FLW Tour Moves Bass Fishing Championship to July
MINNEAPOLIS (Sept. 26, 2003) - FLW Outdoors announced Friday that the dates of the 2004 FLW Tour Championship and Outdoor Show have changed from Sept. 8-11 to July 28-31 "in order to better serve tournament anglers, fans and families." However, this is the exact same dates as the Bassmaster Classic.
FLW Outdoors Chairman Irwin Jacobs said the idea of holding a summer championship has been under consideration for some time and is the next logical step in the evolution of the FLW Tour. "From the very beginning, the foundation of FLW Outdoors has been firmly rooted in the ideals of family," Jacobs said. "Families play an important role in FLW Tour events and are essential to the future well being of the sport of fishing. Moving the FLW Tour Championship and Outdoor Show to July, when most schools are out of session and entire families can experience the thrill of championship fishing, makes sense and is the right thing to do."
The views of anglers who have competed in previous FLW Tour championships were also taken into consideration. "Over the years many anglers have suggested that we hold the FLW Tour Championship in either July or August so their families can join them at the event," FLW Outdoors president Charlie Hoover said. "By moving the FLW Tour Championship and Outdoor Show to July, we not only fulfill the anglers' requests but also eliminate the two month break before the championship that was also a concern for anglers."
The location for the 2004 FLW Tour Championship remains the same, Logan Martin Lake near Birmingham, Ala. "The state of Alabama has played a pivotal role in the growth of tournament bass fishing in the United States and for FLW Outdoors," Hoover said. "We are pleased to be holding the FLW Tour Championship on one of the country's greatest bass fisheries, Logan Martin Lake in Alabama." Reaction from B.A.S.S., the organization that runs the Bassmaster Classic, as well as reaction from the professional anglers has yet to be seen.