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FLW Announces Changes to Events Because of Travel Restrictions to New York

8 Jul, 2020


FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, announced today that due to New York’s recently announced travel restrictions, the organization will shift its July 9-11 Toyota Series Northern Division opener from the St. Lawrence River at Massena, New York, to Lake Erie at Sandusky, Ohio.

“The City of Sandusky is excited for the opportunity to host the Toyota Series at the Shelby Street Boat Launch facility,” said Eric Wobser, City Manager for the City of Sandusky. “We welcome the opportunity to provide access from our waterfront downtown destination and are encouraged by FLW’s commitment to safety and the guidelines set during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

“The Town of Massena deeply regrets that FLW has to reschedule the Toyota Series outside New York State due to the newly-implemented directives for people traveling from other parts of the country,” said Don Meissner, Tournament Coordinator for the Town of Massena. “The town highly values its relationship with FLW and we look forward to future tournaments.”

Entries will roll over to the rescheduled event unless instructed otherwise.

Anglers will take off daily at 6 a.m. EDT from the Shelby Street Boat Launch Facility, located at 101 Shelby St., in Sandusky. Weigh-ins will also be held at the Shelby Street Launch Facility and will begin at 2 p.m. To minimize the spread of COVID-19, attendance is limited to competing anglers and essential staff only. Fans are encouraged to forgo the daily takeoffs and weigh-ins and follow the event online through the “FLW Live” weigh-in broadcasts and daily coverage at FLWFishing.com.

FLW continues to monitor Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), federal, state and local guidelines. Officials are still evaluating options for other New York events, including the 2020 Tackle Warehouse FLW TITLE presented by Toyota, currently scheduled Aug. 24-29 at the St. Lawrence River in Massena, New York. No additional updates are available at this time.

The Toyota Series consists of eight divisions – Central, Eastern, Northern, Plains, Southeastern, Southern, Southwestern and Western – each holding three regular-season events, along with the International division. Anglers who fish all three qualifiers in any of the eight divisions and finish in the top 25 will qualify for the no-entry-fee Toyota Series Championship for a shot at winning $235,000 cash, including a $35,000 FLW PHOENIX Bonus for qualified anglers. The winning co-angler at the championship earns a new Phoenix 518 Pro bass boat with a 115-horsepower outboard. The 2020 Toyota Series Championship will be held Dec. 3-5 on Lake Cumberland in Burnside, Kentucky, and is hosted by the Somerset Tourist & Convention Commission and the Burnside Tourism Commission.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow the Toyota Series on FLW’s social media outlets at Facebook, TwitterInstagram, and YouTube.

About FLW - FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, FLW and its partners conduct more than 290 bass-fishing tournaments annually around the world, including the United States, Canada, China, Italy, South Korea, Mexico, Namibia, Portugal, South Africa, Spain, and Zimbabwe.

FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show while Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. Acquired by Major League Fishing in late 2019, FLW is expanding its programming in 2020 to the Outdoor Channel and the Sportsman Channel as well as on-demand at MyOutdoorTV (MOTV).

For more information visit FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at FacebookTwitterInstagramand YouTube.

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