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MLF – FLW Announces Expanded Tournament Schedule

FLW – MLF schedule along with a $200,000 FLW Series championship and lower entry fees.

TULSA, Okla. (Oct. 24, 2019) – Major League Fishing (MLF) and Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) announced today the expanded 2020 FLW Series and T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL) details, schedules, rules, entry fees and payouts, highlighted by lower entry fees in both circuits and an expanded FLW Series schedule, along with upping the championship payout to $200,000 for first place and adding $10,000 bonuses for the highest-finishing pro from each of the eight U.S. FLW Series divisions and the International division.

The 2020 FLW Series season will consist of three events in eight divisions, up from five divisions in 2019. Anglers that fish all three qualifiers in any of the eight divisions and finish in the top 25 will qualify for the no-entry-fee FLW Series Championship for a shot at winning $200,000 cash, plus lucrative contingency bonuses. The winning co-angler at the championship earns a $30,000 17-foot bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard. The new win-and-you’re-in format guarantees that anglers are never out of contention to qualify for the Championship, too. Fish all three qualifiers in a division and win a tournament, and they’ll be on their way to the Championship. FLW Series entry fees have been reduced to $1,700 pro and $550 co-angler per tournament, while top payouts in each event remain $40,000 for pros and a $30,000 17-foot bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard for co-anglers. As field sizes increase, so do payouts, with top awards reaching $65,000 pro and $35,000 co-angler at 260 boats, and awards of $2,000 pro and $550 co-angler extending through 65th place. Complete payout details are listed below.

MLF and FLW are also rolling back entry fees in the T-H Marine BFL to give grassroots anglers – the heart and soul of the bass fishing community – the best payouts at the lowest cost available anywhere. Entry fees are now just $200 per boater and $100 per co-angler for one-day qualifiers and $300 per boater and $150 per co-angler for two-day Super Tournaments – the lowest levels since 2014. While entry fees have been lowered, BFL payouts remain the same as 2019 with boaters fishing for top awards of $6,000 plus contingency bonuses in each one-day qualifier and $9,000 plus contingency bonuses in each two-day Super Tournament. Co-anglers fish for top awards of $3,000 plus contingency bonuses in each one-day qualifier and $4,500 plus contingency bonuses in each two-day Super Tournament. Anglers also have the opportunity to qualify for six no-entry-fee regional championships with top awards of $60,000 boater and $50,000 co-angler, a no-entry-fee Wild Card regional, the no-entry-fee All-American with top awards of $100,000 boater and $50,000 co-angler, and even the FLW Series Championship with top awards of $200,000 pro/boater and $30,000 co-angler. Complete payout details are listed below.

“Major League Fishing was founded by tournament anglers, so we are an angler-driven league,” said Boyd Duckett, MLF co-founder and board director. “We respect and value the loyal FLW Series and BFL anglers, and we are very excited to announce the enhancements to what was already the best grassroots organization on the planet. I am confident that the anglers will be extremely satisfied with both the FLW Series and BFL circuits moving forward.”

The BFL is the stepping stone to the FLW Series, which is now the pathway to the new 150-angler FLW Pro Circuit and ultimately MLF’s Bass Pro Tour, where 80 of the world’s top pros compete with no entry fees. The FLW Series and BFL also put anglers in front of the sport’s largest fan base, with coverage on FLWFishing.com, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter reaching more than 1 million fans each month.

Earlier this month, MLF announced an agreement to acquire FLW. This deal, which brings together the largest grassroots organization in the world with the best pro anglers in the world, is expected to close in the coming days.

“It’s the best of both worlds for FLW anglers – what you’ve come to know and expect from FLW, now with the power of Major League Fishing behind us,” said Kathy Fennel, FLW President of Operations. “We are proud of the fact that no other organization offers higher rewards for lower entry fees.”

Complete details, schedules, rules and more for the 2020 FLW Series can be found online at FLWFishing.com.

Registration for the 2020 FLW Series season opens Oct. 28, 2019, for the top 40 pros and co-anglers from each division of the 2019 FLW Series, the top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division of the 2019 BFL, the winner of each 2019 BFL tournament who paid an entry fee for all five tournaments in a division and fished at least two tournaments in the same division. These anglers have until Nov. 4, 2019, to secure their priority entry. Ranger boat owners may register beginning Nov. 5, 2019. Anglers who fished a full division of the 2019 FLW Series or 2019 BFL can register beginning Nov. 6, 2019, followed by Triton and Nitro boat owners Nov. 7, 2019. TBF members can register Nov. 8, 2019. All other entries will be accepted beginning Nov. 11, 2019. Register by calling 270.252.1000 or online at FLWFishing.com.

The complete 2020 T-H Marine BFL schedule, along with details, rules and payouts for the BFL season can be found online at FLWFishing.com.

Anglers can register for the 2020 T-H Marine BFL season at FLWFishing.com or by calling 270.252.1000 on the dates listed below:

  • December 9, 2019 – Hoosier, Michigan, Music City and Volunteer
  • December 10, 2019 – Bulldog, Cowboy, Great Lakes, Illini and Mississippi
  • December 11, 2019 – Bama, Buckeye, Choo Choo, Mountain and Ozark
  • December 12, 2019 – Arkie, LBL, North Carolina, Northeast and Okie
  • December 13, 2019 – Gator, Piedmont, Savannah River, Shenandoah and South Carolina

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Snapchat.

Interviews, photos, logos and a Google map of the FLW Series tournaments are available on request.

2020 FLW Series Schedule:

Central Division

Feb. 27-29                 Lake Chickamauga – Dayton, Tenn.

April 16-18                 Dale Hollow Lake – Monroe, Tenn.

May 28-30                 Pickwick Lake – Florence, Ala.

 Eastern Division

March 3-5*                 Lake Hartwell – Seneca, S.C.

April 30-May 2           Lake Norman – Huntersville, N.C.

Sept. 10-12                Potomac River – Marbury, Md.

Northern Division

July 16-18                  Lake Champlain – Plattsburgh, N.Y.

Aug. 20-22                 St. Lawrence River – Massena, N.Y.

Sept. 17-19                Detroit River – Trenton, Mich.

Plains Division

March 26-28              Lake of the Ozarks – Osage Beach, Mo.

May 7-9                     Table Rock Lake – Branson, Mo.

Sept. 17-19                Lake Dardanelle – Russellville, Ark.

Southeastern Division

March 26-28              Wheeler Lake – Decatur, Ala.

May 7-9                     Lake Neely Henry – Gadsden, Ala.

June 4-6                    Lake Eufaula – Eufaula, Ala.

Southern Division

Feb. 13-15                 St. John’s River – Palatka, Fla.

March 12-14              Lake Okeechobee – Clewiston, Fla.

April 16-18                 Lake Seminole – Bainbridge, Ga.

 Southwestern Division

Jan. 30-Feb. 1           Toledo Bend Reservoir – Many, La.

April 8-10**                Fort Gibson Lake – Wagoner, Okla.

Oct. 15-17                 Sam Rayburn Reservoir – Brookeland, Texas

 Western Division

March 12-14              Lake Havasu – Lake Havasu City, Ariz.

April 30-May 2           California Delta – Bethel Island, Calif.

Sept. 24-26                Clear Lake – Lakeport, Calif.

FLW Series Championship

Nov 5-7                      TBA, watch FLWFishing.com for details

* Tuesday – Thursday event

** Wednesday – Friday event

2020 FLW Series Payouts*:

160 Boat Qualifying Event:

Place                                   Pro                                                                                     Co-angler                                       

1                                   $40,000                                                  $30,000 premium 17-foot bass

boat with 115 HP outboard

2                                     15,500                                                                                  5,000

3                                     12,000                                                                                   4,000

4                                     10,000                                                                                  3,500

5                                       9,000                                                                                  3,000

6                                       8,000                                                                                  2,500

7                                       7,000                                                                                  2,000

8                                       6,000                                                                                  1,750

9                                       5,000                                                                                  1,500

10                                     4,000                                                                                  1,250

11                                     3,750                                                                                  1,000

12                                     3,500                                                                                  1,000

13-15                                3,000                                                                                  1,000

16-20                                3,000                                                                                     800

21-25                                2,750                                                                                     700

26-30                                2,500                                                                                     600

31-40                                2,000                                                                                     550

Big Bass                             300                                                                                     200

 Entry Fee                       $1,700                                                                                   $550

260 Boat Qualifying Event:

Place                                   Pro                                                                                     Co-angler                                       

1                                   $65,000                                                   $30,000 premium 17-foot bass

Boat with 115 HP outboard + $5,000

2                                     27,500                                                                                  8,000

3                                     18,000                                                                                  6,500

4                                     16,000                                                                                  5,000

5                                     15,000                                                                                 4,500

6                                     11,500                                                                                 3,750

7                                     10,000                                                                                  3,250

8                                       8,500                                                                                  2,500

9                                       7,500                                                                                  1,800

10                                     5,500                                                                                  1,600

11                                     5,000                                                                                  1,200

12                                     4,250                                                                                  1,200

13                                     3,750                                                                                  1,200

14                                     3,750                                                                                  1,200

15                                     3,750                                                                                  1,200

16-20                                3,750                                                                                  1,000

21-25                                3,000                                                                                     850

26-30                                2,700                                                                                     800

31-40                                2,350                                                                                    725

41-45                                2,300                                                                                     700

46-50                                2,250                                                                                     675

51-55                                2,200                                                                                     600

56-60                                2,100                                                                                     570

61-65                                2,000                                                                                     550

Big Bass                             300                                                                                     200

 

Entry Fee                       $1,700                                                                                   $550

 

*Payback is based on the number of paid entries for each tournament, scaling up for every 20 boats over 160 and scaling down for every boat below 160.

 

FLW Series Championship:

Place                                   Pro                                                                                     Co-angler                                       

1                                 $200,000                                                  $30,000 premium 17-foot bass

boat with 115 HP outboard

2                                     40,000                                                                               12,500

3                                     30,000                                                                               10,000

4                                     25,000                                                                                 7,500

5                                     20,000                                                                                 5,000

6                                     14,000                                                                                 4,000

7                                     13,000                                                                                  3,500

8                                     12,000                                                                                 3,000

9                                     11,000                                                                                 2,500

10                                   10,000                                                                                  2,000

11-15                                4,500                                                                                  1,500

16-20                                3,500                                                                                 1,000

21-25                                3,000                                                                                    900

26-30                                2,500                                                                                    800

31-40                                2,000                                                                                    700

Central Bonus               10,000

Eastern Bonus              10,000

Northern Bonus            10,000

Plains Bonus                 10,000

Southeastern Bonus    10,000

Southern Bonus           10,000

Southwestern Bonus   10,000

Western Bonus             10,000

International Bonus      10,000

2020 T-H Marine BFL Payouts**:

Qualifying Event:

Place             Boater                                                                          Co-angler

1                    $6,000                                                                                $3,000

2                   3,000                                                                                  1,500

3                   2,000                                                                                  1,000

4                   1,400                                                                                     700

5                  1,200                                                                                     600

6                 1,100                                                                                     550

7                 1,000                                                                                     500

8                  900                                                                                     450

9                  800                                                                                     400

10                                        700                                                                                     350

11                                        630                                                                                     315

12                                        580                                                                                     290

13                                        560                                                                                     280

14                                        530                                                                                     265

15                                        500                                                                                     250

16                                        480                                                                                     240

17                                        460                                                                                     230

18                                        440                                                                                     220

19                                        420                                                                                     210

20                                        400                                                                                     200

21                                        390                                                                                     195

22                                        380                                                                                     190

23                                        370                                                                                     185

24                                        360                                                                                     180

25                                        350                                                                                     175

26                                        340                                                                                     170

27                                        330                                                                                     165

28                                        320                                                                                     160

29                                        310                                                                                     155

30                                        300                                                                                     150

31                                        290                                                                                     145

32                                        280                                                                                     140

33                                        270                                                                                     135

34                                        260                                                                                     130

35                                        250                                                                                     125

36                                        240                                                                                     120

37                                        230                                                                                     115

38                                        220                                                                                     110

39                                        210                                                                                     105

40                                        200                                                                                     100

Big Bass                                 1,000                                                                                        500

 

Entry Fee                          $200                                                                                   $100

 

 

BFL Super Tournament:

Place                              Boater                                                              Co-angler

1                                     $9,000                                                                    $4,500

2                                       4,500                                                                      2,250

3                                       3,000                                                                      1,500

4                                       2,100                                                                      1,050

5                                       1,800                                                                         900

6                                       1,650                                                                         825

7                                       1,500                                                                         750

8                                       1,350                                                                         675

9                                       1,200                                                                         600

10                                     1,050                                                                         525

11                                        950                                                                         475

12                                        870                                                                         435

13                                        840                                                                         420

14                                        800                                                                         400

15                                        750                                                                         375

16                                        720                                                                         360

17                                        690                                                                         345

18                                        660                                                                         330

19                                        630                                                                         315

20                                        600                                                                         300

21                                        590                                                                         295

22                                        570                                                                         285

23                                        560                                                                         280

24                                        540                                                                         270

25                                        530                                                                         265

26                                        510                                                                         255

27                                        500                                                                         250

28                                        480                                                                         240

29                                        460                                                          ��              230

30                                        450                                                                         225

31                                        430                                                                         215

32                                        420                                                                         210

33                                        400                                                                         200

34                                        390                                                                         195

35                                        370                                                                         185

36                                        360                                                                         180

37                                        340                                                                         170

38                                        330                                                                         165

39                                        310                                                                         155

40                                        300                                                                         150

Big Bass                          1,500                                                                         750

 

Entry Fee                          $300                                                                       $150

 

BFL Regional Championship:

Place                              Boater                                                              Co-angler

1                                   $60,000  *                                                               $50,000 *

2                                   $10,000 *                                                                 $5,000 *

3                                       5,000 *                                                                   2,500 *

4                                       3,000  *                                                                   1,500 *

5                                       2,000 *                                                                   1,000 *

6                                       1,800 *                                                                      900 *

7                                       1,600                                                                         800

8                                       1,400                                                                         700

9                                       1,200                                                                         600

10-12                                1,000                                                                         500

13-15                                   600                                                                         300

16-20                                   500                                                                         250

21-24                                   400                                                                         200

 

1st place boater receives a premium 18-foot bass boat with 200 HP outboard and $10,000

1st place co-angler receives a premium 18-foot bass boat with 200 HP outboard

Boat and engine brand details available at FLWFishing.com

 

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

 

 

BFL All-American:

Place                              Boater                                                              Co-angler           

1                                 $100,000                                                                  $50,000

2                                     20,000                                                                    10,000

3                                     15,000                                                                      6,000

4                                     14,000                                                                      5,000

5                                     13,000                                                                      4,500

6                                     12,000                                                                      4,000

7                                     11,000                                                                      3,500

8                                     10,000                                                                      3,000

9                                       9,000                                                                      2,500

10                                     8,000                                                                      2,000

11-20                                3,000                                                                      1,500

    1. -30                         2,000                                                               1,000

31-55                                1,500                                                                         750

 

The 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 and $30,000, respectively.

 **Payback is based on the number of paid entries for each tournament.

About Major League Fishing
Founded in 2011, Major League Fishing (MLF) brings the high-intensity sport of competitive bass fishing into America’s living rooms on Outdoor Channel, Discovery, CBS, CBS Sports Network, World Fishing Network, Sportsman Channel and on-demand on MyOutdoorTV (MOTV). New for 2019, the Bass Pro Tour consists of eight events and a championship streamed live on www.MajorLeagueFishing.com and MOTV. MLF uses the entertaining and conservation-friendly catch, weigh and immediate-release format where every scorable bass counts and the winner is the angler with the highest cumulative weight.

For more information on the league and anglers, visit www.majorleaguefishing.com and follow MLF on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

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 in 2019 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa and Spain. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Snapchat.

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