Competition groups for Stage Three have been announced. Photo by Joe Branch

TULSA, Okla. – The 80 anglers on the Major League Fishing Bass Pro Tour have been given their group assignments as they head to Raleigh, North Carolina this week for the Favorite Fishing Stage Three Presented by Evinrude. The two groups of 40 anglers (Group A and Group B) will compete in the Shotgun Round and then the Elimination Round for a Top 20 spot in their respective groups for the right to move on to the Knockout Round.

Group A

Stage Two winner Edwin Evers anchors Group A along with the 2019 Summit Cup Champion, Mike Iaconelli. MLF NOW! analyst Marty Stone has his eyes on a few select anglers in this group.

“The Oklahoma guys are the guys I’m looking at,” Stone said. “Edwin Evers, Tommy Biffle, Jason Christie and Zack Birge are guys who like to fish these kinds of lakes. But one guy who I think this lake is built for is Andy Morgan. I think if there is going to be one stage where Andy absolutely smokes them this is going to be it.”

Group B

Jordan Lee took home the Stage One trophy in Kissimee, Florida and he hopes to have a similar result in Stage Three as he headlines Group B. Ott DeFoe, the 2019 Bassmaster Classic Champion, is another big name in the group along with North Carolina native Randy Howell. Stone looks at this group and sees quality pitchers and flippers.

“I look at Greg Hackney as a guy who can do well in this group,” Stone predicted. “I think these lakes are perfect for flipping and pitching but they are also great for a shallow crankbait. That makes me think of Russ Lane, Roy Hawk, Britt Myers, Brent Chapman. However, I really think this is going to be a Justin Lucas coming out party. I think he got his feet under him at Lake Conroe in Stage Two. He is starting to become the kind of angler that no matter where we go, he’s going to catch them.”

Group A gets Stage Three started on Tuesday, Mar. 26 and Group B begins competition on Wednesday, Mar. 27. The MLF NOW! live stream will begin at 10 a.m. EDT daily, while the SCORETRACKER will be viewable starting at “lines in” (7:30 a.m. EDT) every day from Mar. 26-31 on MajorLeagueFishing.com.

Group A

  • Edwin Evers
  • Brent Ehrler
  • Andy Montgomery
  • Alton Jones, Jr.
  • Randall Tharp
  • Adrian Avena
  • Jared Lintner
  • Jason Christie
  • Mike Iaconelli
  • Mark Davis
  • Wesley Strader
  • Anthony Gagliardi
  • Alton Jones
  • Michael Neal
  • Fletcher Shryock
  • Todd Faircloth
  • Mark Daniels, Jr.
  • Gary Klein
  • Zack Birge
  • Boyd Duckett
  • Gerald Swindle
  • Jacob Wheeler
  • Shin Fukae
  • Greg Vinson
  • John Murray
  • Jacob Powroznik
  • Andy Morgan
  • Kevin VanDam
  • Cliff Crochet
  • Justin Atkins
  • Cody Meyer
  • Kelly Jordon
  • Brandon Coulter
  • Josh Bertrand
  • Luke Clausen
  • Fred Roumbanis
  • James Watson
  • Paul Elias
  • Jason Lambert
  • Tommy Biffle

Group B

  • Jordan Lee
  • Jeff Sprague
  • Randy Howell
  • Bobby Lane
  • Gerald Spohrer
  • Greg Hackney
  • Dave Lefebre
  • Jonathon VanDam
  • Stephen Browning
  • Takahiro Omori
  • David Walker
  • Dustin Connell
  • Brett Hite
  • Matt Lee
  • Mark Rose
  • Chris Lane
  • Ott DeFoe
  • Bradley Roy
  • Marty Robinson
  • Aaron Martens
  • Skeet Reese
  • Keith Poche
  • Terry Scroggins
  • Dean Rojas
  • Ish Monroe
  • Casey Ashley
  • Tim Horton
  • Cliff Pace
  • Jeff Kriet
  • Mike McClelland
  • Shaw Grigsby
  • Brandon Palaniuk
  • Russ Lane
  • Justin Lucas
  • James Elam
  • Roy Hawk
  • Scott Suggs
  • Jesse Wiggins
  • Britt Myers
  • Brent Chapman