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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.
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 Champioship was a successful day for the team USA watch as Me and David Fritts try to do our part! As colectivly as a team we get close to the Gold!
This beautiful 40,000 acre impoundment is the first and only lake in Mexico to be designated a state park and as such can only be used for recreational activities. The good news is - NO NETS! That's right, no commercial fishing is allowed on Lake El Cuchillo. We are pleased to offer our clients this new trophy bass lake without nets to impede your fishing or deplete the bass population.
Easy to get to - Located in the state of Nuevo Leon, just 1 1/2 hours drive on paved highway from the town of Monterrey, El Cuchillo is easy to get to with many daily flights from southern U.S. gateway cities. Continental Airlines offers seven daily flights from Houston to Monterrey. You may also choose to fly into McAllen, Texas which is 2 1/2 hours from the lake but you will encounter more federal checkpoints during your drive to the lake as well as possible delays crossing the border back into the United States.
The Fishing - In 2003 B.A.S.S., in conjunction with Mexican fisheries officials and the newly formed Mexico B.A.S.S. Federation conducted a study of Lake El Cuchillo in which they concluded "It has potential to be a great reservoir" and noting "We did see lots of bass in the 5 to 7 pound range and collected a 12 pounder as well." Recent tournaments at the lake have recorded good numbers of 10 pound plus bass being caught.
The climate at El Cuchillo is comfortable year round which also makes it ideal for groups who choose to visit us during the summer months. This is a catch and release lake and is not used for irrigation or power so lake levels do not fluctuate much. Thank you for information: Radars Fish & Game video