UPCOMING EVENT: T-H Marine BFL - 2019 - Potomac River

FISHING LEAGUE WORLDWIDE

An Open Letter to FLW Anglers

An Open Letter to FLW Anglers

It’s an exciting time to be a professional angler. Major League Fishing has brought new energy into the sport, and B.A.S.S. has responded with a significant contribution to its Elite Series payouts. It’s unlike anything the sport has experienced since the introduction of the FLW Tour in 1996, and we applaud both organizations’ commitment to top-tier professionals.

As a result of these changes, we’ve been asked how FLW is going to respond, and the answer is: We aren’t. We are committed to a sustainable model that serves our 50,000+ tournament anglers, from the FLW Tour through the Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Opens, in addition to our millions of fans who visit FLWFishing.com and FLW social media channels each year.

We’ve already announced significant changes for the 2019 FLW Tour that put pros in complete control of their own destiny while providing a new Marshal experience for our avid fans. We’ve committed to a strict qualifying process that limits the 2020 FLW Tour field to 150 pros, and we continue to invest in enhanced FLW Live on-the-water coverage, which has been wildly popular. We will not participate in a bidding war and risk sacrificing the many for the few. It’s not in the sport’s best interest. FLW is the foundation upon which the sport is built. We provide opportunities for all anglers, and we develop talent. In fact, nobody does it better. Just look at the sport’s top pros at MLF, the Elite Series and the FLW Tour, and ask where they got their start. Overwhelmingly the answer is FLW, regardless of where they fish today.

Looking at the sport as a whole, FLW awards more money to more anglers, year after year, than anyone. And we’ve done so since the first $100,000 All-American award in 1984. This year alone FLW awards top $21 million over 300 tournaments in nine countries, including $3.7 million paid out to U.S. anglers in no-entry-fee tournaments and Angler of the Year bonuses. In 2019 FLW will run 27 U.S. tournaments with no entry fees. One for FLW Tour pros. One for Costa FLW Series pros and co-anglers. Eight for T-H Marine BFL boaters and co-anglers. One for YETI FLW College Fishing teams. And 16 for Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing teams. We are committed to growing the sport through participation, and our investment in the future proves it. Fishing, after all, is a participation sport at its core.

We are committed to running fiscally responsible, sustainable tournaments that deliver significant value to anglers at every level. Tournaments that help sponsors develop deep and meaningful connections with consumers. Tournaments that provide more than $100 million in economic benefits for host communities from coast to coast.

FLW took tournament fishing mainstream with the sport’s first live network broadcast in 1999. The Ranger M1 on FOX aired immediately following NFL football and scored a Nielsen rating of 2.5, which means roughly 2.5 million people watched. FLW landed fishing on the front page of The Wall Street Journal, USA Today and The New York Times. We put bass tournaments in Time Magazine and Reader’s Digest. FLW Tour pros appeared on CNN, the “Late Show with David Letterman” and NBC’s “Today.” They’ve even been on the Wheaties box and the Kellogg’s Corn Flakes box. We introduced High School Fishing along with our partners at The Bass Federation and helped establish it as a state-sanctioned sport, just like football, basketball and soccer, in four states. Is tournament fishing about to become more mainstream? Hopefully so. If it does, everyone in the sport will benefit, just like they did from FLW’s efforts.  

We appreciate our loyal pros, boaters and co-anglers. We appreciate our loyal high school and college anglers. We appreciate our international anglers and our millions of fans around the world. You are all part of the FLW family, and we look forward to providing you with the best events and the best media coverage available anywhere. We also look forward to sustainable growth, including payouts at every level, as sponsorship permits.

Sincerely,
Kathy Fennel, President of Operations
Trisha Blake, President of Marketing

Previewing the Potomac

Previewing the Potomac

Just two days separate the final day of the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League All-American and the start of the YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship, both on the Potomac River. Given the time of year the pair of tournaments land on the fishing calendar, it’s fair to expect some big things from both events. READ MORE »

Opinion: High School Fishing Makes a Difference

Opinion: High School Fishing Makes a Difference

“I had pretty much checked out, and quitting school was without a doubt where I was heading,” Justin Hevey says. “Then the opportunity to become part of the inaugural fishing team at our school happened, and all of a sudden I had a reason to go to school.” READ MORE »

2019 BFL All-American Roster

2019 BFL All-American Roster

The 98 best boaters and co-anglers from FLW’s grassroots ranks will compete on the Potomac River May 30-June 1 in the 2019 T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League All-American presented by General Tire. READ MORE »

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 3

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 3

After taking a brutal pounding from the strong winds of day two, the top-10 pros and co-anglers in the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats are taking advantage of Clear Lake’s calmer final round conditions. A steady light rain began around 10 a.m., but without yesterday’s white caps, the lake’s allowing easy runs to wherever anglers want to fish. READ MORE »

Cup Bubble Boys Before Champlain

Cup Bubble Boys Before Champlain

With just one event left in the FLW Tour season, time is almost out to qualify for the FLW Cup, which will be held August 9-11 on Lake Hamilton. The last event at Lake Chickamauga produced plenty of shakeup in the races for Angler of the Year and Polaris FLW Tour Rookie of the Year, and it also set everyone up for the final push to the Cup. READ MORE »

Young Wins Marshal Contest, Saves a Life

Young Wins Marshal Contest, Saves a Life

John Young of Canal Winchester, Ohio, walked away from his first-ever visit to Lake Chickamauga with $2,500. Perhaps more importantly, he left with a story he and his day-two angler, J Todd Tucker, will never forget. READ MORE »

AOY Update: Lake Chickamauga

AOY Update: Lake Chickamauga

There’s usually some drama at the end of the FLW Tour Angler of the Year race, but often the leading pro has managed to accumulate a pretty good cushion by the final event. This year the cushion is virtually nonexistent. After they booked a win and a fifth-place finish at Lake Chickamauga, respectively, John Cox leads David Dudley by just one point heading into the finale on Lake Champlain. READ MORE »

Hartwell Tabbed for 2020 All-American

Hartwell Tabbed for 2020 All-American

FLW announced Monday that the 37th annual T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) All-American will be held on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell in 2020. The tournament, slated for April 30-May 2, showcases the nation’s best weekend anglers and awards the winner a $120,000 cash award and an automatic berth into the FLW Cup. READ MORE »

Korostetskyi Crowned Kayak Champ at Nickajack

Korostetskyi Crowned Kayak Champ at Nickajack

Bogdan Korostetskyi won the Dee Zee FLW/KBF Kayak Open presented by YakAttack at Nickajack Lake with a two-day total of 174.25 inches of largemouth bass. He caught his winning fish on a ChatterBait. READ MORE »

FLW/KBF Nickajack Open Coverage

FLW/KBF Nickajack Open Coverage

The Dee Zee FLW/KBF Kayak Open presented by YakAttack at Nickajack Lake kicked off this morning as the first of two events that are part of a partnership between FLW and Kayak Bass Fishing, the nation’s foremost organization supporting kayak bass anglers. READ MORE »

Korostetskyi Leads Kayak Open on Nickajack

Korostetskyi Leads Kayak Open on Nickajack

Bogdan Korostetskyi leads day one of the Dee Zee FLW/KBF Kayak Open presented by YakAttack at Nickajack Lake with a total catch of 92 1/2 inches. All of his fish were largemouth bass that he caught using aggressive baits on very precise spots. READ MORE »

Emergency Eye Surgery Derails Horton’s Cup Hopes

Emergency Eye Surgery Derails Horton’s Cup Hopes

On Thursday, for the first time in eight years as a pro and 25 years as a competitive bass angler, Jamie Horton won’t cross the weigh-in stage on a tournament day when he’d planned to compete. Instead, the Alabama pro will be back in his Centerville home recovering from emergency eye surgery to repair a severely detached and torn retina in his right eye.  READ MORE »

Nichols Wins Southeastern AOY, Shot at Tour

Nichols Wins Southeastern AOY, Shot at Tour

Within the FLW tournament hierarchy, there’s plenty of youth and enthusiasm to go around, but only so many spots on the FLW Tour. That’s why 27-year-old Cody Nichols of Fayette, Ala., isn’t going to let his opportunity to join the Tour pass him by in 2020. Nichols is the 2019 Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division Strike King Angler of the Year. By finishing in the top five in the division standings, he qualifies to join the Tour next season. READ MORE »

Hays Hauls Home Cherokee Cover Cash

Hays Hauls Home Cherokee Cover Cash

In a tournament largely dominated by smallmouth bass, FLW Tour pro Dylan Hays leaned on a homemade flipping jig and largemouths to earn himself a third-place finish on Cherokee Lake, plus an extra $500 from the LEER “Cover Cash” program. Hays built upon an area he found during the last hour of official practice time way up one of Cherokee’s rivers to land 65 pounds, 12 ounces of bass over the course of four days. READ MORE »

Zimbabwe, Namibia Join FLW International Division

Zimbabwe, Namibia Join FLW International Division

Zimbabwe and Namibia are the latest countries to offer anglers the opportunity to compete in FLW-sanctioned bass fishing tournaments in 2019. Both Zimbabwe and Namibia will run a series of FLW tournaments that advance anglers, who are citizens of those countries, to the International Division at the Costa FLW Series Championship beginning in 2019. One angler from each country will compete as a pro, with FLW providing a fully-rigged Ranger boat, and one angler from each country will compete as a co-angler. READ MORE »

Santee Cooper Midday Update - Day 3

Santee Cooper Midday Update - Day 3

The weather is downright gorgeous for the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division finale on Santee Cooper presented by Power-Pole. Much like day one, it’s blue skies, sunshine and little wind. That said, any sort of spawning deal seams be over. READ MORE »

The Man With the Plan Behind KBF

The Man With the Plan Behind KBF

Fishing for bass from a kayak is a relatively new concept when you consider how established the sport of bass fishing really is. But in recent years, kayak fishing – specifically for bass, and, more specifically, in a tournament format – is poised to help expand the sport, and Chad Hoover has been at the forefront of that movement. His is the momentum that has been driving it since nearly the onset. READ MORE »

Catch Fish, Cure Childhood Cancer

Catch Fish, Cure Childhood Cancer

There may never have been a better excuse to go fishing than curing childhood cancer. Now, if you participate in the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF) All American Fishing Tournament, you can help be a part of funding critical research to do just that. The All American Fishing Tournament is a one-of-a-kind multi-species nationwide event. It started April 6 and ends Sept. 28. Participants can target 10 species of freshwater and saltwater fish during the tournament, with prizes of $500, $300 and $200 awarded for the three largest catches of each species.  READ MORE »

The Miles Burghoff Master Plan

The Miles Burghoff Master Plan

Miles Burghoff is in a rare position. He’s a rookie on the FLW Tour, and he’s leading the 2019 Angler of the Year race with two tournaments left to fish. Traditionally, the AOY frontrunners are veteran pros in the prime of their careers, not rookies who are often still trying to learn their way around a full season of Tour competition. Burghoff, however, isn’t your traditional rookie. READ MORE »

Backlash with Jordan Osborne

Backlash with Jordan Osborne

FLW Tour pro Jordan Osborne discusses life in Texas, the business of running a pawnshop and how, as a self-taught bass angler, he's leaned on his competitive drive to overcome the doubters in his quest to make it at the highest levels of tournament bass fishing. READ MORE »