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GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. (March 10, 2015) – The Rayovac FLW Series is headed to Lake Guntersville March 19-21 for a tournament presented by Mercury Marine when as many as 300 pros and co-anglers will take to the water for the second stop of 2015 in the Southeast Division.
“The fishing is going to be a little tougher this tournament,” said Keystone Light pro Casey Martin of New Hope, Alabama, a two-time Forrest Wood Cup qualifier “We’ve had a lot of rain, which has pushed clay down into the river and lake. The water is usually fairly clear but right now its muddy.
“Anglers will definitely be targeting spots up the river where there is more grass. It’s also a bit shallower and warms up the quickest,” Martin said. “Specifically, areas up from Goose Pond and Mud Creek, which is the creek that usually fires first.”
Martin said that the grass on Guntersville is very healthy right now, and that lipless crankbaits would be a force to be reckoned with.
“The threadfin and gizzard shad stay in the grass, which in turn keeps the fish in there,” Martin said. “It’s one of those deals where they prefer the grass over open water. Anything that is loud, like Rat-L-Traps in sexy shad or red colors, will be productive.”
Martin also said that anglers have found success around bridges, but he doesn’t expect those spots to hold up for three days.
“A lot of recent tournaments have been won around the bridges, but I think they’ll be over exposed,” he said. “Too many guys will be practicing in those areas so there won’t be a very good shot at a winning stringer there.”
Pondering what kind of weight will win this tournament, the Guntersville veteran said anywhere from 60 pounds to 75 pounds over the three day stretch is plausible.
“It’s Guntersville, so someone always catches them,” said Martin. “This is the time of year where someone could come out of nowhere and win the tournament.”
Anglers will take off from Lake Guntersville State Park located at 7966 Alabama Highway 227 in Guntersville at 7 a.m. CDT each day. Weigh-in on days one and two will be held at the marina beginning at 2:30 p.m. On day three, weigh-in will be at Walmart located at 11697 U.S. Highway 431 in Guntersville beginning at 3:30 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public. The event is being hosted by the Marshall County Convention & Visitors Bureau.
Pros will fish for a top award of $40,000 plus a Ranger Z518C with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard if Ranger Cup guidelines are met. Co-anglers will cast for a top award consisting of a Ranger Z117 with 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $5,000 if Ranger Cup guidelines are met.
The Rayovac FLW Series consists of five divisions – Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western. Each division consists of three tournaments and competitors will be vying for valuable points in each division that could earn them the opportunity to fish in the Rayovac FLW Series Championship. The 2015 Rayovac FLW Series Championship is being held Oct. 29-31 on the Ohio River in Paducah, Kentucky.
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