BENTON, Ky. — FLW Outdoors has announced entry dates for the 2009 Walmart Bass Fishing League, the nation’s largest and most rewarding weekend bass-fishing circuit featuring more than $9 million in prize money distributed through 28 geographic divisions.
Each division features four one-day qualifiers that offer top boater awards of $8,000 and top co-angler awards of $3,000, plus a two-day super tournament offering top awards of $11,000 and $4,500, respectively (see 2009 schedule for specific dates). Anglers finishing the season in the top 40 in each division advance to one of seven no-entry-fee regional championships to fish for a Ranger 198VX powered by Evinrude or Yamaha and a Chevy Silverado 1500 as a boater and a Ranger 198VX powered by Evinrude or Yamaha as a co-angler. The top six boaters and co-anglers from each regional also advance to the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy for the chance to win top awards of $140,000 and $70,000, respectively. Additionally, the All-American champions advance to the $2.5 million Forrest Wood Cup presented by BP and Castrol for a shot at winning $1 million and $100,000, respectively.
Entry fees are $200 per qualifier for boaters and $100 per qualifier for co-anglers. Super tournament entry fees are $300 per event for boaters and $150 per event for co-anglers. Entry may be made online at FLWOutdoors.com or by calling (270) 252-1000. Phones are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time Monday through Friday.
Entries will be taken by division according to the following schedule:
Dec. 9, 2008 – Bama, Cowboy, Dixie, Everglades, Gator, Savannah River and South Carolina.
Dec. 10, 2008 – Arkie, Bulldog, Choo Choo, Louisiana/Texas, Mountain, Music City and North Carolina.
Dec. 11, 2008 – LBL, Mississippi, Okie, Ozark, Piedmont, Shenandoah and Volunteer.
Dec. 12, 2008 – Buckeye, Empire, Great Lakes, Hoosier, Illini, Michigan and Northeast
Boaters who enter with co-anglers and co-anglers who enter with boaters will receive entry priority. The complete schedule and payout tables are posted at FLWOutdoors.com.
FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world. In 2008 alone the organization is offering more than 90,000 anglers the chance to win over $40 million through 230 tournaments in 10 circuits. FLW Outdoors also took fishing mainstream with FLW Fantasy Fishing, awarding a historic $1 million prize to Michael Thompson of St. Michael, Minn. Details on an enhanced 2009 FLW Fantasy Fishing league will be announced soon.
For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments, visit FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000. For more information about FLW Fantasy Fishing and Player’s Advantage, visit FantasyFishing.com.