The National Professional Fishing League concludes its inaugural season on Grand Lake
Professional anglers from across the country are in Green Country for the next few days competing for a prize of $ 50,000.
The National Professional Fishing League’s final event of its inaugural season begins Thursday morning on Grand Lake.
âWe’re here to introduce Grand,â NPFL CEO Brad Fuller said. âThe fishermen are very, very excited because the fishing is really really good right now. So we’re pretty excited as this could be a pretty phenomenal fishing event for us and the town of Grove.
More than 100 anglers will fish the event and about six of them are from Oklahoma.
The NPFL is different from other professional leagues in several ways. One thing that sets it apart from other tours is that it has a more spread out schedule, with four to six weeks between events, so anglers don’t have to be on the road for weeks at a time.
âWe’ve been nicknamed the Worker Tour because a lot of these guys have their own businesses, they work full time, but the way we’ve built our schedule and spaced it out, it’s available for more than people to participate, âFuller said.
Oklahoma fisherman John Soukup is one of those who do both. Three years ago he helped start “The Bass Tank”, a fishing electronics company in Sapulpa. (hyperlink The Bass Tank https://thebasstank.com/)
Then he joined the league for his first year. He has won two tournaments so far and currently sits third for Fisherman of the Year.
Soukup said he was more than blessed to be able to fulfill his dream in the fishing industry.
âMy first word was fish. I have always loved fishing and having an opportunity where God gave me the opportunity to grow up, to actually become in the fishing industry and to make a living in the fishing industry. There are no words for something like that, âSoukup said.
The event runs through Saturday, with weigh-ins at 3:30 p.m. daily at Wolf Creek Boat Ramp.
The NPFL performs trailer weights, which means fishermen will bring their boats to the stage to weigh the fish quickly, then take them to a release boat to return to Grand.
After the weigh-ins, fans have the opportunity to meet and visit the pros. Soukup said it was the perfect place to get kids interested in fishing.
âThe future of fishing is the children, the children who get into fishing. So if you have kids take them out, let them see what sport and professional bass fishing is like, âSoukup said.
For those who cannot make it, the NPFL will live stream the event online. You can watch this stream live by clicking here.
The NPFL will announce where it will hold its championship during the closing ceremony on Saturday.