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Cal Coast Fishing, a fishing accessories manufacturer based in Carpentaria, Calif., has signed Elite Series pros Ish Monroe (top photo) and Caleb Sumrall to its national pro staff.

Cal Coast Fishing specializes in producing products designed to make it easier and more efficient for anglers to pursue their passions. Founder Dave Romanus said that having more perspectives helps in a variety of ways.

“We are constantly looking for ways to expand our product line in a way that allows anglers to enjoy their days on the water,” said Romanus. “Adding Ish and Caleb brings more experience to the table and they help expand our visibility in the marketplace."

Said Monroe: “Dave is an innovator who still listens to others and takes ideas from those around him. Cal Coast Fishing makes products that help me stay organized and be more efficient on the water, and that helps me catch more fish, which is the name of this game. I'm excited to join the team and to be a part of helping develop more products to help myself and other anglers in the future.”

Added Sumrall: “I had enjoyed talking to Dave for quite some time and met him face to face at the Classic this year and really hit it off with him. The product line has helped me on the water this year and being part of this team is really something I’m proud of.”

MLFjpgOnly seven fish were caught before 10 a.m. during the second of three elimination rounds at the Major League Fishing Summit Cup at Michigan's Lake Hubbard, but the remainder of the day saw 60 come aboard the boats of the nine competing anglers. The competitor who led the way with a nine-fish, 29-07 haul did all of his damage between 12:42 and 3:36 p.m. His biggest fish was a 5-09 smallmouth.

Weights were much tighter than on day 1, when one angler amassed 54 pounds and no others had more than 23-07. The No. 2 qualifier on day 2 had 25-15 and No. 3 boated 22-03.

Anglers competing on day 2 were Brent Chapman, Shaw Grigsby, Greg Hackney, Tim Horton, Mike Iaconelli, Alton Jones, Ish Monroe, Andy Montgomery and Jacob Wheeler.

The No. 4 qualifier caught a day-best 14 fish, but they averaged just 1-06. The last-place guy averaged better than 4 pounds per fish, but he only caught two.

Finesse worms fished offshore were again the predominant program. The total haul consisted of 63 smallmouths and four largemouths.

Elimination-round competition concludes Wednesday, with sudden-death set for Thursday and Friday. The championship round, which will consist of eight anglers, will take place Saturday.

Summit Cup competition will begin airing on Outdoor Channel in February 2018. Read more

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