National Guard FLW College Fishing is heading to Lake Monroe Nov. 21-23 for its $100,000 Southeast Regional Championship, where college teams compete for a top award of $50,000.
Teams representing 15 universities will take off from Monroe Harbour located at 531 N. Palmetto Avenue in Sanford, Fla., at 7 each morning. Weigh-ins will be held daily at the University of Central Florida’s IOA Plaza, beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday and Monday. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.
Teams will fish for a top award of $25,000 for their university plus a 177TR Ranger wrapped in school colors and powered by an Evinrude or Yamaha outboard for their bass fishing club.
The top five teams from each of five National Guard FLW College Fishing Regional Championships will advance to the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship April 10-12, 2010, on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville, Tenn. The winning team at the national championship will qualify for the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup.
Teams slated to compete in the Southeast Regional Championship are:
Columbus State University
Kennesaw State University
University of Central Florida
University of Florida
University of Tennessee
University of Tennessee at Martin
Young Harris College
University of Central Florida will also host the Reel Life Festival in conjunction with the Southeast Regional Championship. The free festival, located at the University of Central Florida’s IOA Plaza, will feature a Battle of the Bands, the National Guard Warrior Challenge ropes course, rock-climbing wall, paintball range, geocaching plus a variety of other activities that will kick-off Saturday, Nov. 21 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The tournament weigh-in will start at 5:30 p.m. Saturday. On Sunday, Nov. 22, the Reel Life Festival continues from noon – 4 p.m. with weigh-in beginning at 4 p.m. Monday, Nov. 23 the Reel Life Festival will run in conjunction with the tournament weigh-in from 4 to 7 p.m. Reel Life Festival visitors can register to win iPod Nanos, which will be given away on Nov. 21-22, and a MacBook Air, which will be given away Nov. 23.
FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world. FLW Outdoors also has taken fishing mainstream with FLW Fantasy Fishing, offering the largest awards possible in the history of fantasy sports.
For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments, visit FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000. For more information about FLW Fantasy Fishing and Player’s Advantage, visit FantasyFishing.com.