The FLW Bass Fishing League is headed to Lake Norman Feb. 13 for the first of five stops in the North Carolina Division series. As many as 400 pro and co-anglers will be competing for top awards of up to $8,000 and $3,000, respectively.

“There has been a lot of rain in the area which has really muddied the water,” said FLW Tour pro Chris Baumgardner of Gastonia, N. C., who has two top-10 finishes including a win at Lake Norman. “Anglers will want to look for the ‘hot holes’ and fish slow and shallow. Ramsey Creek and near the 150 Bridge should be full of fish as the water tends to be a little warmer in those areas. Crankbaits around rocks should work well.”

Anglers will take off from Midway Marina located at 8693 Highway 150 East in Terrell, N.C., at 7:00 a.m. Weigh-in will be held at Midway Marina as well beginning at 3:00 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.

Bass Fishing League competition is a 24-division league circuit devoted to weekend anglers, that offers even bigger prizes to regional championship qualifiers and those who make it to one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing – the BFL All-American presented by Chevy. Top winners in the BFL can move up to the American Fishing Series or even the FLW Tour.

FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of 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 Player’s Advantage. For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments, visit or call (270) 252-1000. For more information about FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit

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