, the World Fishing Network and on demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, the MLF roster of bass anglers includes the world’s top pros and more than 30,000 competitors in all 50 states and 13 countries. Since its founding in 2011, MLF has advanced the sport of competitive fishing through its premier television broadcasts and livestreams and is dedicated to improving the quality of life for bass through research, education, fisheries enhancement and fish care.