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Boats Become Artworks Afloat

Posted: April 10, 2014 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO FLIP PUTTHOFF Travis Fox of Rogers, an FLW pro angler, shows artwork Wednesday that decorates his bass boat. Graphics on the boats and vehicles of fishermen are moving billboards that promote their sponsors.

Fishing fans can spot an FLW angler coming from a mile away. That's the whole idea.

Fast Facts

FLW Fishing

• 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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