Huk, a leader in performance fishing apparel, is proud to team up with some of the best anglers in the country. We have partnerships with elite anglers, world-class charter companies, and numerous fishing tournaments.
One of the partnerships we are most proud of is our work with Major League Fishing. With a new and innovative way to score fishing competitions, Major League Fishing is making professional tournaments more exciting for both anglers and fans.
Organized by 24 of the world’s most influential bass anglers, including Huk partners Kevin VanDam and Skeet Reese, Major League Fishing is a professional bass circuit that hosts numerous events throughout the year, all broadcast on the Outdoor Channel.
While fishing tournaments are nothing new, it’s how Major League Fishing organizes and scores their tournaments that make them so interesting. In other tournaments, fish are caught and put in the live well for weigh-in. Because of bag limits, only so many fish can be kept, so anglers are forced to keep only the big fish. Essentially, the tournament devolves into a “big fish” competition.
In Major League Fishing, however, fish are weighed immediately and quickly released; never put in the live well. Because anglers are practicing true “catch and release” techniques, they can count as many “legal” fish as possible. So even a small fish gets weighed and counted to the total score. Anglers still want the grand slam of a ten-pounder, but the little ones count too (as long as they’re legal), making the competition more interesting.
As you might have guessed, weighing and releasing the fish immediately, as opposed to putting them in a live well for a later weigh-in, means greater survival rates for the fish. But Major League Fishing doesn’t stop there.
Anglers are not allowed to use nets, which can scrape away the fish’s protective coating, and in a newer rule, fish are not even allowed to touch the carpet of the boat. There are also rules for fish release, as angler’s hands must be at or below the boat’s gunnel before releasing the fish.
Major League fishing has also implemented rules that add more drama and more unpredictability into the competitions. Every boat is equipped with real-time leader board information, so any angler can look at the scores to see where he or she sits. If someone is in first they can watch their lead slowly dwindle, or someone in the back can see what they need to do to get ahead.
On-site practice is probably the most unique part about Major League Fishing. It doesn’t exist. That’s right, anglers are not allowed to practice the day before, and no stored GPS waypoints can be used. All anglers can do is find the best spot, start fishing, and hope for the best.
As you can see, Major League Fishing is one of the most interesting tournaments in the fishing world, and Huk is proud to partner with this innovative group.
Visit the online store from Huk Gear and you can get the high-quality apparel that is worn by many anglers in the Major League Fishing series. When you want the best fishing shirts available, you need to browse our large selection right away.
Kyle Alsop and Taylor Bivins of Kansas State University are the winners of the 2016 Carhartt Bassmaster College Series National Championship, thanks to a series of consistent weights. They finished the tournament on Kentucky's Green River Lake with 36 pounds, 4 ounces.
The Kansas State team was the only one in the field of 89 teams to bring in more than 10 pounds every day.
You often hear the phrase there is nothing more important than a friend but like many other clichés of life especially at today’s pace, many of these old time sayings are said without really understanding their meaning. As I look back at the past five decades of my life spent in blue water and at my hunting career which has taken me all over the globe, I lift both hands in front of me and start counting off the friends which I could call at any time day or night for help; those who would put their life in jeopardy to save mine, or for that matter those who I can count on in the absolute worst of situations.
America (and much of the globe) seems to have an obsession with billfish, but few species are as popular as the Atlantic blue marlin. Not that there is anything wrong with black marlin, sailfish, swordfish, or striped marlin; it’s just that the blue marlin, which is the largest of the billfish group, has captured the hearts and passions of anglers for centuries.
If you want to join the ranks of anglers who’ve pulled up a blue marlin, you have your work cut out for you. But with the right techniques, you can add this world-class trophy to your list.