Who says only the big pro bass circuit anglers can win hefty prizes for pulling in the fish? This weekend the Walmart Bass Fishing League (BFL) is at Lake Guntersville, Alabama, giving top amateurs an opportunity to fish to win a Chevy 1500 Silverado and a Ranger Z18 with 200 horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard. The BFL brings together anglers from four different divisions in Guntersville from Oct 3 – 5, 2013. We met up with the father of one of the competitors. Father and son traveled all the way from Louisville, KY to participate. I asked the proud dad what it took for his son to qualify for the BFL. It turns out that his son had to compete in five tournaments and pull in enough bass in each event to qualify for the Bass Fishing League and a chance at the prizes. These are all serious anglers!
So far the BFL here at Lake Guntersville has enjoyed good weather. Temperatures have started out in the mornings in the high 50’s and climbed to the 80’s by mid-afternoon. Fog delayed the anglers for about an hour and a half this morning, but they fished hard to make up for lost time. Folks in the know speculate that something in the range of 60 pounds will have a good shot at winning the tournament here at Lake Guntersville. We watched the action at some of today’s weigh in. The current leader had just over 40 pounds for two days of fishing. There were a lot of spectators at the weigh in and everyone was having a great time.
The personal financial commitment that these anglers make is substantial. They have their own boats, engines, gear, tackle and transportation. In many areas of the south, boating is almost synonymous with fishing. Families take every opportunity they can to go out fishing together and to enjoy time on the water. We started BoaterRated to help all boaters, especially those who are passionate about their boating (and fishing!) and who don’t have anyone to sponsor their hobby. BoaterRated is an objective source of information from real boaters and we aim to help you make the most of your hard-earned dollars.
We wish all the anglers participating in the BLF this weekend lots of luck and great fishing. Whoever takes home the big prizes will surely deserve them!