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Posted By The Bass Hog
Tennessee Angler Amasses 51 Pounds of Bass, Wins $500,000
 
 
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Aug. 23, 2015) – Professional angler Brad Knight of Lancing, Tennessee, crossed the stage with a five-bass limit weighing 11 pounds, 7 ounces Sunday to claim the title of Forrest Wood Cup Champion at the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Ouachita presented by Walmart. Knight, with a four-day total of 20 bass for 51-12, won by a 3-pound, 15-ounce margin over Ramie Colson Jr., of Cadiz, Kentucky, and won the $500,000 top award in professional bass fishing’s world championship that featured 50 of the best professional anglers in the world casting for the sport’s largest prize.
 
“I had such a tough practice,” Knight continued. “We get three days to figure out the lake, and on the second and third day of practice I did not have a single keeper bite. I found an area in the back of Blakely Creek that was the only place that I was confident that I could even get a single bite and that spot turned out to be gold.”
 
“When you win a Tour-level tournament, that is a career-changer and a great feather in your cap,” Knight said. “But, when you win the Forrest Wood Cup, that is a life-changer. I’ve got a 3-year-old girl who now has college paid for. I can write a check and pay off my house when I get home. The thoughts that are running through my head right now are how I can best provide for my family. This is just a humbling, humbling experience.”
 
Sunny Hawk of Salt Lake City, Utah, won the co-angler division and $50,000 Friday with a two-day total of eight bass weighing 19 pounds, 11 ounces followed by Bryan New of Belmont, North Carolina, in second place with nine bass weighing 16-6 worth $10,000.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
OT SPRINGS, Ark. (Aug. 20, 2015) – Fifty of the best professional bass anglers in the world began their four-day competition for a top cash award of $500,000 at the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing, at Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Arkansas on Thursday.
 
Jacob Wheeler of Indianapolis, Indiana, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 16 pounds, 2 ounces to take the early lead after day one of the four-day event. Wheeler now holds a slim 1-pound, 2-ounce lead over Lowrance pro Ishama Monroe of Hughson, California, who caught five bass weighing 15 pounds even, good for second place.
 
“The Forrest Wood Cup is a totally different tournament,” Wheeler said. “There is so much on the line – not only the money. One of these years, someone is going to become the first ever two-time champion. I know Scott (Martin) wants to win it. I know (Luke) Clausen wants to win it. No one has ever won it twice.
 
Sunny Hawk of Salt Lake City, Utah, leads the co-angler division with five bass weighing 13 pounds, 6 ounces followed by Bryan New in second place with five bass weighing 10 pounds, 15 ounces. Co-anglers are fishing for a top award of $50,000.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
ORLANDO, Fla. (July 16, 2015) – FLW announced the 2016 Walmart FLW Tour regular-season schedule Thursday in a live press conference held at the International Convention of Allied Sportfishing Trades (ICAST). The 2016 season will feature six tournaments, broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network, the Pursuit Channel and the World Fishing Network, which will showcase the best bass anglers in the world competing in the most competitive and lucrative circuit in the sport.
 
2016 Walmart FLW Tour Regular-Season Schedule:
  • February 4-7        Lake Okeechobee              Clewiston, Fla.   
             Hosted by Roland and Mary Ann Martin’s Marina & Resort and the Hendry County Tourism Development Council
  • March 17-20         Lake Hartwell                     Anderson, S.C.   
              Hosted by the Anderson Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • April 14-17           Beaver Lake                        Rogers, Ark.       
             Hosted by Visit Rogers
  • May 5-8                 Pickwick Lake                    Florence, Ala.     
             Hosted by the Florence/Lauderdale Tourism Bureau
  • June 9-12             Kentucky Lake                   Gilbertsville, Ky.
             Hosted by the Kentucky Lake Convention & Visitors Bureau
  • June 23-26           Lake Champlain                 Plattsburgh, N.Y.              
             Hosted by the City of Plattsburgh and the Adirondack Coast Visitors Bureau
 
The 2016 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart will be held Aug. 4-7. The location for the championship event will be unveiled on-stage at the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
World’s Best Anglers Eye $500,000 Title in Historic 20th-Anniversary Event
 
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (July 30, 2015) – The Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of professional bass fishing, will return to Lake Ouachita and the Hot Springs, Arkansas, area August 20-23 to crown bass fishing’s top angler of 2015. Hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism, the tournament will feature 50 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals and co-anglers casting for the sport’s biggest awards – $500,000 cash in the pro division and $50,000 cash in the co-angler division.
 
“This is going to be a very exciting tournament,” said Scott Martin of Clewiston, Florida, the reigning FLW Tour Angler of the Year who claimed his Forrest Wood Cup victory on Lake Ouachita when FLW last visited back in 2011. “The Forrest Wood Cup is the fishing tournament that nobody forgets. I’ve had five other major victories in my career, and some people may remember them, but no one forgets the Forrest Wood Cup.”
 
Martin said that multiple different patterns would be in play amongst competitors and that he expected the fishing to be even better than when he won in 2011.
 
“I think topwater baits, buzzbaits, walking baits and prop baits will all be dominant for the shallow-water anglers, as well as flipping jigs in the shallow cover,” Martin said. “The water levels are up right now, so flipping the heaver cover could be a really good pattern to get on. If I’m fishing out deep, I’m bringing all of my tackle – everything from drop-shot rigs, to 10-inch worms, to big crankbaits, big swimbaits and underspins.”
 
Martin said that he expects anglers will need to catch at least 13 pounds a day in order to make the top-20 cut and fish the weekend, and he expects the winner to weigh in a four-day total right around 60 to 61 pounds.
 
Anglers will take off from the Brady Mountain Resort and Marina located at 4120 Brady Mountain Road in Royal, Arkansas, at 7 a.m. each morning at the Folger’s Morning Takeoff. Each days weigh-in will be held at Bank of the Ozarks Arena located at 134 Convention Blvd. in Hot Springs, Arkansas, beginning at 5 p.m.
 
On Saturday and Sunday the first 500 children 14 and under each day who are accompanied by an adult will receive a voucher to redeem for a free rod and reel combo courtesy of KATV ABC 7 after the evening’s weigh-in. Also on Sunday one lucky fishing fan will win a brand new Ranger Z520C bass boat with an Evinrude G2 outboard motor courtesy of the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. The Ranger Boat giveaway is free to enter but the winner must be present at the conclusion of Sunday’s final weigh-in to win.
 
The Folger’s Morning Takeoffs, FLW Expo, Bass & BBQ event, live concerts and weigh-ins are all free and open to the public.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
SOUTH KOREA TO SIGN FLW INTERNATIONAL SANCTIONING AGREEMENT
 
Advisory for Monday, June 15, 2015
 
WHAT:  FLW, the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, is set to sign an agreement with South Korea to bring their internationally sanctioned bass-fishing tournaments to the Eastern Asian nation. The agreement will be signed by Jin-Soo Kang, CEO of MiruNamu, Inc., and Director of OBS broadcasting immediately preceding the June 26 weigh-in on the Walmart FLW Tour stage.
 
WHEN:                 Friday, June 26, 2015
 
WHERE:               Walmart FLW Tour at the Potomac River presented by Ranger Boats
                              Smallwood State Park
                              2750 Sweden Point Road
                              Marbury, Md.
 
NOTES: Named after the founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW introduced its Fishing League Worldwide tagline last year to better reflect its status as the world’s largest tournament fishing organization. Earlier this year FLW expanded its presence on the world stage yet again with the introduction of a sanctioning program allowing international partners to license the iconic brand and run FLW tournaments abroad.
 
South Korea will run a series of FLW tournaments that advance anglers, who are citizens of the host country, to a new international division at the Rayovac FLW Series Championship beginning in 2016. The highest finisher among countries represented in the international division will then advance to the Forrest Wood Cup, making it the sport’s only true world championship.  
 
Canada has already signed on as FLW’s first partner under the new program and is set to host an FLW tournament in 2015 with at least three events slated in Canada for 2016. South Korea is the second country to sign on for international sanctioning. Details on their hosted tournaments will be available soon.
 
Additional FLW qualifying tournaments in other countries are forthcoming. Watch FLWFishing.com for details. 
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
Sample BBQ from 30 teams in Kansas City Barbecue Society Competition
 
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (June 9, 2015) – FLW is adding some Arkansas flavor to the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup with its Bass & BBQ competition as part of the FLW Expo outside the Hot Springs Convention Center and Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs, Arkansas, August 22 and 23. The 30-team BBQ competition is sanctioned by the Kansas City Barbecue Society and will be part of a yearlong points race to find the best barbecue in the country.
 
During the two day BBQ event, fans will have the opportunity to taste BBQ from some of the top competing teams in the country. A $5 donation will give fans five tickets to redeem for pulled pork and rib samples from teams competing. All fans who buy sampling tickets will help determine the Fishermen’s Favorite Award, which goes to the team that collects the most votes. Awards will be presented before the Forrest Wood Cup weigh-ins Saturday and Sunday at Bank of the Ozarks Arena. The total payout for the two-day competition is $10,000. 
 
“Fans that come out to the Forrest Wood Cup this year are in for a real treat,” said Steve Arrison, Chief Executive Officer of Visit Hot Springs. “We’ve got great fishing, great music and great BBQ, and it is going to make for one awesome week.”
 
Any KCBS sanctioned teams wanting to participate in the Bass & BBQ competition can contact Scott Ellison with FLW by email at scott.ellison@flwfishing.com. There are only a few spots left, so please follow up soon to reserve a spot in the competition.  
 
The FLW Expo and Bass & BBQ event are free and open to the public Friday, August 21 – Sunday, August 23 from 10 a.m. – 4: 30 p.m. Live concerts will also be part of the Bass & BBQ festival outside Saturday and Sunday, with country music superstar Justin Moore headlining the event with a free show on Sunday at 4 p.m. before the final weigh-in.
 
The Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing, will visit Lake Ouachita to crown bass fishing’s top angler of 2015. Hosted by Visit Hot Springs and Arkansas Parks and Tourism, the tournament will feature 50 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals and co-anglers casting for the sport’s biggest awards – $500,000 cash in the pro division and $50,000 cash in the co-angler division.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
South Carolina Angler Amasses 51 Pounds of Bass, Wins $500,000
 
 
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Aug. 17, 2014) – Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi of Prosperity, S.C., crossed the stage with a five-bass limit weighing 13 pounds, 14 ounces Sunday to claim the title of Forrest Wood Cup Champion at the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray presented by Walmart. Gagliardi, with a four-day total of 19 bass for 51-2, won by a narrow 1-ounce margin over Straight Talk Wireless pro Scott Canterbury of Springville, Ala. and won the $500,000 prize in professional bass fishing’s world championship that featured 45 of the best professional anglers from across the country casting for the sport’s top cash award of $500,000.
 
“This is unbelievable,” said Gagliardi, who overcame an early-season disqualification at the first FLW Tour event of the year on Lake Okeechobee and managed to qualify to compete in the Forrest Wood Cup in just five events. “To win the Forrest Wood Cup, no matter where it is, is the most prestigious event that I could win in our sport. But to do it here, in front of all of these people who were rooting for me, it really just makes it so much more special.
 
Gagliardi said that he caught his fish this week on three key baits. On day one, he caught fish on a 5-inch Scaled Sardine-colored Basstrix swimbait with a 3/8-ounce Buckeye Lures jig head. He caught a few of his solid keeper fish up the Saluda River on a Texas-rigged 10-inch Zoom Ol’ Monster worm, and his key bait on Sunday was a Yamamoto Baits D-Shad soft plastic jerkbait.
 
“Every time this year that it looked like my run was going to end, I would catch a big one at the end of the day and stay alive,” Gagliardi said. “I’m super hard on myself when I don’t perform as well as I think I should, but my wife Kristin is always pulling me out of those little slumps. After my disqualification at Okeechobee, it was one of the lowest points of my life. I literally thought I had a zero-percent chance of making this tournament. She stayed positive and forced me to be positive too and that was crucial for me this season. I could not possibly be any happier at this moment.”
 
Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., won the co-angler division and $50,000 Friday with a two-day total of seven bass weighing 15 pounds, 14 ounces followed by Jason Johnson of Gainesville, Ga., in second place with six bass weighing 12-8 worth $10,000.
 
FLW Tour pro Rich Dalbey of Greenville, Texas, was awarded the third annual Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community Leadership Award on Saturday.
 
                                                Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
COLUMBIA, S.C. (Aug. 16, 2014) – Pro angler Brent Ehrler of Redlands, Calif., brought a five-bass limit to the scale Saturday weighing 13 pounds, 5 ounces to take the lead after day three of the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray presented by Walmart. Ehrler, with a three-day total of 15 bass for 39-1, holds a 3-ounce lead over Chevy pro Bryan Thrift of Shelby, N.C., who has a three-day total of 15 bass for 38-14 in professional bass fishing’s world championship that features 45 of the best professional anglers from across the country casting for the sport’s top cash award of $500,000.
 
“I’m catching fish doing a number of different things,” said Ehrler, who is poised to become the first ever two-time Forrest Wood Cup champion after winning the event in 2006. “I’m catching some moving fast and covering the bank; I’m catching some schooling fish and I’m catching some fish deeper with bottom baits. The bite seemed to be a little bit better today. I think the clouds this morning definitely helped.”
 
“Today was strange because I ran some areas where I didn’t catch them in practice and I was able to catch a few,” Ehrler said. “I did lay off some areas where I think I can catch them tomorrow. I’m not sure how many fish are there, but I’m going to run the areas that I really believe are holding fish and hopefully there will be a good enough stringer there to finish things off.
 
“I’ll definitely have some butterflies in the morning,” Ehrler continued. “When I won back in 2006, it wasn’t even a goal of mine to win the tournament. It was my first Forrest Wood Cup appearance and I was just happy to be there. Now that I’ve done it I feel like I can actually win, so that will definitely add to the stress a little bit more because I feel like I have a great opportunity.”
 
Final results for the remaining field can be found on FLWOutdoors.com.
 
Overall there were 68 bass weighing 172 pounds, 1 ounce even caught by pros Saturday. The catch included eight five-bass limits.
 
Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., won the co-angler division and $50,000 Friday with a two-day total of seven bass weighing 15 pounds, 14 ounces followed by Jason Johnson of Gainesville, Ga., in second place with six bass weighing 12-8 worth $10,000.
 
 
The final 10 anglers will take off from Dreher Island State Park located at 3677 State Park Road in Prosperity, S.C., at 7 a.m. Sunday. Weigh-in will be held at the Colonial Life Arena located at 801 Lincoln St. in Columbia, S.C., beginning at 5 p.m. Sunday.
 
 
                                     Courtesy of BASS Communications.