MLF Pros Compete in Kissimmee, Florida, over Six Days for Prestigious Patriot Cup

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KISSIMMEE, Fla. (March 30, 2021) – The Major League Fishing (MLF) 2021 USAA Patriot Cup Presented by Berkley will premiere with a two-hour episode this Saturday, April 3, at 2 p.m. ET on the Outdoor Channel. The event, shot over six days in November in Kissimmee, Florida, showcases 28 of the top pro anglers in the world continuing the 2021 MLF Cup season.

The first episode premiering Saturday will feature the anglers in Group 1 competing in their opening Elimination Round. Episode two will feature the anglers in Group 2; Episode three the anglers in Group 3. The top six finishers from each group’s Elimination Round advance to the two-day Sudden Death Round – episodes four and five – where nine anglers compete each day and try to finish in the top four. The sixth and final episode will feature the final eight anglers competing in the Championship Round to catch the most weight that they can to be crowned the 2021 Patriot Cup Champion.

The anglers in Group 1 that compete this Saturday (April 3) on Day One of the 2021 USAA Patriot Cup are:

  • Mark Daniels Jr. of Tuskegee, Ala.
  • Mark Davis of Mount Ida, Ark.
  • Ott DeFoe of Blaine, Tenn.
  • Roy Hawk of Lake Havasu City, Ariz.
  • Mike Iaconelli of Runnemede, N.J.
  • Cody Meyer of Star, Idaho
  • John Murray of Spring City, Tenn.
  • Britt Myers of Lake Wylie, S.C.
  • Michael Neal of Dayton, Tenn.

The anglers in Group 2 that compete next Saturday (April 10) on Day Two of the 2021 USAA Patriot Cup are:

  • Zack Birge of Blanchard, Okla.
  • Jeff Kriet of Ardmore, Okla.
  • Jared Lintner of Arroyo Grande, Calif.
  • Aaron Martens of Leeds, Ala.
  • Andy Montgomery of Blacksburg, S.C.
  • Mark Rose of Wynne, Ark.
  • Terry Scroggins of Palatka, Fla.
  • Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tenn.
  • Jesse Wiggins of Addison, Ala.

The anglers in Group 3 that compete in the final Elimination Round (April 17) on Day Three of the 2021 USAA Patriot Cup are:

  • Josh Bertrand of Queen Creek, Ariz.
  • Dustin Connell of Clanton, Ala.
  • Shaw Grigsby of Gainesville, Fla.
  • Kelly Jordon of Flint, Texas
  • Russ Lane of Prattville, Ala.
  • Takahiro Omori of Tokyo, Japan
  • Fred Roumbanis of Russellville, Ark.
  • Scott Suggs of Alexander, Ark.
  • Randall Tharp of Port Saint Joe, Fla.
  • James Watson of Lampe, Mo.

The 2021 USAA Patriot Cup Presented by Berkley was hosted by Experience Kissimmee. The event will air on the Outdoor Channel as six, two-hour original episodes each Saturday afternoon starting April 3, 2021, and running through May 8, airing from 2 to 4 p.m. ET. Each episode will be available for viewing on the MyOutdoorTV (MOTV) streaming app on the Monday morning following each episode’s Saturday premiere.

The 2021 USAA Patriot Cup Presented by Berkley features 28 MLF pro anglers visiting the Kissimmee, Florida, area to compete on three different fisheries across the region, including John’s Lake, Lake Toho and Lake Bellalago. The fisheries are unknown to the anglers – they do not learn where they are competing until they arrive to the launch ramp each morning of competition.

The full television schedule can be found at

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