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FLW Announces Rules, Entry Dates for 2018 Costa FLW Series

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

(Oct 3, 2017 - Minneapolis, MN)

 FLW announced Tuesday the Costa FLW Series rules, entry fees and payouts for the 2018 season. The season will again consist of three events in each of the five divisions – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western – along with the no-entry-fee Costa FLW Series Championship to be held on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama.


The changes to the 2018 Costa FLW Series are highlighted by the addition of all-new Strike King Angler and Co-Angler of the Year payouts, with cash awards for the top five pros and co-anglers in each division. The Angler of the Year in each division now receives $5,000 with $4,000 going to second, $3,000 to third, $2,500 to fourth and $2,000 to fifth. The Co-angler of the Year now receives $2,000 with $1,500 going to second, $1,250 to third, $1,000 to fourth and $800 to fifth. Entry fees for the Costa FLW Series will slightly increase – $100 per event at $1,700 per tournament for pros and $25 per event at $575 per tournament for co-anglers.


Costa FLW Series payouts will remain the same for 2018. Each qualifying tournament pays as much as $85,000, including a Ranger Z518C with a 200 HP outboard, to the winning pro and $32,000, including a Ranger Z175 with a 90 HP outboard, to the winning co-angler based on a 150-boat field. As the number of participants increases, so do the awards. At the maximum field size of 250 boats, the payout jumps to $105,000, including a Ranger Z518C with a 200 HP outboard, for the winning pro and $34,500, including a Ranger Z175 with a 90 HP outboard, for the winning co-angler. The depth of the payout also grows with participation, from 40 places paid at 150 boats to 67 places paid at 250 boats.


“A Costa FLW Series win is one of the most sought-after titles in bass fishing,” said FLW Series tournament director Ron Lappin. “No other circuit offers anglers from coast to coast better payouts for a lower entry fee. Add FLW’s extensive media coverage to the mix along with advancement to the FLW Tour, and it’s easy to see why the FLW Series continues to set participation records.”
 
The top 40 pros and co-anglers who fished all three qualifiers in each U.S. division advance to the no-entry-fee FLW Series Championship for a shot at winning $95,000, including a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower outboard in the pro division. The second-place championship pro earns $25,000 followed by $20,000 for third and $15,000 for fourth. The winning co-angler at the championship earns as much as $32,000, including a Ranger Z175, while the second-place championship co-angler earns $12,500 followed by $10,000 for third and $7,500 for fourth.
 
The highest finishing pro from each of the five U.S. FLW Series divisions and the FLW Series International division based on final results at the 2018 FLW Series Championship will qualify for the 2019 Forrest Wood Cup. Six FLW Series pros will advance to the 2019 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. The top 15 pros and co-anglers from each division receive priority entry into the 2019 FLW Tour, the world’s top professional bass-fishing circuit.


Complete rules can be found online at FLWFishing.com.


Registration for the 2018 Costa FLW Series season is open for the top 40 pros and co-anglers from each division of the 2017 FLW Series, the top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division of the 2017 Bass Fishing League (BFL), plus the winner of each 2017 BFL tournament.  These anglers have until Nov. 6, 2017, to secure their priority entry. Ranger boat owners and sponsor entries may register beginning Nov. 7, 2017. Anglers who fished a full division of the 2017 FLW Series or 2017 BFL can register Nov. 8, 2017, followed by TBF members Nov. 9, 2017. All other entries will be accepted beginning Nov. 10, 2017. Qualified anglers can register by calling 270.252.1000 or online at FLWFishing.com.


2018 Costa FLW Series Payouts:
Qualifying Event Payout:
Place                                   Pro                          Ranger Cup                                      Co-angler                   Ranger Cup
1                                   $40,000                       Ranger Z518C                                 Ranger Z175                               $5,000
                                                             with 200 HP outboard                           with 90 HP outboard                                  
2                                     15,500                                                                                  5,000
3                                     12,000                                                                                  4,000
4                                     10,000                                                                                  3,500
5                                       9,000                                                                                  3,000
6                                       8,000                                                                                  2,500
7                                       7,000                                                                                  2,000
8                                       6,000                                                                                  1,750
9                                       5,000                                                                                  1,500
10                                     4,000                                                                                  1,250
11                                     3,750                                                                                  1,000
12                                     3,500                                                                                  1,000
13                                     3,000                                                                                  1,000
14                                     3,000                                                                                  1,000
15                                     3,000                                                                                  1,000
16-20                                3,000                                                                                     800
21-25                                2,750                                                                                     700
26-30                                2,500                                                                                     600
31-40                                2,000                                                                                     500
Big Bass: Day 1                 300                                                                                     200
Big Bass: Day 2                 300                                                                                     200
Entry Fee                       $1,700                                                                                   $575
*Payback is based on the number of paid entries for each tournament.
 
Costa FLW Series Championship:
Place                                   Pro                          Ranger Cup                                      Co-angler                   Ranger Cup
1                                   $50,000                      Ranger Z518C                                 Ranger Z175                               $5,000
                                                             with 200 HP outboard                           with 90 HP outboard                                  
2                                     25,000                                    $5,000                                12,500
3                                     20,000                                      3,500                                10,000
4                                     15,000                                      2,000                                  7,500
5                                     10,000                                      1,000                                  5,000
6                                       8,000                                                                                 4,000
7                                       7,000                                                                                  3,500
8                                       6,000                                                                                 3,000
9                                       5,000                                                                                 2,500
10                                     4,500                                                                                  2,000
11-15                                4,000                                                                                  1,500
16-20                                3,500                                                                                 1,000
21-25                                3,000                                                                                    900
26-30                                2,500                                                                                    800
31-40                                2,000                                                                                    700
*Payback is based on the number of paid entries in qualifying tournaments.
 
Strike King Angler of the Year and Co-angler of the Year


Place                                   Pro                                                                          Co-angler
1                                     $5,000                                                                               $2,000
2                                       4,000                                                                                 1,500
3                                       3,000                                                                                  1,250
4                                       2,500                                                                                 1,000
5                                       2,000                                                                                    800
 
For details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com.


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 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.