Skiatook’s Webb Wins Saturday, Eldon’s Fitzpatrick and Grove’s Gilbreath Tie Sunday at Phoenix Bass Fishing League Double-Header on Arkansas River

MUSKOGEE, Okla. (June 29, 2020) – It was a double-header for bass anglers this past weekend in Muskogee with the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on the Arkansas River events. FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, rescheduled the events after the coronavirus pandemic forced the organization to pause competition in mid-March.

Boater Mitchell Webb of Skiatook, Oklahoma, brought five bass to the scale totaling 16 pounds, 1 ounce to win Saturday’s event and earn $12,839 – including the lucrative $7,000 FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency award – while boaters Roger Fitzpatrick of Eldon, Missouri, and Mike Gilbreath of Grove, Oklahoma, both brought in limits weighing 13 pounds, 13 ounces, on Sunday to tie for the win. Fitzpatrick earned $3,380 for his victory, while Gilbreath won a total of $6,880 after contingency awards.

“It started off kind of slow for me. I just kind of caught one here, then caught one there, and by the end of the day I realized I had a pretty decent limit,” said Webb, who earned his first career FLW win. “I stayed in Muskogee Pool and just covered a lot of water. I basically ran from lock to lock.

“I caught four of my five fishing flipping shallow, and the other one I caught on an offshore spot,” Webb went on to say. “I’d had a couple of mishaps with my tow vehicle earlier this week, so it feels good to finally come out on the right side of something.”

The top five boaters on Saturday were:

            1st:       Mitchell Webb of Skiatook, Okla., five bass, 16-1, $12,839

            2nd:      Caleb Black of McAlester, Okla., five bass, 15-2, $2,419

            3rd:       Jeff Clark of Van Buren, Ark., five bass, 14-11, $1,614

            4th:       Blake Capps of Muskogee, Okla., five bass, 13-4, $1,129

            5th:       Jason Sandidge of Centerton, Ark., five bass, 13-2, $968

Complete results for Saturday can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Steven McLarty of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, brought a 5-pound, 4-ounce bass to the scale to win Saturday’s Boater Big Bass award of $730.

Webb was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home the top contingency payout of $7,000. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Aubrey Herlocker of Stillwater, Oklahoma, won the Co-angler Division and $2,419 Saturday after catching five bass weighing 12 pounds, 4 ounces.

The top five co-anglers Saturday finished as follows:

            1st:       Aubrey Herlocker of Stillwater, Okla., five bass, 13-15, $2,419

            2nd:      Hunter Moody of Norman, Okla., three bass, 12-11, $1,210

            3rd:       Porky Roberts of Morris, Okla., three bass, 12-10, $807

            4th:       Matthew Hargarten of Bolivar, Mo., three bass, 12-9, $565

            5th:       Chase Fitzpatrick of Eldon, Mo., two bass, 12-3, $484

Joe Landers of Okemah, Oklahoma, caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division Saturday, weighing in at 5 pounds, 3 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $365.

On Sunday, winning boaters Roger Fitzpatrick and Mike Gilbreath also stayed in Muskogee Pool.

“I caught a limit fairly early on a crankbait, but it only weighed around 10 pounds and I knew it wasn’t going to help me much,” said Fitzpatrick, who earned his ninth career FLW victory. “I spent the rest of my day flipping wood with a Zoom Speed Craw.

“I also found a little hyacinth patch that had floated to the bank,” Fitzpatrick continued. “It was near deeper water – over 5 feet – and I ended up catching my three biggest fish out of that.”

Gilbreath fished a similar pattern as Fitzpatrick.

“I had a great time out there,” Gilbreath said. “I caught some early on a squarebill crankbait, then flipped in the creeks later in the day. It was tough – I found a few areas where I had to make 8 to 10 casts to the same piece of structure before I’d get a bite – but all in all it was a very good day.”

The top five boaters on Sunday were:

            1st:       Roger Fitzpatrick of Eldon, Mo., five bass, 13-13, $3,380

            1st:       Mike Gilbreath of Grove, Okla., five bass, 13-13, $6,880

            3rd:       Ed Barton of Vian, Okla., five bass, 13-11, $1,502

            4th:       Jared Miller of Norman, Okla., five bass, 12-7, $1,052

            5th:       Joel Baker of Talala, Okla., five bass, 11-10, $901

Complete results for Sunday’s event on the Arkansas River can be found at FLWFishing.com

 

Scott Burkett of Bokchito, Oklahoma, brought a 4-pound, 12-ounce bass to the scale Sunday to earn the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $655.

Thad Hewitt of Delaware, Oklahoma, won the Co-angler Division and $2,253 Sunday after catching a five-bass limit weighing 12 pounds, 11 ounces.

The top five co-anglers Sunday finished as follows:

            1st:       Thad Hewitt of Delaware, Okla., five bass, 12-11, $2,253

            2nd:      Ken Coats of Claremore, Okla., five bass, 12-10, $1,127

            3rd:       Maverick Mosiman of Bel Aire, Kan., five bass, 11-12, $751

            4th:       Aaron Warren of Inola, Okla., four bass, 10-14, $526

            4th:       Raymond Moody of Norman, Okla., five bass, 10-13, $451

Bill Wiles of Arcadia, Oklahoma caught Sunday’s largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 4 pounds, 8 ounces to earn him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $327.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Double-Header on the Arkansas River was the third and fourth of five qualifying events in the Okie Division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Okie Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 22-24 Phoenix Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, hosted by ExploreBranson.com. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new 18-foot Phoenix bass boat with a 200-horsepower outboard

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American will be held Nov. 11-13 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina and is hosted by Visit Anderson. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division earn priority entry into the FLW Series, the pathway to the FLW Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour, where top pros compete with no entry fees.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


FLW Shifts Toyota Series Northern Event to Lake Erie

SANDUSKY, Ohio (June 29, 2020) – FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that due to New York’s recently announced travel restrictions, the organization will shift its July 9-11 Toyota Series Northern Division opener from the St. Lawrence River at Massena, New York, to Lake Erie at Sandusky, Ohio.

“The City of Sandusky is excited for the opportunity to host the Toyota Series at the Shelby Street Boat Launch facility,” said Eric Wobser, City Manager for the City of Sandusky. “We welcome the opportunity to provide access from our waterfront downtown destination and are encouraged by FLW’s commitment to safety and the guidelines set during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“The Town of Massena deeply regrets that FLW has to reschedule the Toyota Series outside New York State due to the newly-implemented directives for people traveling from other parts of the country,” said Don Meissner, Tournament Coordinator for the Town of Massena. “The town highly values its relationship with FLW and we look forward to future tournaments.”

Entries will roll over to the rescheduled event unless instructed otherwise.

Anglers will take off daily at 6 a.m. EDT from the Shelby Street Boat Launch Facility, located at 101 Shelby St., in Sandusky. Weigh-ins will also be held at the Shelby Street Launch Facility and will begin at 2 p.m. To minimize the spread of COVID-19, attendance is limited to competing anglers and essential staff only. Fans are encouraged to forgo the daily takeoffs and weigh-ins and follow the event online through the “FLW Live” weigh-in broadcasts and daily coverage at FLWFishing.com.

FLW continues to monitor Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal, state and local guidelines. Officials are still evaluating options for other New York events, including the 2020 Tackle Warehouse FLW TITLE presented by Toyota, currently scheduled Aug. 24-29 at the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York. No additional updates are available at this time.

The Toyota Series consists of eight divisions – Central, Eastern, Northern, Plains, Southeastern, Southern, Southwestern and Western – each holding three regular-season events, along with the International division. Anglers who fish all three qualifiers in any of the eight divisions and finish in the top 25 will qualify for the no-entry-fee Toyota Series Championship for a shot at winning $235,000 cash, including a $35,000 FLW PHOENIX Bonus for qualified anglers. The winning co-angler at the championship earns a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard. The 2020 Toyota Series Championship will be held Dec. 3-5 on Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Kentucky, and is hosted by the Somerset Tourist & Convention Commission and the Burnside Tourism Commission.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Toyota Series on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Sheridan’s Richmond Wins Phoenix Bass Fishing League Tournament on Lake Ouachita

MOUNT IDA, Ark. (June 29, 2020) – Boater Russell Richmond of Sheridan, Arkansas, brought three bass to the scale Saturday totaling 11 pounds, 5 ounces to win the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine event at Lake Ouachita in Mount Ida, Arkansas. Richmond topped his neared competitor, Stephen Browning of Hot Springs, Arkansas, by 1-pound, 1-ounce and earned $4,394 for his victory.

“I caught all of my fish on a white Strike King swimjig, running grass in Webb and Twin Creeks,” said Richmond, who earned his second career win in FLW competition. “I had all of my fish that I weighed in by 6:30 (a.m.). I caught a bunch of more small ones throughout the day, but I never could upgrade.

“The area that I was fishing had a creek channel really close. My boat was sitting in about 10 foot of water and it went up to about 3 to 4 feet at the edge of the grass,” Richmond continued. “I hadn’t practiced there, but I had fished it before and I was committed to that spot. I knew that if I stayed there long enough I could catch enough to win, and it only took 15 minutes.”

Richmond was ecstatic about earning the win in the tough Bass Fishing League Arkie division.

“This division is very hard to win as a boater. These guys are very good, and we fish all different types of water – clear-water reservoirs, rivers – so it’s hard to beat these guys,” Richmond went on to say. “I’ve been fishing BFL events since 2005 and this is my second trophy. I’ve been to the All-American once, and I really want to make it back.”

The top 10 boaters finished the tournament as follows:

            1st:       Russell Richmond of Sheridan, Ark., three bass, 11-5, $4,394

            2nd:      Stephen Browning of Hot Springs, Ark., three bass, 10-4, $1,940

            3rd:       Beau Browning of Hot Springs, Ark., three bass, 10-1, $1,293

            4th:       Chris Darby of Hot Springs, Ark., three bass, 9-13, $905

            5th:       Chris Layton of North Little Rock, Ark., three bass, 9-8, $776

            6th:       Brian Bean of Hot Springs, Ark., three bass, 9-5, $711

            7th:       Josh Busby of Rogersville, Mo., three bass, 9-3, $1,147

            8th:       Eric Pinter of Little Rock, Ark., three bass, 9-1, $582

            9th:       Evan Barnes of Hot Springs, Ark., three bass, 8-12, $517

            10th:     Derwin Thomas of Little Rock, Ark., three bass, 8-11, $453

Complete results can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Richmond caught brought a 5-pound, 3-ounce bass to the scale to add the day’s Boater Big Bass award of $515 to his winnings.

Busby was the highest-finishing FLW PHOENIX BONUS member and took home an extra $500. Boaters are eligible to win up to an extra $7,000 per event in each Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine tournament if all requirements are met. More information on the FLW PHOENIX BONUS contingency program can be found at PhoenixBassBoats.com.

Alvin Williams of Hartman, Arkansas, won the Co-angler Division and $1,897 Saturday after catching three bass weighing 8 pounds, 5 ounces.

The top 10 co-anglers finished as follows:

            1st:       Alvin Williams of Hartman, Ark., three bass, 8-5, $1,897

            2nd:      Bryan Barnard of Harrison, Ark., three bass, 7-7, $949

            3rd:       Brian Choate of Conway, Ark., three bass, 7-0, $661

            4th:       Justin Eldridge of Marion, Ark., three bass, 7-0, $538

            5th:       Jason Phillips of Rison, Ark., three bass, 6-14, $379

            6th:       John McCullar of Benton, Ark., three bass, 6-12, $348

            7th:       Buck Blackwell of Pine Bluff, Ark., three bass, 6-10, $316

            8th:       Terry Dugger of Little Rock, Ark., three bass, 6-9, $285

            9th:       Robert Bogard Jr. of Conway, Ark., three bass, 6-8, $237

            9th:       Chris Cusick of Hot Springs, Ark., three bass, 6-8, $237

Choate caught the largest bass in the Co-angler Division, weighing in at 3 pounds, 9 ounces. The catch earned him the day’s Co-angler Big Bass award of $123.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on Lake Ouachita was the fourth of five qualifying events in the Arkie Division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers in the Arkie Division based on point standings, along with the five winners of each qualifying event, will be entered in the Oct. 22-24 Bass Fishing League Regional Championship on Table Rock Lake in Branson, Missouri, hosted by Explore Branson. Boaters will compete for a $60,000 prize package, including a new Phoenix 819 Pro bass boat with a 200-horsepower Mercury outboard and $10,000, while co-anglers will fish for a new 18-foot Phoenix bass boat with a 200-horsepower outboard.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American.

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American will be held Nov. 11-13 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina and is hosted by Visit Anderson. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners from each Phoenix Bass Fishing League division earn priority entry into the FLW Series, the pathway to the FLW Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour, where top pros compete with no entry fees.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

About FLW
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, FLW and its partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe.

FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show while Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. Acquired by Major League Fishing in late 2019, FLW is expanding its programming in 2020 to the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel as well as on-demand at MyOutdoorTV (MOTV).


Wheeler Reclaims Lead at Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament at Lake Chickamauga

DAYTON, Tenn. (June 25, 2020) – Major League Fishing (MLF) pro Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tennessee, caught a five-bass limit weighing 27 pounds, 12 ounces Thursday to reclaim his lead in the $1.3 million Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super-Tournament at Lake Chickamauga. Wheeler now holds a 4-pound, 13-ounce edge over his closest competitor, Jason Reyes of Huffman, Texas, heading into the fourth and final day of competition. The $1.3 million Super Tournament that featured 204 anglers competing from FLW and Major League Fishing (MLF) with a top prize of up to $160,000.

Although Wheeler’s weight on the scale was 27-12, he was credited with 25-12 after being assessed a 2-pound penalty for accidently making a cast with six fish in his livewell. After catching a 10-pound largemouth, Wheeler placed it into his livewell and quickly jumped up to make another cast. The problem was that Wheeler already had a five-bass limit. Wheeler made one cast before realizing his mistake, and did not catch a fish, but the Tennessee pro was assessed a 2-pound penalty and allowed to cull out his smallest fish.

“When you catch one that big, you get a little flustered,” Wheeler joked on the weigh-in stage. “I was so excited to make another cast. As soon as I fired it out there, I was like ‘Gosh, dang it. I’ve got six in my livewell.’ I immediately called (Tournament Director) Daniel Fennel and I knew I was getting a 2-pound penalty. I was so mad at myself for making that error, I used it to motivate myself to go out and catch even more than what I had.”

Other than the penalty, it was a near flawless day for Wheeler on the water Thursday as he caught the largest limit of the tournament. After spending the first two days of the tournament bouncing back and forth between shallow and deep water, Wheeler spent day three mainly offshore.

“It was an awesome day out there on the lake,” Wheeler said. “Yesterday I had 10 to 15 places shallow, but today I spent most of my time deep. I had some stuff in my back pocket that I was sort of saving, and I still have some stuff that I saved shallow where there should be some big ones.

“I’m going out tomorrow with the mindset that I’m going to have to catch a really big bag,” Wheeler said. “It’s so easy here for someone to catch a 10-pounder and put together a 30-pound limit, so I’ve got to catch another 20+ pounds. If I lose, I lose, and I leave it out on the water, but for me, my goal is to keep catching 20.”

The top 10 pros advancing to the final day of competition Friday on Lake Chickamauga are:

1st:       Jacob Wheeler of Harrison, Tenn., 15 bass, 72-6
2nd:      Jason Reyes of Huffman, Texas, 15 bass, 67-9
3rd:       Cole Floyd of Leesburg, Ohio, 15 bass, 62-3
4th:       Cody Meyer of Auburn, Calif., 15 bass, 57-1
5th:       Miles Burghoff of Soddy-Daisy, Tenn., 15 bass, 55-6
6th:       John Cox of DeBary, Fla., 15 bass, 55-1
7th:       Alex Davis of Albertville, Ala., 15 bass, 54-11
8th:       Joshua Weaver of Macon, Ga., 15 bass, 53-2
9th:       David Williams of Maiden, N.C., 15 bass, 51-15
10th:     Alton Jones of Lorena, Texas, 15 bass, 51-14

Finishing in 11th through 30th are:

            11th:     Dakota Ebare of Denham Springs, La., 15 bass, 51-10, $14,000
12th:     Spencer Shuffield of Hot Springs, Ark., 15 bass, 50-1, $14,000
13th:     Andy Morgan of Dayton, Tenn., 15 bass, 49-2, $14,000
14th:     Wade Strelic of Alpine, Calif., 15 bass, 48-14, $14,000
15th:     Mark Daniels Jr. of Tuskegee, Ala., 15 bass, 48-9, $14,000
16th:     Lendell Martin Jr. of Nacogdoches, Texas, 15 bass, 48-3, $14,000
17th:     Kerry Milner of Bono, Ark., 15 bass, 48-1, $14,000
18th:     Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wis., 15 bass, 47-11, $14,000
19th:     Jesse Wiggins of Logan, Ala., 15 bass, 46-14, $14,000
20th:     Fred Roumbanis of London, Ark., 15 bass, 46-10, $14,000
21st:     Matt Greenblatt of Port Saint Lucie, Fla., 15 bass, 46-8, $11,000
22nd:    Christopher Brasher of Longview, Texas, 15 bass, 46-7, $11,000
23rd:     Justin Atkins of Florence, Ala., 15 bass, 46-6, $11,000
24th:     Jason Meninger of Saint Augustine, Fla., 15 bass, 46-3, $11,000
25th:     Jonathan Canada of Helena, Ala., 15 bass, 46-1, $11,000
26th:     Barry Wilson of Birmingham, Ala., 15 bass, 45-15, $11,000
27th:     Kyle Cortiana of Coweta, Okla., 15 bass, 45-14, $11,000
28th:     Adrian Avena of Vineland, N.J., 15 bass, 45-9, $11,000
29th:     Michael Neal of Dayton, Tenn., 15 bass, 45-9, $11,000
30th:     Terry Scroggins of San Mateo, Fla., 15 bass, 45-5, $11,000

Full results for the entire field can be found at FLWFishing.com.

Overall there were 237 bass weighing 678 pounds, 3 ounces, caught by 50 pros Thursday. Of the final 50 pros, 44 of them were able to bring a five-bass limit to the scale.

The Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Chickamauga is hosted by Fish Dayton and the Rhea Economic & Tourism Council.

In Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Super Tournament competition, the full field of 204 pro anglers competed in the two-day opening round on Tuesday and Wednesday. The top 50 pros based on their two-day accumulated weight advanced to Thursday. Now only the top 10 pros will continue competition on Championship Friday, with the winner determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from the four days of competition.

FLW anglers are vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the Tackle Warehouse FLW TITLE presented by Toyota, the Pro Circuit championship. The 2020 Tackle Warehouse FLW TITLE presented by Toyota will be held on the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York, Aug. 24-29.

MLF pros competing in the Pro Circuit Super Tournaments will fish for prize money only. No points will be awarded toward any championship or title to MLF competitors. Only the original Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit anglers will compete for the AOY title throughout the remainder of the season. AOY points in the final events will be awarded based on Pro Circuit anglers finishing order. The top-finishing FLW pro will receive “first-place points” regardless of where he finishes in the overall standings, and so on.

The top 10 anglers will take off at 6:30 a.m. EDT Friday from Point Park at Dayton Boat Dock, located at 185 Chickamauga Drive, in Dayton. Friday’s Championship weigh-in will also be held at Dayton Boat Dock and will begin at 3 p.m. To minimize the spread of COVID-19, attendance is limited to competing anglers and essential staff only. Fans are encouraged to forgo the daily takeoffs and weigh-ins and follow the event online through the expanded “FLW Live” broadcasts and weigh-in coverage at FLWFishing.com.

Television coverage of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit at Lake Chickamauga will premiere at 7 p.m. EDT, Aug. 14 on the Outdoor Channel. Beginning July 3 and running through Dec. 27, FLW will air 312 hours of Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit action on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel. Episodes have been expanded to two hours long, allowing each show to go in-depth to break down the final rounds of regular-season competition. Each episode will premiere in Friday night primetime slots on the Outdoor Channel, with additional re-airings on the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel.

The popular FLW Live on-the-water broadcast has been expanded to air on all four days of competition, featuring live action from the boats of the tournament’s top pros each day. Host Travis Moran is joined by Toyota Series pro Todd Hollowell and MLF’s Marty Stone to break down the extended action Friday from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. On-the-water broadcasts will be live streamed on FLWFishing.com.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


FLW Set for Return to Competition with Toyota Series Tournament on Pickwick Lake

FLORENCE, Ala. (May 21, 2020) – FLW is set to return to tournament competition next week in Florence, Alabama, with the three-day Toyota Series event at Pickwick Lake, May 28-30. Hosted by Florence/Lauderdale Tourism, the event will feature a return to action for the region’s best bass-fishing pros and co-anglers.

The event will be the first FLW tournament held since the organization paused all competition in mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic. The tournament will be held under an abundance of caution, with limited attendance to anglers and essential tournament staff only. Fans are encouraged to forgo daily takeoffs and weigh-ins and follow the event online through “FLW Live” weigh-in broadcasts and coverage at FLWFishing.com.

“It’s definitely going to be an offshore deal, and it’s going to be a slugfest,” said Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit rookie Cole Floyd.

Floyd said that on Kentucky Lake, the fishing has been a little behind this year, but he thinks that only makes the timing better at Pickwick.

“I’ll usually start finding fish out on mid-range stuff now, or a week before now (mid-May),” said Floyd of the offshore bite. “It’s kind of behind here (at Kentucky Lake). We haven’t had a shad spawn yet, and usually it’s going on now. I’ve heard that it hasn’t quite happened yet there (at Pickwick), but I think this tournament will hit it right on the nail.”

For catching offshore fish, Floyd thinks that cranking will be clutch, as that’s usually one of the best early producers offshore on the Tennessee River. Other traditional ledge-fishing baits will work as well, including football jigs and other dragging baits. Swimbaits, hair jigs and fluke-style baits on Scrounger-style heads could also produce, and they have a history of success in the summer on Pickwick.

For the shallow-water stuff, Floyd said that big spinnerbaits can be very good around spawning shad. Big, shallow-running crankbaits may also be a good bet to catch the better-than-average largemouth that are shallow and gorging on big gizzard shad.

“I bet it’s going to be crazy. There will also be guys that catch them out of shallower stuff, too. They will be tough to beat if they find that stuff,” Floyd went on to say. “I bet the weights will be crazy. I’d say it’ll take high 60s to win over three days.”

Anglers will take off from McFarland Park, located at 200 Jim Spain Drive, in Florence at 6 a.m. CDT each day of competition. The weigh-ins will be broadcast at FLWFishing.com each day from McFarland Park, beginning at 2 p.m.

In Toyota Series regular-season competition, payouts are based on the number of participants competing in the event, scaling up for every 20 boats over 160 and scaling down for every boat below 160. With a 160-boat field, pros fish for a top prize of $40,000, plus an extra $35,000 if FLW PHOENIX BONUS qualified. Co-anglers cast for the top prize of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard (valued at $33,500). With a 260-boat field, pros fish for a top award of $65,000, plus an extra $35,000 if FLW PHOENIX BONUS qualified. Co-anglers cast for the top prize of a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard (valued at $33,500) plus $5,000 cash.

The Toyota Series consists of eight divisions – Central, Eastern, Northern, Plains, Southeastern, Southern, Southwestern and Western – each holding three regular-season events, along with the International division. Anglers who fish all three qualifiers in any of the eight divisions and finish in the top 25 will qualify for the no-entry-fee Toyota Series Championship for a shot at winning $235,000 cash, including a $35,000 FLW PHOENIX Bonus for qualified anglers. The winning co-angler at the championship earns a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard. The 2020 Toyota Series Championship will be held Dec. 3-5 on Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Kentucky, and is hosted by the Somerset Tourist & Convention Commission and the Burnside Tourism Commission.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Toyota Series on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Duckett Adds Insights About new FLW Super Tournaments

There’s always a silver lining.

As COVID-19 has forced a shutdown and restructuring of many
American industries, bass tournament organizations have followed suit.
FLW recently announced that it shortened the remaining regular
season schedule from four tournaments to three along with changes in
locations and dates.

Likewise, Major League Fishing has suffered schedule interruptions and
a shortened season. In an effort to give all pros under the MLFFLW
umbrella a chance to fish more, gain more exposure and make more
money, FLW has extended invites for Major League Fishing pros to
participate in the three remaining FLW events – billed as ‘Super
Tournaments’.

Only FLW Pro Circuit anglers will gain points toward their Angler of the
Year title and the championship but MLF anglers have a shot at the
money and will gain exposure for their sponsors.
While touring pros are forced to start all over with travel planning, etc.,
there are some serious perks. Prize purses have been increased.
Benefits are brewing for anglers and fans alike when competition
resumes June 23 rd on Lake Chickamauga.

As fans, we get to see FOUR days of live internet coverage on
FLWFishing.com now instead of the two days we were getting earlier
this year.

MLF owner/angler Boyd Duckett sees the positives, says he may jump
in and fish too.

“Being able to pick up these additional Super Tournaments, especially
with the additional money FLW’s putting into it, the first-place payout
went up some but that’s not the big deal. The big difference is through

the field - $10,000 to 100 th place, where it used to be $5,000, so if you
make the top 100 you get ten-grand. That’s solid.”

FLW has said that, based on a 200-angler field, first place will pay
$125,000 and contingency awards may swell the top prize to $160,000.
“We had a comparison that showed the previous FLW Pro Circuit
payout, next to this, and every single place is up substantially. It’s about
half-a-million more, per event, added to the payout. Half-a-million per
event. That’s a lot.”

While an infusion of money will be welcome, the addition of well-
known anglers will benefit everyone, especially young FLW pros who
will glow under the halo effect of competing against the sport’s top
names on television and other media platforms.

Duckett has high praise for the entire tournament industry. About
Bassmaster he said, “Phenomenal organization, great brand. I’m proud
of my years at B.A.S.S.,” as well he should be, having won the
Bassmaster Classic in Alabama to become the first angler to win a
Classic in his home state. He is also excited about the strength of
competition FLW will now offer viewers this summer. “Man, you put 30
or 40 of our guys in over there, it’ll be the biggest 5-fish-limit tour there
is.”

It’s uncertain as to how many MLF pros will fish FLW this year. One
high-profile angler told AnglersChannel.com that he will not participate
but knows several friends who are very excited about doing so. Duckett
is thinking of what could be, “Hey, I tell you, there’s a bunch of the guys
(MLF pros) who want to fish (FLW Pro Circuit) next year, just want to
fish two circuits like we did in the old days when we fished B.A.S.S. and
FLW – that’s how we did it in the old days.”

But even Duckett isn’t sure if the field will total 200 competitors this
summer. “I don’t know. It’s a great option that FLW has created for the
guys that can do it. I think most of the guys want to do it. A bunch of us
haven’t fished FLW or any 5-fish-limit tour in a while so it’s kind of
exciting to go back and fish it.”

Duckett is Co-Founder of MLF and, by extension, an owner of FLW after
the acquisition last year and, while he had an idea this might be
happening, he got the email with final details just a few days before the
deadline to commit, as did all the MLF anglers.

“This was not an MLF action. This was an FLW action. The FLW team
getting together and making it to where it was offered to Major League
Fishing guys, I thought, was cool as hell.”

So, what would motivate an MLF pro to jump in for a three-event run
on the FLW Pro Circuit? “Number one, you have the time,” noted
Duckett, “because this COVID year your season was shortened. Pro
anglers need to fish. That’s what they do for their sponsors and they
need to stay relevant every opportunity they get.

“Not only that, but I can tell you, for all the years I’ve fished, this is the
three highest-paid standard events I’ve ever fished.”

The Super Tournament Schedule:
June 23-26 – Lake Chickamauga in Dayton, Tenn.
July 29-Aug. 1 – Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wis.
Aug. 11-14 – Detroit River in Trenton, Mich.


FLW Announces Updated Dates and Locations for Free High School Fishing Minicamps

What:
FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today updated dates and locations for the three FREE High School Fishing minicamps, held in conjunction with three 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit events.

Traditionally a three-day summer camp held at Murray State University, FLW shifted the format to three single-day minicamps last month in response to the coronavirus pandemic and to allow more anglers, coaches and boat captains the opportunity to attend.

When/Where:

  • June 25                       Lake Chickamauga  

Dayton Boat Dock – Point Park, 185 Chickamauga Drive, Dayton, Tenn.

  • July 31                        Mississippi River (La Crosse)         

Veterans Freedom Park, 1 Clinton St., La Crosse, Wis.

  • Aug. 25                       St. Lawrence River

Massena Intake Boat Launch, 1415 State Hwy. 131, Massena, N.Y.

Notes:
Each camp will be held in conjunction with a Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit event and will provide valuable instruction from top pros and industry executives for students, coaches and boat captains.

Participants will check in on site and receive a free camp t-shirt, free product from participating sponsors and a free lakeside cookout. Campers will have time to practice their newfound skills with some fishing from the bank and will be invited to help mentor grade-school children during an FLW Foundation Unified Fishing Derby held at the same location. Each of the first two camps will conclude at the start of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit weigh-in with participating campers recognized on the popular FLW LIVE webcast. The third camp will be held at the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit TITLE championship with camp integrated into opening-day festivities. FLW is hosting these exciting new camps to help encourage high school anglers throughout the country to pursue their passion for fishing.

Registration for the minicamps is now open. To sign up for each camp, or for more information – including camp schedules – visit FLWFishing.com/camp.

For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Major League Fishing Returns June 7 to Kissimmee Chain: 2020 Bass Pro Tour Schedule Cut Short in Wake of COVID-19

May 8, 2020 (Tulsa, Okla.) Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today the return of the 2020 Bass Pro Tour on June 7-12 with Heavy Hitters featuring a $745,000 purse and the full field of 80 Pros. The 2020 Tour will conclude July 10-15 on Lake Champlain after five Stages. For the safety of all involved, fan events and gatherings are cancelled for the remainder of the season. This revised schedule permits MLF to deliver an additional 100+ hours of live-action sports as well as meet television production deadlines to fulfill sponsorship agreements despite the unprecedented season. On March 23rd following three successful Stages, MLF paused the Bass Pro Tour in an abundance of caution due to the coronavirus pandemic.

“After working with state, local, and Public Health officials, we feel we can return to the water for two final tournaments in 2020,” said Boyd Duckett, MLF Co-Founder and pro angler.  “Fishing is an inherently socially distant sport and while we will miss seeing our fans face-to-face, the Bass Pro Tour can deliver the drama of live-action sports to fans, while participating responsibly in a phased approach to help restart the economy.”

Heavy Hitters presented by Venmo will take place on Lake Tohopekaliga (Toho) and the Kissimmee Chain two weeks later than originally planned, June 7-12. No longer a mid-season qualifier, the event will feature all 80 MLF Pros in a traditional six-day, Bass Pro Tour format while still featuring an untraditional $745,000 purse and full-field payout. Heavy Hitters will serve as Stage Four toward the season-long Bass Pro Tour Points Championship, awarded to the angler with the most points at the conclusion of the season.

In addition to the traditional payout schedule based on finishing order, the biggest bass caught for each Group over the two-day Qualifying Rounds (June 7-10) will pay a $25,000 big bass bonus ($50,000 total). The Knockout Round on day five (June 11), will feature a $50,000 big bass bonus, while the Championship Round (June 12) will feature a $100,000 big bass bonus, on top of the Stage Title $100,000 prize.

In response to the shortened season, MLF revised the payout schedule for Heavy Hitters presented by Venmo to include all 80 anglers: 1st $100,000; 2nd $40,000; 3rd $15,000; 4th $13,000; 5th $12,000; 6th $11,000; 7th $10,000; 8th $9,000; 9th $8,000; 10th$7,000; 11th – 20th $6,000; 21st – 40th $5,000; 41st – 80th $4,000. Each competitor is guaranteed a $4,000 check.

“As an angler-driven league, we worked with the Pros to identify a schedule that preserves as many opportunities as possible for our guys to compete and receive a paycheck during this unprecedented time,” said Jim Wilburn, MLF President and CEO.  “Our media-centric format and exceptional production team enables us to create significant exposure for our field with over 550 hours of original programming via livestream, Discovery Channel, CBS, CBS Sports, and Sportsman Channel.”

As the economy begins to reopen in Florida, Experience Kissimmee looks forward to welcoming Major League Fishing to their community.

"We are thrilled to welcome back Major League Fishing to Kissimmee for another successful event," said Kissimmee Sports Executive Director John Poole. "While the destination is following the Florida governor's plan to reopen in phases, we are grateful to have the opportunity to provide both live and recorded television content for viewers across the country to continue experiencing Kissimmee from home."

The 2020 Bass Pro Tour will conclude with the Evinrude Stage Five presented by Covercraft July 10–15 on Lake Champlain hosted by Experience Vermont. The abbreviated five-stage Bass Pro Tour encompasses the race to qualify for the 2021 REDCREST Championship and win the overall 2020 points race. After the General Tire Stage Three presented by TrueTimber on Lake Fork, Ott DeFoe leads the field with 227 points, while reigning Champion Edwin Evers sits near the Elimination Line at 29thplace with 146 points.

“I’m glad that we’re able to return to fishing at this point,” said DeFoe. “Five stages are better than three and the fisheries that we have ahead of us are outstanding fisheries that will make for great contests. Despite being only five stages, this is a very diverse schedule and we will take what we can get in what has turned into an unprecedented season.”

“I’m excited to get back to fishing,” said Evers. “It’s in our blood and for me to have the National Anthem go off and get back in the boat and compete against the best guys in this race for a REDCREST qualifier will be fantastic. Over these last few weeks, this competition has been missing in my life!”

With the remainder of the 2020 season cut short due to the worldwide pandemic, MLF continues to work with 2020 host Bass Pro Tour hosts - Greater Raleigh Sports Alliance, the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau, and the City of Ogdensburg - for future events. As announced last month, Grand Lake O’ The Cherokees will serve as the competition waters for REDCREST 2021 hosted by Tulsa Sports Commission, February 23-27, 2021 with the inaugural REDCREST Outdoor Expo February 26-28, 2021.


FLW Revamps 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Schedule: Extends Invitation to Major League Fishing Pro Anglers

BENTON, Ky. (May 8, 2020) – FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today a revised 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit schedule, which will return June 23-26 on Lake Chickamauga. The regular season will conclude on the Detroit River, Aug. 11-14. The Tackle Warehouse TITLE, the FLW Pro Circuit Championship will remain on the St. Lawrence River, but will now take place Aug. 24-29. The 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit regular-season schedule has been shortened from seven events to six. After completing three events in the original 2020 schedule, FLW suspended the Pro Circuit on March 22 in an abundance of caution surrounding the coronavirus pandemic.

2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Updated Schedule:

  • June 23-26                  Lake Chickamauga   Dayton, Tenn.

Hosted by Fish Dayton and the Rhea Economic & Tourism Council

  • July 29- Aug. 1          Mississippi River       La Crosse, Wis.        

Hosted by the La Crosse County Convention & Visitors Bureau

  • Aug. 11-14                  Detroit River             Trenton, Mich.

Hosted by the Detroit Sports Commission

2020 Tackle Warehouse TITLE, the FLW Pro Circuit Championship:

  • Aug. 24-29                  St. Lawrence River   Massena, N.Y.          

Hosted by the Town of Massena

By its nature, the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit allows for social distancing as anglers compete in individual boats on thousands of acres of water. Fans are encouraged to watch the tournaments and daily weigh-ins online from their homes through expanded live on-the-water broadcasts rather than attend weigh-ins, in an effort to avoid crowds. FLW will livestream all four days, instead of only the final two days as previously done, and the on-the-water camera crew will also be expanded to help capture more of the action. The events will proceed with marshals unless COVID-19 mitigation guidance in the host community at the time of each event dictates otherwise.

“It’s an understatement to say that these are historic times in professional bass fishing, but that’s exactly what we’re dealing with – a situation our industry has never faced before,” said FLW Executive Vice President and General Manager Kathy Fennel. “We had no choice but to shift some of our previous host commitments to finish out the 2020 season, but we are confident that the revamped schedule will make for a very exciting conclusion to the season. We will return to Lake Hartwell, Cherokee Lake and Lake Dardanelle in the future.

The abbreviated season for both MLF and FLW enabled FLW to extend invitations to Major League Fishing’s (MLF) Pros for the three final events, which will grow the field and create “Super Tournaments.” All current Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit anglers will retain their spots on the roster, but the field size will be expanded to include any MLF pros who commit to compete in all three events.

“The major changes to the remainder of our season offered us the opportunity to create what will arguably be the most memorable bass fishing tournaments in history,” Fennel said. “FLW has extended an invitation to all MLF Pros to compete with us.

“As we discussed how FLW should emerge from the quarantine period, we realized that we could work together with MLF to give both organizations’ anglers more opportunities to earn money and represent their sponsors for the remainder of this season. We’re going to give fans an incredible show, with the best anglers in the world fishing for five-bass limits. FLW and MLF will come out of quarantine even stronger.”

As has been the case throughout the 2020 season leading up to the shelter-at-home orders that paused competitive fishing, numerous MLF pros had elected to fish other FLW tournaments. Jacob Wheeler, Jordan Lee, Marty Robinson and Michael Neal have all represented their sponsors at Toyota Series events earlier this year. The 2020 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit “Super Tournaments” will also offer the chance for fans to tune in and see major stars from MLF compete in the traditional five-bass format against FLW’s top pros. FLW has asked that MLF pros indicate their intent to fish by May 15, 2020.

Assuming a 200-boat field, the total purse in each tournament will expand from $820,000 to $1,279,000, for an increase of $1,377,000 over three events. The first-place prize will increase from $100,000 to $125,000, and FLW will pay out $10,000 through 100th place. Contingency prizes will also remain in effect, meaning qualified FLW PHOENIX BONUS pros fish for a top award of $160,000 in each tournament.

MLF pros who choose to compete in the final three Pro Circuit “Super Tournaments” will fish for prize money only. No points will be awarded toward any championship or title to MLF competitors. Only the original Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit anglers will compete for the Angler of the Year (AOY) title throughout the remainder of the season. AOY points in the final events will be awarded based on Pro Circuit anglers finishing order. The top-finishing FLW pro will receive “first-place points” regardless of where he finishes in the overall standings, and so on.

Qualification into the Tackle Warehouse TITLE, the FLW Pro Circuit Championship, is also open only to the original Pro Circuit field based on the anglers’ finishing order in the season-long, points standings. The TITLE remains a six-day, MLF-style catch-weigh-immediately-release tournament.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


Major League Fishing Cancels 2020 MLF College Faceoffs presented by Wiley X

May 7, 2020 (Tulsa, Okla.) Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today the cancellation of the 2020 MLF College Faceoffs presented by Wiley X in an effort to minimize risks associated with the coronavirus pandemic.

Originally announced in early March, the four-tournament series featuring the MLF-style catch-weigh-immediately-release format was set to feature 20 College Fishing teams that qualified through the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI circuit. MLF officials are hopeful that the Faceoff events will return in 2021.

“The health and safety of our anglers, staff and the communities that we visit will continue to be our No. 1 priority as we assess the ongoing health crisis related to the coronavirus,” said Todd Walker, MLF Vice President of Operations. “We remain hopeful that the Faceoffs will return in 2021 and will continue to look for unique opportunities that allow College Fishing anglers to experience the thrill of competing in MLF-style events.”

As previously announced, the 2020 College Fishing season is set to resume for anglers on May 29, 2020, with the Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Participation in the event is limited to only registered anglers and essential tournament staff, and fans are asked to follow the event online to minimize crowds.

Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI teams compete in regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. The top ten teams from each division’s regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual Abu Garcia College Fishing Open advance to the following year’s Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI National Championship.

For complete details and updated information on the MLF College Faceoffs, visit MajorLeagueFishing.com. For updated schedules, photos, tournament news and more, follow Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI at FLWFishing.com and on FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


FLW Extends Rescheduling Period, Announces Dates for 51 of 61 Postponed Tournaments

BENTON, Ky. (April 15, 2020) – FLW took swift action to help flatten the curve in the fight against COVID-19 on March 17 and began rescheduling tournaments through May 3. Today, the tournament organization announced that they are extending the rescheduling period through May 23. FLW is hopeful that conditions continue to improve nationwide and they can proceed with tournaments starting with the May 28-31 Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit stop on Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina.

After working closely with host locations and sponsors, FLW is pleased to announce new dates for 51 of the 61 tournaments postponed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The rescheduled tournaments are as follows:

Circuit                                               Event                                                Original Date     New Date

  • Abu Garcia College Fishing Open             Kentucky Lake                                                    March 17-18               Sept. 16-17
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Kentucky Lake                                                    March 21                     Aug. 22
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Eufaula (Formerly Grand Lake)                         March 21                     June 7
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Lake Ouachita                                                     March 21                     June 27
  • Toyota Series                                              Lake of the Ozarks                                             March 26-28               Oct. 8-10
  • Toyota Series                                              Wheeler Lake                                                      March 26-28               July 30 - Aug. 1
  • Abu Garcia College Fishing                       Fort Gibson Lake                                                March 27                     July 10
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Harris Chain of Lakes                                         March 28                     July 11
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Lake Eufaula (Formerly Lake Oconee)              March 28                     June 21
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Santee Cooper                                                     March 28                     June 20
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     South Holston                                                     March 28                     May 30
  • FLW High School Fishing                         Fort Gibson Lake                                                March 28                     July 11
  • Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit                    Cherokee                                                             April 2-5                     June 11-14
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Ferguson (Formerly Columbus Pool)                 April 4                         Aug. 22
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Lake O' the Pines                                                April 4                         June 13
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Lake Hartwell                                                     April 4                         Oct. 10
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     High Rocker (Formerly Lake Wylie)                  April 4                         June 14
  • Toyota Series                                              Fort Gibson Lake                                                April 8-10                   Sept. 2-4
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Barren River (Formerly Dale Hollow)               April 11                       June 7
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Neely Henry (Formerly Lake Mitchell)              April 11                       June 14
  • Toyota Series                                              Dale Hollow Lake                                               April 16-18                 Oct. 29-31
  • Toyota Series                                              Lake Seminole                                                    April 16-18                 Nov. 5-7
  • Abu Garcia College Fishing                       Smith Mountain Lake                                         April 17                       June 14
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Grenada Lake                                                      April 18                       TBA
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Kentucky / Barkley Lake                                    April 18                       Aug. 23
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Kerr Lake                                                            April 18                       July 11
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Norris Lake (Formerly Cherokee)                      April 18                       June 21
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Potomac River                                                    April 18                       Aug. 15
  • FLW High School Fishing                         Smith Mountain Lake                                         April 18                       June 13
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Lake of the Ozarks (Formerly Table Rock)       April 18                       Sept. 13
  • Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit                    Lake Hartwell                                                     April 23-26                 May 28-31
  • Abu Garcia College Fishing                       Lake Guntersville                                                April 24                       Sept. 4
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Arkansas River                                                   April 25                       June 28
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Center Hill Lake                                                 April 25                       TBA
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Kerr Lake                                                            April 25                       July 18
  • FLW High School Fishing                         Lake Guntersville                                                April 25                       Sept. 5
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Lake Monroe                                                      April 25                       June 28
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Mississippi River                                                April 25                       TBA
  • Toyota Series                                              California Delta                                                  April 30-May 2           Aug. 19-21
  • Bass Fishing League All-American            Lake Hartwell                                                     April 30-May 2           Nov. 11-13
  • Toyota Series                                              Lake Norman                                                      April 30-May 2           Oct. 1-3
  • Abu Garcia College Fishing                       California Delta                                                  May 2                          Aug. 21
  • FLW High School Fishing                         California Delta                                                  May 3                          TBA
  • Toyota Series                                              Neely Henry Lake                                               May 7-9                      Sept. 2-4
  • Toyota Series                                              Table Rock Lake                                                 May 7-9                      Nov. 5-7
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Lake Sinclair                                                       May 9                          TBA
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Norris Lake                                                         May 9                          June 20
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Percy Priest                                                         May 9                          TBA
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Pickwick Lake                                                    May 9                          TBA
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Potomac River                                                    May 9                          July 25
  • Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit                    Lake Dardanelle                                                  May 14-17                  July 23-26
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Grand Lake                                                         May 16                        TBA
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Kerr Lake                                                            May 16                        July 19
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Lake Cumberland                                                May 16                        TBA
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Lake Eufaula                                                       May 16                        TBA
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Truman (Formerly Lake of the Ozarks)             May 16                        Sept. 12
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Santee Cooper (Formerly Wateree)                    May 16                        June 21
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Lake Hartwell (Formerly Clarks Hill)                May 30                        Oct. 11
  • Phoenix Bass Fishing League                     Dardanelle                                                           July 11                        June 14
  • Toyota Series Championship                      Lake Cumberland                                                Nov. 5-7                      Dec. 3-5
  • Bass Fishing League Wild Card                 TBA                                                                    Nov. 13-14                  Nov. 20-21

FLW is working on new dates for the 10 remaining events and will announce them soon. Entries will roll over to the rescheduled events unless instructed otherwise. Balance due dates will also be adjusted in accordance with the new dates.

FLW will continue to do their part and encourages all of their dedicated members and fans to do the same by following Centers for Disease Control, federal, state and local guidelines to help prevent infection. Fishing, with special attention to social distancing guidelines, is still open in most states, so we encourage everyone to get out on the water and fish responsibly as time permits. Please visit the STATE COVID-19 UPDATES link on FLWFishing.com for the latest guidelines from your state fish and wildlife department.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.


MLF and FLW Make Latest Magazine Issue Available Free to All

BENTON, Ky. (April 15, 2020) – Major League Fishing (MLF) and FLW have come up with another solution for how anglers can continue to shelter in place safely while also scratching their fishing itch. To help everyone weather the COVID-19 pandemic at home, the organizations are offering the current April/May 2020 issue of Bass Fishing magazine for FREE to everyone – subscriber or not – in digital form at FLWFishing.com/emagazine.

Here’s a summary of what’s inside:

Features

  • A Tribute to Bass Fishing’s Greatest Gentleman – Bass fishing legend Hank Parker pays tribute to one of his good friends and mentors, the late Forrest L. Wood, who passed away in January at age 87. Parker’s stories and memories shine some light on why Forrest was bass fishing’s greatest gentleman.
  • Treble Trouble – Not many anglers are willing to sling treble hook baits into the tight confines of docks, cypress trees and other snaggy cover … which is exactly why MLF and FLW pros Wesley Strader, James Watson and Nick LeBrun do just that. Using crankbaits, Whopper Ploppers and the like, they’re able to catch unpressured fish that many other anglers miss.
  • 8 Tidal Strategies from the Locals – Pros Bradley Dortch and Wayne Vaughan have spent decades mastering tidal river fishing in their respective backyards. We picked their brains to find eight keys to continued success on tidal fisheries no matter the season or scenario.
  • From Competition Bass to Combating Carp – For former Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI angler Lance Freeman, the fight against invasive Asian carp on Kentucky Lake and Lake Barkley is personal. He grew up on the sister lakes, which is why he’s traded his bass boat for a commercial fishing boat and is helping to eradicate the nuisance fish one netload at a time.
  • Finding Gold in Freshwater Springs – Exploring freshwater springs that flow into lakes, rivers and reservoirs around the country is in some ways the new frontier of bass fishing. It’s also a heavily guarded secret among professional anglers. We got the scoop on how to find and fish them from any pros that were willing to talk.

Columns

  • Balog on Bass Fishing – Industry veteran Joe Balog details the unique “fish-them-all” approach of FLW road warrior Dakota Ebare, whose strategy for developing his fishing skills is to compete in as many major tournaments as possible.
  • Newell’s Notes – You ever wonder how a professional bass angler keeps all those rods organized on the front deck? Rob Newell did. He spends this issue’s column dishing on the obsessiveness of fishing rod organization and how it factors into some MLF pros’ fishing styles.
  • Conservation – Habitat is everything when it comes to the health of our fish and wildlife species, but it’s also key to finding and catching more bass. Tournament angler and former fisheries biologist TJ Maglio offers a guide to evaluating bass habitat with the goal of catching more fish.
  • Tactical Bassin’ – While sight-fishing is fun, it’s not the only way to catch a giant bass around the spawn. Big-bass experts Tim Little and Matt Allen reveal some of their favorite “no-see” strategies for capitalizing on what they think is the best season for catching a new personal best.

And More …

  • Tim Frederick shares a cool customized (and formerly secret) topwater bait that crushes giant bass in Florida.
  • Q&A: Wunderkind Jordan Lee answers questions about just how in the heck he got so good so fast.
  • Step-by-step: How Bradley Dortch makes his buzzbait squeak even louder (that’s a good thing).
  • Winning tactics from all MLF and FLW’s springtime events.
  • Product review: 13 Fishing Trash Panda Poppin’ Frog.
  • Associate Editor Justin Onslow attempts to translate some of FLW class clown Darold Gleason’s one-liners, which Onslow dubbed “Gleasonisms.”

The free magazine can be found online at FLWFishing.com/emagazine.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow FLW’s social media outlets at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

About FLW
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, FLW and its partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe.

FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show while Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. Acquired by Major League Fishing in late 2019, FLW is expanding its programming in 2020 to the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel as well as on-demand at MyOutdoorTV (MOTV).

 


FLW Announces 2020 FLW Tour Schedule