AUSTIN, Texas – Major League Fishing (MLF), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, is set to visit Austin, Texas from April 30 to May 5, for the second regular-season tournament of the 2021 Bass Pro Tour season–the Berkley Stage Two at Lake Travis.
The six-day event, hosted by the Austin Sports Commission , will feature 80 of the best professional anglers in the world–including competitors like Kevin VanDam, Ott DeFoe, Jordan Lee, and Jacob Wheeler–competing for a top payout of $100,000 and valuable points in hopes of qualifying for REDCREST 2022, the Bass Pro Tour championship.
“We are thrilled to welcome the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour and the 80 top anglers in the world to Austin,” said Drew Hays, director of the Austin Sports Commission. “This event will showcase Austin and Lake Travis as a world class destination for sports and outdoor activities and certainly signals the return of major events to our city.”
For the first time since March 2020, fans are encouraged to attend everything surrounding the event.
The tournament will be fished using MLF’s catch, weigh, and immediate-release format, in which the anglers try to catch as much weight as they can each day. The total purse up for grabs is more than $805,000.
Although Lake Travis has played host to MLF BIG5 (previously FLW) tournaments over the years, 2021 will mark the first time the MLF Bass Pro Tour has visited the central Texas reservoir.
The competition will feature anglers competing with a 1 lb, 8 on. minimum weight requirement. Minimum weights are determined individually for each competition based on the productivity, bass population, and anticipated average size of fish in each fishery.
The 40 Anglers in Group A compete in their two-day qualifying round on Lake Travis on Friday and Sunday, and the 40 anglers in Group B on Saturday and Monday. After each two-day qualifying round is complete, the anglers fishing in second through 20th from both groups advance to Tuesday’s Knockout Round, while the winner of each group advances directly to Wednesday’s Championship Round. In the Knockout Round, weights are zeroed, and the remaining 38 anglers compete to finish in the top eight to advance to the Championship Round. In the final day Championship Round, weights are zeroed, and the highest one-day total wins the top prize of $100,000.