The T-H Marine Bass Fishing League is set to compete in their final regular season tournament on Grand Lake 'O the Cherokees this weekend.
The T-H Marine BFL Okie Division will have up to 400 boaters take off from Wolf Creek Park, on Saturday and Sunday, September 7 and 8. Anglers will be competing in the two day 'Super Tournament' will battle for top awards around $11,000 and $4,500.
T-H Marine BFL is a branch of the Fishing League Worldwide. The schedule for the tournament is take off at 7 a.m. and weigh in at 3 p.m. for both days.
"The final regular-season BFL Okie Division tournament should be an exciting event for tournament anglers. When the BFL visited the fishery for a Super Tournament in September 2018, working main-lake points and bluff ends in the back of Horse Creek with a shaky-head rig was the ticket to victory for top finisher Dane Coale. Targeting docks and shallow wood cover with football-head jigs has also been a good tactic in past BFL Super Tournaments held in September on Grand Lake. Similar patterns will likely be seen at next weekend’s tournament. The best angler at this early-September BFL Super Tournament will likely need to post a two-day total of 10 bass approaching 35 pounds to secure top honors," said Brian Johnson, FLW's Communications Specialist.
All anglers will compete on Saturday, the first day of competition, with the top 20-percent advancing to the second and final day of competition on Sunday.
The top 45 competitors in the Okie Division and the top five winners from the regular season tournament will advance to the BFL Regional held on Kentucky Lake on October 17-19.
"The 2019 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division. The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American," said Johnson.
The 2020 BFL All-American Tournament will be held on April 30 through May 2 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina.The tournament is hosted by Visit Anderson. The top performers in the BFL will have the change to move up to the Costa FLW Series or the FLW Tour.
Going into the tournament, John Soukup from Agra, OK leads the standing with 963 points. Soukup has earned $2,779 in bass tournaments this year. Right on Soukup's heels is Nick Kincade of Coweta, OK. Kincade has earned 936 points this season and earned $4,955. In third is Sean McAllister. McAllister is from Checotah, OK, has 929 points and earned $936.
There are two Grove locals in the standings. Mark Collings is listed in 38th place with 729 points and Mick Fenn rounds out the top fifty with 677 points. Fenn has earned $707 through the league.
Nearly 170 fishermen are listed in the Okie Division on FLW's website.
In late October, Grand Lake will host a BFL Regional Tournament with anglers coming from Arkansas, Texas, Illinois and Missouri.
FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2019 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW and their partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain and Zimbabwe. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube.