Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) is set to return to Hartwell next weekend to close out their 2019 tournament season with two events for young anglers, Nov. 1-2, with the YETI FLW College Fishing tournament at Lake Hartwell presented by Costa and the Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Lake Hartwell Open.
The tournaments, hosted by the Hart County Chamber of Commerce, will showcase some of the top young anglers from
across the region competing for cash and prizes and angling for their chance to advance to the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship and 20202
High School Fishing National Championship events.
“This is going to be a very fun weekend of tournaments for the young anglers,” said FLW pro Bradford Beavers of Summerville, South Carolina, who won the two-day BFL Super-Tournament on Lake Hartwell just last month. “I think that with way the fish have been biting, these tournaments could be won either way – shallow or offshore. Your chances of catching more numbers of fish is better offshore. But if you can catch five up shallow running the bank, they’ll probably be bigger fish. “If I were fishing in these tournaments, I would try to focus on one or the other,” Beavers continued. “If you’re not a local, it can be very difficult to dial in both patterns. I do know we are going to see plenty of fish being caught.”
Beavers said that for anglers targeting the deep, schooling fish he suggests they throw any topwater bait that can “walk-the-dog”. For anglers choosing to run the bank, he said a buzzbait would be hard to beat. “From my experience there and from the weights I have seen lately, I think the top teams will need around 14 to 15 pounds to be in contention for the win,” Beavers went on to say.
The college anglers will kick off competition on Friday, Nov. 1, at 8 a.m. EDT at the Gum Branch Park, located on Vanna Waller Road in Hartwell. The weigh-in will be held at the park on Friday at 3:30 p.m. The high school anglers will then compete on Saturday, Nov. 2, launching at 8 a.m. from Gum Branch Park and weighing in at 3:30 p.m. All takeoffs and weigh-ins are free to attend and open to the public, and will be streamed live online at FLWFishing.com.
YETI FLW College Fishing teams compete in three regular-season qualifying tournaments in one of five conferences – Central, Northern, Southern, Southeastern and Western. All participants must be registered, full-time students at a college, university or community college and members of a college fishing club that is recognized by their school. The top 10 teams from each division’s three regular-season tournaments and the top 20 teams from the annual FLW College Fishing Open will advance to the 2020 FLW College Fishing National Championship, scheduled for Feb. 26-28 on the Harris Chain of Lakes in Leesburg, Florida. Additional teams will qualify for the National Championship if the field size in regular-season events exceeds 100 boats.
The Bass Pro Shops FLW High School Fishing Open tournaments are free, two-person (team) events for students in grades 7-12 and open to any FLW and Student Angler Federation-affiliated high school clubs. The top 10 percent of teams at each Open event along with the TBF High School Fishing state championships will advance to the 2020 High School Fishing National Championship on the Mississippi River in La Crosse, Wisconsin. The High School Fishing national champions will each receive a $5,000 college scholarship to the school of their choice.