Anglers from six nationwide TBF divisions competed during 2007 and qualified through a series of TBF club, TBF state and TBF divisional tournaments to compete in the no-entry-fee TBF National Championship. The entire field of 40 boaters and 40 co-anglers compete on days one and two for an accumulated two-day weight. The top boater and co-angler from each of the TBF’s six divisions advance to day three, where they continue fishing, carrying their weight from the first round into the final round. The winners are determined by the heaviest three-day accumulated weight.
The winning boater and co-angler at the TBF National Championship will automatically be entered into the 2008 Forest Wood Cup where they have the potential to win $1 million in the Pro Division and $50,000 in the Co-angler Division. The top boater and co-angler from each of the TBF’s six divisions will also be given a berth into the 2008 All-American. With top awards of $140,000 in the Boater Division and $70,000 in the Co-angler Division, the All-American has served as a launching pad for many professional fishing careers.
In addition to incredibly lucrative championship berths, the TBF National Championship will also award $10,000 and a “Living the Dream” prize package to the first-place boater. The package includes use of a “Living the Dream” wrapped Chevy truck and Ranger boat powered either by Evinrude or Yamaha, sponsor merchandise and entry fees into the winner’s choice of either the 2009 Wal-Mart FLW Tour or Wal-Mart FLW Series to compete against the world’s top bass anglers.