Special to the News-Journal
MINNEAPOLIS — Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, recently announced the complete professional angler roster for the upcoming 2019 FLW Tour season, and three local anglers made the cut for the the 24th season of the tour.
Among the 170 professional anglers competing will be local anglers Jim Tutt and Christopher Brasher of Longview and 2003 Hallsville High School graduate Jordan Osborne.
Tutt, one of 34 FLW millionaires with just over $1 million in career earnings, is competing in his 21st season on Tour and looks to qualify for his seventh FLW Cup.
Brasher, who has more than $236,000 in FLW career warnings, will be competing in his sixth season as a professional on Tour and will look to qualify for his second FLW Cup.
A former Tour co-angler, Osborne will be entering his fourth season as an FLW Tour pro and will look to qualify for his second FLW Cup fishing from the front of the boat. Osborne has earned more than $99,000 fishing FLW events.
The field will be showcased along the 2019 FLW Tour, which features seven regular-season tournaments around the country with competition kicking off at Sam Rayburn Reservoir, Jan. 10-13 and culminating with the world championship of bass fishing – the FLW Cup at Lake Hamilton, Aug. 9-11, in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
There was enormous demand to compete on the 2019 FLW Tour, with 210 anglers registering for a slot on the prestigious tournament circuit in its final year of priority registration before switching to a strict qualifying process and a 150-pro field in 2020.
The top award at each Tour event is $125,000 with $300,000 going to the winner of the FLW Cup. Since the final field exceeds the published payout basis of 150 pros, FLW will survey all 170 participating pros to finalize the 2019 payout structure.
“With the demand we saw this year to join the FLW Tour, we couldn’t be more eager to kick off another season at Sam Rayburn Reservoir in January,” said Bill Taylor, FLW’s Senior Director of Tournament Operations.
“FLW has long been the home to some of the most decorated bass anglers in the sport, and with the expanded live coverage at all of our Tour events this year, we are more than ready to show off their skills at some of the best fisheries in the world.”