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FLW announces Rules, Entry Dates for 2017 FLW Tour

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

(Sep 28, 2016 - Minneapolis, MN) FLW announced Monday its rules and entry dates for the 2017 Walmart FLW Tour. The season will consist of a 160-boat field competing in seven-regular season events and culminating with the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing, to be held on Lake Murray in Columbia, South Carolina.

“We are riding the momentum of a fantastic 2016 FLW Tour season and look forward to carrying that over into 2017,” said Kathy Fennel, FLW President of Operations. “As previously announced, we added another qualifying tournament to the schedule for a total of seven regular-season events plus the Forrest Wood Cup next year. We’ve also made some minor adjustments to the rules and eliminated the Invitationals in favor of the extra regular-season tournament. Our FLW Tour pros are among the best in the world, and we look forward to showcasing them next season on some of the finest fisheries in the United States.”

Pro anglers will compete for up to $125,000 and co-anglers will be vying for up to $25,000 in each tournament including Ranger Cup contingency bonuses. With a full field, the paybacks will be $10,000 through 50th place on the pro side and $1,000 on the co-angler side. Entry fees are unchanged for 2017 at $4,500 per tournament for pros and $800 per tournament for co-anglers. Pros must commit to fishing all seven qualifiers while co-anglers can fish individual tournaments.

Registration is now open for the top 100 pros and the top 10 co-anglers from the 2016 FLW Tour, the top 10 pros from each division of the 2016 FLW Series, the 2016 TBF National Champion from the boater division and the boater champion from the 2016 BFL All-American. These anglers have until Dec. 5, 2016 to secure their priority entry. Entries from Ranger boat owners and FLW Tour sponsors will be accepted beginning Dec. 6, 2016 followed by TBF members Dec. 7, 2016. All other entries will be accepted beginning Dec. 8, 2016. Qualified anglers can register by calling 270.252.1000 or online at

The top 35 pros from the 2017 FLW Tour will qualify for the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup, which will consist of 53 professional anglers. In addition to the top 35 pros from the Tour, qualifiers will also include the winning pro from each of the two 2016 FLW Tour Invitationals, the highest finishing pro from each of five U.S. divisions and the International division at the 2016 Costa FLW Series Championship plus the top five pros not already selected as the highest finisher in a division at the 2016 FLW Series Championship, the 2017 BFL All-American boater champion, the 2017 TBF boater champion, the 2017 FLW College Fishing champion, the 2016 Forrest Wood Cup champion and the 2016 FLW Tour Angler of the Year.

Complete rules for the 2017 Walmart FLW Tour can be found at

2017 Payouts:
FLW Tour Qualifiers:
Place                                       Pro             Ranger Cup                 Co-angler             Ranger Cup
1                                    $100,000                     $25,000                     $20,000                       $5,000
2                                         30,000                                                              7,500                                  
3                                         25,000                                                              5,000                                  
4                                         20,000                                                              4,000                                  
5                                         19,000                                                              3,000                                  
6                                         18,000                                                              2,500                                  
7                                         17,000                                                              2,000                                  
8                                         16,000                                                              1,800                                  
9                                         15,000                                                              1,700                                  
10                                       14,000                                                              1,600                                  
11-20                                 12,000                                                              1,500                                  
21-50                                 10,000                                                              1,000                                  
Big Bass – Day 1                 500                                                                 250                                  
Big Bass – Day 2                 500                                                                 250                                  

Angler of the Year:            
$100,000 + 2018 Forrest Wood Cup entry

Co-angler of the Year:
1                                     Ranger Z518C with 200 HP outboard
2                                       $10,000                                  
3                                           9,000                                  
4                                           8,000                                  
5                                           7,000                                  
6                                           6,000                                  
7                                           5,500                                  
8                                           5,000                                  
9                                           4,500                                  
10                                         4,000                                  
Forrest Wood Cup:
Place                                       Pro                                    
1                                    $300,000 + 2018 Forrest Wood Cup entry
2                                         60,000                                  
3                                         50,000                                  
4                                         37,500                                  
5                                         30,000                                  
6                                         24,000                                  
7                                         23,000                                  
8                                         22,000                                  
9                                         21,000                                  
10                                       20,000                                  
11-20                                 15,000                                  
21-53                                 10,000

About FLW
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2016 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 235 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros.