March 27 for the first of four stops in the Northern Division series.
Forty collegiate teams will be competing for a top award of $10,000 to
be split evenly between the school and bass fishing club.
"Mountain Island Lake is a miniature Lake Norman," said FLW Tour pro
Chris Baumgardner of Gastonia, N.C., who has won more than $670,000 in
FLW Outdoors competition. "It will fish just like Lake Norman. Guys
will be fishing riprap, secondary points with a crankbait as well as
jigs or a spinnerbait.
"The water temperature is in the 50s and has some color to it,"
Baumgardner added. "Ten pounds should be a good stringer there."
Anglers will take off from Riverbend Access located at 199 Eddie
Nichols Rd. in Mount Holly, N.C., at 7:30 a.m. Weigh-in will be held
at Riverbend Access beginning at 1:30 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are
free and open to the public.
Schools competing in this week's tournament include: Carnegie Mellon
University, Central Michigan, Chestnut Hill College, Christopher
Newport, Concord University, Cornell University, Denison University,
Fairmont State University, Glenville State College, Hampden-Sydney
College, Kent State University, Lebanon Valley College, Longwood
University, Lynchburg College, Mansfield University, Messiah College,
Michigan State University, N.C. State University, Ohio State, Ohio
University, Penn State, Plymouth State College, Radford University,
Ramapo College, Rensselaer, RIT, Shepherd University, Slippery Rock
University, State University of New York-Plattsburgh, UNC–Chapel Hill,
UNC-Charlotte, UNC-Wilmington, Vermont Technical College, Virginia
Tech, VMI, Wake Forest University, Wayne State University, West Point,
West Virginia University and Western Michigan.
The top five teams from each tournament will qualify for the regional
championship where the first-place team wins $25,000 cash for their
school and a Ranger 177TR bass boat for their fishing club. The top
five teams from each regional advance to the national championship
where the first-place team wins $50,000 for their school and $25,000
cash and a Ranger 177TR bass boat for their fishing club.
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.
ABOUT FLW OUTDOORS
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Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the
world offering anglers worldwide the opportunity to compete for
millions over the course of 189 tournaments in 2010. FLW Outdoors has
also taken fishing mainstream with FLW Fantasy Fishing awarding the
largest prizes in the history of fantasy sports. FLW Outdoors
memberships are available featuring numerous benefits including
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