Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today the roster for the 2021 MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit presented by Bad Boy Mowers. Kicking off its 26th season of professional competition and the second year since the acquisition by MLF, the 2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit roster will showcase a field of 165 of the top professional anglers in the world.
“We are extremely excited about the combined star power of the anglers on the 2021 MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit roster,” said Daniel Fennel, MLF Senior Director of Tournament Operations. “Combining Bass Pro Tour pros with seasoned Pro Circuit veterans and a fantastic class of rookies from across the country, we expect 2021 to be one of the most highly competitive seasons in our 26-year history.”
The 2021 MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit roster features a solid field of tournament veterans, including the return of bass-fishing legend Larry Nixon – after recovering from shoulder surgery – and multiple former FLW Cup champions including Darrel Robertson (1999), Dion Hibdon (2000), Anthony Gagliardi (2014) and Brad Knight (2015). They will be joined by John Cox, the 2016 FLW Cup champion who recently accepted his invitation to the MLF Bass Pro Tour, and 19 other Bass Pro Tour anglers who are taking advantage of the opportunity to fish upwards of 20 pro-level events between the two circuits.
The 2021 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit will also showcase numerous former Pro Circuit Angler of the Year (AOY) winners, including Ron Nelson (2020), Anthony Gagliardi (2006), Shin Fukae (2004) and David Walker (1999). The roster will include 28 rookies from around the world, including Italy’s Jacopo Gallelli, Cal Lane – son of Bass Pro Tour pro Chris Lane – and Cody Huff, a standout Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI angler from Bethel University.
The field will be showcased throughout six regular-season tournaments, with competition kicking off on Lake Okeechobee, Feb. 11-14, in Clewiston, Florida, and culminating with the 2021 MLF Tackle Warehouse TITLE championship on the Mississippi River, Aug. 17-22, in La Crosse, Wisconsin.
The top award at each regular-season tournament is up to $135,000, with $235,000 going to the 2021 MLF Tackle Warehouse TITLE champion, including the lucrative $35,000 MLF BIG5 Phoenix Bonus for qualified anglers.
“It’s going to be fun getting back with many of my old friends and going tournament fishing again,” said Nixon, who is returning in 2021 for his 43rd year of fishing professionally. “I had surgery on January 6th last year and thought I’d be able to come back after six months and fish in the last tournament or two of the season, but that didn’t work out. I really missed my friends and the competition and am looking forward to a great year. I’m excited to go back to Lake Okeechobee, Smith and Murray – this is a stellar tournament schedule all the way around.”
The 2021 MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit will have 154 two-hour airings on network television, in a run that includes 24 airings on Outdoor Channel and 130 airings on Sportsman Channel, for a total of 308 hours of television programming.
Traditional weigh-in livestream coverage will be combined with live-on-the-water coverage across 11 cameras on each of the final two days of each regular-season competition and all six days of the Tackle Warehouse TITLE. Fans can catch 108 hours of live action as it unfolds on MajorLeagueFishing.com
“I’m really excited about the 2021 schedule,” said Gagliardi, MLF Bass Pro Tour angler and one of a few anglers who has won both an FLW Cup and AOY title. “I’ve always liked starting out the year on Lake Okeechobee in Florida – so many of us have history and familiarity there. Smith Lake is also a fun tournament lake and one I’ve had good success on. The opportunity to fish my home lake, Lake Murray, was a big factor in my choice to fish the Pro Circuit in addition to the Bass Pro Tour.
“I’ve never fished two pro tours consecutively, so it will be a lot of fishing for me, but I feel like this is a great opportunity. I think both tours create a great schedule all the way around, and I’m looking forward to getting after it in 2021.”
2021 MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Anglers
*Shannon Abbott – Oceanside, Calif.
Jason Abram – Piney Flats, Tenn.
Barron Adams – Mineral Bluff, Ga.
Casey Ashley – Donalds, S.C.
Scott Ashmore – Broken Arrow, Okla.
*Tai Au – Glendale, Ariz.
Adrian Avena – Vineland, N.J.
Evan Barnes – Hot Springs, Ark.
Clayton Batts – Butler, Ga.
Bradford Beavers – Summerville, S.C.
Matt Becker – Finleyville, Pa.
Zack Birge – Blanchard, Okla.
Daryl Biron – South Windsor, Conn.
*Jason Blair – West Palm Beach, Fla.
*Mark Blevins – Palatka, Fla.
Greg Bohannan – Bentonville, Ark.
Terry Bolton – Benton, Ky.
*Josh Bragg – Jacksonville, Ala.
Aaron Britt – Yuba City, Calif.
Grae Buck – Green Lane, Pa.
Miles Burghoff – Soddy-Daisy, Tenn.
*Josh Butler – Hayden, Ala.
Jon Canada – Helena, Ala.
*Michael Caruso – Peoria, Ariz.
Joey Cifuentes – Clinton, Ark.
Ramie Colson, Jr. – Cadiz, Ky.
*Justin Cooper – Zwolle, La.
Kyle Cortiana – Coweta, Okla.
John Cox – DeBary, Fla.
Mitch Crane – Columbus, Miss.
Lance Crawford – Broken Bow, Okla.
Ryan Davidson – Branchland, W.V.
Alex Davis – Albertville, Ala.
Darrell Davis – Dover, Fla.
Randy Despino – Colfax, La.
Tommy Dickerson – Orange, Texas
Scott Dobson – Clarkston, Mich.
Bradley Dortch – Atmore, Ala.
Josh Douglas – Isle, Minn.
Kurt Dove – Del Rio, Texas
Dakota Ebare – Denham Springs, La.
Jon Englund – Farwell, Minn.
Ron Farrow – Rock Hill, S.C.
Mark Fisher – Wauconda, Ill.
*Trevor Fitzgerald – Belleview, Fla.
Cole Floyd – Leesburg, Ohio
Tim Frederick – Leesburg, Fla.
Shinichi Fukae – Palestine, Texas
Anthony Gagliardi – Prosperity, S.C.
Nick Gainey – Charleston, S.C.
*Jacopo Gallelli – Florence, Italy
*Grant Galloway – Houlka, Miss.
Kyle Gelles – Pingree, Idaho
Matt Greenblatt – Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Chad Grigsby – Maple Grove, Minn.
Kyle Hall – Granbury, Texas
Dylan Hays – Hot Springs, Ark.
Dion Hibdon – Versailles, Mo.
*Lawson Hibdon – Versailles, Mo.
Billy Hines – Vacaville, Calif.
Brett Hite – Phoenix, Ariz.
Jamie Horton – Centerville, Ala.
Miles Howe – San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
*Cody Huff – Ava, Mo.
John Hunter – Shelbyville, Ky.
*Clabion Johns – Social Circle, Ga.
Danny Kirk – Bartow, Ga.
Brad Knight – Lancing, Tenn.
*Takayuki Koike – ?tsu, Japan
Jason Lambert – Michie, Tenn.
Bobby Lane – Lakeland, Fla.
*Cal Lane – Guntersville, Ala.
Christopher Lane – Guntersville, Ala.
Brian Latimer – Belton, S.C.
Jeremy Lawyer – Sarcoxie, Mo.
Nick LeBrun – Bossier City, La.
*Jason Lieblong – Conway, Ark.
Richard Lowitzki – Hampshire, Ill.
Justin Lucas – Guntersville, Ala.
Terry Luedtke – Burton, Texas
Erik Luzak – Fenelon Falls, Ontario, Canada
Kevin Martin – Crown City, Ohio
Lendell Martin, Jr. – Nacogdoches, Texas
Michael Matthee – Centurion, South Africa
Mike McClelland – Blue Eye, Mo.
Bill McDonald – Greenwood, Ind.
Brandon McMillan – Clewiston, Fla.
Jared McMillan – Belle Glade, Fla.
Kevin Meeks – Smyrna, Tenn.
Cody Meyer – Star, Idaho
Colby Miller – Elmer, La.
Kerry Milner – Fisher, Ark.
Kurt Mitchell – Milford, Del.
Tom Monsoor – La Crosse, Wis.
Troy Morrow – Eastanollee, Ga.
Brandon Mosley – Choctaw, Okla.
Jim Moynagh – Shakopee, Minn.
Robert Nakatomi – Sacramento, Calif.
Michael Neal – Dayton, Tenn.
Chris Neau – New Orleans, La.
Corey Neece – Bristol, Tenn.
*Jim Neece, Jr. – Bristol, Tenn.
Ron Nelson – Berrien Springs, Mich.
Dicky Newberry – Houston, Texas
Cody Nichols – Fayette, Ala.
James Niggemeyer – Van, Texas
Larry Nixon – Quitman, Ark.
Lane Olson – Sherwood, Ore.
Jake Ormond – Sterlington, La.
Jordan Osborne – Longview, Texas
Dave Parsons – Yantis, Texas
*Cody Pike – Powhatan, Va.
Keith Poche – Pike Road, Ala.
Pete Ponds – Madison, Miss.
Randy Ramsey – Burlington, Mich.
Tom Redington – Royse City, Texas
Matt Reed – Madisonville, Texas
Clark Reehm – Elm Grove, La.
Jimmy Reese – Witter Springs, Calif.
Skeet Reese – Auburn, Calif.
Jason Reyes – Huffman, Texas
*Kevin Riney – Jonesboro, Ark.
Darrel Robertson – Jay, Okla.
*Ricky Robinson – Greenback, Tenn.
Dean Rojas – Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Zell Rowland – Montgomery, Texas
Rusty Salewske – Alpine, Calif.
Ryan Salzman – Huntsville, Ala.
Casey Scanlon – Eldon, Mo.
Colby Schrumpf – Highland, Ill.
*Chase Serafin – White Lake, Mich.
Braxton Setzer – Wetumpka, Ala.
Spencer Shuffield – Hot Springs, Ark.
Charles Sim – Wasaga Beach, Ontario, Canada
Blake Smith – Lakeland, Fla.
Derrick Snavely – Piney Flats, Tenn.
Matthew Stefan – Junction City, Wis.
Tyler Steward – West Monroe, La.
*Troy Stokes – Brownstown, Mich.
Wesley Strader – Spring City, Tenn.
Laramy Strickland – Bushnell, Fla.
Mike Surman – Boca Raton, Fla.
*Scott Towry – Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
Rusty Trancygier – Hahira, Ga.
J. Todd Tucker – Moultrie, Ga.
Jim Tutt – Longview, Texas
Jason Vance – Battle Ground, Ind.
John Voyles – Petersburg, Ind.
David Walker – Sevierville, Tenn.
Jacob Wall – New Hope, Ala.
*Todd Walters – Kernersville, N. C.
Chad Warren – Sand Springs, Okla.
Jimmy Washam – Covington, Tenn.
Joshua Weaver – Macon, Ga.
Joseph Webster – Winfield, Ala.
Kyle Weisenburger – Columbus Grove, Ohio
*Joe Wieberg – Freeburg, Mo.
Jesse Wiggins – Logan, Ala.
Scott Wiley – Bay Minette, Ala.
David Williams – Maiden, N.C.
*Jason Wilson – Lincolnton, N.C.
Tyler Woolcott – Port Orange, Fla.
Gary Yamamoto – Palestine, Texas
*Steve York – Bronson, Mich.
*denotes MLF Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Rookie
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