Major League Fishing TV Show

Staging Location: Throughout Harris Chain of Lakes
Filmed October 2015, Airs May 2016
Jack Link's Major League Fishing – the most-watched fishing show on television –filming its Shell Rotella Challenge Cup this week on the waters of Lake County. The Challenge Cup, which is the 13th Major League Fishing production, will showcase 30 of the world’s top competitive anglers as they tackle the unpredictable lakes of inland Florida.

Bass Pro Shop Big Bass Tour

Formerly Oakley Big Bass Tour
Staging Location: Hickory Point Recreational Complex, Tavares
Last Hosted: February 2016
For three years running, the Bass Pro Shop Big Bass Tour has been hosted in Lake County in February and draws anglers from around the Southeast. The popular event offers hourly prizes for the top eight biggest fish per hour, and the biggest fish of the tournament wins a $30,000 bass boat.

Bassmaster Elite Series

Staging Location: Wooton Park, Tavares
Last Held: March 2011
The Elite Series is an 11-event bass fishing tournament where 100 anglers compete for a $100,000 first-place prize at each event. The total boater prize purse is a whopping $7,404,650 for the series. The Elite Series pays down 50 places, with 50th place earning $10,000. Non-boaters can vie for a piece of a $1,269,400 total series prize purse.

Bassmaster Southern Open

Staging Location: Wooton Park, Tavares
Last Held: January 2012 In 2012, the Harris Chain of Lakes played host to the first stop of the Southern Open series. The Top 5 pros at the end of the season in each division qualify for the Bassmaster Elite Series. The winner of each Open qualifies for the Bassmaster Classic, after competing in all three Opens in the winner’s division.

Fishers of Men National Championship

Staging Location: Venetian Gardens, Leesburg
Last Held: March 2015
Fishers of Men is a National Tournament Trail which hosted teams of anglers for the three-day tournament in Leesburg. During the 2012 season, 44 team tournament divisions and 34 legacy divisions combined for over 300 tournament events, making Fishers of Men one of the largest fishing tournament organizations in the country.

Florida B.A.S.S. Nation State Championship

Staging Location: Venetian Gardens, Leesburg
Last Held: November 2015
The B.A.S.S. Nation National Tournament Trail is the only amateur circuit that leads to the prestigious B.A.S.S. Masters Classic, where anglers can compete against the top 40 professional fishermen each year. On this circuit, chapter members qualify for a slot on the state team, and then competes against others at the B.A.S.S. Central Divisional Championships.

4th Annual Showdown On The St. John's River

Staging Location: Powell's Campgrounds
Next Tournament: September 16, 2017
Last Held: October 22, 2016
Join us and James Powell as we present the Showdown On The St. John's River presented by James Henderson Powell and Astor Bait & Tackle. Food, music, raffles and more.