GRAND LAKE TO
HOST WAL-MART BASS FISHING LEAGUE OKIE DIVISION EVENT
GROVE, Okla. (March 16, 2004) The
Okie Division of the $6.3 million Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League will
visit Grand Lake near Grove March 27 for the second 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
$32,850 in cash prizes, including as much as $5,000 cash for the
Boater Division winner.
Red 11 Port in Grove will host takeoff and weigh-in at 7 a.m. and 3
p.m., respectively. The community is encouraged to attend the
takeoff and weigh-in. 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.
The winning boater will earn as much as $5,000 cash based on a full
field, and if the winner is a participant in the Ranger Cup
incentive program, he will receive another $1,000 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
award him another $1,000. 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
$8,000 for anglers who meet contingency guidelines.
The winning co-angler will earn as much as $2,500 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.
The top 30 boaters and co-anglers in each of the BFL’s 24 nationwide
divisions are eligible to advance to postseason regional
competition. Six regionals will each send six boaters and six
co-anglers to the 2005 All-American championship, which awards
$100,000 to the winning boater. 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 Chevy Trucks
Wild Card, which will also send six boaters and six co-anglers to
All-American for a championship field of 84 competitors.
The top 30 Okie Division boaters and co-anglers will advance to the
Toledo Bend Regional near Many, La., Oct. 12-16 and will compete
against anglers from the Arkie, Louisiana and Ozark divisions for an
Okie Division anglers will next visit Fort Gibson Lake in Wagoner
May 1 for the third regular-season event, followed by an event on
Keystone Lake in Mannford June 19. The two-day Super Tournament will
also be held on Grand Lake in Grove Oct. 2-3. For more information
or to enter a tournament, call (270) 252-1000 or visit
If the March 27 tournament is not yet full, entries will also be
accepted at tournament registration, which will be held March 26
from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Grove Wal-Mart located at 2115 S. Main St.
Entry fees are $150 for boaters and $75 for co-anglers. A $25 late
fee also applies to entries taken on site along with a $25
membership fee for anglers who are not yet members of FLW Outdoors.
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. Each BFL division features four
regular-season events followed by a two-day Super Tournament.
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. Each year the top 30 boaters and
co-anglers from each BFL division are eligible to advance to the
EverStart Series, and the All-American champions are eligible for
Wal-Mart FLW Tour competition. The top 10 pros and co-anglers from
each division of the EverStart Series are eligible to advance to the
Wal-Mart FLW Tour.
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 David Fritts.
Wal-Mart and many of America’s most respected companies support FLW
Outdoors and its six tournament trails. Wal-Mart has been the title
sponsor of FLW Outdoors since 1997. For a complete list of FLW
Outdoors sponsors and for more information about the premier
products and services they offer,
please visit FLWOutdoors.com.
FLW Outdoors is named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats,
Forrest L. Wood.