Cape Town - Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organisation, has announced the complete professional angler roster for the upcoming 2019 FLW Tour season, the 24th season of the FLW Tour.
The field will be showcased along the 2019 FLW Tour, which features seven regular-season tournaments around the United States with competition kicking off at Sam Rayburn Reservoir from January 10-13, in Brookeland, Texas, and culminating with the world championship of bass fishing - the FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton, August 9-11, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Among the 170 professional anglers competing will be South African angler Michael Matthee of Centurion, Gauteng, who will be competing in his rookie season on the Tour.
Matthee has competed in two career events on United States fisheries and has earned more than $15 000.
There was enormous demand to compete on the 2019 FLW Tour, with 210 anglers registering for a slot on the prestigious tournament circuit in its final year of priority registration before switching to a strict qualifying process and a 150-pro field in 2020.
The top award at each Tour event is $125 000 with $300 000 going to the winner of the FLW Cup. Since the final field exceeds the published payout basis of 150 pros, FLW will survey all 170 participating pros to finalise the 2019 payout structure.
“With the demand we saw this year to join the FLW Tour, we couldn’t be more eager to kick off another season at Sam Rayburn Reservoir in January,” said Bill Taylor, FLW’s Senior Director of Tournament Operations.
“FLW has long been the home to some of the most decorated bass anglers in the sport, and with the expanded live coverage at all of our Tour events this year, we are more than ready to show off their skills at some of the best fisheries in the world.”
The 2019 FLW Tour roster is headlined by a stout contingent of bass-fishing heavyweights, including three-time Angler of the Year (AOY) and 2003 FLW Cup champion David Dudley of Lynchburg, Virginia, 2015 AOY and 2011 FLW Cup champion Scott Martin of Clewiston, Florida, and two-time Angler of the Year Bryan Thrift of Shelby, North Carolina.
They’ll be joined by bass-fishing legends Jimmy Houston of Cookson, Oklahoma, and Larry Nixon of Quitman, Arkansas, as well as three former FLW Cup champions - John Cox (2016), Brad Knight (2015) and Darrel Robertson (2002).
The 2019 Tour will also feature 34 rookies from around the country.
The complete FLW Tour roster for 2019 can be found at FLWFishing.com.
2019 FLW Tour Regular-Season Schedule:
· January 10-13 Sam Rayburn Reservoir Brookeland, Texas
Hosted by the Jasper County Development District
· February 7-10, Lake
Toho - Kissimmee, Florida
Hosted by Experience Kissimmee and Experience Kissimmee/Kissimmee Sports
Seminole - Bainbridge, Georgia
Hosted by the Bainbridge Convention and Visitors Bureau
· March 28-31, Grand Lake - Grove, Oklahoma
Hosted by the City of Grove and Cherokee Casino Grove
Lake - Jefferson City, Tennessee
Hosted by the Economic Development Alliance, Jefferson County
· May 2-5, Lake Chickamauga - Dayton, Tennessee
Hosted by Fish Dayton and the Rhea Economic and Tourism Council
Champlain - Plattsburgh,
Hosted by the City of Plattsburgh and Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau
10-12, FLW Cup,
Hamilton - Hot Springs,
Hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism
You can watch any FLW Live broadcast - either from on the water or weigh-in - by logging on to FLWFishing.com and clicking on the FLW Live page link. On-the-water broadcasts will be simulcast on FLWFishing.com ,YouTube.com/FLWFishing andFacebook.com/FLWFishing. All FLW Live broadcasts are free to watch.
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organisation, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2018 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct 286 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Portugal, South Africa and Spain. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat.