FLW announced this week that the 37th annual T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) All-American will be held at South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell in 2020.
The tournament, scheduled for April 30-May 2, will serve as a showcase for the nation’s best weekend anglers and awards the winner a $120,000 cash award and an automatic berth into the 2020 FLW Cup.
While it's not hosted the All-American before, Lake Hartwell has played host to numerous major tournaments over the years, including four FLW Tour events, two FLW College Fishing tournaments and 44 BFL qualifying events. It's also hosted three Bassmaster Classics and an Elite Series event earlier this year.
“We couldn’t be more excited to be bringing the 2020 BFL All-American to Lake Hartwell,” said Kathy Fennel, FLW President of Operations. “We’ve had great success hosting tournaments in Anderson in the past and the attendance at our previous events has made bringing our All-American championship there an obvious choice. The bass fishing fans in South Carolina have always been extremely passionate and enthusiastic, and we’re proud to be bringing our championship event to them.”
It's estimated the tournament will have a $1 million economic impact on the Anderson, S.C., area.
“We are very excited to be able to host the great folks from FLW at Green Pond Landing, Lake Hartwell and Anderson County for the 2020 BFL All American,” said Neil Paul, executive director for Visit Anderson. “FLW has been an integral part of the growth and development of Green Pond and we are excited to have them back. FLW and the participating anglers will be welcomed by a nationally ranked facility and fishery, a community that is very supportive of fishing and a team at Anderson County and Visit Anderson that is dedicated to providing the best tournament experience in the country. This announcement is a huge win for our county.”
The All-American field will consist of 55 boaters and co-anglers who will qualify through the six existing regional championships this year, the BFL Wild Card, the 2020 TBF National Championship along with the second-, third- and fourth-place teams from the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship.