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FLW Announces 2019 BFL Schedule and Program Details

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FLW announced today the schedule, rules and increased regional payouts for the 2019 T-H Marine Bass Fishing League (BFL), which includes the opportunity to fish 10 no-entry-fee championships awarding more than $3 million. Fishing the BFL puts local anglers in front of the largest fan base in the sport with coverage on FLWFishing.com and FLW’s social media outlets, including Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat and Twitter, that reach more than 1 million fans each month. Boaters and co-anglers also have the convenience of fishing close to home for advancement to seven BFL Regional Championships, the T-H Marine BFL All-American and the Forrest Wood Cup, plus a new opportunity to advance directly to the Costa FLW Series Championship.

  • The top 45 boaters and co-anglers plus qualifying tournament winners in each division advance to Regional Championships.
  • Enter all five events in a division, fish at least two and automatically advance to the Wild Card Regional.
  • The top six boaters and co-anglers from each Regional Championship and the Wild Card Regional advance to the All-American.
  • The highest-finishing boater and co-angler from each Regional Championship and the Wild Card Regional at the All-American advance to the FLW Series Championship – you only have to beat five anglers from your regional to advance.
  • The winning boater at the All-American advances to the FLW Cup.
  • The winning boater and co-angler at the FLW Series Championship advance to the FLW Cup. The winning co-angler also receives use of a Ranger Z520L from the championship through the FLW Cup to fish as a pro. Minimum payout at the FLW Cup is $10,000.

DIVISION TOURNAMENT LOCATION DATE

Arkie Ouachita Mount Ida, AR February 23, 2019

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Arkie Dardanelle Russellville, AR March 23, 2019

Arkie Hamilton Hot Springs, AR April 13, 2019

Arkie Greers Ferry Greers Ferry, AR May 18, 2019

Arkie Dardanelle Russellville, AR September 7 - 8, 2019

Bama Martin Alexander City, AL March 9, 2019

Bama Eufaula Eufaula, AL March 23, 2019

Bama Lay Columbiana, AL May 11, 2019

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Bama Neely Henry Gadsden, AL June 29, 2019

Bama Eufaula Eufaula, AL September 28 - 29, 2019

Buckeye Grand Lake-St. Marys Celina, OH May 11, 2019

Buckeye Ohio River-Tanners Creek Lawrenceburg, IN June 8, 2019

Buckeye Indian Lakeview, OH July 27, 2019

Buckeye Ohio River-Tanners Creek Lawrenceburg, IN August 17, 2019

Buckeye Mosquito Cortland, OH September 21 - 22, 2019

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Bulldog Lanier Gainesville, GA February 23, 2019

Bulldog Oconee Buckhead, GA March 23, 2019

Bulldog Sinclair Milledgeville, GA April 13, 2019

Bulldog Eufaula Eufaula, AL June 22, 2019

Bulldog Lanier Gainesville, GA September 28 - 29, 2019

Choo Choo Guntersville Scottsboro, AL February 16, 2019

Choo Choo Wheeler Rogersville, AL March 16, 2019

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Choo Choo Lewis Smith Jasper, AL April 6, 2019

Choo Choo Neely Henry Gadsden, AL May 4, 2019

Choo Choo Guntersville Guntersville, AL September 14 - 15, 2019

Cowboy Toledo Bend Many, LA January 26, 2019

Cowboy Sam Rayburn Brookeland, TX March 2, 2019

Cowboy Toledo Bend Many, LA April 13, 2019

Cowboy Sam Rayburn Brookeland, TX June 8, 2019

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Cowboy Sam Rayburn Brookeland, TX September 21 - 22, 2019

Gator Okeechobee Clewiston, FL January 26, 2019

Gator Okeechobee Okeechobee, FL February 16, 2019

Gator Okeechobee Okeechobee, FL March 16, 2019

Gator Okeechobee Clewiston, FL March 30, 2019

Gator Okeechobee Clewiston, FL September 21 - 22, 2019

Great Lakes MS River-La Crosse La Crosse, WI May 18, 2019

Great Lakes Wolf River Chain Winneconne, WI June 15, 2019

Great Lakes MS River-La Crosse La Crosse, WI July 20, 2019

Great Lakes MS River-Prairie Du Chien Prairie Du Chien, WI August 17, 2019

Great Lakes MS River-La Crosse La Crosse, WI September 7 - 8, 2019

Hoosier Patoka Birdseye, IN March 30, 2019

Hoosier Patoka Birdseye, IN May 4, 2019

Hoosier Monroe Bloomington, IN June 29, 2019

Hoosier Ohio River-Rocky Point Cannelton, IN July 20 - 21, 2019

Hoosier Ohio River-Tanners Creek Lawrenceburg, IN September 28, 2019

Illini Rend Whittington, IL April 27, 2019

Illini Shelbyville Shelbyville, IL June 8, 2019

Illini Rend Whittington, IL June 29, 2019

Illini Ohio River-Golconda Golconda, IL July 27, 2019

Illini Shelbyville Shelbyville, IL September 7 - 8, 2019

LBL Kentucky-Barkley Buchanan, TN March 2, 2019

LBL Kentucky-Barkley Gilbertsville, KY March 23, 2019

LBL Kentucky-Barkley Gilbertsville, KY May 18, 2019

LBL Kentucky-Barkley Buchanan, TN June 15, 2019

LBL Kentucky-Barkley Gilbertsville, KY September 14 - 15, 2019

Michigan St. Clair Harrison Township, MI June 22, 2019

Michigan St. Clair Harrison Township, MI July 13, 2019

Michigan St. Clair Harrison Township, MI August 3, 2019

Michigan Detroit River Trenton, MI August 24, 2019

Michigan Detroit River Trenton, MI September 21 - 22, 2019

Mississippi Ross Barnett Brandon, MS March 9, 2019

Mississippi Pickwick Iuka, MS April 6, 2019

Mississippi Pickwick Iuka, MS May 18, 2019

Mississippi Ross Barnett Brandon, MS June 15, 2019

Mississippi Pickwick Iuka, MS September 28 - 29, 2019

Mountain Dale Hollow Byrdstown, TN February 23, 2019

Mountain Cumberland Burnside, KY March 16, 2019

Mountain Dale Hollow Byrdstown, TN May 4, 2019

Mountain Barren River Scottsville, KY June 22, 2019

Mountain Cherokee Morristown, TN September 7 - 8, 2019

Music City Percy Priest Smyrna, TN March 9, 2019

Music City Center Hill Sparta, TN March 30, 2019

Music City Tims Ford Winchester, TN May 11, 2019

Music City Old Hickory Gallatin, TN June 8, 2019

Music City Old Hickory Gallatin, TN September 21 - 22, 2019

North Carolina Norman Mooresville, NC February 23, 2019

North Carolina Wylie Lake Wylie, SC March 23, 2019

North Carolina Kerr Henderson, NC April 27, 2019

North Carolina High Rock Salisbury, NC June 8, 2019

North Carolina Norman Mooresville, NC September 21 - 22, 2019

Northeast Chesapeake Bay North East, MD May 18, 2019

Northeast Chesapeake Bay North East, MD June 15, 2019

Northeast Champlain Plattsburgh, NY July 13, 2019

Northeast Oneida Brewerton, NY August 3 - 4, 2019

Northeast 1000 Islands Clayton, NY September 14, 2019

Okie Grand Grove, OK February 23, 2019

Okie Arkansas River Muskogee, OK April 6, 2019

Okie Eufaula Eufaula, OK April 27, 2019

Okie Ft. Gibson Wagoner, OK June 22, 2019

Okie Grand Grove, OK September 7 - 8, 2019

Ozark Lake of the Ozarks Osage Beach, MO March 2, 2019

Ozark Table Rock Branson, MO March 16, 2019

Ozark Stockton Greenfield, MO May 4, 2019

Ozark Truman Warsaw, MO June 29, 2019

Ozark Lake of the Ozarks Osage Beach, MO September 14 - 15, 2019

Piedmont Kerr Henderson, NC April 13, 2019

Piedmont Smith Mountain Huddleston, VA May 11, 2019

Piedmont High Rock Salisbury, NC June 22, 2019

Piedmont James River Henrico, VA July 13, 2019

Piedmont Smith Mountain Huddleston, VA September 7 - 8, 2019

Savannah River Keowee Seneca, SC February 9, 2019

Savannah River Clarks Hill Appling, GA March 2, 2019

Savannah River Hartwell Lavonia, GA April 6, 2019

Savannah River Hartwell Anderson, SC May 11, 2019

Savannah River Hartwell Anderson, SC September 14 - 15, 2019

Shenandoah Kerr Henderson, NC April 6, 2019

Shenandoah Smith Mountain Huddleston, VA June 29, 2019

Shenandoah Potomac Marbury, MD July 27, 2019

Shenandoah Potomac Marbury, MD August 17, 2019

Shenandoah James River Henrico, VA September 14 - 15, 2019

South Carolina Hartwell Anderson, SC February 16, 2019

South Carolina Santee Cooper Summerton, SC March 9, 2019

South Carolina Clarks Hill Appling, GA March 30, 2019

South Carolina Wylie Lake Wylie, SC May 18, 2019

South Carolina Hartwell Anderson, SC September 28 - 29, 2019

Volunteer Watts Bar Rockwood, TN March 2, 2019

Volunteer South Holston Bristol, TN March 30, 2019

Volunteer Douglas Kodak, TN April 27, 2019

Volunteer Cherokee Morristown, TN May 18, 2019

Volunteer Watts Bar Rockwood, TN September 14 - 15, 2019

For 2019 BFL anglers are eligible for FREE Bass Pro Shops FLW Tournament Incentives at basspro.com/flwincentives. BFL anglers receive a VIP discount card for 25 percent off Bass Pro Shops branded merchandise all year plus incredible tournament bonuses. Lucrative bonuses are also available from Ranger, Triton, Nitro, Evinrude, Mercury, Costa, Leer, Toyota, Power-Pole, T-H Marine and other FLW sponsors.

Guaranteed no-entry-fee Regional Championship payouts have increased to $70,000 for winning boaters and $50,000 for winning co-anglers, up from $65,000 and $45,000 in 2018. Each regional payout includes $10,000 for second and $5,000 for third on the boater side and $5,000 for second and $2,500 for third on the co-angler side. The top 24 boaters and co-anglers in each regional receive checks.

The 2019 All-American will feature FLW Live on-the-water coverage just like the FLW Tour to showcase BFL anglers and their sponsors to FLW’s worldwide audience. FLW Live weigh-in coverage will also be available from every BFL tournament in 2019 for enhanced media coverage at every level.

Entry fees have increased slightly to $300 per qualifier for boaters and $150 per qualifier for co-anglers. Super tournament entry fees remain the same at $350 for boaters and $175 for co-anglers. The popular “Win and You are In” format that automatically qualifies the winners from each of the 96 one-day qualifying tournaments and 24 two-day super tournaments to the Regional Championships along with the top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division based on point standings remains unchanged. In the BFL, anglers are never out of contention for advancement to a no-entry-fee championship.

"FLW was founded on providing affordable, close-to-home weekend tournaments for bass anglers," said T-H Marine BFL tournament director Daniel Fennel. "BFL anglers are the heart and soul of FLW, and we take great pride in providing them with the best possible tournaments along with a clear pathway for advancement to the sport's next levels - namely the Costa FLW Series and the FLW Tour. Nowhere else do anglers have the opportunity to fish five close-to-home tournaments with a shot at advancing to not just one, but three of the sport’s biggest championships, the All-American, FLW Series Championship and FLW Cup, where a BFL angler can win a total of $520,000."

For the complete 2019 BFL schedule, rules and payouts, visit FLWFishing.com.

The BFL is the nation’s largest and most rewarding weekend bass-fishing circuit. Nobody offers better rewards and media coverage to local anglers for a lower cost to compete. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division and tournament winners receive priority entry into the 2020 Costa FLW Series while All-American champions may advance directly to the FLW Tour, the world’s most competitive professional bass-fishing circuit.

2019 Regionals 

  • Oct. 11-12 – Lake Seminole – Bulldog, Choo Choo, Gator and Savannah River divisions 
  • Oct. 11-12 – Lake Hartwell – Music City, North Carolina, Shenandoah, Volunteer divisions 
  • Oct. 17-19 – Kentucky-Barkley Lakes – Great Lakes, Hoosier, Okie, Michigan divisions 
  • Oct. 17-19 – Potomac River – Buckeye, Northeast, Piedmont, South Carolina divisions 
  • Oct. 17-19 – Lake Guntersville – Bama, LBL, Mississippi, Mountain divisions 
  • Oct. 24-26 – Grand Lake – Arkie, Cowboy, Illini, Ozark divisions 

Anglers can register for the 2019 BFL season at FLWFishing.com or by calling 270.252.1000 on the dates listed below:

  • November 12, 2018 – Hoosier, Michigan, Music City and Volunteer
  • November 13, 2018 – Bulldog, Cowboy, Great Lakes, Illini and Mississippi
  • November 14, 2018 – Bama, Buckeye, Choo Choo, Mountain and Ozark
  • November 15, 2018 – Arkie, LBL, North Carolina, Northeast and Okie
  • November 16, 2018 – Gator, Piedmont, Savannah River, Shenandoah and South Carolina