Muskegon Lake to Host BFL Michigan Div. Tournament
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(Jul. 20, 2005 - Muskegon, Mich.)...
The Michigan Division of the $8.4 million Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League
will visit Muskegon Lake near Muskegon July 30 for the third of five
regular-season events. As many as 200 boaters and 200 co-anglers are
expected to compete in the tournament, which will award as much as
$39,000 in cash, including as much as $5,500 to the Boater Division
Fisherman’s Landing in Muskegon will host the
takeoff and weigh-in at 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively. Anglers will
compete for prize money as well as points that count toward postseason
competition. Every angler who receives weight credit in a tournament
earns points, with 200 points going to the winner, 199 for second, 198
for third, and so on except for the season-ending Super Tournaments,
which award 300 points to the winner, 299 points for second, 298 for
third, and so on.
If the winner is a participant in the
Ranger Cup incentive program, he will receive a $1,000 bonus from
Ranger Boats and $500 from Yamaha if his boat is powered by Yamaha.
(Ranger will award $500 to the highest-finishing Ranger Cup participant
if not the winner, and Yamaha will kick in $250 if the boat is powered
by Yamaha.) If the winning boater uses only Garmin electronics during
the event and at least one product is a qualifying unit, Garmin will
also award a $1,000 bonus. Bombardier will award $1,000 to the winning
boater if the winner’s boat is equipped with a qualifying Evinrude
Direct Injection outboard. That’s a potential top award of $8,500 for
anglers who meet contingency guidelines.
co-angler will earn as much as $2,750 cash. The angler who catches the
biggest bass of the day in the Boater Division will earn as much as
$1,000, and the co-angler big-bass winner will earn as much as $500.
top 40 boaters and co-anglers in each of the BFL’s 28 divisions at the
end of the season are eligible to advance to regional competition.
Seven $110,000 regional championships will each send six boaters and
six co-anglers to the 2006 All-American championship, which will
feature a $1 million purse and a top award as high as $140,000. Anglers
who compete in all five regular-season events within a division but do
not advance to regional competition are eligible to compete in the Wild
Card, which will also send six boaters and six co-anglers to the
All-American for a championship field of 48 boaters and 48 co-anglers.
top 40 Michigan Division boaters and co-anglers will advance to the
Ohio River Regional near Paducah, Ky., Oct. 11-15 and will compete
against anglers from the Arkie, Hoosier and Great Lakes divisions for
an All-American slot. The top 40 anglers from each division may also
advance to the EverStart Series in 2006.
anglers will next visit the Detroit River in Trenton Aug. 20 for their
fourth regular-season event. A two-day Super Tournament, the division’s
fifth and final event, will be held on the Detroit River in Trenton
Sept. 10-11. For more information or to enter a tournament, call (270)
252-1000 or visit FLWOutdoors.com.
If the July 30
tournament is not yet full, entries will be accepted at tournament
registration, which will be held July 29 from 4 to 7 p.m. at the
Wal-Mart located at 1879 East Sherman Blvd. in Muskegon. Entry fees are
$200 for boaters and $100 for co-anglers.
competition, boaters supply the boat and compete from the front deck
against other boaters. Co-anglers compete from the back deck against
As the nation’s leading provider of
affordable, close-to-home weekend tournaments, the BFL is widely
credited with opening competitive bass fishing to the masses. It also
serves as a steppingstone for anglers who wish to advance to the
EverStart Series and ultimately the Wal-Mart FLW Tour - bass fishing’s
most lucrative tournament series. Former BFL anglers who have become
fishing superstars on the Wal-Mart FLW Tour include Kellogg’s pro Clark
Wendlandt, Ranger pro Tommy Biffle and four-time FLW Tour champion
Named after the legendary founder of Ranger
Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart Bass
Fishing League and seven other national tournament circuits offering a
combined $30 million in awards through 214 events in 2005. The
27-year-old organization is the purveyor of America’s largest and most
prestigious fishing tournaments, including the Wal-Mart FLW Tour,
EverStart Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas
Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye
League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour and Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series.
and many of America’s largest and most respected companies support FLW
Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as title sponsor
of the FLW Tour in 1997 and today is the title sponsor of all FLW