The 2014 Walmart BFL season begins on Saturday, Jan., 4. The Gator division will make FLW’s first visit of the year to Lake Okeechobee. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing in each event for top awards up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively.

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 4, 2013

WHERE: Gator Division
Lake Okeechobee
Roland & Mary Ann Martin’s Marina
920 E. Del Monte Ave.
Clewiston, Fla.


The bass fishing on Lake Okeechobee is expected to be excellent. With good weather anglers will likely find the bass very cooperative, and big limits will be brought to the scales. If the weather holds out, fishermen will be able to catch fish by sight-fishing, flipping plastics and jigs in mats and reeds and throwing moving baits like the Gambler Big EZ and ChatterBaits in the grass. If a cold front comes to town, the competitors will face a tough challenge, and punching big weights into thick cover will likely produce the winning weight. The winner is expected to bring a five-fish limit weighing about 25 pounds to the scales.

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 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 Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

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