MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 28, 2017) – FLW announced Wednesday the schedule, rules and payouts for the 2017 Bass Fishing League, which includes 128 tournaments in 24 divisions offering nearly $8 million in awards, including as much as $120,000 to the winning boater and $60,000 to the winning co-angler in the nationally-televised BFL All-American, plus advancement to the Forrest Wood Cup for a shot at winning the world championship of bass fishing.
Among the key changes for 2017 is the new “Win and You are In” format that automatically qualifies the winners of each of the 96 one-day qualifying tournaments to one of six no-entry-fee regional championships along with the top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division based on point standings.
“With the new format, you are never out of the running to qualify for a regional championship if you enter all five tournaments in a division,” said Daniel Fennel, director of BFL operations. “The most consistent anglers in each division are still rewarded with advancement based on points, but now you can have a bad tournament or two and still qualify with a late-season win.”
Each regional championship features a guaranteed payout that includes $20,000 and a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower outboard for the winning boater and a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower outboard for the winning co-angler. Regional payouts include $10,000 for second and $5,000 for third on the boater side and $5,000 for second and $2,500 for third on the co-angler side.
“FLW was founded upon providing first-class tournaments for the weekend bass angler,” said Kathy Fennel, FLW president of operations. “We have always considered our BFL anglers as being the heart and soul of FLW. We take great pride in continuing to grow the sport of bass fishing by providing these opportunities for weekend anglers as well as a clear pathway for advancement to the sport’s highest levels for boaters and co-anglers who qualify for the Costa FLW Series and ultimately the Walmart FLW Tour.”
Entry fees will remain the same as 2016 – $230 per qualifier for boaters and $115 per qualifier for co-anglers. Two-day Super Tournament entry fees will also remain the same – $345 for boaters and $175 for co-anglers.
For the complete 2017 BFL schedule, rules and payouts, visit FLWFishing.com.
The BFL is the nation’s largest and most popular weekend bass-fishing circuit. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division and the winners of each qualifying tournament and super tournament receive priority entry into the 2018 Costa FLW Series while All-American champions may advance directly to the Walmart FLW Tour, the world’s top professional bass-fishing circuit.
- November 14, 2016 – Hoosier, Michigan, Music City and Volunteer
- November 15, 2016 – Bulldog, Cowboy, Great Lakes, Illini and Mississippi
- November 16, 2016 – Bama, Buckeye, Choo Choo, Mountain and Ozark
- November 17, 2016 – Arkie, LBL, North Carolina, Northeast and Okie
- November 18, 2016 – Gator, Piedmont, Savannah River, Shenandoah and South Carolina
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2016 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 235 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat: @FLWFishing.›