MINNEAPOLIS — FLW Outdoors announced the 2012 Walmart FLW Tour schedule Wednesday. The 2012 season will feature 10 tournaments: six FLW Tour Majors and four FLW Tour Opens. The Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing, will return to Lake Lanier and the Gwinnett Center in Hall and Gwinnett Counties, Ga., following the tremendous success seen there in 2010.
Along with the FLW Tour schedule, FLW Outdoors also announced that the 2012 Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy will be held at National Harbor on the Potomac River in conjunction with an FLW Tour Major at the same location.
“We take great pride in providing the highest quality events for our anglers, sponsors and fans,” said Kathy Fennel, president, FLW Outdoors Operations Division. “In 2012 we will be visiting some of the nation’s top fisheries at peak times, so the catch at each stop should be outstanding. We are especially excited to be hosting the All-American in our nation’s capital in conjunction with the FLW Tour Major on the Potomac River. This unique venue provides the perfect setting to host two of the sport’s biggest events.”
The 2012 FLW Tour schedule is listed below and can be viewed at FLWOutdoors.com.
The six FLW Tour Majors, which will feature 150-boat fields, are open to professional anglers that enter all six tournaments. Pros fishing the FLW Tour Majors will receive priority when entering FLW Tour Opens, and pros entering all four FLW Tour Opens will receive priority over individual entrants. FLW Tour Opens will feature 150-boat fields as well. Complete details regarding registration requirements will be available in the near future at FLWOutdoors.com, or you can call (270) 252-1000 for more information.
Pro anglers will compete for a top award of up to $125,000, and co-anglers will vie for a top prize of up to $25,000 in each tournament. With a full field, the paybacks will be $10,000 through 50th place and $4,000 through 60th place on the pro side and $1,000 through 50th place and $700 through 60th place on the co-angler side. Entry fees will remain unchanged for 2012 at $4,000 per tournament for pros and $700 per tournament for co-anglers.
The 2012 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart will consist of 46 pros and 46 co-anglers. In 2012, the top 35 ranked pros and as many co-anglers from the FLW Tour Majors, along with the top five in the rankings from the 2011 FLW Tour Opens, will qualify for the Cup along with the 2011 FLW Tour Angler of the Year and Co-angler of the Year, and 2011 Forrest Wood Cup pro and co-angler champions. The 2012 Walmart BFL All-American boater and co-angler champions, 2011 EverStart Series pro and co-angler champions, 2012 National Guard FLW College Fishing champions and 2012 TBF National Championship winners will round out the field.
About FLW Outdoors
FLW Outdoors is the largest tournament-fishing organization in the world, offering anglers worldwide the opportunity to compete for millions over the course of 191 tournaments in 2011. FLW Outdoors has taken fishing mainstream with the world’s richest fantasy sports game, FLW Fantasy Fishing at FantasyFishing.com, where competitors can play for free as well as sign up for Player's Advantage to gain an edge.