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Walmart BFL tournament preview at a glance


The 2014 Walmart BFL season kicks off on Saturday, January 4. The Gator Division will make FLW’s first visit of the year to Lake Okeechobee. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing in the event for top awards up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively.

When: Saturday, January 4

Where: Gator Division

Lake Okeechobee

Roland & Mary Ann Martin’s Marina

920 E. Del Monte Ave.

Clewiston, Fla.

To sign up and fish this event, click here.

Notes: The bass fishing on Lake Okeechobee is expected to be excellent. With good weather, anglers will likely find the bass very cooperative and big limits are expected to be brought to the scales. Techniques expected to produce for tournament anglers include sight-fishing, flipping plastics and jigs in mats and reeds and throwing moving baits like the Gambler Big EZ and Z-Man ChatterBait in the grass. If a cold front moves in, the competitors will face a tougher challenge and punching big weights into thick cover will likely produce the winning weight. The winner is expected to bring a five-fish limit weighing around 25 pounds to the scales.

Walmart BFL overview

The BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 120 tournaments throughout the season, five in each division. The top 40 boaters and co-anglers from each division qualify for a regional tournament and 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 Walmart BFL All-American presented by Chevy. The 2014 BFL All-American is being held June 5-7 on Wilson Lake in Florence, Ala. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the Rayovac Series or even the Walmart FLW Tour.

For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the BFL on Facebook at and on Twitter at

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