From a guy who has watched many fishing shows, Major League Fishing is hands down the best one I’ve ever seen. I’ve learned more from the year it’s been on than probably all of the other shows combined and that’s no lie. This year is especially intriguing because they are fishing in Alpena on lakes I’ve actually fished and watching them dissect water around Michigan has been very insightful.
There are a few things I’ve learned in just the few shows I’ve seen this season and one of the biggest things is that not all the pro’s figure it out. Some downright struggle and seem out of their element which is kind of the point of the show. Watching past Bassmaster Classic winner Boyd Duckett have trouble even getting bites makes me feel better about myself because we’ve all been there and now I know it can happen to great anglers as well.
Secondly, there are no magic baits and many techniques we apply during our club tournaments play well in Major League Fishing too. Topwaters, senko’s, jerkbaits and dropshots all were prevelent in Alpena as they are in most events in our state. It was good to see KVD start with a spinnerbait on a lake where I’ve had great success with the very same bait and I watched Greg Hackney hammer the fish in a bay that is also one of my favorites hotspots.
But the biggest thing I took from the show was how the guys who struggled early kept searching and grinding and those are the guys who came on strong and advanced to later rounds. It showed how not to get locked into a certain bait or pattern and if you stay aggressive and keep hunting that you’ll eventually run into fish. Mike McClelland fished on Hubbard Lake for 5 hours and didn’t catch a keeper until boating over 20 pounds in the last two hours.
The MLF episodes that show on TV are OK but I like to pay the $4 and watch the extended casts on their website. Each show is over 2 hours long and not too much gets edited. I’ve watched 5 of the 6 shows and have watched most of them twice! Yes I am a loser but most of the time the wife and kids are in bed and my chores are done. I could be watching worse things on the internet. Anyways, check it out and I believe the first episode is free just to get a feel for the show. I’m sure everyone can learn a few things, especially if the club ever ventures up to Alpena!