Jacob Wheeler set many records on the Bass Pro Tour this season. Photo by Josh Gassmann
By Mason Prince - July 12, 2019
TULSA, Okla. – It’s been a memorable year for the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour. Eight regular-season events in seven different states with only REDCREST remaining to decide the champion. From chilly mornings in Kissimmee, Florida to stormy and steamy afternoons in Branson, Missouri, the 80-man field has reeled in some impressive numbers all season long.
As we turn our eyes to the postseason, let’s take a look first at where the Bass Pro Tour record book stands at the end of the inaugural season.
- Most overall weight caught – Jacob Wheeler – 1,147 pounds, 8 ounces
- Most fish caught – Jacob Wheeler – 651 bass
- Biggest bass caught – Brett Hite – 9 pounds, 12 ounces
- Single-day weight caught – Jacob Wheeler – 129 pounds, 14 ounces
- Single-day fish caught – Jacob Wheeler – 88 bass
- Two-day weight caught – Jacob Wheeler – 160 pounds, 1 ounce
- Two-day fish caught – Jacob Wheeler – 108 bass
- Knockout Round weight – Bobby Lane – 95 pounds, 4 ounces
- Knockout Round fish caught – Bobby Lane – 60 bass
- Championship Round weight – Aaron Martens – 86 pounds, 4 ounces
- Championship Round fish caught – Jacob Wheeler – 56 bass
- Knockout Rounds made – Casey Ashley, Brent Ehrler, Jeff Sprague, Jacob Wheeler – 7
- Championship Rounds made – Edwin Evers, Jacob Wheeler – 4
- Most penalties – Dustin Connell, Randall Tharp – 48 penalties for 96 minutes
- Least penalties – David Walker – 6 penalties for 12 minutes
The 80 pros on the Bass Pro Tour reeled in 27,660 bass for a total of 48,408 pounds, 15 ounces. There were 13,969 largemouth, 8,948 spotted bass, and 1,401 smallmouth caught in 2019.
Three anglers qualified for all four Cup events thanks to their solid performances on the Bass Pro Tour. Dustin Connell, Edwin Evers, and Michael Neal are the only pros to punch their tickets to four Cup events. Fifteen anglers qualified for three out of four Cup events as well.
Jacob Wheeler ran away with many of the league’s records in year one. The Tennessee pro was the only angler on tour to break the 1,000-pound threshold for total weight caught this season (the next closest pro was Edwin Evers with 903-11). Wheeler also weighed 651 bass this season, 132 more than second-place Michael Neal.
Edwin Evers is the Points Champion with 510 points. The Oklahoma pro rattled off four straight Top-10 finishes to start the season, including a Stage Two Championship at Lake Conroe. Evers finished no worse than 42nd place in any event this year.
The MLF Bass Pro Tour concludes with REDCREST on August 21 from La Crosse, Wisconsin.