FLW Outdoors, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced the 2011 Bass Fishing League schedule and entry dates. The BFL continues its longstanding tradition as the nation’s leading provider of affordable, close-to-home tournaments in 2011 with 24 divisions serving weekend anglers. Each division consists of four one-day qualifying tournaments and a two-day super tournament. Payouts, formats and entry fees for qualifiers and super tournaments remain unchanged. The complete schedule can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
The BFL All-American presented by Chevy, one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing, will be held on Cross Lake in Shreveport, La., May 19-21 and is being hosted by the Shreveport Regional Sports Authority. This nationally televised, no-entry-fee tournament will pay the winning boater $100,000 and the winning co-angler $50,000. Every angler will cash a check, with the 49th-place boater earning $1,500 and the 49th-place co-angler earning $750.
BFL participants in qualifying events, super tournaments and the All-American can earn additional prize money through contingency programs from Ranger, Evinrude and Mercury Marine. Boaters that win a BFL event and are Ranger Cup qualified can earn an additional $2,000 per tournament and an additional $20,000 at the All-American. The co-angler winner at the All-American can earn an additional $10,000 if Ranger Cup qualified. Ranger Cup extends through each place at the All-American for boaters and co-anglers.
Evinrude will offer $1,000 to the highest-finishing boater in BFL qualifying events and super tournaments. The winner of the All-American could earn an additional $10,000 from Evinrude with opportunities through fifth earning an additional $1,500. A contingency program offered by Mercury Marine will be announced in the near future.
Entries for the 2011 season will be accepted by division on the following dates:
December 13, 2010 – Hoosier, Michigan, Music City and Volunteer
December 14, 2010 – Bulldog, Cowboy, Great Lakes, Illini and Mississippi
December 15, 2010 – Bama, Buckeye, Choo Choo, Gator and Mountain
December 16, 2010 – Arkie, LBL, North Carolina, Northeast and Okie
December 17, 2010 – Ozark, Piedmont, Savannah River, Shenandoah and South Carolina
Boaters entering by the priority deadline for each tournament and providing co-anglers (with membership numbers) will be given top priority and, if accepted into the tournament, will receive a guaranteed co-angler draw. Co-anglers entering by the priority deadline for each tournament and providing boaters (with membership numbers) will be given top priority.
Entries are accepted online at FLWOutdoors.com or by calling (270) 252-1000. Phones are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time. For full details regarding the contingency programs, complete rules and schedules for every division, visit FLWOutdoors.com.
ABOUT FLW OUTDOORS
FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world offering anglers worldwide the opportunity to compete for millions over the course of 189 tournaments in 2010. FLW Outdoors has also taken fishing mainstream with FLW Fantasy Fishing awarding the largest prizes in the history of fantasy sports. FLW Outdoors memberships are available featuring numerous benefits including Player’s Advantage. For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments, visit FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000. For more information about FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit FantasyFishing.com.