UPCOMING EVENT: TACKLE WAREHOUSE PRO CIRCUIT - 2020 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir

2019 BFL Tournament Formats


Qualifying Events Format

24 Divisions

• 4 one-day qualifiers per division

• 1 two-day super tournament per division

• Fish as many divisions as you like, or fish close to home

 

Angler of the Year and Co-angler of the Year Awards

• $1,000 Angler of the Year in each division

• $500 Co-angler of the Year in each division

 

Qualify for Regional Championships plus the All-American and FLW Series Championship

• Top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners from each division advance to Regional Championships

• Enter all five events in a division, fish at least two and automatically advance to the Wild Card Regional if you don’t qualify for a Regional Championship 

• Top six boaters and co-anglers from each Regional Championship and the Wild Card Regional advance to the All-American 

• Highest-finishing boater and co-angler from each Regional Championship and the Wild Card Regional at the All-American advance to the FLW Series Championship – you only have to beat five anglers to advance

 

Earn FLW Series Entry Priority – Your Pathway to the FLW Pro Circuit and ultimately the MLF Bass Pro Tour

• Top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners from each division earn priority entry into the FLW Series

 

96 Qualifying Tournaments

• $6,000 top boater award

• $3,000 top co-angler award

• Lucrative contingency bonuses, visit FLWFishing.com for details

• Saturday tournaments

• Winners determined by heaviest one-day catch

• 20 percent of field earns a check

• Every angler receives points

• FLW Live weigh-in coverage

• NEW lower entry fees: $200 boaters & $100 co-anglers

 

24 Super Tournaments

• $9,000 top boater award

• $4,500 top co-angler award

• Lucrative contingency bonuses, visit FLWFishing.com for details

• Saturday and Sunday tournaments: full field Saturday, top 20 percent Sunday

• Winners determined by heaviest two-day catch

• 20 percent of field earns a check

• Every angler receives points

• FLW Live weigh-in coverage

• NEW lower entry fees: $300 boaters & $150 co-anglers

 

6 Regional Championships

• $60,000 top boater award, including a premium 18-foot bass boat with 200 HP outboard and $10,000

• $50,000 top co-angler award, including a premium 18-foot bass boat with a 200 HP outboard 

• Top six boaters and co-anglers advance to the All-American 

• Lucrative contingency bonuses, visit FLWFishing.com for details

• Top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus tournament winners from each of four divisions qualify for each Regional 

• Thursday, Friday and Saturday tournaments (unless otherwise noted): full field Thursday and Friday, top 12 Saturday

• Winners determined by heaviest three-day catch

• Top 24 boaters and co-anglers earn checks

• FLW Live weigh-in coverage

• No entry fees

 

1 Wild Card Regional

• Top six boaters and co-anglers advance to the All-American 

• Anglers who enter all five events within a division and fish at least two but do not advance to a Regional Championship qualify

• Friday and Saturday tournament, full field both days

• Winners determined by heaviest two-day catch

• Optional pot available

• FLW Live weigh-in coverage

• No entry fees

 

T-H Marine BFL All-American

• $100,000 top boater award

• $50,000 top co-angler award

• Highest-finishing boater and co-angler from each Regional Championship (including the Wild Card) at the All-American advance to the FLW Series Championship for a shot at winning $200,000 – Beat five anglers from your regional and advance to a third no-entry-fee championship for a shot at one of the sport’s biggest paydays

• Every boater earns at least $1,500, and every co-angler earns at least $750

• Lucrative contingency bonuses, visit FLWFishing.com for details

• Top six boaters and co-anglers from six Regional Championships and the Wild Card Regional qualify

• Wednesday practice. Thursday, Friday and Saturday tournament: full field Thursday and Friday, top 10 Saturday

• Winners determined by the heaviest three-day catch

• FLW Live weigh-in coverage

• Nationally televised on World Fishing Network

• No entry fees

 

FLW Series Championship

• NEW $200,000 top boater/pro award

• $30,000 top co-angler award, including a premium 17-foot bass boat with 115 HP outboard

• Lucrative contingency bonuses, visit FLWFishing.com for details

• Highest-finishing boater and co-angler from each Regional Championship and the Wild Card Regional at the All-American qualify

• Thursday, Friday and Saturday tournament: full field Thursday and Friday, top 10 Saturday

• Winners determined by the heaviest three-day catch

• FLW Live weigh-in coverage

• Nationally televised on World Fishing Network

• No entry fees

Daniel Fennel to Direct Pro Circuit

Daniel Fennel to Direct Pro Circuit

At the registration meeting for this week’s Pro Circuit season opener at Sam Rayburn Reservoir, FLW announced that Daniel had been promoted to senior director of tournament operations for the Pro Circuit, FLW Series and Phoenix Bass Fishing League, with responsibilities to include directing the Pro Circuit. Bill Taylor, who served as tournament director for the FLW Tour from 2001 through 2019, has been promoted to senior director of operations, where he’ll lend his expertise acquired through more than two decades as a tournament director toward logistics, angler relations and event planning for all FLW circuits. READ MORE »

2020 Pro Circuit Predictions

2020 Pro Circuit Predictions

The Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit is at Sam Rayburn Reservoir in Brookeland, Texas, this week to kick off what promises to be another great season of professional bass fishing for FLW. In anticipation of great things to come during the inaugural Pro Circuit season, a few FLW staff members and one Pro Circuit pro decided to play pundit and make a few predictions.  READ MORE »

John Cox Making Most of Opportunities

John Cox Making Most of Opportunities

In addition to finishing second in the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit standings last season, John Cox finished runner-up in the Bassmaster Central Open standings and fourth in the Eastern Open standings, qualifying him to fish the Pro Circuit and Bassmaster Elite Series this year. While many pros were faced with some either-or decisions this offseason, Cox chose both – fishing the Pro Circuit and Elite Series – and he’s not even a bit nervous about doing both. READ MORE »

Tackle Warehouse Teams with FLW

Tackle Warehouse Teams with FLW

FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that it has reached a sponsorship agreement with Tackle Warehouse, the sport’s leading online retailer that offers the guaranteed lowest prices on bass fishing tackle from every top brand. Effective immediately, Tackle Warehouse becomes the official tackle retailer of FLW and assumes title sponsorship of the FLW Pro Circuit, professional bass fishing’s premier five-fish-limit tournament series. READ MORE »

Rookie Profile: Laramy Strickland

Rookie Profile: Laramy Strickland

Being a rookie on the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit can be daunting no matter what age you are. This year, there are 28 newcomers eager to prove themselves against some of the best in the game. And while the bulk of them have been chasing the dream for a while, 22-year-old Laramy Strickland of Bushnell, Fla., will be one of the younger pros looking to make a name in the industry. READ MORE »

How to Prep Like a Pro

How to Prep Like a Pro

When it comes to getting ready for a season of tournaments, there are plenty of ways to do it. But, there’s no denying that for most people, being prepared will lead to better performance on the water. READ MORE »

Previewing the 2020 Pro Circuit

Previewing the 2020 Pro Circuit

With the kickoff of the 2020 FLW Pro Circuit coming up January 23 on Sam Rayburn, we've put together previews of every stop of the regular season. Below you'll find an overload of information on the fisheries, prospective patterns and anglers to watch throughout every minute of the season.  READ MORE »

Silver Carp Found In Chickamauga

Silver Carp Found In Chickamauga

The Tennessee Wildlife Resources received a report on Jan. 10 that a silver carp was captured on Chickamauga Lake in October. READ MORE »

The Importance of Having a Mentor

The Importance of Having a Mentor

If you want a chance to have a pro as your personal coach and mentor for 2020, keep reading. READ MORE »

Florida Spawn: Key on Bottom Hardness

Florida Spawn: Key on Bottom Hardness

According to FLW Pro Circuit angler Tim Frederick, who’s lived in Florida since he was 4 years old, one of the most important factors for successfully locating both spawning and staging bass in the coming weeks is bottom hardness. In most situations, the harder the bottom the better, but there’s more to it than that. READ MORE »

Check-In Time: Matt Becker

Check-In Time: Matt Becker

From time to time, FLW checks in with its anglers to find out what they’ve been up to, what they’re listening to, who they’re following and where they’re heading while out on the tournament trail. This week, we caught up with Matt Becker.  READ MORE »

FLW Series Championship Returns to Cumberland

FLW Series Championship Returns to Cumberland

FLW (Fishing League Worldwide), in conjunction with the Somerset Tourist & Convention Commission and the Burnside Tourism Commission, announced today that the 2020 FLW Series Championship will be held at Lake Cumberland in Burnside and Somerset, Kentucky, Nov. 5-7, 2020. READ MORE »

FLW PHOENIX BONUS Announced for 2020

FLW PHOENIX BONUS Announced for 2020

Phoenix Boats has announced the creation and details of the brand new FLW PHOENIX BONUS for the 2020 FLW tournament season. READ MORE »

The Top 19 Stories of 2019

The Top 19 Stories of 2019

From the beginning, 2019 was a good year of fishing. The FLW Tour got off to a rollicking start on Sam Rayburn, and it really stayed pretty great from there, with a lot of good fishing and a killer Angler of the Year race. Beyond the Tour, all the other circuits had plenty of highlights, too. We saw impressive feats accomplished at all levels and some very exciting individual events. READ MORE »

The Top 50 Stories of the Decade - Part 2

The Top 50 Stories of the Decade - Part 2

From start to finish, the last decade was a wild ride for fishing. The top stories are amazingly diverse, with huge business changes, some incredible tournament feats, and entirely new techniques and lures taking center stage. READ MORE »

Rapala Varsity Bass Ep. 6 Airs Tuesday

Rapala Varsity Bass Ep. 6 Airs Tuesday

Join FLW for a watch party for the premiere of Episode 6 of Rapala Varsity Bass presented by General Tire. The episode will air Tuesday, Dec. 31 at 2 p.m. CT. READ MORE »

The Top 50 Stories of the Decade

The Top 50 Stories of the Decade

From start to finish, the last decade was a wild ride for fishing. The top stories are amazingly diverse, with huge business changes, some incredible tournament feats, and entirely new techniques and lures taking center stage. READ MORE »

Reese’s Lake Baccarac Adventure

Reese’s Lake Baccarac Adventure

With a home base of Clear Lake in California, FLW Pro Circuit pro Jimmy Reese is pretty used to phenomenal fishing. But, until Thanksgiving, he’d never sampled the bass fishing in Mexico. Now he has, thanks to a Gary Yamamoto Custom Baits trip to Lake Baccarac Lodge that turned into the trip of a lifetime and produced some truly outstanding fishing. READ MORE »

Woolcott Ready for Year-Two Rebound

Woolcott Ready for Year-Two Rebound

When Tyler Woolcott headed out on Sam Rayburn in January 2019 for his first day of competition as an FLW Tour pro, he took off sandwiched between Brad Knight and Bryan Thrift, two pros starting their 11th and 13th seasons at the front of the boat. In stark contrast, Woolcott was beginning his pro career without having fished as a boater at any level of FLW competition. READ MORE »

Running Ditches for Winter Bass

Running Ditches for Winter Bass

There are a lot of excuses to not go fishing this time of year. Though, if you like catching bass and avoiding the crowds, you should definitely consider keeping the boat hooked up to your truck instead of the 4-wheeler. READ MORE »