(Oct 4, 2017 - WILLIAMSBURG, Va)
The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) is heading to the James River Oct. 12-14 for one of six BFL Regional Tournaments. The top 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers from each of the North Carolina, Northeast, Piedmont, and Volunteer BFL divisions will compete in the three-day tournament, which is presented by Costa Sunglasses.
The winning boater will receive a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard and a check for $20,000, while the winning co-angler will receive a new Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard. The top six boaters and co-anglers at each regional will advance to one of the longest-running championships in bass fishing – the 2018 BFL All-American, which will be held May 31-June 2 on Cross Lake in Shreveport, Louisiana.
The bass fishing on the James River is expected to be great for this BFL Regional event. Competitors will likely be seen using worms and crankbaits near submerged wood in both the James and Chickahominy rivers. Buzzbaits and spinnerbaits are also expected to make an impact near wood cover, especially in areas close to deep water. The winner of this tournament will likely need to tally a three-day cumulative total of 15 bass weighing 42 pounds.
Anglers will take off from Chickahominy Riverfront Park, located at 1350 John Tyler Memorial Highway in Williamsburg at 7:30 a.m. EDT each day.
Weigh-ins on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 12-13, will be held at the park beginning at 3:30 p.m. Saturday’s final weigh-in will be held at Bass Pro Shops located at 1972 Power Plant Parkway in Hampton, Virginia, and will begin at 4:30 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
The T-H Marine BFL Regional Tournament on the James River is hosted by Sports Williamsburg.
The 2017 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they 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 BFL All-American. The 2018 All-American will be held on Cross Lake in Shreveport, Louisiana, May 31-June 2 and is hosted by the Shreveport-Bossier City Sports Commission and the Red River Waterway Commission. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.
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 2017 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 258 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa 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.