Major League Fishing Inspires Competition that Raises More Than $25,000 for United Way in Ohio

June 23, 2016

YOUNGSTOWN, OH (June 23, 2016) – Outdoor Channel’s Jack Link’s Major League Fishing announced today their support of the 17th Annual Muransky Companies Bass Classic. The fishing tournament raised more than $25,000 for the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley by implementing the rules of the Major League Fishing tournament and leveraging the league’s official Brecknell digital scales.

The Muransky Companies Bass Classic took place on June 4 on Evans and Pine Lakes in Ohio. This year’s event, which had more than 171 pros competing in the open water competition, was inspired by the rules of Major League Fishing’s “no limits” fishing format. Under the new format, anglers immediately weigh all the “scorable bass” that they catch, and then release back into the water. The bass were scored by volunteers from local universities, high schools and fishing clubs. The new format led to a record 462 bass scored, totaling a weight of 1,097 pounds.

“Major League Fishing is proud to have inspired the 17th Annual Muransky Companies Bass Classic, which raised more than $25,000 to benefit the United Way of Youngstown and the Mahoning Valley,” said Jim Wilburn, General Manager at Major League Fishing. “It is a win-win for us, anytime we get the opportunity to work with a great cause like United Way and also promote our great sport of bass fishing.”

Major League Fishing filmed a portion of its Major League Fishing GEICO Selects in Youngstown last year, which is currently airing. The Major League Fishing television series is the highest-rated fishing program in the industry. Both Jack Link’s Major League Fishing and Major League Fishing GEICO Selects appear exclusively on Outdoor Sportsman Group’s Outdoor Channel and World Fishing Network.

“After witnessing Major League Fishing in action last year, we knew the ‘no limits’ style of the tournament would be the perfect addition to our event,” said Jack Wollitz, Tournament Director of the Muransky Companies Bass Classic. “We look forward to continuing this new tradition for years to come as we raise funds to benefit the local community.”

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