Stren Series Northern Division to host event on Lake Champlain

PLATTSBURGH The $6.5 million Stren Series will return to Lake Champlain July 16-19 for a $275,225 bass tournament. As many as 400 pros and co-anglers from 26 states will be competing in the first Northern Division tournament of the season for top awards of $65,000 and $35,000, respectively. Pete Gluszek of Franklinville, N.J., who won the Stren Series Northern Division tournament on Lake Champlain in 2006 and Stren Series Northern Division tournament on the Hudson River in 2007, expects anglers to bring in as much as 16 to 17 pounds a day to win. He further predicted they will be using a variety of techniques to catch their bass, depending on their individual strengths. He plans to target smallmouth, while also fishing for largemouth on the north end of the lake. Gluszek describes the south end of Lake Champlain as a flippers paradise, where anglers who prefer to fish for largemouth in the grass will probably go. Its becoming more popular to run south on the lake, but its a big gamble, since you have a long boat ride and rough water; theres been a few tournament wins down there, so some guys will go down to Ticonderoga for largemouth that are in their summertime mode and very aggressive, Gluszek said. Up north, your smallmouth are going to be just coming off the beds and spread out, and the largemouth are going to be kind of doing the same thing. In my mind, its going to be about covering a lot of water and staying with the schools of fish, because theyre so spread out. By staying north, youre a little more conservative, because you can fish wherever you want to fishthe weather isnt as big of a factor. As always on Lake Champlain, it will be one of the most exciting places to fish--you can win with largemouth; you can win with smallmouth; you can win on the north end or the south end, Gluszek added. Anglers will take off from Dock Street Landing located at 5 Dock St., daily at 6:30 a.m. Wednesday, Thursday and Fridays weigh-ins also will be held at the marina beginning at 3 p.m. Saturdays weigh-in will be held at Crete Memorial Civic Center located at the corner of State Route 9 and Cumberland Head Road, beginning at 4 p.m. Take-offs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. Pros will fish for a top award of $25,000 plus a $40,000 198VX Ranger powered by an Evinrude or Yamaha outboard and equipped with a Minn Kota trolling motor and Lowrance electronics if contingency guidelines are met. Ranger will award another $3,000 to the winner if he or she is a participant in the Ranger Cup program. If the winner is not a Ranger Cup participant, Ranger will award $1,500 to the highest-finishing participant in the contingency program. Yamaha or Evinrude will match 50 percent of Ranger Cup earnings if Powered by Yamaha or Powered by E-Tec guidelines are met. Co-anglers will cast for a top award of $5,000 plus a $30,000 Ranger boat and trailer if contingency guidelines are met. For more information, visit the tournament Web site at www.flwoutdoors.com, click on the Bass Tours tab and select Tournament Locator.

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