Major championships are usually played on championship venues. For the first-ever Championship Round of the MLF Bass Pro Tour, that's exactly what the Top 10 will get Sunday when action shifts away from the Kissimmee Chain and onto Ansin Garcia Reservoir.
The B & W Trailer Hitches Stage One Presented By Power-Pole moves an hour southeast of Kissimmee on Sunday to Garcia, a 3,100-acre flooded former farm site located in Blue Cypress Management Area near the town of Fellsmere. It's a fishery that MLF fans will recognize: Garcia served as competition waters for the Shotgun Rounds of the 2018 General Tire World Championship won by Greg Hackney.
And while Hackney won't be participating in the Bass Pro Tour's first Championship Sunday, two of the 10 anglers vying for the championship trophy and $100,000 payday will be: Takahiro Omori, who finished third in the Knockout Round with 40-9, and Edwin Evers, who finished eighth with 31-9.
Whether that previous experience on Garcia gives Omori and Evers an advantage over the rest of the Championship 10 - Dustin Connell, Jeff Sprague, Randy Howell, Alton Jones, Jr., Jordan Lee, Anthony Gagliardi, Jared Lintner and Michael Neal - remains to be seen, but one thing is certain: all 10 anglers fishing on Sunday are hoping that the move further south and closer to the ocean will put them on a fishery that's farther along in the pre-spawn than the Kissimmee Chain.
According to MLF NOW! analyst JT Kenney, who lives 45 minutes away from Garcia in Palm Bay, there's a good chance that'll happen.
"It's only an hour away, but the climate (at Garcia) is significantly different - the lows at ni