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Every major league sport has one season-ending event that stands for its very highest level of achievement.

Major League Fishing announces Redcrest, Bass Pro Tour's season-ending championship scheduled for La Crosse, Wis., August 2019. professional bass fishing world since its January debut, and the league announced today that the season-ending championship for the tour will be titled "Redcrest".

La Crosse, Wisconsin, will serve as host to the first Redcrest event, which will be held August 19-25, 2019.

The competition will take place in the bass-rich waters of the Upper Mississippi River and feature the top 30 anglers who have accumulated the most qualifying points over the course of the 2019 Bass Pro Tour's eight-event season.

"Explore La Crosse is ecstatic to host the inaugural MLF Bass Pro Tour Championship, the Redcrest!," said A.J. Frels, Executive Director for Explore La Crosse. "The scenic Upper Mississippi is one of the best river bass fisheries in the country for largemouth and smallmouth. Expect huge numbers of fish, possibly even some MLF record-breaking numbers, to be caught." 

Along with the competition days, Redcrest will also feature a community expo with Bass Pro Tour sponsors, Friday to Sunday, August 23-25.  All activities, including interaction with the pros, are free and open to the public.

"We are excited about the upcoming event in La Crosse," said MLF Executive Vice President and General Manager, Don Rucks. "This will be our first big event where we will push fan engagement to the highest point. I encourage you to keep an eye out for what's coming."

Rucks also provided origin of the Redcrest name, explaining that the prominent red MLF logo itself is symbolic - a crest - representing MLF's family-like atmosphere among the league's anglers, sponsors, fans and host communities. 

"A crest is also the highest point of a mountain, therefore Redcrest is our pinnacle of achievement - the peak of proficiency. Every MLF angler wants to be the best of the best, and all want the right to prove it by first earning an entry into Redcrest, and then winning the event," Rucks added.

The La Crosse County venue knows about family, too, as the area has something for everyone who puts Redcrest on their family calendars for a summer visit.

"We have world-class fine dining, incredible arts, outdoor recreation in hiking, biking, and paddling, a variety of attractions and so much more for the entire family to enjoy. Join us for Redcrest so we can show you an unforgettable experience," said Frels.

"La Crosse may be on the western border of Wisconsin, but it is in the heart of an outdoorsman's paradise," said Michael Mulone, Senior Director of Events and Partnerships for MLF. "The region is packed with adventure opportunities and it will be our pleasure to highlight this beautiful destination to a national audience."  

It was late last year when Major League Fishing first announced plans of expansion that included the 2019 Bass Pro Tour. The first competition was held in late January, and the series will hit the mid-season mark next week when MLF Stage Four takes place at Dayton, Tennessee, and Lake Chickamauga, April 9-14.

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