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Thursday begins the first day of the FLW Tour in Guntersville

GUNTERSVILLE, Ala. - Thursday is day one of the FLW Fishing League Worldwide tour on Lake Guntersville. It's one of the biggest fishing organizations in the U.S. This weekend in just one part of seven qualifying events.

"These guys are in this to try to make a living out of what they do and that's sport fish as a tournament angler," said Bill Taylor, director of the tournament.

In all, 165 anglers are in Guntersville to compete.

"Guntersville is one of the top four or five fisheries, bass fisheries in the whole United States," said Taylor. "And it's a destination that a lot of our pro anglers and our fans monitor and keep up with and it's just a great fishery and a great area to do an event like this."

After four days of fishing, the pros will weigh in their fish on Sunday. Whoever comes out on top receives the ultimate prize.

"First place on the pro side is up to a $125,000. However there's other contingencies that they can win such as the TH Marine Atlas Award, the Toyota Bonus bucks award."

Co-anglers or amateur fishers will award their winner Friday afternoon.