WAL-MART FLW WALLEYE LEAGUE FINALS SET FOR MISSISSIPPI RIVER
WINONA, Minn. (Aug. 12, 2005) - The Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League will stage its 2005 championship on the Mississippi River in Winona Sept. 8-10. The FLW Walleye League Finals pits top weekend walleye anglers from three divisions - Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin - against each other, with Boater Division competitors casting for a top award of a Ranger 621 boat equipped with a Minn Kota trolling motor, Garmin electronics, EverStart batteries and either a Yamaha or Evinrude outboard valued at $45,000 and co-anglers hunting for a top award of a Ranger 620 boat equipped the same and valued at $40,000. One hundred and five anglers will compete in each division.
Anglers will take off from Levee Park at 7 each morning, and the weigh-in will be held there Thursday and Friday beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday's weigh-in moves to the Wal-Mart store located at 955 Frontenac Drive in Winona beginning at 4 p.m. The community is invited to attend the free takeoff and weigh-in festivities.
Boaters and co-anglers are randomly paired each day of the event and fish for a combined boat weight that carries over from day to day in their respective divisions. Boaters compete against other boaters, and co-anglers compete against other co-anglers. The winners are determined by the heaviest three-day accumulated weight.
"Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League anglers represent the next generation of fishing superstars," said Mark Dorn, director of walleye operations for FLW Outdoors. "Qualifying for the Finals is extremely difficult. The anglers competing in Winona represent some of the best in the sport."
Anglers qualified for the FLW Walleye League Finals by finishing in the top 35 in their respective divisions through three one-day tournaments and a two-day Super Tournament. Every angler who received weight credit earned points, with 200 points awarded to the winner, 199 for second, 198 for third, and so on in each qualifier, except for Super Tournaments, which awarded 300 points to the winner, 299 for second, 298 for third, and so on. These points determined angler standings.
The Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League was introduced in 2003 to provide grassroots walleye anglers with a chance to compete in professionally administered, close-to-home tournaments with lucrative cash awards.
Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League and seven other national tournament circuits offering purses in excess of $30 million through 214 events in 2005. The 27-year-old organization is the purveyor of America's largest and most prestigious fishing tournaments, including the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, EverStart Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour and Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series.
For more information on 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 title sponsor of the FLW Tour in 1997 and today is the title sponsor of all FLW Outdoors events. For more information on Wal-Mart, visit Wal-Mart.com.