BAINBRIDGE, Ga. (Sept.30, 2008) — The $8.8 million Walmart Bass Fishing League will visit Lake Seminole near Bainbridge, Ga., Oct. 16-18 for one of seven no-entry-fee Regional Championships. During the tournament hosted by the Bainbridge-Decatur County Chamber of Commerce, top Choo Choo, Everglades, Savannah River and Piedmont division anglers will compete for a $60,000 prize package that includes a new Chevy truck and Ranger 519VX powered by Evinrude or Yamaha in the Boater Division and a $40,000 Ranger 519VX powered by Evinrude or Yamaha in the Co-angler Division.
Boater Randall Tharp of Gardendale, Ala., and co-angler Andrew Hamilton of Florence, Ala., will lead the Choo Choo qualifiers on Lake Seminole while boater Robert Beatty of Clermont, Fla., and co-angler David Milo of ,De Bary, Fla., lead the Everglades-division contingent. Boater Tim Rhyne of Inman, S.C., and co-angler Keith Thomasson of Abbeville, S.C., are the No. 1 qualifiers from the Savannah River division, and boater Ray Griffin of Henderson, N.C., and co-angler Pat Kendrick of Columbia, Va., are the top qualifiers from the Piedmont division.
Overall, 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers qualified from each of these divisions for a total field of 160 boats on Lake Seminole. The anglers qualified for the Regional Championship through a series of four one-day tournaments and a two-day Super Tournament in each of their respective divisions.
Bainbridge Boat Basin located on at 100 Boat Basin Circle in Bainbridge will host daily takeoffs at 7 a.m. Bainbridge Boat Basin will also host Thursday and Friday’s weigh-ins beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday’s weigh-in featuring the top six boaters and six co-anglers will be held at the Walmart located at 500 E. Alice Street in Bainbridge beginning at 4 p.m. The winners will be determined by the heaviest total catch from all three days of competition.
Boaters and co-anglers who finish in the top six at the Lake Seminole Regional Championship will also advance to the $1 million no-entry-fee 2009 All-American championship presented by Chevy where they will fish for as much as $140,000 in the Boater Division and $70,000 in the Co-angler Division. The winning boater and winning co-angler at the All-American will also advance to the no-entry-fee $2 million 2009 Forrest Wood Cup.This event, featuring a top award of $1 million, is the most lucrative tournament in all of competitive bass fishing.
In all, the BFL offers weekend anglers the opportunity to qualify for three no-entry-fee championships with total cash awards exceeding $3 million. Additionally, the top 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers from each BFL division may move up to the Stren Series for 2009 while All-American champions have the option to advance directly to the Walmart FLW Tour.
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In BFL competition, boaters supply the boat and compete from the front deck against other boaters. Co-anglers compete from the back deck against other co-anglers.
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 Stren Series and ultimately the FLW Tour – bass fishing’s most lucrative tournament circuit.
FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world. In 2008 alone the organization is offering more than 90,000 anglers the chance to win over $40 million through 230 tournaments in 10 circuits. FLW Outdoors also took fishing mainstream with the largest cash awards in the history of fantasy sports, $7.3 million.
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Total awards are based on a full field of 200 boats in every tournament.