National Guard FLW College Fishing is headed to Lake Champlain, July 17, for the third 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.
"The lake is full of bass," said FLW Tour pro Pete Gluszek who has a win and two top 10 finishes on Lake Champlain. "The unique thing about Lake Champlain in July is that the tournament can be won with either small or largemouths.
"The largemouth will be in the grass and flippin' and froggin' will be the way to catch them. The smallmouth will be deeper and drop-shotting in 40-50 foot depths will be key.
Gluszek added that if the wind is blowing it will be hard to travel and staying close to the launch site will pay-off in the end.
Anglers will take off from Plattsburgh Boat Basin located at 5 Dock Street in Plattsburgh, N.Y., at 6 a.m. Weigh-in will be held at the boat basin as well beginning at 1 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
Several local schools are competing in the tournament including UVM and Vermont Technical College.
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 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 bass boat for their fishing club.