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MINNEAPOLIS – Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced Wednesday that Portugal has become the latest country to sign an exclusive licensing agreement and will begin offering Portuguese anglers the opportunity to compete in FLW-sanctioned bass fishing tournaments in 2018. The agreement was signed by FLW President of Operations Kathy Fennel and José Neves, CEO and President of FLW Portugal.

Portugal will run a series of FLW tournaments that advance anglers, who are citizens of Portugal, to the International Division at the Costa FLW Series Championship beginning in 2018. One angler will compete as a pro, with FLW providing a fully-rigged Ranger boat, and one angler will compete as a co-angler.

“Bass fishing in Portugal is gaining more and more followers each year, and I strongly believe that the opportunities that FLW provides for international competitors make them the right partner for our anglers,” said Neves. “Largemouth bass are considered an invasive species in our country, so the more the fishing community can do for the sport of competitive angling the more bass will gain in popularity and in importance to tourism. We are excited to send our anglers to compete in Guntersville, Alabama at the 2018 Costa FLWSeries Championship.”

The top pro award at the Costa FLW Series Championship is $95,000, including a Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard if the pro is Ranger Cup qualified, and the top co-angler award is a Ranger Z175 boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude outboard. The highest finishing pro from the International Division at the Costa FLW Series Championship will advance to the following year’s Forrest Wood Cup for the chance to compete on the sport’s biggest stage.

South Africa’s Michael Matthee was the highest finishing International pro at the 2017 Costa FLW Series Championship and will now represent the FLW International Division at the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Arkansas. Matthee is also the first International pro to finish in the top 10 at the Costs FLW Series Championship. He finished ninth.

“Since the launch of the International program three years ago we have showcased multiple anglers from around the world competing at the FLW Series Championship,” said Fennel. “We are happy to announce that Portugal will be joining us in 2018 and the talented Portuguese anglers will have world-class tournaments to demonstrate their skill. We look forward to welcoming them to the FLW family.”

Portugal is now the seventh country to sign on for the international sanctioning program, joining Canada, China, Italy, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea.

For more information about FLW Portugal visit

Courtesy FLW Communications.

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MOUNTAIN HOME, Ark. Nov. 30, 2017 Many anglers got their start in competitive fishing by teaming with a partner in local weekend events on their home lakes. Team tournaments have always been known to be a lot of fun — and there have been times when these tournaments could be a good money-making venture. But only for the past four years have team events offered a path to the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods.
Founded in 2014, the Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship starts with the same simple concept as most team events around the country. Two partners fish for two days out of the same boat for bass that will go in the same livewell. The team with the heaviest total weight wins.
This year, the tournament will head to Mountain Home, Ark., Dec. 6-9 with competition on Norfork Lake.
After deciding a team champion on the final competition day, the six anglers from the Top 3 teams are sent back onto the lake for a two-day solo tournament. The winning individual earns a berth to the Classic.
The Team Championship is comprised of the top teams from organized tournament trails around the country. The trails must register with B.A.S.S. before the season.
The program has been a hit from the start — and has only gotten bigger. In 2014, 38 trails from around the country competed in the inaugural tournament. That number grew to 57 trails (with 11,866 members) in 2017, and the fourth annual Toyota Bonus Bucks Bassmaster Team Championship will draw more than 170 boats.
The winning team will take home the trophy and a Nitro Z20 boat powered by a Mercury 225 Pro XS with a Minn Kota trolling motor and Lowrance electronics valued at $41,995. In addition, teams finishing through 34th place will earn a check based on a 170-boat field.
B.A.S.S. officials expect continued growth for the Team Championship, as the event gives grass-roots anglers a chance to chase their dreams.
The 101 Boat Dock (565 Howard Cove Rd.) in Gamaliel will be the location for daily takeoffs at 6:45 a.m. CT, with weigh-ins following at 2:45 p.m.
The Mountain Home Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the event.

2017 Bassmaster Team Championship Title Sponsor: Toyota Bonus Bucks

2017 Bassmaster Team Championship Premier Sponsors: Mercury, Nitro Boats, Skeeter Boats, Yamaha, Huk, Humminbird, Minn Kota, Shell Rotella, Power-Pole

2017 Bassmaster Team Championship Supporting Sponsors: Livingston Lures, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Carhartt, Phoenix Boats, Shimano, T-H Marine, Advance Auto Parts

Courtesy of BASS Communications.