Bobby Garver & Mick Hays Headed to Lake Wiley

Best of Luck to Bobby Garver & Mick Hays, at TBF Nationals!

PONCA CITY, Okla. (Oct. 18, 2007) – The Bass Federation announced today that Lake Wylie in Charlotte, N.C., will once again play host to The Bass Federation National Championship presented by the National Guard. The prestigious event will be held April 24-26 in conjunction with the National Guard’s other premier event – the National Guard Open on nearby Lake Norman, which runs April 24-27. Weigh-ins and Family Fun Zone festivities for both events will be held at the Charlotte  Convention Center.

“We are thrilled to work with FLW Outdoors and the National Guard to further elevate the status of both the National Guard Open and the TBF National Championship,” said TBF President Robert Cartlidge. “Having TBF and FLW Tour anglers together, at the same event, on the same stage in Charlotte will certainly increase the already intense media
spotlight that both tournaments command and both groups of anglers deserve.”

TBF National Championship anglers will compete for a share of $234,000 in cash and merchandise, including a $100,000 “Living the Dream” prize package and berths into two of the sport’s most coveted events – the $1 million BFL All- American presented by Chevy, where boaters compete for a top award of $140,000 and co-anglers cast for a top award of
$70,000, and the $2 million Forrest Wood Cup presented by Castrol, where pros compete for a top award of $1 million and co-anglers fish for a top award of $50,000.

The top boater and top co-angler from each of the TBF’s six divisions at the TBF National Championship in Charlotte will advance to the 2008 All-American on the Connecticut River in Hartford, Conn., May 29-31, while the boater and coangler winners also qualify for the 2008 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray in Columbia, S.C., Aug. 14-17. In addition to
these incredibly lucrative championship berths, the winning boater at the TBF National Championship will also receive $10,000 cash and use of a “Living the Dream” wrapped Chevy truck and Ranger boat powered by Evinrude or Yamaha, sponsor merchandise and entry fees into the winner’s choice of either the 2009 FLW Tour or Wal-Mart FLW Series.
Anglers from six TBF divisions competed during 2007 and qualified through a series of TBF club, TBF state and TBF divisional tournaments to compete in the no-entry-fee 2008 TBF National Championship.

Lake Wylie will be off limits to TBF National Championship anglers April 7 through April 22. An official practice day will be held Wednesday, April 23, followed by three days of competition Thursday, April 24 through Saturday, April 26. The entire field of 36 boaters and 36 co-anglers will compete Thursday and Friday. The field will then be cut to the
top boater and co-angler from each of the TBF’s six divisions for Saturday. The winning boater and co-angler will be determined Saturday by the heaviest three-day accumulated weight.

Daily takeoffs will be held at Copperhead Island Park located at 15200 Soldier Road in Charlotte. Anglers will weigh in each day at 3 p.m. at the Charlotte Convention Center, located at 501 S. College Street.

“We are thrilled to combine the strengths of our two title events into a single mega-event that will be unequaled by any tournament other than the Forrest Wood Cup,” said SFC Frank O’Laughlin of the National Guard Bureau. “Fishing fans from across the region will have a chance to interact with the greatest anglers from The Bass Federation and the FLW
Tour at a single family-friendly event. It is truly a unique opportunity for competitors and fans alike, and it will make a tremendous week of fishing in Charlotte.”

Coverage of the TBF National Championship and the National Guard Open will be broadcast to 81 million FSN (Fox Sports Net) subscribers in the United States during separate and distinct episodes of “FLW Outdoors” featuring each tournament. “FLW Outdoors” airs Sunday mornings at 11 Eastern time. “FLW Outdoors” is also broadcast internationally to 429 million households in such countries as Germany, China, South Africa, Australia, Malaysia, Russia, Hungary and the United Kingdom, making it the most widely distributed fishing program in the world. Additionally, FLW Outdoors is proud to provide tournament coverage to more than 800,000 servicemembers stationed around the world in 177 countries and aboard Navy ships through broadcasts on the American Forces Network.
Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Series, Stren Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail presented by Abu Garcia, Ranger Owners Tournament Championship Series, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series, Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series and Wal-Mart FLW Striper Series. These circuits offer combined purses of nearly $43 million through 241 events in 2007.

The Bass Federation Inc. (TBF) is owned by those it serves and is dedicated to the sport of fishing. TBF affiliated state federations and their member clubs conduct more than 20,000 fishing, youth and conservation events at the local level each year and have provided the foundation for the entire bass-fishing industry for more than 30 years. For more
information about The Bass Federation, visit bassfederation.com or call (580) 765-9031.
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