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The Competitive Sport Fishing League is proud to announce Canadian anglers can now qualify for the Toyota Series Championship, an opportunity to win up to $245,000, through the MLF Canadian Open!

Stouffville, ON - Thursday, March 25. The Competitive Sport Fishing League “CSFL” is proud to announce a new partnership with Major League Fishing presenting the opportunity for Canadian anglers to qualify for the Toyota Series Championship through the MLF Canadian Open! The top two Pro Anglers and top two Amateur Anglers will advance to the Toyota Series Championship taking place October 28 through 30, 2021 on Pickwick Lake.

“We are thrilled to continue our work with Andrew Pallotta and the Competitive Sport Fishing League to provide Canadian bass anglers with an opportunity to advance to the Toyota Series Championship in the United States,” said Dave Washburn, MLF Vice President of Operations. “Canadian anglers can fish close to home and qualify for one of the sport’s most prestigious events for a shot at winning as much as $245,000, including a $35,000 Phoenix Boats bonus and $10,000 as the highest finisher in the MLF International division.”

The MLF contingency has been merged with the existing Canadian Open of Fishing Pro/Am event taking place July 10th and 11th on Lake Simcoe and newly branded as the MLF Canadian Open. The MLF Canadian Open will continue with the current Pro/Am structure, Pro Anglers teaming up with Amateurs competing for cash and prizes along with qualifying for the Toyota Series Championship.

Andrew Pallotta of the CSFL states, “We are excited to once again work alongside Kathy Fennel, Executive Vice President, and Dave Washburn, Vice President of Operations, of the Major League Fishing team and in particular granting the opportunity to four Canadian anglers to participate in the acclaimed Toyota Series Championship with Pro’s given a shot at $235,000 and one in twenty chances of winning $10,000 for being the highest finisher in the MLF International division and with all Co-anglers competing for a $33,500 Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat powered by a 115 HP Mercury Outboard! We strive to deliver the top fishing production in Canada and are honored to be recognized and be the Canadian representative of Major League Fishing.”

About Major League Fishing: Founded in 2011, Major League Fishing (MLF) brings the high-intensity sport of competitive bass fishing into America’s living rooms on Outdoor Channel, Sportsman Channel, World Fishing Network, Discovery, CBS, CBS Sports Network and on-demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). The Bass Pro Tour consists of eight events and a championship streamed live on the Major League Fishing website and MOTV. MLF uses the entertaining and conservation-friendly catch, weigh and immediate-release format where every scorable bass counts and the winner is the angler with the highest cumulative weight. In late 2019 MLF acquired FLW, which expands their portfolio to include the world’s largest grassroots fishing organization, including the strongest five-fish format professional bass fishing tour, the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit, as well as the Toyota Series, Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine, and Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI, and High School Fishing presented by Favorite Fishing. For more in-depth coverage, see Game & Fish magazine, the official publication of MLF.

About Competitive Sport Fishing League: The Competitive Sport Fishing League is the leading tournament series in Canada, offering diverse events that cater to every level of angler from experienced professionals to amateurs being introduced to the sport. To date the CSFL has successfully operated over 750 events, released thousands of fish and has hosted anglers from across the world throughout its 24 years of operation! Fish care is the CSFL’s top priority. Since the conception of the CSFL in 1997, fish care has always been a major component in its series. Today the CSFL utilizes the in water weigh in system developed through Queen's University, including the technology of properly regulated aerated tanks, water weigh-in scales and state of the art live release boats to enable the safe return of the resource, ensuring the future of the sport. The CSFL has released over 500 fish per day with less than 1% mortality rate.


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