Lake Seminole selected to host FLW Tour in 2019

Published 3:19 pm Friday, July 13, 2018

Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that Lake Seminole has been selected to host the third FLW Tour event of the 2019 season, March 7-10 in Bainbridge, Georgia. The 2019 FLW Tour features seven regular-season tournaments and the Forrest Wood Cup. Each tournament is streamed on FLW Live and broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network and the World Fishing Network, showcasing the best bass anglers in the world competing in the sport’s most competitive circuit.

The full schedule for the 2019 FLW Tour season was announced at a live press event held at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST) in Orlando. The FLW Tour has visited Lake Seminole once previously – in 1996 – with 2019 marking the second visit in the Tour’s 24-year history.

“We’re extremely excited for the Tour to return to Lake Seminole during our 2019 season,” said Kathy Fennel, president of FLW operations. “We’ve had great success holding multiple Costa FLW Series and T-H Marine BFL tournaments in Bainbridge and we are proud to bring our most prestigious Tour to the southwest Georgia area.”

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The event will be hosted by the Bainbridge Convention and Visitors Bureau.

Another major change announced by FLW this week was the cease of the longstanding FLW Tour co-angler program, replaced with a new FLW Tour Marshal program.

The FLW Tour Marshal program will provide the same learning opportunities that the co-angler program offered, along with the opportunity to win cash and a new Ranger Z518C powered by a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard, without impacting the outcome of the tournament. Each Marshal will attend a VIP dinner and seminar with select FLW Tour pros on the Wednesday before each tournament, plus get behind-the-scenes access to the biggest events in bass fishing. They will receive exclusive FLW clothing and play a vital role in live coverage of each FLW Tour event.

Marshals will be eligible for a top cash award of $2,500 at each regular-season FLW Tour stop based on the combined weight of the pros they are randomly paired with. Marshals will also receive one entry into an exclusive Ranger Z518C giveaway for each day they complete. One lucky marshal will be randomly selected to win the new boat after the season concludes.

Applications to participate as an FLW Marshal will be accepted online beginning Wednesday, Sept. 4. More information can be found at

Along with the $125,000 paycheck that is awarded to FLW Tour winners, FLW will pay out at least $10,000 to pros down to 50th place with 51st through 60th place now paying $5,500. The entry fee is $35,000 for the season.

In FLW Tour competition anglers will compete for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2019 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. The date and location for the 2019 Cup will be unveiled later this year.