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Summer heat brings schools of bass

Scheduled for Saturday, July 17, the National Guard FLW College Fishing bass tournament is the third of four stops in the Northern Division Series. Other stops in the Northern Division

Include Mt. Island Lake, in Mount Holly, NC, the River in Marbury, MD and Lake Erie in Erie, PA.

But the college boys (and girls) competing in the series won't be competing for just cash and a trophy. The winning team in the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship will also qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup, one of the most prestigious bass-fishing championships in the nation with a top prize of $600,000.

The winning team member with the heaviest total weight in the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship will have the opportunity to compete in the pro division and the other member of the winning team will compete in the co-angler division of the Forrest Wood Cup.

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.

The top five college 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.

"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."

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