Television Series Filming In Alpena This Week
Thu, 29 Aug 2013 07:29:22 EDT
Alpena is the venue for a reality television show series called "Major League Fishing" which will air on the Outdoor Channel.
Alpena Convention Visitors Bureau Executive President Mary Beth Stutzman explained that the series is filming episodes this week on various inland lakes in the greater Alpena area.
The show operates on the premise that professional bass fishermen have no idea where they are going until 24 hours beforehand. Last Friday, they were given an envelope telling them their destination was Alpena. A professional bass fishing tournament will take place this week that has participants bracketed against each other with a championship contest to be held Saturday.
Stutzman explained that the process started around 6 months ago when a local motel got an e-mail inquiring about the fishing from show officials and the operator asked Stutzman if it was legitimate. She started making calls of inquiry and it was.
"And they were looking at Michigan as a location, but they were not sure which community they wanted to go to and Alpena was up against some other communities."
Producers had been filming in various other parts of the country and after a sales pitch, she convinced show officials to come to Alpena. They initially tested fishing at a few locations which won them over.
Major League Fishing evolved out of partnerships between fishermen, networks and sponsors in an effort to increase interest in the sport to a more mass appeal audience. This is the 3rd season for the show which is highlighting the General Tire Summit Cup, the first time Major League Fishing is using a number of lakes for the tournament.
Master angler Boyd Duckett explained that 24 of the worlds best bass fishermen will be on local inland lakes with no knowledge of the lakes or methods of catch. The public is asked to maintain a respectful distance... as after all... it is a competition. Fish are caught, weighed, with results updated in real time. Participants instantly see how other competitors are doing and then fish are released. As the action continues, it is filmed and the series produced, that will also give high prominence to the Alpena area.
Stutzman says she talked to representatives of other communities that hosted the group who indicated they would do anything to get the group back, the experience was wonderful and it will all pay off in the long run for Alpena with all the national publicity.
The Summit Cup will air on the Outdoor Channel in January and another Challenge Cup tournament to be filmed this fall will air in the 2nd quarter of 2014.
On The Web:
Major League Fishing - HOME PAGE
Boyd Duckett Of Major League Fishing and a truck \ boat combo