FLW College Fishing to Open Southeast Division on Lake Okeechobee
National Guard FLW College Fishing is headed to Lake Okeechobee Jan. 8 for the first of four stops in the Southeast Division. Forty college teams will be competing for a top award of $10,000 to be split between the school and bass fishing club; $7,500 for bass club and $2,500 for their school.
?For the past six months Okeechobee has been the best bass fishing lake in the country,? said National Guard pro Scott Martin of Clewiston, Fla., who won the 2010 FLW Series event on Lake Okeechobee. ?But the lower than normal lake levels and the major cold front that plagued south Florida has really created some issues to contend with on the lake."
?There is no warm water for the fish on the flats so they have gone deeper and into heavier cover making it difficult to find and catch the fish. Weights are probably going to be a bit lower than we have seen recently, 15 to 16 pounds could win it where a couple of weeks ago it was taking 20 pounds to win."
?Flipping will still be good, lipless crankbaits will work and good old fashioned worm fishing would be the way to go,? added Martin. ?Anglers should really prepare for cooler than normal conditions which will slow the bite down, as well as warm temperatures. If it does warm-up, spawning will take off.?
Anglers will take off from C. Scott Driver Park located at 10100 West Highway 78 in Okeechobee, Fla., at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Weigh-in will be held at the marina beginning at 1:30 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
The top five teams from each tournament will qualify for the regional championship where the first-place team wins $12,500 cash for their school and $12,500 cash and a Ranger 177TR bass boat with a 90 horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard wrapped in school colors for their fishing club. The top five teams from each regional tournament advance to the national championship where the first-place team wins $25,000 for their school and $50,000 cash and a Ranger 177TR bass boat with a 90 horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard wrapped in school colors for their fishing club.
College Fishing is free to enter and FLW Outdoors provides boats and drivers for each competing team along with travel allowances. All participants must be registered, full-time undergraduate students at a four-year college or university and members of a fishing club recognized by their college or university.
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