Wednesday, August 20, 2014 · 6:44 a.m.

FLW EverStart Series on Guntersville Feb. 28

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Professional angler Paul Elias first popularized the so-called "Alabama rig" fishing lure during a bass tournament on Guntersville Lake. It's expected to be a hot lure in the upcoming FLW event. (Photo: Contributed)

The FLW EverStart Series is headed to Lake Guntersville Feb. 28-March 2, when as many as 300 pros and co-anglers take to the water for the second of four stops in the Southeast Division.

“The fishing on Guntersville has been unbelievable,” said Straight Talk pro Scott Canterbury of Springville, Ala. “In some local tournaments this past weekend, there were three or four boats that weighed in over 30 pounds. Everybody is catching big weights right now, and the fishing is as good as it has been in years.

“The winter has been a lot colder than last year, and there has been a lot more rain,” Canterbury continued. “The lake had been pretty dirty. It started clearing up a few weeks ago, though, and since then, the Alabama-rig bite has been on fire. I’m excited. We’re going to see some really big weights in this tournament. I think it’s going to take over 80 pounds to win this one.”

Anglers will take off from Lake Guntersville State Park at 7966 Alabama Highway 227 in Guntersville, Ala., at 7 a.m. each day. Thursday and Friday’s weigh-ins will be held at the takeoff site, beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday’s final weigh-in will be held at the Walmart located at 11697 U.S. Highway 431 in Guntersville, beginning at 4 p.m.

Takeoffs and weigh-ins are free and open to the public.

Pros will fish for a top award of $40,000 plus a Ranger Z518 with a 200-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard if Ranger Cup guidelines are met. Co-anglers will cast for a top award consisting of a Ranger Z117 with 90-horsepower Evinrude or Mercury outboard and $5,000 if Ranger Cup guidelines are met.

Go here for more information on the FLW EverStart Series.

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