Anglers Gear Up for Walmart FLW Bass Fishing League Competition


The 2012 Walmart BFL season kicks off with one tournament on Jan. 14 in the Gator division on Lake Okeechobee. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing for top awards up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively. Anglers may register online or by calling (270) 252-1000.



WHEN:       Saturday, Jan. 14, 2012

WHERE:    Gator Division

Lake Okeechobee
Roland & Mary Ann Martin’s Marina & Resort
920 E. Del Monte Ave.
Clewiston, Fla.  Hosted by Roland & Mary Ann Martin’s Marina & Resort

NOTES:        Lake Okeechobee has been on fire for bass anglers for over a year. Reports of 9- and 10-pound bass being caught are a common occurrence. Healthy and prolific vegetation along with normal water levels have provided a habitat rich for the anglers’ taking. Reaction-type baits, swimbaits and topwater frogs should be popular baits thrown during the tournament. Flipping mats might be key to victory as well.

The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and compete to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. The 2012 BFL All-American is being held May 17 – 19 on the Potomac River in National Harbor, Md. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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