LAKE WYLIE -- Parks Jones knows Saturday's Bass Fishing League tournament on Lake Wylie will be the "right time, right place" for somebody. He just hopes that somebody is him.
"Right now, it's a fisherman's mecca," Jones said of Lake Wylie conditions last week. "Fish are up, they're easy and they're in that shallow water. If that rain comes, it'll be all-out crazy. The bigs will really be up."
Also hoping to catch a few of those bigs is Eric Weir of Belmont, a guide on local lakes who also fishes the BFL series.
Saturday's tournament offers up to $6,000 for its top prize, launching and weighing in at Buster Boyd Access. The tournament runs 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., and is one of five North Carolina Division events running February through September.
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Jones, an angler in the series now known as FLW Outdoors since 1982, said rain could be key to conditions. The BFL series, sponsored by Wal-Mart and FLW Outdoors, is always a quality tournament series offering anyone the chance at big money, he said.
"What it is is the working man's fishing trail," Jones said.
While rain would make the bags bigger Saturday, Jones hopes for a lower lake level. That lends more to experienced anglers who know where to find the fish, he said.
"Wylie's going to be a good tournament," Jones said. "We've got pretty high water right now. If it stays up they fish will find that shallow water, the water will be dirty, the visibility will be low and there'll be some great shallow water fishing."
For more information on the tournament or to register, visit flwoutdoors.com.