Kentucky Lake To Host Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Chevy Wild Card Tournament – The $8.4 million Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League will visit Kentucky Lake near Gilbertsville Oct. 28-29 for the optional-entry-fee Chevy Wild Card tournament – an event that offers anglers the opportunity to advance to the 2006 BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Anglers qualify for the Chevy Wild Card if they have paid for five entries in a BFL division during the 2005 season but did not qualify for a BFL Regional Championship.
Boaters and co-anglers who finish in the top six will advance to the All-American, where they will fish for a share of $1 million – a championship purse second only to the Wal-Mart FLW Tour’s Forrest L. Wood Championship presented by Castrol, which offers a $1.5 million purse to the world’s top anglers. The top boater at the All-American will earn as much as $140,000 in cash, and the top co-angler will earn as much as $70,000 in cash.
The top 20 percent of anglers who pay an entry fee and choose to participate in the optional pot in the Chevy Wild Card will receive a prize check. Entry fees are $200 for boaters and $100 for co-anglers. There will also be an optional pot for big bass; $5 for boaters and $2.50 for co-anglers.
Anglers may enter the Chevy Wild Card as a boater or co-angler, regardless of how they entered tournaments during the 2005 season, beginning at 8 a.m. Oct. 3 until 5 p.m. Oct. 26 by calling (270)-252-1000.
Kentucky Dam Marina located at 466 Marina Drive in Gilbertsville will host daily takeoffs at 7 a.m. Check-in time Friday and Saturday begins at 3 p.m.
As part of the Chevy Wild Card festivities, a Chevy Pro Night will be held at Country Chevrolet located at 104 West Fifth Street in Benton from 6 to 8 p.m. Oct. 26. Anglers may bring their FLW Outdoors membership cards to Chevy Pro Night to enter a drawing for a free BFL entry.
In BFL competition, boaters supply the boat and compete from the front deck against other boaters. Co-anglers compete from the back deck against other co-anglers.
As the nation’s leading provider of affordable, close-to-home weekend tournaments, the BFL is widely credited with opening competitive bass fishing to the masses. It also serves as a steppingstone for anglers who wish to advance to the EverStart Series and ultimately the Wal-Mart FLW Tour – bass fishing’s most lucrative tournament series. Former BFL anglers who have become fishing superstars on the Wal-Mart FLW Tour include Kellogg’s pro Clark Wendlandt, Ranger pro Tommy Biffle and four-time FLW Tour champion David Fritts.
Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League and eight other national tournament circuits offering a total purse in excess of $32 million through 230 events in 2006. The 27-year-old organization is the purveyor of America’s largest and most prestigious fishing tournaments, including the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, EverStart Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series and Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series.
Wal-Mart and many of America’s largest and most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as title sponsor of the FLW Tour in 1997 and today is the title sponsor of all FLW Outdoors events
by Will Brantley, communications specialist