Major League Fishing Hosts Redcrest Tournament at Lay Lake – Shelby County Reporter
Major League Fishing hosts the Redcrest Tournament at Lay Lake
Published at 10:09 AM Thursday, February 8, 2024
Written by Rachel Raiford | Staff writer
Lay Lake will be surrounded by crowds of spectators as professional anglers compete during this year’s major fishing competition.
The annual Redcrest Tournament will be held at Lay Lake March 13-17. The tournament’s launch and take-off location will be at Beeswax Landing at 245 Beeswax Park Road.
Each year, Redcrest showcases the top MLF Bass Pro Tour Anglers competing for the Redcrest Championship Trophy and the $300,000 grand prize.
MLF is the world’s largest fishing tournament organization and the premier outdoor entertainment brand. MLF uses its tournament fishing platform to share the passion of fishing with fans.
The Redcrest competition will feature 50 anglers, all using the MLF catch, weigh and release format.
“Redcrest is the culmination of our prime hunting season,” said Joe Aubiger, MLF director of communications. “Featuring 50 of the best anglers from around the world, competing for the biggest prize in the sport.”
Opager also shared that the competition will be streamed live.
“We have cameras on the water, there is an official on each boat and fans will be able to follow along either online or on the MOTV app,” Obiger said.
In addition to the Redcrest competition, MLF will also host an outdoor sports expo at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex. The exhibition will include hundreds of exhibitors and activities. The exhibition is held every year according to the championship event.
Fans in attendance will have the opportunity to join the live viewing party, and even connect with MLF sponsors and exhibitors to see the latest gear, gear, boats and outdoor equipment.
After each day’s competition, anglers will be brought to the fair for a post-game show. Anglers will talk about their day and any highlights.
The event is expected to attract thousands of people to the city, as well as competing anglers and their families. The expected economic impact is about $6 million, Aubiger said.
“It’s a huge circus that we’re bringing to town, plus just a fishing tournament,” Obiger said. “We always seem to inject a level of excitement into the local communities when we’re here.”
For the first two days of the tournament, all 50 anglers will be on the water. After Day 2, the top 20 anglers, based on the two-day weigh-in total, will advance to the Knockout Round. After Day 3, the top 10 anglers will move on to the final round of the tournament where final place will be determined by the heaviest weights on the day. The best angler will be crowned the Redcrest Champion.