FLW college fishing Southeast Division to host event at Pickwick Lake

FLORENCE, Ala. (Sept. 23, 2010) – National Guard FLW College Fishing is headed to Pickwick Lake Oct. 2 for the fourth and final stop in the Southeast Division. 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 fun thing about Pickwick Lake right now is that you can fish any style and still be successful,” said National Guard pro Jonathan Newton of Rogersville, Ala., who finished second last year at Pickwick Lake and has a win and two additional top-10 finishes there. “The best advice I can give the college anglers is to stick to their strengths. Pickwick is on the Tennessee River and you can catch them deep, mid-range and shallow. There should be a high concentration close to the launch site so they shouldn’t have to run very far, however, if they choose to run they can still do well.
“There should be a pretty good topwater bite going on in the morning,” Newton added. “I would switch to a jig or crankbait in the late morning/early afternoon.”
Newton went on to say that Alabama has been experiencing some unusually high temperatures so fall transition may be delayed. The current is going to play a key role in this tournament; the fish are current oriented and anglers should look for a strong current; the more the better.
Anglers will take off from McFarland Park located at 200 James M Spain Drive in Florence, Ala., at 6:30 a.m. Weigh-in will be held at the marina beginning at 12:30 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
Schools competing in this week’s tournament include:
      Athens State University                          North Alabama
      Auburn University                                  North Florida
      Austin Peay                                          North Greenville
      Clemson University                                South Alabama
      Coastal Carolina                                    South Carolina
      Columbus State University                     Southern Mississippi
      Erskine College                                     Southern Polytechnic State University
      Faulkner University                                Tennessee Tech
      Florida Gulf Coast                                 Trevecca Nazarene University
      Florida State College                             Troy University
      Freed-Hardeman University                    University of Alabama – Birmingham
      Georgia College (2)                               University of Central Florida
      Georgia Southern                                  University of Florida
      Jacksonville State University                  University of Georgia
      Kennesaw State University                     University of Montevallo
      Lagrange College (2)                             University of Tennessee
      Lipscomb University                              University of South Carolina – Upstate
      Middle Tennessee State (2)                    University of Tennessee – Chattanooga
      Mississippi State                                   University of Tennessee – Martin
      Morehouse College                               Young Harris College (2)
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.