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TheDrunkenTigah
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Major League Fishing aquires FLW
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Major League Fishing (MLF) announced today that it has reached an agreement to acquire Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization. The Letter of Intent (LOI) sets in motion the most significant brand merger in competitive bass fishing history, linking a tour and original, award-winning programming featuring the top professional anglers in the world to an extensive grassroots organization that serves tens of thousands of competitive anglers from high school and college to weekenders and tour pros.


I fished my first few BFLs this past year and had a blast, will be interested to see how they handle the format going forward. I always thought that MLF would need a feeder league to sustain itself and now they got one. Boyd Duckett ain’t playin around.

Additional details from MLF

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All remaining 2019 events on the FLW tournament schedule will be contested as previously organized, with no changes to competition days/times, venues, payouts, etc.


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FLW High School Fishing, YETI College Fishing, T-H Marine BFL and Costa Series circuits will continue in 2020 and beyond, with the addition of three regions in the Costa Series, and reduced entry fees for both BFL and Costa Series boaters and co-anglers. The most significant alteration will occur at the top of the FLW professional tournament ladder.


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The Pro Circuit will operate on a six-day competition schedule that features FLW’s traditional five-fish-limit format on Days 1 through 3, transitioning to the MLF catch, weigh, immediate-release/every scoreable bass counts format on Days 4 through 6 (which include two 10-angler Knockout Rounds and a final 10-angler Championship Round). As is the case in all rounds of the MLF Bass Pro Tour, MLF-appointed in-boat officials will manage the competition and weighing of fish on the final three days of the FLW Pro Circuit.


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The BFL competition structure will continue as-is in 2020, with the same number of regions, tournaments and super tournaments as in 2019, all competing under the traditional five-fish-limit format. Entry fees will be reduced to $200 for boaters and $100 for co-anglers for single-day events, and $300/$200 for the two-day super tournaments.
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tigerbass
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re: Major League Fishing aquires FLW
I just hope the door always stays open for dreamers. With all the high school and other avenues nowadays kids have a better chance to make a living.


TheDrunkenTigah
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That’s gonna be the part to watch. They have to figure out how to make the MLF format jive with kids and weekend warriors like me to keep growing. I could envision some kind of an app based weigh in system but I don’t know how you keep it honest without officials on every boat.


dfintlyHmmrd
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but I don’t know how you keep it honest without officials on every boat.



The app could require pictures potentially, or even better would be a facetime like system, although coverage can be spotty.


TheDrunkenTigah
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More details added to OP. Seems like they have already thought a lot of this through.


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The app could require pictures potentially, or even better would be a facetime like system, although coverage can be spotty.


Yea, that would never work in South La. as most of the time fishing you have no cellphone signal..


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PillageUrVillage
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I was wary of this at first. But after reading the details, this doesn't sound like a bad thing.


TheDrunkenTigah
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I definitely like that they're open to keeping both the five biggest and the cumulative weight formats going forward on the pro side. I enjoy watching both depending on the lake.

Lowering entry fees on the BFLs is gonna be interesting. I like the idea of not having to shell out so much cash when I know I don't stand much of a chance to actually place but the fields were already 175+ boats. Can only assume that number will grow, and with BFLs they can't really split it up over multiple days when everyone who fishes it has a day job to get back to.


dfintlyHmmrd
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can't really split it up over multiple days


Plus, this would be unfair to some of the anglers since conditions and the bite change from day to day, it wouldn't be a level playing field.


TheDrunkenTigah
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If they did split the field up they would only compete against people that day, MLF already does this for their big events. Whoever makes the cut moves to the next round. Problem with that for BFLs is the final round would have to be either monday or the next weekend, and a lot of people aren't gonna be able to commit to that.


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