Ultimate Match Fishing Invitational to Return to Lake Chickamauga in 2018


 Monday, September 25, 2017


Joe Thomas, executive producer of the television series “Pelican’s Ultimate Match Fishing” and Dennis Tumlin, executive director of the Rhea County, Tennessee Economic and Community Development Council, announced the return of the Ultimate Match Fishing Invitational to Dayton, Tennessee, in 2018.


“We’re excited to partner once again with Ultimate Match Fishing to host the 2018 UMF Invitational.  With the stocking of the Florida strain largemouth bass here 20 years ago, along with plenty of grass in the lake, we’ve been producing giant limits and numerous bass above the 12-pound mark recently.  We’re also home to the new Tennessee state record largemouth weighing 15.21 pounds!  There’s not a better lake in the nation right now.  I’m inviting anglers to come fish with us and see why we’ve been named the New Bass Fishing Capital of the South,” Tumlin said.


The Ultimate Match Fishing Invitational will feature a maximum of 200 anglers who have qualified through the Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) weekend tournament series, the T-H Marine BFL (Bass Fishing League). To qualify, a BFL angler must finish in the top 45 in their respective BFL division or win a BFL qualifier or Super Tournament.


The Ultimate Match Fishing Invitational will take place over Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28, 2018, in Dayton, Tennessee. Anglers will compete individually for the first two days of the event. The top two anglers will then meet one-on-one in the same boat under Ultimate Match Fishing rules to determine the champion. The winner will receive $20,000 guaranteed and an automatic entry to fish against the pro on Pelican’s Ultimate Match Fishing on Outdoor Channel in 2019. Additionally, the Invitational Championship Match will air on Outdoor Channel’s streaming site, MyOutdoorTV.


Terry Tucker of Gadsden, Alabama, winner of the 2017 Ultimate Match Fishing Invitational, will be featured on Pelican’s Ultimate Match Fishing next season. According to tournament director and veteran professional angler Joe Thomas, “The UMF Invitational is a great way to give weekend anglers a chance to fish against some of the top professionals in the world. I can’t wait to see how Terry Tucker does next season. After watching him compete in this year’s Invitational, I have a feeling the pros better get ready. The talent at the BFL level is amazing. That’s why we’re honored to work with an organization like FLW and the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League. We hope to build upon the success of this year’s event and make the Ultimate Match Fishing Invitational a title that BFL anglers can be excited about and proud to participate in.”


Entry details will be sent directly to qualifying anglers by text and email by December 1, 2017.



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Terry Tucker of Gadsden, Alabama will fish against the pros on Ultimate Match Fishing in 2018!

To find out how you can win just contact us below for details on the Pelican Ultimate Match Fishing Invitational to be held in May 2018 on Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tennessee. All anglers compete solo out of their own boats on day one with the top two  finishers squaring off one-on-one in the UMF Ranger-Evinrude Competition boat for a chance to pocket $20,000 and appear on Outdoor Channel to fish against the top professional bass anglers in the world! Look for your chance to register in 2018!


Catch the UMF Invitational finals on My Outdoor TV Later this Season! You could be next!


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Pelican's Ultimate Match Fishing host Fish Fishburne, Referee Mark Randolph and play-by-play announcer Joe Thomas