Head-to-Head Fishing on Outdoor Channel

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The Outdoor Channel Thursday announced the creation of Ultimate Match Fishing.

The series will pit 12 of the nation’s best professional bass anglers against each other in head-to-head, seeded, bracketed, single-elimination competition, the network said.

Joe Thomas, host of Outdoor’s Angler on Tour and a professional angler for 20 years, will host.

The UMF competition will take place on Kentucky Lake in April and May, and the 13-episode series will begin airing in July. The Moors Resort and Marina will host the tournament. The winner takes home $50,000.

For the first time in more than 20 years -- which is essentially the modern era of competitive bass angling -- the top names and personalities associated with this dynamic and growing sport will be pitted one-on-one, and it will be seen only on The Outdoor Channel,” senior vice president of programming Wade Sherman said in a prepared statement.