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Mum’s the word this week for Lake Norman’s bass fish population.

In fact, the less they can open their mouths, the better off they will be.

That will be the case as the bass will be the target for some of the best in the fishing business over the course of the upcoming weekend.

Lake Norman will be the host site of the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League North Carolina Division wrap-up tournament for the summer season. It will take the shape of a two-day BFL Super Tournament tabled to take place on Saturday and Sunday.

In the neighborhood of 400 professional boaters and amateur level co-anglers will converge on the lake in competition for top cash awards of as much as $11,000 and $4,000, respectively.

All registration, morning launching and afternoon weigh-ins will be held at the Pinnacle Access Area off N.C. 150 west of Mooresville.

Takeoffs will get underway at 7 a.m., with daily weigh-ins beginning at 3 p.m.

All festivities related to the stop are available free of charge.

The entire field will take to Lake Norman on the first day of the competition. The top 20 percent within each of the two divisions will then merit the right to advance to the second and final day of the event.

A two-day total of 10 bass in the 25-27-pound range is estimated to be enough to win the tournament title.

The 2019 BFL is a 24-division circuit devoted to weekend anglers, with 128 tournaments throughout the season, five qualifying events in each division.

The top 45 boaters and co-anglers from each division, along with the five winners of the qualifying events, will advance to one of six regional tournaments where they are competing to finish in the top six, which then qualifies them for one of the longest-running championships in all of competitive bass fishing — the BFL All-America.

The 2020 BFL All-American will be held April 30-May 2 at Lake Hartwell in Anderson, South Carolina, and is hosted by Visit Anderson. Top performers in the BFL can move up to the Costa FLW Series or even the FLW Tour.

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