Boats Become Artworks Afloat
Posted: April 10, 2014 at 5 a.m.
Fishing fans can spot an FLW angler coming from a mile away. That's the whole idea.
• Fishing begins today in the Walmart FLW Tour bass tournament at Beaver Lake and concludes Sunday.
• Take-off is at 7 a.m. each day. Weigh-ins on Thursday and Friday begin at 3 p.m. at Prairie Creek park. Weigh-ins Saturday and Sunday start at 4 p.m. at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers.
• About 175 pro division anglers and 175 co-anglers will compete. Co-anglers fish from the back of the pro’s boat. Entry fee in the pro division is $4,000. Co-angler entry fee is $700. First place in the pro division receives $100,000, or $125,000 if the pro drives a Ranger boat. Co-angler top prize is $20,000.
• Beaver Lake is the fourth stop this season for FLW anglers.
• “FLW” stands for Forrest L. Wood, founder of Ranger boats. Ranger is a major tournament sponsor.
• Only the three species of black bass — smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass — may be weighed. Smallmouth and largemouth bass must be 15 inches or longer. Spotted bass must be 12 inches or longer.
• The FLW expo will be from noon to 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday at the John Q. Hammons Center. Pro angler Rich Dalby will sponsor a food drive for the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank. Everyone who donates five cans of food will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Walmart gift card.
• A free concert by country star Rodney Atkins is at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Hammons Center.
Source: Staff Report
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