FLW's tournament circuits are geared to meet the needs of all anglers regardless of experience level or ability. Ranging from from weekend bass-fishing competitions to top-level pro bass events, FLW offers a complete array of tournament-fishing options that allow anglers to progress at their own pace. With tournament trails designed for every level of fishing ability, anglers can always find a viable FLW tournament circuit tailor made to their specific level of experience.
Forrest Wood Cup
The Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing, is the most lucrative and prestigious tournament of the year.
The 2013 Forrest Wood Cup will feature 46 professionals and 46 co-anglers (the top 35 pros and co-anglers from the 2013 FLW Tour, top 5 pros and co-anglers from the 2012 FLW Tour Opens, 2012 EverStart Series pro and co-angler champions, 2013 BFL All-American boater and co-angler champions, 2013 TBF boater and co-angler champions, 2013 FLW College Fishing champions, 2012 Forrest Wood Cup pro and co-angler champions and the 2012 FLW Tour Angler and Co-angler of the Year).
During the four-day event, pros will compete for a top award of $500,000, while co-anglers cast away for as much as $50,000.
Walmart FLW Tour
The world's premier bass-fishing tournament circuit.
Since 1996, the Walmart FLW Tour has represented the highest level of tournament bass fishing in the FLW hierarchy. The season consists of six tournaments where as many as 150 pros and as many co-anglers compete for as much as $125,000 and $25,000, respectively, per tournament. The top pro and co-angler from the point standings after the six qualifying tournaments win the FLW Tour Angler of the Year and Co-angler of the Year titles, respectively.
The top 35 pros and co-anglers from the point standings after the six qualifying tournaments qualify for the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup. If a top-35 angler has already qualified for the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup, the next person in the point standings will be invited.
The 2013 FLW Tour Angler of the Year and Co-angler of the Year and 2013 Forrest Wood Cup pro and co-angler champions qualify for the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup provided they compete in all the 2014 FLW Tour events (Pros must fish the pro division. Co-anglers may fish the pro or co-angler division). If the 2013 FLW Tour Angler of the Year, Co-angler of the Year or Forrest Wood Cup pro or co-angler champion does not compete in 2014, their entry in the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup will go to the 2014 FLW Tour pro or co-angler with the highest point total who is not already qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup.
The top 100 pros and co-anglers from the 2013 FLW Tour receive priority entry for the 2014 season. The top 10 co-anglers in the final point standings in the 2013 FLW Tour have the option of moving to the pro side in 2014.
Where the sport's emerging stars compete for big money and priority entry into the FLW Tour.
The EverStart Series offers regional pros the chance to garner the experience necessary to advance to the FLW Tour. The EverStart Series consists of five divisions – Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of four tournaments where competitors fish for valuable points in each division that could help them earn the Angler of the Year or Co-angler of the Year title. The top pro and co-angler from the point standings in each division after four qualifying tournaments win the Angler of the Year and Co-angler of the Year titles, respectively, for that division and qualify for the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup provided they fish a full EverStart Series Division or the Walmart FLW Tour in 2014. If the Angler of the Year or Co-angler of the Year in any division has already qualified for the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup, his or her entry will go to the next highest finisher in the division’s points standings who is not already qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup.
The top 40 pros and co-anglers from the final point standings in each division also receive priority entry for the 2014 season. The top 10 pros and co-anglers in the final point standings in each division receive priority entry into the 2014 FLW Tour.
During each qualifying event, pros can earn up to $40,000 plus a brand new, fully rigged Ranger Z518 with a 200 HP outboard engine if they are Ranger Cup qualified. Co-anglers win a brand new, fully rigged Ranger Z117 with a 90 HP outboard engine and an additional $5,000 if they are Ranger Cup qualified.
Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL)
Grass roots meet big money in this 24-division league devoted to weekend anglers.
The Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers. This circuit offers bigger prizes to those who qualify for regional championships and those who make it to one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.
FLW College Fishing
The country's largest tournament-fishing competition for college bass clubs.
FLW College Fishing consists of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. Each conference season consists of three one-day qualifying tournaments with a maximum of 50 teams in each event, with the winning team earning $2,000. The top 15 teams from each of the three qualifying events in a conference (a total of 45 teams) advance to a two-day FLW College Fishing Invitational, with the winning team earning $4,000. The top 10 teams from each of the Invitationals advance to the 2014 National Championship.
High School Fishing
The High School Fishing program includes a High School State Championship for every state in the continental United States and the province of Ontario, Canada. Two-person teams from grades 9 through 12 compete and are paired with a “coach” who provides a boat for competition. The winning team from each state championship advances to a High School Fishing Conference Championship. The winning team from each conference championship advances to the High School Fishing National Championship, which is held in conjunction with the FLW College Fishing National Championship.
Boats and a travel allowance are provided for teams that advance to the conference and national championships. The winners of the High School Fishing National Championship each will receive a $5,000 scholarship for use at a university of his or her choice. All SAF members and High School Fishing State Championship contestants automatically qualify for High School Fishing’s largest event, the SAF High School Fishing World Finals.
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Getting started in tournament fishing: A primer