Here you go... EVERSTART/FLW BASS FISHING SERIES COMING TO CLEVELAND Over $262,000 in cash and other prizes will be awarded AKRON, OH- Fishing enthusiasts are invited to visit Voinovich Park on Wednesday, July 27 and Thursday, July 28 at 3:00 p.m. to observe an event that is expected to bring $4 million to the city of Cleveland. A total of 200 boats full of professional and amateur bass anglers will be welcomed back from a long day of Lake Erie fishing and weigh-ins will commence. These anglers from all over the county are competing in the Everstart/FLW Series Northeast Division July 27-30 in Lake Erie. The first prize in the professional division will be valued at $60,000 and includes a 519VS Ranger bass boat with all the bells and whistles. First prize in the co-angler division is valued at $35,000 which includes another Ranger bass boat without some of the bells and whistles. Picture the finish of a NASCAR race, only on water, said Reno Jay Reda, outdoor skills specialist for ODNR Division of Wildlife and the Divisions representative on the organizing committee for the tournament. A total of 200 sleek bass boats colored like championship stock cars will fill the harbor at Voinovich Park vying for some of the $262,000 total purse. Onlookers are welcome to attend the first two days at Voinovich Park, where the anglers will depart starting at 7:00 a.m. Flights of 40 boats per start will head out to Lake Erie in desperate attempts to find whopper bass and reel them in. On Friday July 29 and Saturday July 30, the top ten boats, with a police escort, will depart from Gordon Park and be trucked, with fish in tow, to the Cleveland Heights Wal-Mart (3606 Mayfield Road). The bass will occupy a large holding tank while ultimately being released back to Lake Erie at the end of the event. Wal-Mart will offer a family-oriented event at the store, beginning at 2:00 p.m., welcoming kids with games, free fishing in the trout pond (to be erected by FLW on Friday and Saturday only), and many give-away items. Any bass not returned safely to the water will result in a penalty toward total purse. The ODNR Division of Wildlife will also be collecting research data from many fish caught by successful anglers. This is a valuable source of information on the Lake Erie smallmouth bass population, says Kevin Kayle, fisheries biologist for Fairport Fisheries Research Unit. New regulations are likely to have an impact on those populations and we need to monitor the effectiveness of these regulations. For more information, visit the official FLW website at http://everstart.flwoutdoors.com/ or call (270) 272- 1000.