Looks Like Stren will replace TTT. Greater pay outs and higher entry fees.
Story below is from FLW website
[glb]FLW Outdoors realigns bass tournament offerings in Texas
Focus placed on Stren Series, BFL for advancement opportunities [/glb]
BENTON, Ky. — FLW Outdoors announced today that it will realign its bass tournament offerings in Texas next season, suspending the Texas Tournament Trail and focusing instead on the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League and Stren Series, which offer Texas anglers the opportunity to advance to the Wal-Mart FLW Series and Wal-Mart FLW Tour.
“The TTT was a very popular tournament trail, but it did not offer anglers the opportunity to advance to higher levels of competition” said FLW Outdoors President and CEO Charlie Evans. “It filled a gap in our tournament circuits that no longer exists, and hasn’t since 2006 when we dedicated an entire Stren Series division to the state.”
Anglers living and fishing in Texas can now start their tournament careers in the Cowboy and/or Louisiana/Texas divisions of the BFL then advance to the Stren Series and ultimately to the FLW Tour and FLW Series.
“Everything we do is based on starting anglers at the grassroots level and offering them the opportunity to qualify for higher, more lucrative levels of competition if they so choose,” Evans said. “The TTT did not fit that mold.”
The Stren Series Texas Division offers top awards of $65,000 for pros and $35,000 for co-anglers and payouts of $825 and $325, respectively, through 60th place in every qualifying tournament plus the opportunity to advance to both the $1 million Stren Series Championship and the $2 million Forrest Wood Cup, where pros fish for top awards of $140,000 and $1 million. Additionally, the Stren Series offers Texas anglers a pathway to the lucrative FLW Tour and FLW Series, where top pro awards range from $125,000 to $200,000 in regular-season tournaments. FLW Tour and FLW Series tournaments are also broadcast to an international television audience of more than 500 million households and streamed live over the internet at FLWOutdoors.com.
The top 40 pros and top 40 co-anglers in the Stren Series Texas Division advance to the Stren Series Championship, which pays as much as $140,000 to the winning pro and as much as $70,000 to the winning co-angler Additionally, Stren Series Championship payouts extend through 50th place, offering pros $6,000 and co-anglers $2,000. The top 10 pros and top 10 co-anglers in the Stren Series Texas Division points standings also qualify for the FLW Tour and FLW Series the following season, and the top pro and co-angler finishers from the Texas Division at the Stren Series Championship advance to the Forrest Wood Cup for a shot at winning as much as $1 million and $50,000, respectively.
Entry fees for the Stren Series are $825 per event for pros and $325 per event for co-anglers. Ranger boat owners may register beginning Dec. 7, Champion and Stratos owners may register beginning Dec. 10, and TBF members may register beginning Dec. 11. All other entries will be accepted beginning Dec. 12.
Boater entry fees for the BFL are $200 for qualifiers and $300 for Super Tournaments. Co-angler entry fees the BFL are $100 for qualifiers and $150 for Super Tournaments.
Entries for the 2008 season may be made online at FLWOutdoors.com or by calling (270) 252-1000. Phones are open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central time Monday through Friday. Complete schedules for the 2008 season are available online at FLWOutdoors.com.
Wal-Mart and many of America’s largest and most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as an FLW Outdoors sponsor in 1997 and today is the world’s leading supporter of tournament fishing. For more information about Wal-Mart, visit Walmart.com.
For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments, browse FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000.