FLW Outdoors has announced the 2011 National Guard FLW College Fishing schedule along with paybacks, rules and entry information. Collegiate anglers can begin registering Monday, Dec. 13, at 6 p.m. Central time at CollegeFishing.com.
The format for 2011 was adapted to accommodate College Fishing's continuing growth. College clubs will now receive a larger portion of a competing team's payout, with 75 percent going to the club and 25 percent to its respective school in the club's name. The payout for qualifying tournaments will be $10,000 for first place down to $2,000 for fifth place. At the regional championships, first place will earn $50,000 and fifth place will win $5,000. The national champions will win $100,000 for first place, while the fifth-place team will win $10,000. The winning teams' prizes at the regional championships and national championship constitute cash and a new Ranger 177TR with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard.
Teams, which consist of two students, will be allowed to bring a total of five fish to weigh-in, regardless of which team angler caught them. Teams will now be required to designate who would fish the Forrest Wood Cup as a pro and a co-angler, should they qualify, prior to takeoff at their first qualifying event. This designation cannot be changed.
College Fishing consists of five divisions - Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division will consist of four one-day qualifying tournaments and a regional championship. The regional championship locations will be announced in the near future.
The 2011 National Guard FLW College Fishing schedule is listed below:
Date Fishery Location Date Fishery Location
March 12 Lake of the Ozarks Osage Beach, Mo. March 27* Smith Mountain Lake Huddleston, Va.
April 2 Kentucky Lake Gilbertsville, Ky. June 25 Lake Champlain Plattsburgh, N.Y.
June 19* Wolf River Chain Winneconne, Wis. July 30 1000 Islands Clayton, N.Y.
July 16 Detroit River Trenton, Mich. Aug. 20 Lake Erie Buffalo, N.Y.
Date Fishery Location Date Fishery Location
Jan. 8 Lake Okeechobee Okeechobee, Fla. Jan. 22 Choke Canyon Calliham, Texas
Feb. 26 Lake Guntersville Guntersville, Ala. Feb. 12 Sam Rayburn Reservoir Jasper, Texas
April 30 Lake Eufaula Eufaula, Ala. March 19 Toledo Bend Hemphill, Texas
June 11 Pickwick Lake Florence, Ala. May 14 Lake Texoma Pottsboro, Texas
Date Fishery Location
Jan. 15 Lake Shasta Redding, Calif.
Feb. 19 Lake Roosevelt Payson, Ariz.
May 7 California Delta Stockton, Calif.
Sept. 24 Clear Lake Clearlake, Calif.
* Sunday tournament
The 2010 National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship will be held April 7-9, 2011, on Kentucky Lake and hosted by Murray State University in Murray, Ky. The winning team will qualify for the 2011 Forrest Wood Cup, which will be held Aug. 11-14, 2011, on Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Ark.
Full-time students at four-year institutions with a bass-fishing club are eligible to compete. There is no entry fee, boats are provided - though a club may choose to use its own boat - and each team receives a travel allowance. Each qualifying event will accept up to 40 teams, with the top five teams from each division advancing to their respective regional championship. The top five teams from each regional championship advance to the national championship. The team that takes home the national championship title qualifies for the Forrest Wood Cup.
For additional details regarding rules, registration, prizes and more, visit CollegeFishing.com.
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