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Junior state fishing champions to compete in tourney on Lanier
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Lake Lanier will play host to the National Guard Junior World Championship today and Saturday, as 82 state champions from all over the country converge on Gainesville.

With the 2012 Forrest Wood Cup already underway, the young anglers get the opportunity to take off right alongside the FLW Tour Pros each morning and will have good fishing areas designated for the youth anglers only. More than 40 local Georgia Federation and BFL anglers stepped forward to furnish boats for the junior anglers to compete from while they are in town.

The contest will see two champions, one from the 11-14-year-old age group and one from 15-18, as they vie for their share in over $12,000 in college scholarship dollars, with thousands more in prizes and Cabela’s gift cards awarded to the contenders throughout the event. Every angler attending is a state champion, and had to advance through tournaments in their respective states and age groups to reach Gainesville.

All anglers will compete on day one. The field will be cut to the top six in each age group for a total of 12 anglers for the final day of fishing on Saturday.

At 1:30 p.m. Saturday, a World Champion will be crowned in each age group at Laurel Park amphitheater. Following the lakeside weigh-in, all participants will be introduced on the Forrest Wood Cup main stage at the Gwinnett Center, in Duluth, prior to the pro anglers’ weigh-in.

Weigh-ins begin today and Saturday at 1:30 p.m. at Laurel Park and are free to the public. Both days weigh-ins will also be streamed live on the internet at

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