May 26, 2019
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Outdoor Channel to air mid-Maine bass fishing action

Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
Robert F. Bukaty | BDN
A smallmouth bass swims in the shallows of Sabbathday Lake in New Gloucester.

If the winter weather’s got you down, and you want to relive the good old days — like back in August, when the temps were much warmer, Outdoor Channel has a treat for you. The network will debut Major League Fishing tournament action that was filmed in Maine last year on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Kim Lindlof, the president and CEO of the Mid-Maine Chamber of Commerce, said the traveling bass tourney first came to Maine back in 2015 and returned in 2018 for a second week of filming.

The assorted anglers — a who’s who of the sport’s stars — fished China Lake, Messalonskee Lake and Great Pond during their visit. The results of that week of fishing will air in sequence, finishing with a final episode that determines the champ.

Lindlof said the tour brings anglers, sponsors, officials and production crew to town, and generates a lot of immediate business buzz for the area. It also continues to reap dividends down the road.

“It benefits the area hotels. It benefits the area restaurants,” Lindlof said. “For that week, it’s a nice influx of people into the region. But long-term, it’s the exposure that we get, from airing six weeks of programs on Outdoor Channel. Last time they came they aired the grand finale on CBS during sports primetime on a Saturday afternoon, and we got 1.2 million viewers.”

Lindlof said that potential viewers may find that their on-screen TV listings do not list the Maine Major League Fishing tour for 2 p.m. Saturday, but said Outdoor Channel has confirmed that is when the debut will take place.

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