FLW Outdoors announces 2006 Wal-Mart BFL All-American schedule of events

WAL-MART BFL All-American July 6-8, 2006: Hartford, Conn. Presented by Chevy Competition Waters: • Connecticut River Local Hosts: • Riverfront Recapture Inc. 1 Hartford Square West, Suite 100 Hartford, CT 06106 Phone: 860-713-3131 • Greater Hartford Convention and Visitors Bureau 31 Pratt Street, 4th floor Hartford, CT 06103 Phone: 860-728-6789 • Capital City Economic Development Authority 50 Columbus Blvd Hartford, CT 06106 Phone: 860-527-0100 Purse: • $1 Million Total • Boater Division (Pays all 48 spots) 1st place - $140,000 2nd place - $50,000 3rd place - $32,000 4th place - $29,000 5th place - $26,000 Big Bass - $1,000 (awarded to boater with largest bass of the tournament) • Co-angler Division (Pays all 48 spots) 1st place - $70,000 2nd place - $21,500 3rd place - $12,000 4th place - $10,500 5th place - $9,000 Big Bass - $1,000 (awarded to co-angler with largest bass of the tournament) Format: • Practice Day - Wednesday, July 5 Competitors in both divisions practice on the Connecticut River • Opening Round - Thursday and Friday, July 6-7 Full field of 48 boaters and 48 co-anglers compete Winning co-angler determined by the heaviest two-day catch • Final Round - Saturday, July 8 The top 10 boaters are paired with camera crews and continue competition Weights carry over from the opening round, with the winner determined by the heaviest three-day weight Key Rules: • Each angler may weigh-in five bass per day • Only largemouth, smallmouth and spotted bass may be weighed • Only artificial lures are permitted • Bass must be kept alive. Anglers are assessed an 8-ounce penalty for each bass brought to the weigh-in not alive (FLW Outdoors historically maintains a live release rate of 98 percent) • Anglers who are late for the official check-in are assessed a 1 pound per minute penalty. Anglers more than 15 minutes late lose credit for that day's weight Registration Time and Location: • Tuesday, July 4 - 4 to 5 p.m. Connecticut Convention Center 100 Columbus Blvd Hartford, CT 06106 Phone: 860-249-6000 Schedule of events: • Wednesday, July 5 - Practice day: 7 a.m. - Takeoff at Charter Oak Landing, Reserve Road, Downtown Hartford 3:30 p.m. - Practice weigh-in at Connecticut Convention Center, Exhibit Halls A & B • Thursday, July 6 - Free Berkley PowerBait* 7 a.m. - Takeoff at Charter Oak Landing, Reserve Road, Downtown Hartford 2 p.m. - Outdoor show opens at Connecticut Convention Center, Exhibit Halls A & B 4 p.m. - Weigh-in at Connecticut Convention Center, Exhibit Halls A & B 6 p.m. - Outdoor show closes at Connecticut Convention Center 6 to 8 p.m. - Chevy Pro Night at Gengras Chevrolet • Friday, July 7 - Free Stren fishing line* 7 a.m. - Takeoff at Charter Oak Landing, Reserve Road, Downtown Hartford 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Oak Hill Youth Fishing Derby at Great River Park in East Hartford 2 p.m. - Outdoor show opens at Connecticut Convention Center, Exhibit Halls A & B 3 p.m. - Oak Hill Youth Fishing Derby winners recognized on stage at Connecticut Convention Center, Exhibit Halls A & B 4 p.m. - Weigh-in at Connecticut Convention Center, Exhibit Halls A & B (Field cut to top 10 boaters. Co-angler competition concludes) 6 p.m. - Outdoor show closes at Connecticut Convention Center • Saturday, July 8 - Free rods and reels and FujiFilm cameras*: Ranger 175VS bass boat powered by a 115-horsepower Yamaha giveaway** 7 a.m. - Takeoff at Charter Oak Landing, Reserve Road, Downtown Hartford 8:30 a.m. - New England Paralyzed Veterans of America takeoff at Charter Oak Landing, Reserve Road, Downtown Hartford 11 a.m. - Outdoor show opens at Connecticut Convention Center, Exhibit Halls A & B 2 p.m. - New England Paralyzed Veterans of America weigh-in at Connecticut Convention Center, Exhibit Halls A & B 4 p.m. - Final weigh-in at Connecticut Convention Center, Exhibit Halls A & B 6 p.m. - Outdoor show closes at Connecticut Convention Center 6:30 p.m. - Victory dinner compliments of Ranger Boats at Marriott Hartford Downtown * Daily giveaways for children 12 and under accompanied by an adult, while supplies last. ** Must be present to win. Entry forms available daily at the outdoor show. Related links: 2006 Wal-Mart BFL All-American boater field highlighted 2006 Wal-Mart BFL All-American co-angler field highlighted

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5 Pros to Watch at Beaver Lake

The halfway point for the 2015 Walmart FLW Tour season is fast approaching as the Tour makes its annual trek to Beaver Lake. The third stop on the schedule is important because it reveals the real contenders in the Angler of the Year race as well as provides a better idea of who will be in contention to punch their tickets to the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita this August. READ MORE »

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Spawn Looming at Beaver Lake

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The Spawn is on at Grand Lake

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High-Water Rayburn

When the Rayovac FLW Series hits Sam Rayburn April 9-11 for the second stop of the Texas Division, the story won’t be solely based on the giants that the lake is known for – it will also be about the extremely high water level. For the first time in years, Rayburn is topping her banks in a big way. Currently, the lake is about 5 feet above full pool, which is even more remarkable when you consider that the lake has been well below full pool most of the last few years. READ MORE »

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5 Pros to Watch at Lewis Smith

The second stop of the Walmart FLW Tour season rolls to Lewis Smith Lake – or “Smith” as most refer to it – which is located in northern Alabama. It offers a stark contrast to the first event held on Toho, as the fishery is a clear, deep impoundment with little grass to speak of. Traditionally spotted bass have dominated this tournament due to their abundance and better average size. That will likely be the case again this week, however, largemouth may surprise some people since water temperatures are prime for them to swarm the bank. Smith Lake is often overshadowed by its neighboring lakes of Guntersville and Wheeler but has pumped out several world-class spotted bass over the years. In fact, back in the 1970s and 1980s several world record spots were produced in Smith, and the current 8-pound, 15-ounce Alabama state record was caught from here. READ MORE »

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Lewis Smith: 4 Factors to Consider

The Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Evinrude on Lewis Smith Lake will give the 154 pros in the field the first multi-species test of the season. Though the pros who made the top 10 at the opener on Lake Toho showcased a wide variety of techniques, everyone was looking for largemouth. READ MORE »

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Spotted Bass Reign Supreme at Smith

When the Walmart FLW Tour visited Alabama’s Lewis Smith Lake in March 2013, Brent Ehrler dominated wire-to-wire by amassing a hefty 60 pound, 9 ounces over four days and besting runner-up Jacob Powroznik by more than 7 pounds. Catching 60 pounds over four days is a pretty stout performance on most bodies of water, but the fact that Ehrler was targeting spotted bass more or less exclusively makes it truly special. In general, spotted bass are a whole lot of fun to catch, but usually don’t grow shoulders thick enough to produce tournament stringers that can rival their cousins, largemouth bass. READ MORE »

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Last Time at Lewis Smith

It’s been two seasons since the Walmart FLW Tour visited Lewis Smith Lake in Jasper, Ala. Now that the Tour has rolled back into town for the start of official practice on “Smith,” as most pros prefer to call this deep, clear reservoir, there’s an important change that could have a real impact on the tournament’s outcome: The umbrella rig is no longer allowed in Tour competition. Last time, a number of top pros relied on the multi-lure rig for the bulk of their catches, and winner Brent Ehrler caught a key kicker with one on the final day. This year’s event will be held a couple of weeks later in the month, which could mean the fish will be a little farther along in their prespawn-to-spawn transition and shallower patterns could be in play (possibly bed-fishing among them; see 2008: Spawners and Spots below). Still, the 2013 event is the best, most current preview of what we can expect to see this week, so we dug a little deeper into the most productive patterns from the last bout on Smith. READ MORE »

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College Open will be a Record-Setter

When the first FLW College Fishing Open tournament gets underway out of Moor’s Resort on Kentucky Lake Friday morning, it will make history as the largest college event ever staged. Typically, college tournaments are staged as divisional events where only teams from a particular geographical region can participate, but the Open marks the first time any eligible college team can compete. The response to the new format has been overwhelming. According to FLW College Fishing Tournament Director Kevin Hunt, 184 teams representing colleges and universities from coast to coast are entered (as of this morning), and more might be en route. Teams have until Thursday evening at 6 to register at the rules meeting. READ MORE »

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Guntersville Setting Up to be a Slugfest

With the water warming rapidly from the 40s, that side of the big-bass equation seems to be taken care of. However, grass content and water clarity are other matters. Known as a grass lake, Guntersville was obviously grassy until quite recently. READ MORE »

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Toho: 5 Factors to Consider

The Walmart FLW Tour event presented by Mercury on Lake Toho will give the 154 pros in the field a taste of a lake that is relatively unfamiliar compared to places like Lake Chickamauga or homey Okeechobee, where the Tour has made recent or frequent stops. Naturally, many factors will affect the outcome. We singled out five factors that we believe will have the greatest impact on anyone who fishes the Kissimmee Chain this week, from veterans such as Andy Morgan and Cody Meyer to rookies such as William Kemp and Braxton Setzer. READ MORE »

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Toho’s Mojo

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5 to Watch at Toho

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2014 Rayovac Championship Preview

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The Tennessee River grand finale begins

By this time of the season, reality has set in on the Walmart FLW Tour. The 167 pros still in the chase know the score: Most of them will be fishing for checks at Pickwick this weekend and at Kentucky Lake June 26-29. Only a handful will be fishing for a ticket to the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray in August. Of this latter group, some already have a fairly good idea that their future travel plans include a summer trip to Columbia, S.C. Several more on the cusp will be disappointed, and a few will be happy. One of them might be the guy the confetti gets dumped on at the final weigh-in of the Forrest Wood Cup. READ MORE »

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