FLW Names Location for 2020 BFL Wild Card

FLW announced Sunday that the 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine Wild Card tournament will take place on Lake of the Ozarks in Osage Beach, Missouri, Nov. 20-21. The two-day event, hosted by Fish-Intel, will launch from Public Beach No. 2 in Osage Beach.

In order to be eligible to fish the no-entry-fee Wild Card, anglers must have entered all five events within a Bass Fishing League division during the 2020 season and fished at least two of them. In addition, anglers who fish in a regular BFL regional tournament are ineligible.

Anglers will take off from Public Beach No. 2, located at 711 Public Beach Road in Osage Beach at 7 a.m. CDT each day of competition. The weigh-ins will be held each day at the launch location beginning at 3 p.m. Due to COVID-19 protocols, attendance is limited to competing anglers and essential staff only. Fans are encouraged to follow the event online through the “FLW Live” weigh-in broadcasts and coverage at FLWFishing.com.

“Fish-Intel is proud to be the host of the upcoming 2020 Wild Card event,” said Bob Bueltman, founder of Fish-Intel, LLC and Bassing Bob, LLC. “Lake of the Ozarks is an ideal location due to its central U.S. location and is a great community with plenty of restaurants and lodging. Fish-Intel and BassingBob.com are looking forward to welcoming all the anglers, their families and the FLW staff next month.”

During the Phoenix Bass Fishing League Wild Card, the full field competes both days, with winners determined by the heaviest two-day catch. The top six boaters and top six co-anglers will advance to the 2021 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine All-American, held on Lake Douglas in Dandridge, Tennessee, June 3-5, hosted by Jefferson County Department of Tourism.

An optional pot is available to anglers who elect to participate at the Wild Card tournament. Entry fees for the optional pot is $300 for boaters and $150 for co-anglers, with the top 20 percent of anglers who elect to participate in the optional pot receiving checks. There will be no official practice period or off-limits period prior to the pretournament meeting for the Wild Card. No contestant may be on tournament waters for the purpose of locating bass or potential fishing waters after the start of the pretournament meeting except during tournament hours.

Entry for the Bass Fishing League Wild Card is now open and runs through Thursday, November 19, 2020, at 5 p.m. CDT. Anglers can enter by phone at 270.252.1000. 

The 2020 Phoenix Bass Fishing League presented by T-H Marine is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Phoenix Bass Fishing League All-American. 

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