Clear Lake set for Weekend of Fishing League Worldwide Bass-Fishing Tournaments
Category: press release
May 8th, 2019 by fishing fanatics
Modified May 8th, 2019 at 8:10 AM
Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) is set to visit Clear Lake next week, May 16-19, for three bass-fishing tournaments that will award anglers of all ages and skill levels thousands of dollars in cash and prizes.
The Costa Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Series Western division will kick things off, May 16-18, with the Costa FLW Series at Clear Lake. The three-day tournament will feature up to 200 of the best West Coast bass-fishing professionals and co-anglers casting for a top prize of $85,000, including a brand new Ranger Z518L boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard in the pro division.
Saturday, May 18, college anglers kick off competition at the YETI FLW College Fishing event at Clear Lake presented by Costa. The one-day tournament will showcase college bass-fishing clubs from the Western Conference competing for cash and prizes and angling for their chance to advance to the FLW College Fishing National Championship.
Competition will wrap up Sunday, May 19, with the Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Open at Clear Lake. The one-day High School Fishing Open tournament is a free, two-person (team) events for students in grades 7-12 and open to any FLW and Student Angler Federation-affiliated high school club in the country. The top 10 percent of finishers at the High School Open will advance to the 2019 High School Fishing National Championship on Pickwick Lake in Alabama this June.
According to FLW Tour pro Billy Hines of Vacaville, California, fans can expect to see a lot of monster Clear Lake bass as the tournaments are lining up directly with the spawn.
“I think it’s mainly going to be a weekend of bed-fishing tournaments with a lot of big fish being caught,” said Hines, who has one career top-10 finish on Clear Lake in FLW competition. “I absolutely think we’ll see some big limits brought to the scales – in the 26- to 30-pound range. I think the majority of the field will be flipping, punching and throwing frogs.
“The lake really fishes like almost two different lakes,” Hines continued. “Guys are going to be able to find some postspawn fish on the north side, and the bigger spawning fish will be found mid-lake to down south. The lake is fishing really good right now – I think the three-day Costa winner will need 70 to 75 pounds, but it has the potential to be a 80- to 90-pound tournament.”
Anglers will take off from Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina, located at 2755 Mission Rancheria Road in Lakeport, at 6:30 a.m. PT each day. Weigh-ins will also take place at the Resort, starting at 2:30 p.m. on Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. All takeoffs and weigh-ins are free to attend and open to the public, and will be streamed live online at FLWFishing.com.
For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com.