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Professional fisherman from around the country compete in East Texas

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Angelina County (KTRE) - Professional fishermen and anglers from around the country have been in east Texas since Thursday. They're each competing for thousands of dollars in the FLW Fishing Tournament. Many have been gone from home for eight weeks straight.

Professionals are competing for the grand prize of $125,000. Co-anglers are competing for the top prize of $25,000 against other anglers. The FLW Tournament started on Thursday with 100 competitors.

"FLW is a premiere tour organization. We do professional bass fishing tournaments throughout the country; and this is our final stop at the 2012 season here at Sam Rayburn and we're just thrilled to be here,"

Julie Huber, FLW Communications Specialist, said.

"We've got pro and co-anglers. The pro is actually the professional who does this for a living. Co-anglers are amateur fisherman who goes out there. They're not the guys who are ready to commit to the tour yet for whatever reason."

Fishing has been taking place at Sam Rayburn Reservoir.

"Well, I like this lake. This is one of the greatest lakes. If someone asked me what my favorite lake is to fish, it's always Rayburn," Darrel Robertson, FLW competitor said.

Contenders came from California, Florida, Arkansas, Oklahoma, Missouri and New York.

Huber said, "We do have a good contingency from Texas though, and that's where our top two leaders are from. Right around in this area; actually from Huntington."

A fish must be 14 inches in order to keep for weigh in. Competitors have 8 hours to fish. Tomorrow is the final weigh in at Walmart in Lufkin at 4 PM. The champion of the tour will win the top prize and be crowned.

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