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Four Spots Remain in 2021 Challenge Cup’s Championship Round

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Wesley Strader backs into Lake Butte des Morts for the 2021 Challenge Cup Sudden Death Round 2. Photo by Garrick Dixon
January 28, 2021 • Mason Prince • Cup Events

The 2021 Lucas Oil Challenge Cup Presented by B&W Trailer Hitches welcomes nine anglers to Sudden Death Round 2 with a trip to the Championship Round on the line. The nine anglers battling it out on Lake Butte des Morts are:

These nine anglers will race to be one of the first four pros to reach the 22-pound Target Weight. The first four to catch enough scorable bass to pass the 22-pound mark will move on to the Championship Round while the five who fall short will head home. This is the final Sudden Death Round of the Challenge Cup. The four anglers who advanced from Sudden Death Round 1 await the four advancing anglers from Sudden Death Round 2 to complete the Championship Round field.

In Sudden Death Round 1, Takahiro Omori was the first angler to find 22 pounds of bass on Lake Butte des Morts. Omori used his Lucky Craft crankbait near boat docks and bridge pilings to find a mixture of smallmouth and largemouth bass. Joining Omori in the Championship Round will be Michael Neal, Edwin Evers and Andy Morgan. Alton Jones Jr., Ott DeFoe, Josh Bertrand, Jeff Sprague and Andy Montgomery were unable to crack the top four and will be heading home.

Be sure to click here for some of the best images our photographers captured during Sudden Death Round 1. Also, don’t forget to hear from the round winner, Takahiro Omori, in this Sqwincher Winner’s Press Conference where he breaks down how he was able to catch them on Lake Butte des Morts.

Sudden Death Round 2 will air on Outdoor Channel on Saturday, January 30 at 2 p.m. ET. The full television schedule can be found at