The press release came out today. This is it below the same info as on their site.
FLW OUTDOORS TO LAUNCH NATION'S LARGEST, HIGHEST-PAYING STRIPED BASS
BENTON, Ky. (Feb. 14, 2006) - The organization responsible for bringing
bass, walleye, redfish and kingfish anglers the most lucrative
tournaments in history is set to make the striped bass community its
next beneficiary. In response to overwhelming demand, FLW Outdoors
announced Tuesday that it will launch the largest, most prestigious and
highest-paying striped bass tournaments in history beginning this
"The tournament-fishing landscape has changed dramatically since we
introduced the Wal-Mart FLW Tour in 1996 and made $100,000, $200,000 and
even $500,000 paydays standard at the top ranks in bass fishing," said
FLW Outdoors Chairman, Irwin L. Jacobs. "In fact, next year we are
prepared to pay the Forrest Wood Cup champion $1 million. FLW Outdoors
is now creating the same excitement and opportunities in striped bass
angling as we have in bass, walleye, redfish and kingfish angling. Our
anglers know that no matter what fish species they prefer, they will be
competing for the absolute most money available in the sport. Now,
beginning in May, we will do the same for striped bass anglers."
FLW Outdoors has been exploring and planning the expansion of its
saltwater tournament offerings into striped bass for more than a year
and originally considered launching the tournaments in 2007. That
timetable was moved up, however, due to insatiable demand for quality
tournaments along the Atlantic coast from Virginia to Maine.
"We have always tried to listen to what the anglers are asking for,
and then we try to accommodate them," Jacobs said. "It's really that
simple. In this case, our research showed incredible demand for
high-paying, high-profile professional striped bass tournaments to serve
anglers in the Northeast. I took that information to several prospective
sponsors and they were thrilled with the opportunity. We are not
prepared to announce all of the players just yet, but I can tell you
Wal-Mart, Hyrda-Sports, Wellcraft and Seaswirl have already signed on,
as well as several other big corporate sponsors."
Taking a page out of its successful redfish and kingfish playbooks,
FLW Outdoors will offer the sport's richest payouts, plus cash bonuses
for Hyrda-Sports, Wellcraft and Seaswirl boat owners. Moreover, top
finishers from every tournament will also advance to a no-entry-fee
Complete details, including purses, dates, locations and
registration information, will be released in the coming weeks.
Hyrda-Sports, Wellcraft and Seaswirl boat owners will have priority
entry into the new FLW Outdoors striped bass tournaments, which are
likely to fill quickly once registration opens.
Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood,
FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Series,
Stren Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament
Trail, Stratos Owners' Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour,
Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour, Wal-Mart FLW
Kingfish Series and Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series. These circuits offer
combined purses exceeding $36.9 million through 241 events in 2006.
For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournament programs,
visit FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000.
Wal-Mart and many of America's largest and most respected companies
support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as an
FLW Outdoors sponsor in 1997 and today is the world's leading supporter
of tournament fishing. For more information about Wal-Mart, visit