UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Lake Wylie

2020 FLW Pro Circuit Rules

2020 FLW Pro Circuit Rules

MLFLW, LLC, (DBA “FLW”) expects strict adherence to the following rules by all pros. FLW recommends the use of livewell additives like T-H Marine G-Juice to help promote the healthy release of bass. In the event of an emergency, please call 911 first and then notify the tournament director. The tournament director should be notified as soon as possible prior to weigh-in if you use a mobile communication device for any purpose other than GPS, mapping, weather, power generation, barge traffic updates, tidal charts, personal fishing notes and related data as outlined in rule 11. Except where noted, the following rules apply to FLW Pro Circuit qualifying tournaments. Supplemental rules will be provided to pros competing in the FLW TITLE Championship, which will follow the MLF catch, weigh and immediate release format. 

 

2020 FLW Pro Circuit Rules:

1. INTERPRETATION & ENFORCEMENT • Interpretation and enforcement of these rules will be left exclusively to FLW. Decisions of the tournament director are final in all matters and are not subject to appeal. Each pro agrees to report any rule violation to the tournament director immediately upon discovery of the violation. Failure to report violations may be cause for disqualification. The violation of a tournament rule may result in, but is not limited to, weight loss, the loss of weight up to a particular time in the tournament day, the loss of weight for the entire day, the loss of the heaviest one-day catch, the loss of the heaviest bass for the day, disqualification from the entire tournament, a fine of not less than $300 nor more than $5,000 or ineligibility to participate in future FLW tournaments. Protests and/or alleged rule violations are to be documented in writing by the witness within 30 minutes of the check-in time of the final flight of each tournament day. FLW reserves the right to consider rule violations reported or discovered after a tournament has ended and assess penalties for future events, including denying entry to compete. 

2. PAYBACK & PARTICIPATION • Payback is based on the number of paid entries. Participation is open only to members of FLW who are 18 years of age or older and have qualified or otherwise received an invitation to compete. Any person’s participation in any tournament is at the sole discretion of FLW officials. Any pro who, in the judgment of the tournament director, is disabled or handicapped in such a manner as to compromise his or her safety or the safety of his or her marshal, other competitors or the boating public may not be eligible to participate. All pros must have a valid fishing license for the waters they fish. Random checks will be conducted at each tournament. Failure to provide proof of a valid fishing license within a reasonable amount of time when requested by the tournament director will result in disqualification for that day and any preceding days in which the license was required for the tournament. 

The 2020 FLW Pro Circuit entry fee is $40,000 for the season with payments due as follows:

December 2, 2019: $6,000 deposit due to secure entry

January 6, 2020: $6,800 installment due

February 3, 2020: $6,800 installment due

March 2, 2020: $6,800 installment due

April 6, 2020: $6,800 installment due

• May 4, 2020: $6,800 final installment due

Pros are expected to fish all seven qualifying tournaments. A pro may be permitted to miss a tournament for proper cause with prior approval from the tournament director. Missing a tournament without prior approval will result in ineligibility to participate in future FLW Pro Circuit tournaments. PAYMENTS ARE NONTRANSFERABLE AND NONREFUNDABLE.Payments not received by the installment deadline listed above may result in ineligibility to participate in future FLW Pro Circuit tournaments. 

3. POINT STANDINGS & FLW TITLE CHAMPIONSHIP ADVANCEMENT • 200 points are awarded to the winner of each qualifying tournament, 199 to 2nd, 198 to 3rd, etc. All pros who receive weight credit receive points. The top pro from the point standings after the seven qualifying tournaments (ties resolved by total weight, then total number of fish, then total number of live fish) wins the FLW Pro Circuit Angler of the Year title. The top 50 pros from the point standings after the seven qualifying tournaments (ties resolved by total weight, then total number of fish, then total number of live fish) qualify for the 2020 FLW TITLE Championship. 

4. PURCHASING OF INFORMATION • The purchasing of, or bartering for, information about locating or catching fish on tournament waters, including but not limited to GPS waypoints (other than through commercially available sources) and the hiring of fishing guide services is not permitted after December 20, 2019. The sharing of tournament winnings with noncontestants in exchange for information about locating or catching fish on tournament waters is strictly prohibited and will be cause for disqualification from the entire tournament. The purchasing of, or bartering for, fishing locations from another pro is strictly prohibited and will be cause for both pros to be disqualified from the entire tournament. Marshals are noncontestants. 

5. RESTRICTED ACCESS • Thirty (30) days prior to the first practice day until the start of the off-limits, pros are only permitted on tournament waters alone or accompanied by another pro in the tournament, a member of their immediate family (mother, mother-in-law father, father-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, son, son-in-law, daughter, daughter-in-law, grandparent, grandchild or spouse), approved domestic partner, approved sponsor representatives, approved youth age 18 or younger, or approved media representatives. Under no circumstance may a person accompanying a pro on tournament waters fish or assist with locating fish. With prior approval from the tournament director, pros may participate as pros/boaters in FLW, Major League Fishing and other pro/am tournaments featuring random partner draws during this period. With prior approval from the tournament director, pros may also serve as boat captains in High School Fishing tournaments during this period. Starting 30 days prior to the first practice day pros may not follow a noncontestant or receive on-the-water instruction from a noncontestant. A list of pros confirmed in the FLW Pro Circuit will be posted at FLWFishing.com. 

Tournament - Restricted Access Begins

Sam Rayburn - Dec. 20, 2019

Harris Chain - Jan. 17, 2020

Martin - Feb. 14, 2020

Cherokee - Feb. 28, 2020

Hartwell - Mar. 20, 2020

Dardanelle - Apr. 10, 2020

Detroit River - May 24, 2020

St. Lawrence River – FLW TITLE Championship - Jul. 5, 2020 

6. OFF-LIMITS, PRACTICE & COMPETITION • Tournament waters will go off-limits to pros 13 days prior to the first practice day in all tournaments. Pros may not enter tournament waters to fish, test equipment, sightsee, or for any reason without FLW permission during the off-limits period. During the off-limits period, practice and competition days, pros may not solicit and/or receive information about locating or catching fish on tournament waters from anyone except pros confirmed in the tournament and through publicly available sources (quasi-public websites, blogs and/or social media pages, including but not limited to Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Periscope, set up for the specific purpose of sharing information with individuals or a small group of individuals are NOT publicly available sources). Beginning with practice and extending through competition, pros may not place brush or other physical fish attractors, including chum of any kind, in tournament waters. Beginning with practice and extending through competition, pros may not obtain information about locating or catching fish on tournament waters from noncontestants or follow a noncontestant’s boat or participate in the placing of markers, brush or other fish attractors by noncontestants or the practice of “hole sitting” by anyone. Pros eliminated after each round of competition are considered noncontestants. Pros in the top-30 cut after the close of weigh-in on day 2 may not solicit or receive information about locating or catching fish on tournament waters from anyone except other top-30 pros. Pros in the top-10 cut after the close of weigh-in on day 3 may not solicit or receive information about locating or catching fish on tournament waters from anyone except other top-10 pros. Tournament waters will reopen for practice three days prior to registration day at qualifiers. No practice is permitted at night during the designated practice period just before each tournament. Anglers may only be on the water from 30 minutes before sunrise through 30 minutes after sunset on the designated practice days listed below. This includes running to and from a fishing location. Pros may practice alone, with another pro, or with a member of their immediate family (mother, mother-in-law, father, father-in-law, brother, brother-in-law, sister, sister-in-law, son, son-in-law, daughter, daughter-in-law, grandparent, grandchild or spouse), approved domestic partner, approved sponsor representatives, an approved youth age 18 or younger or approved media representatives, provided the practice companion has also observed the off-limits period and procedures. Under no circumstance may a person accompanying a pro on tournament waters fish or assist with locating fish. Flights over tournament waters, including drones, for the express purpose of locating fish or fishing locations are not permitted beginning with the start of the off-limits period, extending through practice and competition days. Tournament waters will be closed to all pros on registration day.

Tournament off limits and practice days

Sam Rayburn - Off limits: Jan. 6-18 & Jan. 22, 2020; Practice Days: Jan. 19-21

Harris Chain - Off limits: Feb. 3-15 & Feb. 19, 2020; Practice Days: Feb. 16-18

Martin - Off limits: Mar. 2-14 & Mar. 18, 2020; Practice Days: Mar. 15-17

Cherokee - Off limits: Mar. 16-28 & Apr. 1, 2020; Practice Days: Mar. 29-31

Hartwell - Off limits: Apr. 6-18 & Apr. 22, 2020; Practice Days: Apr. 19-21

Dardanelle - Off limits: Apr. 27-May 9 & May 13, 2020; Practice Days: May 10-12

Detroit River - Off limits: Jun. 10-22 & Jun. 26, 2020; Practice Days: Jun. 23-25

St. Lawrence River – Championship - Off limits: Jul. 22-Aug. 3 & Aug. 7, 2020; Practice Days: Aug. 4-6

7. REGISTRATION & PRETOURNAMENT MEETING • Each pro must register in person at the designated site. In an emergency or due to an FLW sponsor obligation, pros may request permission from the tournament director to send a person who is 18 years of age or older to represent them. If permission is granted, noncontestants can represent one pro; pros can represent themselves and one other pro. This representative must attend the pretournament meeting to record flights, takeoff time, check-in time, off-limits areas, size and creel limits, and any other relevant tournament rule information. Registration hours are 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. local time the day before each tournament’s start date. Pros registering between 1-1:15 p.m. will pay a $100 late fee that will be donated to the FLW Foundation. Pros who fail to notify the tournament director and are more than 15 minutes late for registration may forfeit their entry fee and not be entered in the tournament. It is mandatory that all pros or their representatives attend the pretournament meeting that will be held at 1:30 p.m. local time the day before each qualifier. Being late for the pretournament meeting will result in a $100 late fee that will be donated to the FLW Foundation. Pros not present or represented at the pretournament meeting may forfeit their entry fee and not be entered in the tournament. 

8. PAIRINGS • Pros and marshals will be paired by random draw and will receive a text message with their boat number, flight time and pro or marshal’s name and phone number. All pros or their representatives must contact their assigned marshal following the marshal briefing. Pros and marshals should advise each other of their respective lodging and phone numbers and establish a meeting time and place for the following morning’s takeoff. The tournament director, at his sole discretion, may reassign marshals prior to takeoff. 

9. SAFETY • Safe boating must be observed at all times. The provisions of this rule apply during practice and from boat check until weigh-in each day of the tournament. Each pro and any person practicing with a pro is required to wear a fastened U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device anytime the combustion engine is running. All boats must be equipped with a factory-installed emergency ignition-shutoff device that must be securely attached to the driver’s body with a standard-length, factory tether whenever the combustion engine is running. Pros may fish and charge batteries using an onboard charger by letting the combustion engine idle in neutral only if the boat is equipped with a certified and functioning wireless ignition-shutoff device and everyone in the boat is wearing a fastened U.S. Coast Guard-approved personal flotation device. All persons must be seated and a driver must be behind the steering wheel in full control of the boat whenever it is on plane or the combustion engine is running and in gear. At the discretion of the tournament director, tournament days may be shortened, postponed or canceled due to unsafe weather or water conditions. Pros and marshals may leave their boat and seek shelter in bad weather or when danger is eminent. They must, however, stay within sight of each other. Pros involved in boating accidents and/or safety incidents may be required to complete a BoatUS Foundation boating safety course before participating in another FLW tournament. A free course for each state is available at boatus.org. 

10. SPORTSMANSHIP • All pros are required to follow high standards of sportsmanship, courtesy and conservation and to conduct themselves in a manner that will be a credit to themselves, to FLW, FLW’s sponsors, the sport of fishing and FLW’s efforts to promote the sport. Conduct not complying with these standards includes, but is not limited to, the following:

• Violation of, or failure to comply with, any of the rules for the 2020 FLW Pro Circuit.

• Consumption and/or possession of alcoholic beverages or any kind of mind-altering substance during registration or tournament hours extending through the weigh-in procedure.

• Abuse of, or addiction to, mind-altering substances.

• Conviction of a felony within the past 36 months.

• Suspension/disqualification, probation or ban from any tournament or fishing organization.

• Boat operation in an unsafe or unsportsmanlike manner.

• Publicly criticizing or questioning the integrity of FLW and/or MLF and/or FLW and MLF officials, including but not limited to FLW and/or MLF rules, policies and procedures.

• Dissemination of disparaging content or content that one should reasonably know would harm the reputation of FLW and/or MLF, FLW and/or MLF officials or FLW and/or MLF sponsors.

• Any other words, conduct or actions reflecting unfavorably upon efforts to promote safety, sportsmanship, fair competition and compliance with tournament rules, or which fail to comply with the standards set forth in the first sentence of paragraph 10.

In case of any conduct not complying with the standards outlined above, FLW shall have the right to refuse an application to compete, to deny a confirmed application to compete by returning the entry fee (minus deposit), to disqualify a pro or impose any penalty outlined in paragraph 1.

11. BOAT OPERATION • Pros will have complete control of boat operation and waters to be fished. For safety concerns in rough water or swift current, in the event of an outboard or trolling motor breakdown or during an emergency, marshals may operate the trolling motor or the outboard but may not fish at any time. Pros may not use mobile communication devices, including but not limited to, cell phones, tablets, marine radios, walkie-talkies, CBs, etc., to communicate with anyone about locating or catching fish on tournament waters during tournament hours. Mobile communication devices may be used during tournament hours to communicate with lockmasters about locking, to communicate with the tournament director or to communicate with FLW editors or producers. Pros may use smart phones and/or tablets during tournament hours for GPS, mapping, weather, power generation, barge traffic updates, tidal charts, personal fishing notes and related data. At no time during tournament hours may pros read or discuss social media posts from other pros. At the request of their pro partner, a marshal may use a cell phone to assist the pro with his or her social media updates. Marshals are not, however, obligated to assist a pro with social media updates, as their primary function is to communicate with FLW editors and producers. Marshals are not permitted to smoke if requested not to do so by their pro. Pros are expected to compete every day for which they are qualified; failure to do so may result in ineligibility to compete in future FLW tournaments. If a special circumstance arises that inhibits a pro’s ability to compete, the tournament director may allow the pro to withdraw from competition and maintain the weight caught to that point. 

12. BOAT & HORSEPOWER REGULATION • All boats must be propeller-driven, a minimum of 18 feet in length and have a rear deck. All boats must be equipped with wheel steering; no other steering device will be permitted. All boats must be equipped with a functioning POV camera focused on the front deck so as to provide a clear view of the pro fishing. The camera must record throughout each tournament day. Each day’s recording must be preserved until the next FLW Tour event and must be turned over to FLW upon request. No barges or similarly cumbersome craft will be permitted. Each boat must have all required U.S. Coast Guard safety equipment. Boats must contain a properly aerated livewell space to maintain alive a limit catch of bass. Minimum horsepower for all outboards used in tournament competition will be 150 horsepower. Maximum horsepower for all outboards used in tournament competition will be 250 horsepower, not to exceed the horsepower capacity set forth on the “Maximum Capacities” placard described below. Each boat must have a clearly legible “Maximum Capacities” (or comparably titled) placard that includes a maximum horsepower rating affixed to the boat by the manufacturer. The horsepower of the outboard engine must not exceed the maximum horsepower capacity specified on this placard or the 250-horsepower maximum set by FLW. By signing the entry form, pros agree to submit their boat and/or motor to an inspection by FLW personnel. Falsifying information on entry forms or altering the horsepower numbers on the motor or rating placard will be cause for disqualification from the tournament and may result in ineligibility to compete in future FLW tournaments. Fishing platforms must be factory-installed equipment. No portable platforms may be used in tournament competition. Fuel may be carried only in factory-installed (built-in) fuel tanks. Any additional fuel used during the tournament day must be purchased from a retail facility open to the public and pumped through a hose with a nozzle. The use of generators, other than solar or wind-powered generators, is prohibited in pro boats during tournament hours on all competition days. 

13. PERMITTED FISHING METHODS • Fishing is defined as having a lure attached to a line and a rod and reel with the rod in hand. All bass must be caught alive in a conventional sporting manner. Marshals are not permitted to net fish or assist pros with fishing in any way. All lures must adhere to state regulations. Only artificial lures may be used, with the exception of pork trailers and biodegradable soft baits. Alabama rigs and similar umbrella-type rigs are not permitted. Only ONE fishing rod may be used at a time. Trolling as a method of fishing is strictly prohibited. Trolling is defined as operating the combustion engine to extend a cast or lengthen a retrieve. All bass caught while sight-fishing must be hooked inside the mouth and immediately shown to your marshal, FLW camera operator or remote POV camera for verification. 

UMBRELLA RIGS DEFINED • Umbrella rigs are determined to be any nontraditional lure or harness using wires, lines or hooks to connect multiple teasers, including but not limited to swimbaits, grubs or spinners. The use of braid or other line to attach a single stinger hook to a lure is allowed as long as the line is no more than 2 inches in length.Traditional spinner baits with a maximum of five blades, including “twin spins” with a maximum of two arms, are acceptable so long as the arm length does not exceed 6 inches from the tie point. The use of plastic trailers, pork trailers and blades is acceptable as long as they are not connected by additional wires or harnesses. Soft plastics must be molded as a single unit and are limited to a maximum of three main bodies. Traditional double fluke, front-runner, double drop-shot and popping cork rigs with a maximum of two hooks are grandfathered in and will be permitted in FLW Tour competition unless otherwise restricted by state regulations. 

14. PERMITTED FISHING LOCATIONS • Pros may fish anywhere on tournament waters available to the public and accessible by boat except areas posted or otherwise designated as “off-limits,” “no boats,” “keep out,” “restricted,” “no trespassing” or “no fishing” (or similar language or markings intended to restrict public access) by FLW, commercial property owners and/or local, state or federal officials, or within 50 yards of a pro’s boat that was first anchored. An anchored boat is a boat held in a stable position by a line attached to a weight or by a Power-Pole or similar shallow water anchor with the trolling motor in the up position. All fishing must be conducted from the boat. At no time may a pro leave the boat to land a fish or to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters. At no time may a marshal leave the boat to make the boat more accessible to fishing waters. The cutting of trees, bushes and/or logs after the off-limits date and/or the removal of official commercial, local, state or federal barricades at any time to make an area more accessible by boat or gain access for fishing is strictly prohibited and may result in disqualification from the tournament. The use of cables, ropes, chains or any type of block and tackle system to maneuver a boat into fishing waters is strictly prohibited and will result in disqualification from the tournament. Pros must leave and return to the check-in by boat. The boat must remain in the tournament waters during the tournament day. No tournament boat may be loaded on a trailer before the weigh-in except with the permission of the tournament director. In the event of equipment failure or emergency the tournament director must be notified as soon as it is safe to do so. There are then two permitted methods of returning to the check-in: (1) by the pro and marshal remaining in their boat and being towed by water, or (2) with permission from the tournament director, by the pro or pro and marshal entering the boat of another tournament pro. Under these two conditions the pros catch may be counted without a penalty (except for late penalties, dead-fish penalties or other penalties pertaining to other tournament rules). Pros who elect to return to the check-in by any other means than cited above will forfeit their day’s catch to that point in time of the tournament day. Abandoning a boat and leaving it adrift without proper tie-off or anchoring after a mechanical failure may result in disqualification of that day’s weight. Any pro returning to the check-in point will be eligible to restart and resume competition under the supervision of the tournament director or his designated tournament official. It is the sole responsibility of pros to locate the tournament director to request a restart. Pros and marshals must remain together at all times and within sight of each other until the weigh-in verification is signed. The momentary condition of being out of sight of each other for restroom breaks is permitted. 

15. CHECKPOINTS • There will be only one checkpoint for boat check in the morning and one check-in point in the afternoon. Failure to go through boat check and checkout in the morning or failure to check in at the check-in point will result in disqualification. All fishing must cease upon check-in.

16. LATE PENALTY • Pros who are not at the check-in area at the appointed time will be penalized 1 pound per minute, deducted from the total weight, including any weight to be counted toward the Big Bass Award. Any pro more than 15 minutes late will lose credit for that day’s weight.

17. LIVE FISH • Every effort must be made to keep bass alive through the use of a properly aerated livewell. Four ounces will be deducted from the total weight for each dead bass presented for weigh-in. 

18. SCORING • Scoring is determined by the pounds and ounces of each pro’s catch during each qualifying tournament. Only largemouth, spotted, redeye or smallmouth bass are accepted species. No regurgitated forage or other foreign matter may be placed in a bass. The daily limit in qualifying tournaments will be five bass unless conditions dictate a reduced limit for conservation purposes or the state or lake limit is less than five, in which case the reduced limits will prevail. After possessing the daily limit, pros must cull immediately upon their next catch. Pros possessing more than the daily limit must notify the tournament director immediately upon discovery of the infraction and reduce his/her catch to the daily limit by releasing live bass. Pros possessing more than the daily limit will be penalized 2 pounds for each bass over the limit. Bass are considered in possession once placed in the boat and fishing or travel has resumed. The minimum length limit for bass will be 12 inches unless the state or lake limit is more than 12 inches or FLW sets a longer limit for a specific tournament, in which case, the state or lake limit or longer limit set by FLW for the tournament will prevail. Bass presented for weigh-in that fail to measure the prescribed length limit will be penalized at the rate of 1 pound for each short bass presented. Each pro’s catch must be presented in an official weigh-in bag and verified by the signature of their marshal. Failure to have a verified marshal signature may result in disqualification of that day’s catch. After a pro’s catch is weighed, it must be turned over to FLW or officials designated by FLW for release unless otherwise instructed by the tournament director. On day 3, the top 30 pros based on combined weight from days 1 and 2 compete. On day 4, the top 10 pros based on combined weight from days 1, 2 and 3 compete, and the winner is determined by the heaviest combined weight from days 1, 2, 3 and 4. 

19. TIES • The heaviest one-day catch for the tournament will break ties on day 2. If a tie remains, it will be broken by total number of fish for the tournament, then by total number of live fish for the tournament, and then by Angler of the Year standings. If a tie remains, pros will remain tied with pros tied below the cut position awarded points equally based on the tied position. For ties in money positions, awards will be combined and split equally among the tied pros. For ties in the cut position, each tied pro will advance to day 3. Ties on day 3 will be resolved by day-2 standings. If a tie remains, it will be broken first by the heaviest one-day catch for the tournament, then by second heaviest one-day catch for the tournament, then by total number of fish for the tournament, then by total number of live fish for the tournament, and then by Angler of the Year standings. If a tie remains below the cut position, pros will remain tied with awards combined and split equally among the tied pros and points awarded equally based on the tied position. For ties in the cut position, each tied pro will advance to day 4. Ties for first place on day 4 will be broken by a one-hour fish-off. All other ties will be resolved by day-3 standings. If a tie remains, it will be broken first by the heaviest one-day catch for the tournament, then by second heaviest one-day catch for the tournament, then by third heaviest one-day catch for the tournament, then by total number of fish for the tournament, then by total number of live fish for the tournament, and then by Angler of the Year standings. If a tie remains below first place, the pros will remain tied with awards combined and split equally among the tied pros and points awarded equally based on the tied position. 

20. LOGO DISPLAY & MEDIA COVERAGE • During all days of competition any and all tobacco logos and logos of bass tournament organizations other than MLF and FLW are prohibited and may not be worn or displayed. Pros are expected to participate in media opportunities requested by FLW editors and producers during any day of competition. Pros will run their own boats every day of competition. Each boat must display a minimum 5-inch wide FLW and 4-inch wide MLF logo on both sides of the boat above the rub rail and behind the seating area. FLW will provide logo files. The boat must also include the pros name on both sides of the boat above the rub rail and adjacent to the seating area. Pros must wear their own apparel with the FLW logo on the left shoulder and the MLF logo on the right shoulder from takeoff through weigh-in. On days 3 and 4 of qualifying tournaments and the entirety of the FLW TITLE Championship, pros must wear FLW-approved compliant jerseys. FLW requests space for six small FLW Pro Circuit sponsor logos that do not conflict with the pro’s personal sponsors on the compliant jerseys. Participation is voluntary, and the logos may be placed anywhere on the jersey per each pro’s discretion. FLW will provide a list of sponsor logos from which each pro can choose. FLW reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to prohibit any pro’s apparel that it finds to be offensive. Any pro wearing a nonapproved jersey may be disqualified for that day and/or fined as outlined in paragraph 1. On days 3 and 4 of qualifying tournaments and the entirety of the FLW TITLE Championship, pros may not fish while using tobacco products. Smoking is not allowed in the weigh-in line during all days of competition. FLW may, at its sole discretion, place a camera operator or camera equipment in a tournament boat on any day of competition.

21. TRUTH VERIFICATION TEST • Each pro agrees to submit, by signature on the tournament entry form, to a polygraph or voice stress analysis examination and to abide by its conclusion. Failure to pass an examination will result in disqualification from the tournament. Truth verification tests will be used at FLW’s sole discretion, and the determination of the meaning of the results will be made solely by FLW.

22. INSURANCE • Liability insurance with coverage of not less than $300,000 per occurrence is required of all pros in FLW Pro Circuit events. Proof of insurance must be with the boat being used and must cover all passengers in the boat. Random checks will be conducted. Failure to provide proof of insurance when requested by the tournament director may result in disqualification. 

23. CAPTIONS • The captions at the beginning of each paragraph are intended to facilitate convenience in referring to the various rules. The captions are not part of the substance of the paragraph and should not be used in construction of any paragraph or of this overall set of rules.

 

 

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MLF, FLW Suspend Public Gatherings

Major League Fishing and FLW announced the suspension of all public gatherings associated with their events through April 12, 2020 in response to the coronavirus pandemic. READ MORE »

ETBU Gets School of the Year Rings

ETBU Gets School of the Year Rings

Tallying up 1,752 points for the season, ETBU beat out Tarleton State-Stephenville by 16 points to earn the Southern Conference School of the Year title. READ MORE »

Bank Battle Set for Lake of the Ozarks

Bank Battle Set for Lake of the Ozarks

When it comes to prespawn in the Ozarks, there may not be a better place to catch a giant bag of bass in the spring than on Lake of the Ozarks. And though the weather has been a little up and down over the last several weeks, things are setting up for a solid start to the Toyota Series Plains Division season March 26-28. READ MORE »

Wheeler Should Produce Mega Mixed Bags in March

Wheeler Should Produce Mega Mixed Bags in March

If you love mixed bags of big largemouth and smallmouth bass (and who doesn’t?), you’re going to want to pay close attention to the Toyota Series Southeastern Division opener on Wheeler Lake March 26-28. Local pro Sam George, who fishes the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit, expects to see mid-20-pound limits cross the weigh-in stage, and predicts the winner will almost certainly weigh both green and brown fish. READ MORE »

Big Weights Headline FLW South Africa Event

Big Weights Headline FLW South Africa Event

With 38.03 pounds, the duo of Robbie Olivier and Neels Beneke of Team Gamakatsu Outdoors 365 took home the hardware in the FLW South Africa KZN Region Cast-for-Cash tournament on Feb. 20. Their five-fish limit was more than 12 pounds heavier than the second-place stringer (25.39 pounds) weighed in by Marc Meyer and Oliver Field of Team Stoner Farm. READ MORE »

Georgia to Sanction Fishing as High School Sport

Georgia to Sanction Fishing as High School Sport

FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, The Bass Federation (TBF), the nation’s largest grassroots fishing organization, and the Georgia High School Association (GHSA), announced today that Georgia has become the fifth state to partner with FLW and TBF in offering bass fishing as a sanctioned high school sport starting with the 2020-2021 school year. READ MORE »

AOY Update: Harris Chain 

AOY Update: Harris Chain 

Through two events, the leader of the Tackle Warehouse Pro Circuit Angler of the Year race isn’t unexpected, but the standings behind Ron Nelson are in absolute turmoil. With Lake Martin and Cherokee Lake on tap, things could begin to clarify a bit as spotted bass, smallmouths and lakes that actually have rock become factors. So, while we’re about to run through the top contenders, it’s highly likely that the next few events really reshape the standings.  READ MORE »

MLF Announces Details for College Faceoffs 

MLF Announces Details for College Faceoffs 

Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today the schedule, host cities and details for the 2020 MLF College Faceoffs presented by Wiley X. The four-tournament series, held in conjunction with MLF Bass Pro Tour events, will feature 20 College Fishing teams competing in an MLF-style catch-weigh-immediate-release format at each event. Teams qualify to compete in the Faceoffs through their finish in select Abu Garcia College Fishing presented by YETI tournaments. READ MORE »