Fans of the long-running The Bassmasters TV show will have more opportunities to watch the program under to a new multi-year agreement between B.A.S.S. and the Pursuit Channel.
Under the agreement, the Pursuit Channel will air 26 episodes on Saturdays during the first and second quarters of 2019, with each show repeating on the following Sunday morning and other times to be announced. Pursuit reaches more than 30 million households.
“This partnership with Pursuit means more opportunities for fans to find and enjoy our Bassmaster Elite Series and Bassmaster Classic programming – and that means more ways for anglers to learn how to catch the five biggest bass on their next fishing adventure,” said Mike McKinnis, vice president of media content of JM Associates and producer of Bassmaster LIVE and The Bassmasters.
“Pursuit Channel is honored by this new partnership with B.A.S.S., the worldwide authority on bass fishing,” said Rusty Faulk, CEO of the Alabama-based television network. “B.A.S.S. features the best pro anglers competing in the best tournament series across America, and our viewers will eat it up. We also look forward to other natural opportunities to jointly grow our brands and the angling community.”
B.A.S.S. will continue to air its programming from the Bassmaster Elite Series and Bassmaster Classic on ESPN2, as it has done since 2000. Because the first event of the 2019 Elite Series season does not occur until early February – the Bassmaster Elite at the St. Johns River, Florida, Feb. 7-10 – the first episodes of Bassmaster competition to appear on Pursuit will be re-airs of Elite events and Classics from recent years.
The Bassmasters episodes will air initially on Pursuit Channel during the programming block, “Walmart Reel Life Saturdays presented by Berkley and Abu Garcia,” which also includes outdoor shows by Bassmaster legends Jimmy Houston and Hank Parker.