COLLEGE STATION, Texas – A fleet of 27 of the world’s best pro anglers and Major League Fishing (MLF) wrapped production last weekend at the third and final General Tire Team Series qualifying event of the year – the Builders FirstSource Qualifier presented by Berkley, in College Station, Texas. The event, shot over six days and filmed entirely for television broadcast, featured nine teams of three anglers competing to earn the final three spots in the General Tire Team Series Championship in December.
The six-episode, two-hour series features the professional anglers visiting eastern Texas to compete on either Lake Somerville or Gibbons Creek Reservoir on each day of competition. The anglers do not learn where they are competing until they arrive at the launch ramp each morning of competition, creating a reality-based television episode that showcases how the top anglers in the world break down new and unfamiliar waters.
The nine teams that competed in the General Tire Team Series Builders FirstSource Qualifier presented by Berkley in College Station were:
Team B&W Trailer Hitches:
Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn.
Russ Lane, Prattville, Ala.
Paul Elias, Laurel, Miss.
Team Builders FirstSource:
Jeff Sprague, Point, Texas
Randall Tharp, Port St. Joe, Fla.
Cliff Crochet, Pierre Part, La.
Team Crockett Creek:
Dustin Connell, Clanton, Ala.
Cole Floyd, Leesburg, Ohio
Fred Roumbanis, Russellville, Ark.
Mark Rose, Wynne, Ark.
Jordan Lee, Cullman, Ala.
Luke Clausen, Spokane, Wash.
Team Fox Rent A Car:
Ott DeFoe, Blaine, Tenn.
Keith Poche, Pike Road, Ala.
Kelly Jordon, Flint, Texas
Team Knighten Industries:
Takahiro Omori, Tokyo, Japan
Casey Ashley, Donalds, S.C.
Dean Rojas, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
Andy Montgomery, Blacksburg, S.C.
Cody Meyer, Star, Idaho
James Watson, Lampe, Mo.
Team Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff:
Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C.
Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C.
Terry Scroggins, San Mateo, Fla.
Team Star brite:
Bobby Lane, Lakeland, Fla.
Chris Lane, Guntersville, Ala.
Jimmy Washam, Stantonville, Tenn.
The MLF General Tire Team Series Builders FirstSource Qualifier presented by Berkley will air on Outdoor Channel as six, two-hour original episodes each Saturday afternoon starting March 25, 2023, from 2-4 p.m. ET. The full television schedule can be found at MajorLeagueFishing.com/tv-schedule.
The winning three-man team in the General Tire Team Series Championship will claim the $300,000 top prize. The second-place team will earn $60,000, and the third-place team will win $30,000. Teams fourth through ninth in the championship will each earn $15,000 prize. All anglers receive $3,000 for participating in the no-entry fee qualifying events.
Proud sponsors of the MLF General Tire Team Series include: B&W Hitches, Barbasol, Bass Cat Boats, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, Builders FirstSource, C-MAP, Covercraft, Crockett Creek Beef Jerky, Epic Baits, Favorite Fishing, Ferguson, Frogg Toggs, General Tire, Knighten Industries, Kubota, Lew’s, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, NGK Spark Plugs, Onyx, Optima Batteries, Phoenix Boats, Power-Pole, Rapala, Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff, Sonic, Star brite, Strike King, T-H Marine, Toyota, USAA, and YETI.
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