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Stren Western Division to Hold Event on Clear Lake

April 09, 2007

KELSEYVILLE, Calif. — The $6.5 million Stren Series is headed to Clear Lake April 25-28 for a $275,225 bass tournament. As many as 400 pros and co-anglers will be competing in the third Western Division tournament of the season for top awards of $65,000 and $35,000, respectively.

Anglers make plenty of last-minute preparations at the Redbud marina before takeoff. Many pros have already scouted Clear Lake, and they expect to see the spawn in full swing come tournament time.

“We had a short winter and everything's ahead of schedule,” said pro Gary Dobyns of Yuba City, Calif., who has more than $103,000 career earnings in FLW Outdoors events. “We're going to be fishing this tournament smack dab in the middle of a full-blown spawn. There will be a lot of anglers sight-fishing, but there will be some fish caught on swimbaits, and topwater baits could play a big role as well. Those bass hate it when you throw a Zara Spook or frog over their head when they're on the bed.”

Dobyns said the fishing has been so good so far this year that he can't imagine it getting any better for the tournament. In fact, he hopes the bite doesn't drop off during the late April event.

“The bite has been so good for so long, it just has to slow down,” Dobyns said. “That being said, it's still going to take 18 to 20 pounds to make the cut. And somebody's going to need 90 to 95 pounds over the four-day event to win. It's just too good of a lake with too many big fish in it to not produce those kinds of four-day weights.”

Anglers will take off from Konocti Harbor Resort located at 8727 Soda Bay Road in Kelseyville, Calif., at 6:30 Pacific time each morning. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday's weigh-ins will also be held at the marina beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday's weigh-in will be held at the Wal-Mart store located at 15960 Dam Road in Clearlake, Calif., beginning at 4 p.m. Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.

The Clear Lake Stren Series tournament is hosted by Konocti Harbor Resort and Spa.

Pros will fish for a top award of $25,000 plus a $40,000 519VX Ranger powered by an Evinrude or Yamaha outboard and equipped with a Minn Kota trolling motor, Lowrance electronics and EverStart batteries if contingency guidelines are met. Ranger will award another $3,000 to the winner if he or she is a participant in the Ranger Cup program. If the winner is not a Ranger Cup participant, Ranger will award $1,500 to the highest-finishing participant in the contingency program. Yamaha will match 50 percent of Ranger Cup earnings if “Powered by Yamaha” guidelines are met.

Co-anglers will cast for a top award of $5,000 plus a $30,000 Ranger boat and trailer if contingency guidelines are met.

Competitors will also be vying for valuable points that could earn them a trip to the $1 million Stren Series Championship on the Mobile Delta in Mobile, Ala., Nov. 8-11 for a shot at $140,000 in the Pro Division and $70,000 in the Co-angler Division. After four qualifying events are complete in each Stren Series division – Central, Northern, Southeast, Texas and Western – the top 40 pros and 40 co-anglers based on Angler of the Year points standings from each division will advance to the championship. The top 10 pros and 10 co-anglers from each division will also qualify for the 2008 Wal-Mart FLW Tour and Wal-Mart FLW Series, bass fishing's top professional circuits, where they can compete for a share of $17.5 million. The highest-finishing pro and co-angler from each division at the Stren Series Championship will also qualify for the $2 million 2008 Forrest Wood Cup, where pros will fish for as much as $1 million – the most lucrative award in bass fishing.

In Stren Series competition, pros supply the boats, fish from the front deck against other pros and control boat movement. Co-anglers fish from the back deck and compete against other co-anglers. Every angler who receives weight credit in a tournament earns points that determine angler standings. Two hundred points are awarded to the winner, 199 points for second, 198 points for third, and so on. The full field competes on days one, two and three, with the top 10 pros and 10 co-anglers advancing to day four based on their three-day accumulated weight. Winners are determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from all four days.

Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Series, Stren Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail presented by Abu Garcia, Ranger Owners Tournament Championship Series, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series, Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series and Wal-Mart FLW Striper Series. These circuits offer combined purses of nearly $43 million through 241 events in 2007.

Wal-Mart and many of America's largest and most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as an FLW Outdoors sponsor in 1997 and today is the world's leading supporter of tournament fishing. For more information about Wal-Mart, visit Walmart.com .

For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournament programs, browse FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000.

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