EUFAULA, Ala. (WDHN) — About one hundred fishermen from all over the country are looking for the biggest bass they can find during The National Professional Fishing League (NPFL) at Lake Eufaula.
“The biggest thing I love about fishing is the camaraderie,” said Brad Fuller, the Vice President of National Professional Fishing League. “The biggest compliment I’ve gotten is ‘Man this feels like a family already’,”.
The anglers will compete in six tournaments between now and October.
The top 25 will play in a championship tournament in an undisclosed location in November.
The NPFL scheduled the events five to six weeks apart to give anglers time for their families and their careers outside of the tour.
“I love to compete and this gives me a chance to be able to have business and have a family but I can still go on the road and fish,” said competitor Greg Mansfield.
At the end of each day, the five biggest bass are weighed. On Saturday, the winner will go home with $50,000 in their pocket.
Several fishermen told WDHN they love competing especially because the sport has been their passion since they were young.
“My first word was fish,” said competitor John Soukup. “I’ve been in love with fishing. I don’t know if it’s the unknown. You’re searching in the depths of the water, being in nature, being on water. I’m just at peace with it.”
Saturday is the last day of competition on Lake Eufaula. The next stop on the tour will be Wright Patman Lake in Texas.
To keep up with the competition at Lake Eufaula and the rest of the tour, visit the National Professional Fishing League’s website.