National Guard FLW College Fishing is headed to Mountain Island Lake 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.

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 FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000. For more information about FLW Fantasy Fishing, visit FantasyFishing.com.

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