A look back at Lake Hartwell

FLW Tour pros make their way to the start boat Thursday morning.

With the March 6-9 Walmart FLW Tour Lake Hartwell event only days away, anglers undoubtedly will be combing over the data from the two previous Tour stops there back in 2012 and 2011 to glean as much information as they can heading into the second event of the season. As one of the Southeast's largest manmade lakes, Lake Hartwell was built by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers between 1955 and 1963. It borders Georgia and South Carolina on the Savannah, Tugaloo and Seneca Rivers. The lake boasts nearly 962 miles of shoreline and nearly 56,000 acres total. But the main key for anglers is that they should be able to fish to their strengths as Lake Hartwell offers a variety of potentially successful tactical strategies, baits and patterns for the field to choose from. And with higher-than-average water levels figuring into the equation in 2014, even more areas of Lake Hartwell might come into play for the field. Throw in some quirky seasonal weather patterns, and the Lake Hartwell event is really shaping up as one of the most intriguing tournaments of the season to date. FLW Tour Lake Hartwell March 8-11, 2012 Records in brief: Largest one-day catch: Micah Frazier of Newnan, Ga. - 21-14 (day four) Largest pro tournament catch (all four days): Brent Ehrler Redlands, Calif. - 74-13 2012 top-10 cut weight: (54-09) Total tournament catch in pounds and ounces: 5,783-6. Top-10 finalists with total catch weight Brent Ehrler hauls in his catch en route to a first-place finish during the 2012 FLW Tour event on Lake Hartwell.Brent Ehrler Redlands, Calif. - 74-13 Micah Frazier of Newnan, Ga. - 71-11 Marty Stone of Fayetteville, N.C. - 68-5 Todd Auten of Lake Wyle, S.C. - 66-1 Anthony Gagliardi of Prosperity, S.C. - 61-1 Jay Yelas of Corvallis, Ore. - 61-0 Dan Morehead of Paducah, Ky. - 58-14 Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wisc. - 56-6 Andy Morgan of Dayton, Tenn. - 55-7 Brett Hite of Phoenix, Ariz. - 54-9 Tournament links: For a complete results from the 2012 Lake Hartwell event, click here. Ehrler captures FLW Tour title on Lake Hartwell

FLW Tour Lake Hartwell March 24-27, 2011 Records in brief: Largest one-day catch: Jason Christie, Park Hill, Okla. - 22-4 (day-one) Largest pro tournament catch (all four days): Jason Christie, Park Hill, Okla. - 70-11 2011 top-10 cut weight: (50-10) Total tournament catch in pounds and ounces - 5,349-14 Top-10 finalists with total catch weight Jason Christie holds up his first-place catch during the 2011 FLW Tour event at Lake Hartwell. Jason Christie, Park Hill, Okla. - 70-11 Brent Ehrler of Redlands, Calif. - 60-11 Ramie Colson, Jr., Cadiz, Ky. - 59-04 Stacy King of Reeds Spring, Mo., - 57-10

Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C. - 55-13 Larry Nixon of Bee Branch, Ark. - 55-2 Joe Thomas of Milford, Ohio - 54-2 Dave Lefebre of Erie, Pa. - 54-01 Stetson Blaylock of Benton, Ark. - 50-12 Tom Monsoor of La Crosse, Wisc. - 50-10 Tournament links: For complete results from the 2011 Lake Hartwell event, click here. Christie wins wire-to-wire Related links: FLW Tour preview: Lake Hartwell Lehew stakes his future on the Tour

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