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FLW Fishing Tournament
05/10/2018 @ 6:00 am - 3:00 pm
An event every day that begins at 6:00am, repeating until 05/12/2018
As many as 350 boaters and co-anglers are set to compete on Clear Lake May 10-12 for the Costa FLW Series Western Division event at Clear Lake presented by Evinrude. The three-day tournament, hosted by the Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina, will feature a top prize of up to $85,000, including a brand new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard engine.
“This tournament is going to be a slugfest,” said Yamamoto Baits pro Jimmy Reese, of Witter Springs, California, who has 12 top-10 finishes on Clear Lake in FLW competition. “Aside from some clouds, which could change a few things, it’s supposed to be between 79 and 85 degrees just about every day leading up to the event. It’s going to be good.
“There has already been a wave of fish that have spawned, so anglers will be able to target them in all three phases – postspawn, spawners and even some prespawners,” continued Reese. “An underspin will play a big role for prespawners, as well as jerkbaits and lipless crankbaits like a Live Target Golden Shiner. For spawners, a Yamamoto Flappin’ Hog or another light-colored grub will be good choices.”
Reese said the postspawn fish will prefer topwater lures like a Boing Topwater or a Heddon Super Spook.
Anglers will take off from Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina, located at 2755 Mission Rancheria Road, in Lakeport, at 6:30 a.m. PDT each day. Weigh-ins will also take place at Konocti Vista Casino Resort & Marina, and will begin at 2:30 p.m. each day. All takeoffs and weigh-ins are free to attend and open to the public.
In Costa FLW Series regular-season competition, payouts are based on the number of participants competing in the event. At Clear Lake, pros will fish for a top prize of up to $85,000, including a brand new Ranger Z518C boat with a 200-horsepower Evinrude outboard if Ranger Cup qualified. Co-anglers will cast for a brand new Ranger Z175 boat with a 90-horsepower Evinrude outboard, and $5,000 if Ranger Cup qualified.
The Costa FLW Series consists of five U.S. divisions – Central, Northern, Southeastern, Southwestern and Western – along with the International division. Each U.S. division consists of three regular-season tournaments with competitors vying for valuable points that could earn them the opportunity to compete in the season-ending Costa FLW Series Championship. The 2018 Costa FLW Series Championship is being held Nov. 1-3 on Lake Guntersville in Guntersville, Alabama, and is hosted by the Marshall County Convention and Visitors Bureau.