National Guard FLW College Fishing is headed to Lake Seminole March 24 for the second of four stops in the Southeastern Conference. Forty college teams will be competing for a top award of $5,000 and a berth in the Southeastern Regional Championship tournament.
“Lake Seminole has a little bit of everything,” said pro Micah Frazier of Newnan, Ga. “When we were at Okeechobee (in early February) guys were already catching big stringers on the beds, so they’ve been spawning here for awhile. There may be a few stragglers left on the beds, though. There’s always some bass that get out on the deeper, outside grass as well. Seminole is a really fun fishery.”
Frazier, fresh off of cashing a $35,000 check for his second place finish at the first Walmart FLW Tour Major event of the year at Lake Hartwell, recommended a specific area for the college competitiors.
“There’s a nice four-mile stretch where Spring Creek, Chattahoochie River and the Flint River all come together. It’s a real good area that has a lot of big flats and good river channel drops and ditches that run through the flats. The area up near Wingate’s Lodge on the Flint River is always a big player too.”
“I would be using crankbaits and spinnerbaits out there, and trying to find a good shad spawn,” Frazier went on to say. “Topwater will be good, and then you can always slow down with a big worm or a jig and catch some, too. Find an area adjacent to the spawning beds that has good vegetation and bait present. I would spend my time on the outside edges, looking for something where the fish are coming to me.”
Frazier predicts it will take a big bag to win this tournament.
“I can see it taking around 20 pounds to win, but I would not be shocked at all to see a 25-pound bag. Seminole has some real big fish in it.”
Anglers will take off from the Bainbridge Earle May Boat Basin located at 100 Boat Basin Circle in Bainbridge, Ga., at 7:30 a.m. Saturday. Weigh-in will be held at the take off site beginning at 1:30 p.m. Takeoff and weigh-in are free and open to the public.