Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced last week the complete professional angler roster for the upcoming 2019 FLW Tour season, the 24th season of the FLW Tour. The field will be showcased along the 2019 FLW Tour, which features seven regular-season tournaments around the country with competition kicking off at Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Jan. 10-13, in Brookeland, Texas, and culminating with the world championship of bass fishing – the FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton, Aug. 9-11, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Among the 170 professional anglers competing will be local angler David Williams of Maiden, who will be competing in his second season on the Tour. Smith has career earnings of more than $424,000 with FLW and finished his inaugural Tour campaign ranked an impressive 7th out of 198 anglers in 2018.
There was enormous demand to compete on the 2019 FLW Tour, with 210 anglers registering for a slot on the prestigious tournament circuit in its final year of priority registration before switching to a strict qualifying process and a 150-pro field in 2020.
The top award at each Tour event is $125,000 with $300,000 going to the winner of the FLW Cup. Since the final field exceeds the published payout basis of 150 pros, FLW will survey all 170 participating pros to finalize the 2019 payout structure.
“With the demand we saw this year to join the FLW Tour, we couldn’t be more eager to kick off another season at Sam Rayburn Reservoir in January,” said Bill Taylor, FLW’s Senior Director of Tournament Operations. “FLW has long been the home to some of the most decorated bass anglers in the sport, and with the expanded live coverage at all of our Tour events this year, we are more than ready to show off their skills at some of the best fisheries in the world.”
The 2019 FLW Tour roster is headlined by a stout contingent of bass-fishing heavyweights, including three-time Angler of the Year (AOY) and 2003 FLW Cup champion David Dudley of Lynchburg, Virginia, 2015 AOY and 2011 FLW Cup champion Scott Martin of Clewiston, Florida, and two-time Angler of the Year Bryan Thrift of Shelby, North Carolina. They’ll be joined by bass-fishing legends Jimmy Houston of Cookson, Oklahoma, and Larry Nixon of Quitman, Arkansas, as well as three former FLW Cup champions – John Cox (2016), Brad Knight (2015) and Darrel Robertson (2002). The 2019 Tour will also feature 34 rookies from around the country.
The complete FLW Tour roster for 2019 can be found at FLWFishing.com.
2019 FLW Tour Regular-Season Schedule:
January 10-13 Sam Rayburn Reservoir Brookeland, Texas
Hosted by the Jasper County Development District
February 7-10 Lake Toho Kissimmee, Fla.
Hosted by Experience Kissimmee and Experience Kissimmee/Kissimmee Sports
March 7-10 Lake Seminole Bainbridge, Ga.
Hosted by the Bainbridge Convention and Visitors Bureau
March 28-31 Grand Lake Grove, Okla.
Hosted by the City of Grove and Cherokee Casino Grove
April 11-14 Cherokee Lake Jefferson City, Tenn.
Hosted by the Economic Development Alliance, Jefferson County
May 2-5 Lake Chickamauga Dayton, Tenn.
Hosted by Fish Dayton and the Rhea Economic and Tourism Council
June 27-30 Lake Champlain Plattsburgh, N.Y.
Hosted by the City of Plattsburgh and Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau
Aug. 10-12 FLW Cup – Lake Hamilton Hot Springs, Ark.
Hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism