Dubbed “the Lucky 8” by WSOBASS officials, the anglers were chosen among more than 100 video applicants and will convene on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake in September to battle it out in a number of skill-based fishing competitions. The overall winner will receive a free $10,000 entry into one WSOBASS qualifying event of his or her choice.
The eight anglers are: James Biggs, Richland Hills, Texas; Brandon Dickenson, Flower Mound, Texas; Ken Mah, Elk Grove, Calif.; Tyler Moberly, Berea, Ky.; Travis Moran, Carmel, Calif.; Matt Pangrac, Norman, Okla.; Ryan Salzman, Owens Cross Roads, Ala.; and Allison Shaw, Fairview, Texas.
“We were overwhelmed not only by the number of video applications we received in such a short amount of time, but also by the creativity and quality of what came in,” said WSOBASS founder Joe Habib. “We’ll post the Lucky 8’s videos on our web site so you can get to know the anglers better and to see how much time and thought they put into making their videos.”
Ken Mah’s video opened with a light-hearted Andy Griffith parody but turned serious when it was time to showcase his fishing skills on film. Brandon Dickenson took a different approach by shooting his video from inside his home. He didn’t let a phone call from a well-known professional angler stop him; in fact, he used that downtime to show a video clip from one of his college fishing competitions.
“Some videos were funny and others were serious, but all the applicants put their hearts into what they turned in,” Habib said. “They’re definitely worth watching.”
Aside from focusing on the Lucky 8’s fishing skill challenges, The Dream will provide a behind-the-scenes look at tournament bass fishing and its participants, plus a look at what goes into the planning for WSOBASS events.
The show will also feature another skills-based competition among top pro bass anglers Mike McClelland, James Niggemeyer, Jared Lintner and Brandon Card. The four pros competed against one another in July, also vying for one free entry into a WSOBASS qualifying event.
“The bottom line is that all of these anglers, whether or not they’re considered true bass fishing professionals, share a common dream,” Habib said. “Listening to their stories and watching them try to make those dreams into a reality is what this show is all about.”
The Dream’s 13 half-hour episodes will air weekly on NBC Sports and will also air on The Pursuit Channel starting in January 2013.
For more information about the reality television series and WSOBASS events, visitwww.WorldSeriesOfBass.com.