(Oct 10, 2017 - GLASGOW, Ky.)
The T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) is heading to the Barren River Oct. 19-21 for one of six BFL Regional Tournaments. The three-day event, presented by Lowrance, will feature the highest-ranked 50 boaters and 50 co-anglers from each of the Buckeye, Great Lakes, LBL, and Michigan BFL divisions.
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 Barren River is expected to produce an excellent weekend of bass fishing for competitors. Anglers will likely be seen flipping jigs with grub trailers to shallow wood. Buzzbaits have also lured some notable bites in these areas, especially near log jams and laydowns. Frogs, Carolina-rigged soft-plastics, lipless crankbaits and drop-shot rigs could also see some action. A three-day cumulative of 15 bass nearing 49 pounds will likely be needed to take top honors in this tournament.
Anglers will take off from Port Oliver Recreation Area & Ramp, located at 4200 Barren River Dam Road in Scottsville, Kentucky, at 7 a.m. CDT each day. Weigh-ins on Thursday and Friday, Oct. 19-20, will be held at the park beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday’s final weigh-in, Oct. 21, will be held at Walmart located at 2345 Happy Valley Road in Glasgow, and will be begin at 4 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
The T-H Marine BFL Regional Tournament on the Barren River is hosted by the Glasgow-Barren County Tourist & Convention Commission.
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.