FLW Outdoors announces 2010 FLW Tour details

FLW Outdoors, the world's leading tournament fishing organization, has announced its 2010 FLW Tour schedule as well as other tournament-specific details relating to the upcoming season.

The FLW Tour schedule, listed below, culminates in Atlanta with the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing.

2010 Walmart FLW Tour Schedule
Date Fishery Location
February 10-13 Red River Shreveport, LA
March 3-6 Table Rock Lake Branson, MO
March 24-27 Lake Norman Charlotte, NC
April 21-24 Ft. Loudoun/Tellico Lakes Knoxville, TN
May 26-29 Lake Ouachita Hot Springs, AR
June 23-26 Lake Guntersville Huntsville, AL
August 5-8 Lake Lanier Atlanta, GA

The FLW Tour will feature a cumulative weight format in 2010. The field of 150 pros and 150 co-anglers will compete Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with the top five pros advancing to Saturday's final contest. The total weight from the first three days will determine the winning co-angler Friday, and the total weight from all four days will determine the winning pro on Saturday. Weigh-ins will be held lakeside the first three days, moving to an arena in conjunction with the Tour's popular Family Fun Zone and Outdoor Show on day four. Practice for each event has been condensed from four to three days - Saturday, Sunday and Monday - and tournament waters will go off-limits 13 days prior to practice, with registration on Tuesday.

Pro entry fees will be $4,000 per tournament. Deposits have been reduced to $1,000 for each event. Pro anglers will continue to compete for a top award of $100,000 in each event, with payouts of $10,000 through 50th place. Co-angler entry fees are $700 per event, and the top co-angler award in each tournament is $20,000 with payouts of $800 through 50th place.

The top 30 pros and co-anglers from the 2010 season will qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup. The 2010 Forrest Wood Cup champion will earn $500,000 in the Pro Division and $50,000 in the Co-angler division, unchanged from last year. Every pro that qualifies and fishes will earn a minimum of $7,000 while every co-angler earns a minimum of $1,500.

Sponsor contingency awards are being developed with our partners and will be announced for all circuits in the near future.

The top 100 pros and top 100 co-anglers from the 2009 FLW Tour and the 2009 FLW Series, top 10 pros and top 10 co-anglers from each division of the 2009 Stren Series and the boater and co-angler champion from the 2009 BFL All-American may register for the FLW Tour beginning Monday, Nov. 2. Anglers must enter by Dec. 7 in order to secure their priority entry position for the 2010 season. Ranger boat owners may enter beginning Dec. 7, followed by Champion and Stratos boat owners and TBF members Dec. 8. General public entries will be accepted beginning Dec. 9. Deposits for all six events will be accepted online at FLWOutdoors.com or by calling (270) 252-1000. Phones are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time. For additional information, visit FLWOutdoors.com.

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