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Lake Okeechobee to Kick Off FLW EverStart SE Div. Season

The October 2012 print issue of Florida Sportsman Magazine will be on newsstands any day, and in it is a terrific feature article about rising Florida tournament stars in the bass fishing world. Among the regular coverage here on the Fresh Water page, we include updates from the FLW and Bassmaster tours. Posted below is an announcement from FLW  about the upcoming EverStart Series. –Jeff Weakley, Editor

From www.flwoutdoors.com

FLW has announced the 2013 EverStart Series schedule, which will again consist of five divisions — Central, Northern, Southeastern, Texas and Western — with four events per division.

The events will feature a field of up to 150 pros and 150 co-anglers. The full field will compete on days one and two, then the top-10 pros and co-anglers will advance to the final day of competition, where the winner will be determined by the heaviest three-day cumulative weight.

Top awards have been increased for 2013 with pros competing for $40,000 and co-anglers fishing for a Ranger Z117 with a 90-horsepower outboard in every tournament. If the angler is Ranger Cup qualified, the winning pro will also receive a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower outboard and the winning co-angler will receive an additional $5,000. Second place pays $15,000 for pros and $5,000 for co-anglers. Entry fees are unchanged at $1,000 per tournament for pros and $400 per event for co-anglers.

The Southeastern Division schedule is as follows:

Jan. 10-12: Lake Okeechobee, C. Scott Draper Park, Okeechobee, FL

Feb. 28-Mar. 2: Lake Guntersville, Lake Guntersville State Park, Guntersville, AL

Apr. 4-6: Lake Seminole, Bainbridge Earle May Boat Basin, Bainbridge, GA

May 7-11: Wheeler Lake, Joe Wheeler State Park, Rogersville, AL

For complete details and updated information browse FLWOutdoors.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the EverStart Series on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

About FLW

FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing unparalleled fishing resources and entertainment to our sponsors, fans and host communities. FLW is offering anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2012 over the course of 191 tournaments across five tournament circuits, each providing an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the “Best in Fishing, On and Off the Water,” through a variety of platforms including tournaments, outdoor expos and the world’s richest fantasy sports game – FLW Fantasy Fishing. For more information about FLW and FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit FLWOutdoors.com or FantasyFishing.com and look for FLW on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishingand on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.