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MLF General Tire Team Series Builders FirstSource Qualifier Presented by Berkley Set to Premiere Saturday on Outdoor Channel


Builders FirstSource Qualifier filmed in Texas, New episodes of General Tire Team Series premiere every Saturday from 2-4 p.m. ET

LONGVIEW, Texas (March 27, 2024) – The Major League Fishing (MLF) General Tire Team Series Builders FirstSource Qualifier presented by Berkley is set to premiere this Saturday, March 30, at 2 p.m. ET on Outdoor Channel. The event, filmed last fall in Longview, Texas, showcases nine teams of three anglers competing to finish in the top three and advance to the Bass Pro Shops Team Series Championship.

The 2024 Builders FirstSource Qualifier presented by Berkley will feature teams visiting Lake O’ the Pines, Lake Bob Sandlin and Martin Creek Lake in Texas. The competition waters aren’t revealed to the anglers until they arrive to the launch ramp each morning of the event.  

The nine teams that competed in the General Tire Team Series Builders FirstSource Qualifier presented by Berkley in Texas were:

Team B&W Trailer Hitches:
Randall Tharp, Port Saint Joe, Fla.
Gerald Spohrer, Gonzales, La.
Russ Lane, Prattville, Ala.

Team Builders FirstSource:
Jesse Wiggins, Addison, Ala.
Kyle Hall, Granbury, Texas
Gary Klein, Mingus, Texas

Team Crockett Creek:
Ott DeFoe, Blaine, Tenn.
Andy Montgomery, Blacksburg, S.C.
Brandon Coulter, Knoxville, Tenn.

Team Ferguson:
Stephen Browning, Hot Springs, Ark.
Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C.
Keith Poche, Pike Road, Ala.

Team Knighten Industries:
Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn.
Takahiro Omori, Tokyo, Japan
Dean Rojas, Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

Team Kubota:
Alton Jones Jr., Waco, Texas
Nick LeBrun, Bossier City, La.
Britt Meyers, Lake Wylie, S.C.

Team Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff & Pouches:
Josh Bertrand, Queen Creek, Ariz.
Edwin Evers, Talala, Okla.
Marty Robinson, Lyman, S.C.

Team Sqwincher:
Mark Daniels Jr., Tukegee, Ala.
Randy Howell, Guntersville, Ala.
Cliff Crochet, Pierre Part, La.

Team Star brite:
Alton Jones, Lorena, Texas
Brent Chapman, Lake Quivira, Kan.
Dave Lefebre, Erie, Penn.

Saturday’s premiere episode will feature Team Ferguson, Team Kubota and Team Star brite competing.

The complete television air schedule for the 2024 General Tire Team Series on Outdoor Channel can be found at

The 2024 General Tire Team Series is comprised of three Qualifying Events, filmed for production in the fall of 2023, where teams compete for advancement to the Bass Pro Shops Teams Series Championship. Each of the three Qualifier events consists of nine teams, each comprising three anglers.

Nearly a half of a million dollars will be paid out over the three no-entry fee Qualifiers, and the total season-long purse for the General Tire Team Series is more than $720,000.  

Proud sponsors of the MLF General Tire Team Series include: Abu Garcia, B&W Trailer Hitches, Barbasol, Bass Pro Shops, Berkley, BUBBA Scales, Builders FirstSource, C-MAP, Crockett Creek Beef Jerky, Epic Baits, Ferguson, General Tire, Knighten Industries, Kubota, Lowrance, Lucas Oil, Mercury, Mossy Oak, Nitro Boats, Onyx, Optima Batteries, Plano, Power-Pole, Rapala, Smokey Mountain Herbal Snuff, Spiderwire, Sqwincher, Star brite, St. Croix and Toyota.

For complete details and updated information on the General Tire Team Series visit For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow MLF’s social media outlets at FacebookXInstagram and  YouTube.

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