Major League Fishing announced that it has postponed the next stop on the Bass Pro Tour originally scheduled for April 3-8 in Raleigh, N.C., in an abundance of caution surrounding the novel coronavirus. MLF will monitor the situation and follow the advice of medical and public health officials to reschedule as quickly as possible.
“The safety and health of our anglers, volunteers, staff, and host community are our primary concern,” said Jim Wilburn, MLF president and CEO. “While our format inherently allows for social distancing and other recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control to minimize the spread of COVID-19, we feel it’s in the best interest of all involved to pause our 2020 season.”
The Raleigh event was originally scheduled to take place on Jordan Lake, Falls Lake and Shearon Harris Reservoir, hosted by the Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance.
“We understand the decision by MLF to postpone the event,” said Tori Collins, Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance director. “These proactive measures are tough decisions, but in the best interest for all involved. The Greater Raleigh area looks forward to welcoming the MLF Pros and staff back to North Carolina and showcasing our region’s beautiful lakes in the future.”
MLF said it will continue to assess the impact of COVID-19 and take the advice and mandates set forth by local, state and national medical and public health officials to address the potential impact on future events and potential dates for rescheduling the event.