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ing actor moving to Hollywood. What other cities did you consider? JL: I also considered Benton, Kentucky which is also part of the Tennessee River. It shes similar to Gun- tersville without as much grass. In the end I opted for Guntersville because it is more centrally located. With the exception of Champlain in up- state New York, the average distance to all of my tourna- ments in 2011 is right around seven hours. It is nice to know that when a tournament is over, I will be able to drive home and sleep in my own bed that night. It keeps the traveling from getting old and becoming a chore. TB: Having the chance to sh lakes all across the country, you have seen plenty of different situations and experiences. What has been your “go to” bait for any- where in the country when the shing is tough? JL: My “go to” rig is a Texas-rigged dropshot with a Berkley PowerBait Finesse Worm on 12 lb test Trilene 100% Fluorocarbon. I like to sh it on a Powell 733 CEF baitcasting rod with an Abu Garcia Revo. I have caught sh on this rig all across the country. If times are tough I will also sh an Owner Shaky Head too, but I feel more comfortable with the dropshot. TB: I see you everywhere on FLW Outdoors with Col- lege Fishing. How big has it become and what do you see for the future of college shing? JL: National Guard FLW College Fishing has grown from around 90 college clubs in the beginning to well over 450 clubs now. It is amazing how many schools are getting involved and it is only going to grow and get bigger. I am really excited to be a part of something this big. They send me all across the country to be the emcee of the weigh-ins. I really enjoy being able to support the future of tournament bass shing. TB: As we traveled across the lake and shed leg- endary spots like the Monkey Box and Moonshine Bay, we were able to enjoy the waters of Lake Okeechobee until the sun set. We shed hard all day and Justin Lu- cas’s passion for shing was evident as he talked about his experiences on the tour and shing trips from the past. Fishing with someone of his caliber, it reminds you that even being a co-angler, you can make your dream of becoming a professional bass sherman come true. BW

Teaching TODAY Show co-anchor Jenna Wolfe the ner points of casting on the California Delta.

Lake Okeechobee Everstart 2011 6th Place Finish on the pro side.

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Interviewing 2010 Forrest Wood Cup Winner Kevin Hawk (left)

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