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October 28 - November 4, 2018
Lake El Cuchillo, China, Mexico
Team USA Wins Gold at 2018 Black Bass Championship in Mexico
The USA Bass team competed against a record 15 nations at the Black Bass World Championship on Mexico’s famed Lake Cuchillo on October 29th thru November 3rd. The team of anglers included top pros from all three of America’s premier fishing tours. Scott Martin, David Dudley and Terry Bolton – FLW, Scott Canterbury and David Fritts - B.A.S.S., Fred Roumbanis and James Watson – MLF. The team dominated the international field in the weather shortened event to bring home the Gold medal. USA Bass’ two day total was 135# 6 oz, followed by Mexico 95# 10 oz and Italy 75# 12 oz. Defending champion South Africa finished in 4th place and Canada made the top five in their first World Championship.
Dramatic changes happened to the professional bass fishing landscape with the addition of the MLF tour and now include the FLW Tour, B.A.S.S. Elite Series and MLF’s Bass Pro Tour. Anglers now had more choices than ever before to advance their career. “It was exciting to see anglers from all three circuits come together for our USA Bass Team” says USA Bass President Tony Forte. There is tremendous energy in bass fishing right now in the three tours and the international arena. We celebrate the diversity of this USA Bass team and applaud their Gold medal performance”.
Team captain Scott Martin was delighted with the team work and camaraderie of the USA Bass team. “The entire USA Bass organization helped us win the Gold”, said Martin “Industry supporters, staff and every team angler. Lessons learned from our Silver medal last year in South Africa led to a solid game plan for Mexico. The team worked together to find the fish in practice, establish the pattern and communicate on the water during the tournament. It all came together to win the World Championship and bring home the Gold. It is a great honor to fish for the United States.”
Videos of the team in action in Mexico will appear on the Scott Martin Challenge in coming weeks.
Pair Scott Martin and Scott Canterbury won the pairs Gold Medal with a 2 day total of 57.3# and a single day bag of 35#!
El Cuchillo, pronounced: Coo-Chee-Yoh, is part of the El Cuchillo State Park. The lake is appx. 18,000 to 23,000 acres at normal pool. The lake is being managed by the government as CATCH & RELEASE, with no commercial fishing or netting allowed. There is an on-site hatchery with an intense restocking program.
Mexico Part 1
Team USA travels to Mexico for the 14th Black Bass World Championship for the Quest for The Gold Medal. We get an armed police escort through the heart of Mexico on our way to Lake El Cuchillo.
Mexico Part 2
Team USA hits El Cuchillo hard in search of some Giant Bass. We are trying to formulate a game plan to win the GOLD Medal. We are fishing against 14 other countries and it will take all we have to win this Olympic style event.
Mexico Part 3
PART 3 - Major changes on this final day are complicating Team USA’s plan. Other teams are putting major pressure on us and we need to all catch them good to win the GOLD Medal here in Mexico. Team USA is fishing hard to bring it home.
Traveling to mexico was a scary moment for me! I knew we had to go through Cartel area. When you see bullets holes at a check station you know there might be trouble! With USA going for Gold at the World Championship I knew I had to take the risk.
Find out how the USA fishing team works together to find enough Largemouth bass on Lake Cuchillo! We are going to be competing against 13 countries. Chasing the top prize for the Gold Medal. The lake is full of Giant Bass. Team meetings are where we discuss strategy. USA Bass!
Watch this casting contest during our cancelled day at the World Championship. There is some funny comments and just good fun hanging out with all these fishing legends of the sport of professional Bass fishing. David Dudley, Scott Martin, David Fritts, Scott Canturbery, Joey Ford as we struggle to keep our casts in the fairway! The winner might surprise you!
Day 1 of the world Championship was a successful day for the team USA watch as Me and David Fritts try to do our part! As collectively as a team we get close to the Gold!