FLW Walleye League Finals Set for Mississippi River
Aug 21st, 2007 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Aug 21st, 2007 at 12:00 AM
WAL-MART FLW WALLEYE LEAGUE FINALS SET FOR MISSISSIPPI RIVERMOLINE, Ill. (Aug. 21, 2007) – The Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League will stage its 2007 League Finals on the waters of the Mighty Mississippi in Moline, Ill., Sept. 13-15. The nationally televised tournament will feature the best weekend walleye anglers from three divisions – Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin – competing for top awards of a $47,500 Ranger 621 boat powered by either an Evinrude or Yamaha outboard in the Boater Division and a $27,000 G3 V185F powered by Yamaha in the Co-angler Division.Anglers will take off from Sunset Park at 7 each morning. Thursday and Friday’s weigh-ins will also be held at the park, which is located at Route 92 and 31st St. in Rock Island, Ill., beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday’s weigh-in moves to the Wal-Mart store located at 3930 44th Ave. in Moline 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. Boaters compete against other boaters, and co-anglers compete against other co-anglers. The winners are determined by the heaviest three-day accumulated weight, with only the top 10 boaters and co-anglers fishing on day three.”Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League anglers represent the next generation of fishing superstars,” said FLW Outdoors Director of Walleye Operations Sonny Reynolds. “Qualifying for the Finals is extremely difficult. The anglers competing in Moline represent some of the best in the sport, and many are ready to step up to the FLW Walleye Tour.”Anglers qualified for the FLW Walleye League Finals by finishing in the top 35 in their respective divisions through three one-day tournaments. Every angler who received weight credit earned points, with 100 points awarded to the winner, 99 for second, 98 for third, and so on in each qualifier. These points determined angler standings.”This is our third major walleye event that we have held in the Quad Cities, and the hospitality is second to none,” Reynolds said. “Our previous events were very successful, and we expect this one to be just as exciting. Fishing should be good and with four pools of the river available to the anglers, there will be several different presentations that will be effective. Depending on the area that they are fishing, you will find anglers using every technique from jigging to handlining.”Coverage of the FLW Walleye League Finals on the Mississippi River will be broadcast to 81 million FSN (Fox Sports Net) subscribers in the United States on Nov. 11 as part of the “FLW Outdoors” television program. “FLW Outdoors” airs Sunday mornings at 11 Eastern time. “FLW Outdoors” is also broadcast internationally to more than 429 million households in such countries as Germany, China, South Africa, Australia, Malaysia, Russia, Hungary and the United Kingdom, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoor-sports television show in the world. Additionally, FLW Outdoors is proud to provide tournament coverage to more than 800,000 servicemembers stationed around the world in 177 countries and aboard Navy ships through broadcasts on the American Forces Network.The Quad Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau is hosting the FLW Walleye League Finals. For more information, call 563.322.3911.The Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League was created to provide grassroots walleye anglers 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 Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Series, Stren Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail presented by Abu Garcia, Ranger Owners Tournament Championship Series, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series, Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series and Wal-Mart FLW Striper Series. These circuits offer combined purses of nearly $43 million through 241 events in 2007. 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 Walmart.com.For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments, visit FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000.