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UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Kentucky / Barkley Lake

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Mission

Fishing League Worldwide, better known as FLW, is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing unparalleled fishing resources and opportunities for anglers, sponsors, fans and host communities.

FLW is committed to providing a lifestyle experience that is the best in fishing, on and off the water. This is accomplished through a variety of platforms, including the sport’s largest tournaments, family-friendly expos, award-winning television, industry-leading live streaming video, a cutting-edge website, insightful magazine content and social media with more than 1 million fans.

 


 

Core Values


Integrity
We provide fair, competitive tournaments and deliver on our brand promise with respect and sound principles of character.

Outreach
We are dedicated to giving back and improving each community we visit. Through our family-friendly events and community partnerships, we build strong relationships everywhere we go. Community outreach is an integral part of our tradition of valued community service.

Commitment
We uphold a sincere passion and respect for our anglers, sponsors, fans, employees, communities and partners who share a common love for the competitive and recreational spirit of fishing. We are committed to providing excitement and entertainment to families through unique, creative experiences, while also promoting public awareness for the sport of fishing. Our loyalty to our constituents has created strong, long-term relationships.

Conservation
We are leaders in conservation, fishing education and protection of our resources. We elevate our environmental commitment by fostering innovative approaches to conservation by maintaining industry-leading live-release rates. We are committed to protecting the environment and educating others to do the same.

Innovation
We elevate the sport of fishing by providing a distinct and unique experience at our events and through multiple FLW platforms, cutting-edge technology such as FLW Live and creative marketing strategies. We set the standard in our industry.

 


 

History

365体育投注The tournament-fishing landscape changed dramatically on July 24, 1996, when Minneapolis businessman Irwin L. Jacobs purchased a little-known bass-tournament organization in the small town of Gilbertsville, Ky., renamed it FLW after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, and signed major corporations as sponsors for the world’s most lucrative bass-tournament circuit — the FLW Tour.

Jacobs recognized that there was spectacular demand among enthusiastic bass anglers for well-organized tournaments with all-cash paybacks. His goal was to grow the sport and increase its participation base by supplying these anglers with opportunities to compete in professionally conducted events that would also engage the sport’s growing fan base through innovative print, online and television coverage.

Jacobs envisioned a complete hierarchy of tournament circuits that would accommodate everyone from the beginner to the full-time touring professional. The key to the hierarchy was a series of qualifying circuits that allowed anglers to advance to the next level of competition and correspondingly bigger payouts.

Since Jacobs first sought to change the tournament-fishing landscape in 1996, FLW has grown into the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization. FLW adopted its Fishing League Worldwide tagline in 2014 and has since added events in Canada, China, Italy, Korea, Mexico Portugal, Spain and South Africa. Today FLW is the only tournament organization to serve bass anglers of all skill levels from coast to coast in the United State plus internationally in eight countries as of 2018.

 


 

Executive Bios

Kathy Fennel – Executive Vice President & General Manager

365体育投注Kathy Fennel has been a key figure in the FLW organization since 1982 and has become one of the most influential people in the fishing industry. Her strength and experience were recognized in 1996 when she was promoted to operations manager. The following year she was appointed vice president of operations, and in 2004 she was promoted to executive vice president and chief operating officer. Fennel then became president of operations in 2010, a position she held until MLF and FLW merged in the fall of 2019.

As executive vice president & general manager of FLW, Fennel oversees day-to-day operations at FLW, making sure the organization continues to provide prestigious, well-organized tournaments of which participants, fans and sponsors are proud to be a part of.

The growth of FLW has Fennel overseeing and working directly with tournament directors, site solicitation, logistics, information technology, Bass Fishing365体育投注 magazine, “FLW” television, angler management and numerous other daily responsibilities. She also works with the marketing division to ensure exposure for the organization and its partners.

Fennel is a 2015 inductee into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame and a member of the USAngling board of directors and the Recreational Boating and Fishing Foundation (RBFF) board of directors.

 

Dave Washburn – Vice President of Operations

Dave Washburn joined FLW as a Communications Specialists in 1999 and was promoted to Communications Director and Executive Editor of FLW Bass Fishing magazine in 2002. In 2004 he was promoted to Vice President of Communications and currently serves the company as Vice President of Operations, a position he has held since 2011. 

Washburn’s responsibilities include oversight of domestic tournament operations and management of FLW’s international partnerships, which include tournaments in 10 countries outside the United States. He is a husband and father of two with a passion for youth sports.

Washburn graduated from Murray State University in 1995 as “Outstanding Senior Man.” Prior to joining FLW, he worked as a communications specialist for Ralston Purina in St. Louis following internships with the St. Louis Rams and Fleishman-Hillard International Communications. He holds a bachelor’s degree in advertising and a master’s degree in mass communications. 

365体育投注Washburn is active in his community as booster for Marshal County High School fishing team and South Marshall Middle School basketball teams. He has served as president of the Murray State University Alumni Association and chairman of the Marshall County Chamber of Commerce. He currently serves on the Wildlife Forever board of directors and as chairman of the American Sportfishing Association’s 60 in 60 committee.

 

Forrest L. Wood

The late Forrest L. Wood is the namesake behind FLW and its fishing tournaments. Born in 1932 in the tiny town of Flippin, Ark., Wood’s passion for angling, boat building, boat safety and wildlife conservation made him a legend in his industry. Known internationally as the “Father of the Modern Bass Boat,” Wood founded the now-famous Ranger Boat Company in 1968. A well-known angler and guide, he brought innovation to the simple boat design of his day. Over time, Wood heightened his passion for angling and boat building by helping to pioneer the competitive sport of bass fishing. He even competed in two Bassmaster Classics.

Wood and his wife, Nina, were both honored with induction into the Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame in 2009.


 

Community Outreach

FLW continues to stand by its motto that the organization must remain committed to “give back and improve each community we visit.” As such, FLW and its staff donate significant time and resources toward enriching our communities and tournament venues.

Outreach initiatives include FLW Foundation Unified Fishing Derbies and school visits by FLW Tour pros to foster environmental education and valuable natural resource education. In addition, the FLW staff regularly schedules hospital visits to boost the morale of sick and handicapped children in our communities.

365体育投注The organization participates in a wide variety of partnerships, which help to enrich inner-city youth programs while providing disadvantaged children with educational opportunities focusing on the great outdoors. Community outreach has, and always will be, an integral part of the FLW tradition of valued community service.

 


SPONSORS

FLW Outdoors