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Wal-Mart BFL tournament trail stops at Mistletoe this weekend

Mistletoe State Park in Appling will host the takeoff and weigh-in for the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Savannah River Division Tournament. The event will be held this Saturday, Feb. 18.

The takeoff and weigh-in's will be at 7 a.m. and 3 p.m. but may be spread out some.

"All boats can't go off at the same time because it would be unsafe," said Bill Tinley, of Mistletoe State Park. "They will be staggered coming back."

According to a press release from FLW (Forrest L. Wood) Outdoors, as many as 200 boaters and 200 co-anglers are expected to compete in the tournament. Cash prizes of up to $45,000 will be awarded and points will be given that count towards postseason competition. The Boater Division winner could win as much as $6,000.

"The goal is to acquire enough points to fish the FLW Outdoors," said Mr. Tinley. The BFL (Bass Fishing League) is what Triple A baseball is to the Major Leagues.

There will be two categories: boater and co-angler. The boater is the owner and can make the most money of the two categories. The co-angler does what the boater says to do and is also eligible for a pay out, according to Mr. Tinley.

Saturday's event at Clark's Hill Lake will be the first of five regular-season events in the $8.8 million Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League series.

Spectators will want to do more observing than asking, according to Mr. Tinley.

"These people don't give away their secrets," he said. "Watch what they're putting on their lines; it's a real spectacle, something to see."

The event is free, but there is a $3 fee to park. For more information, call Mistletoe State Park at 541-0321.

Web posted on Thursday, February 16, 2006

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