The Everstart Series now consists of three events in each region instead of the previous year’s four events, and for the vast Western States that will include three of the best in 2014. Those who qualify for the 2014 Everstart Championship will then be eligible to compete in a “no entry fee” event on the Tennessee River impoundment at Wheeler Lake, AL in October.
The entry fee for each event has increased but organizers believe that participation will still be high since the overall costs remain the same with one less event, and that fact that the top 30 Pro and Co-anglers from each division earn a spot at the 2014 Everstart Championship. After the Everstart Championship event the top 10 Pros and Co-anglers will compete at the highest FLW level, the 2015 Forest Wood Cup.
Entry fees for the Pro side are now $1,500 per while entry fees for Co-anglers are $500 per event. Payouts are based on how many paid entries are received, but projected on the FLW Everstart Series website is that a Pro level entry will pay at least $2,000 for 40th place while a Co-angler entry at 40th place will receive $500. A 1st Place Pro entry may win as much as $40,000. A 1st Place Co-angler entry could win up to $5,000. Winners at the Everstart Championship could win up to $50,000 and a new boat/motor package for the Pro and Co-angler entries, respectively.
The 2014 Western Everstart Series will land first at Lake Havasu on January 30 – February 1. Then will move to the San Joaquin/Sacramento California Delta on May 15-17 before finishing up the Series at Clear Lake on October 9-11. Those who qualify in the Top 30 points standings after these three events will earn a chance to compete against the qualifiers from all the other divisions at the Everstart Championship to be held October 30 – November 1 at Wheeler Lake, Alabama.
Visit the FLW website at www.flwoutdoors.com for complete information including how to register to attend these events.
An avid angler and writer, Jeff started tournament bass fishing in 1990. While his first love is bass fishing, he also enjoys fishing for other species including fly-fishing and saltwater.
Jeff is active with area bass organizations and has held most officer position at either the club or state level and has been a frequent State Team Qualifier. A guest speaker for the Bass Pro Shops Spring Fishing Classic, Jeff has presented numerous seminars and tank demonstrations and is dedicated to promoting the sport of fishing through education and youth.