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FLW TOUR PREVIEW: LAKE ST. CLAIR

Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 06/26/2018

The seventh and final stop of the FLW Tour stop of the season kicks off Thursday morning on Lake St. Clair in Detroit, Michigan.   Heading into the tournament, Mark Rose holds a 64 point lead over Scott Martin in the FLW Tour Angler Of the Year race.  With a Top 60 finish, Rose will secure the first FLW Tour AOY title of his impressive career.  

For the 2018 season, The BASS ZONE has enlisted the help of FLW Tour pro, Jeff Sprague.   The Texas angler is fishing his fifth year on the FLW Tour and is coming off a 49th place finish at the sixth stop of the season on Kentucky Lake.  

WHAT ARE YOUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF ST. CLAIR?
“My first impression is that it’s a massive body of water with no contour lines.  It’s hard to figure out where to begin.  I showed up with zero waypoints and have never been here before.  I just did some research as far as weight that it takes to win and techniques.  It’s definitely an impressive body of water.  

“Huron is off limits and I did not go to Lake Erie.  I looked around the river a little, but the amount of current that is coming through these rivers is unimaginable.  If someone doesn’t win it out of Erie, this tournament will be won out of St. Clair.  It’s a mega impressive fishery with the amount of fish that are in this place.”  

WHAT IS GOING TO BE THE X-FACTOR THIS WEEK?
“It’s the guys who are fishing this tournament who have local co-anglers who helped them prior to the off limits and then were able to practice with the pro during official practice.”  

HOW MUCH OF A FACTOR WILL PRIOR EXPERIENCE PLAY?
“Prior experience will play here.  Just from driving the lake, there are no contour lines but you’ll see guys out in the middle of the lake fishing where the mapping shows nothing at all.  If it’s an area where just a few guys know about it, they’ll have an advantage.  Some of the community areas will have a lot of guys pulling on the fish.”  

WILL THIS EVENT BE WON IN A PARTICULAR AREA OR WILL AN ANGLER HAVE TO MOVE AROUND TO HAVE SUCCESS?
“I think that the guy who wins this tournament will probably have two areas.  One where he can go catch 18-pounds quickly and then run to his off-the-wall spot and pick up a few bigger fish.”  

WHAT IS YOUR ESTIMATE FOR THE WINNING WEIGHT AND WHY?
“It wouldn’t surprise me if it takes 20- to 21-pounds a day to win.  There are so many 4-pounders in this fishery that a guy can put together a 20+ pound limit a number of different ways.  There are also some five and six pounders swimming around.  It will happen.”