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FLW press release
WHAT: The 2013 Walmart BFL season opens with the first tournament of the year on Saturday, Jan. 5 in the Gator division on Lake Okeechobee. Up to 400 boaters and co-anglers will be competing in each event for top awards up to $8,000 and $3,000 respectively.

WHEN: Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013

WHERE: Gator Division
Lake Okeechobee
Roland & Mary Ann Martin’s Marina & Resort
920 E. Del Monte Ave.
Clewiston, Fla.
Hosted by Roland & Mary Ann Martin’s Marina & Resort

NOTES: The water level is at just over 15 feet, and that means there is water everywhere, giving both the fisherman and the bass access to almost anywhere on the lake. Warmer weather, light winds and healthy vegetation have recently created ideal conditions for catching large numbers of bass. Reports of 9- and 10-pound bass being caught in and around the grass are a common occurrence. Expect anglers to be throwing everything from jigs and creature-style baits to reaction-type baits, swimbaits and topwater baits during the tournament.

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 2013 BFL All-American is being held June 27-29 on Nickajack Lake in Chattanooga, Tenn. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the EverStart 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

FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing unparalleled fishing resources and entertainment to our sponsors, fans and host communities. FLW is offering anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2013 over the course of 231 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the “Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water,” through a variety of platforms including tournaments, outdoor expos and FLW Fantasy Fishing.