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Posted By The Bass Hog

July 26, 2017--COLUMBIA, S.C. – No summertime gathering of fishing enthusiasts is complete without barbeque, and there is no better barbeque on earth than in South Carolina. FLW partnered with the South Carolina BBQ Association to add some South Carolina flavor to the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup with its Bass & BBQ Festival as part of the FLW Expo outside the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center in Columbia, South Carolina, August 11-13. The BBQ Festival, presented by WIS-TV 10, will feature multiple award-winning BBQ teams from around the state offering delicious fare to visitors at the Forrest Wood Cup. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to local South Carolina charities.

“We are proud to sponsor this year’s Bass & BBQ Festival as part of the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup Championship,” said Lyle Schulze, WIS-TV Vice President and General Manager. “Great fishing, great BBQ and great country music will make for a fantastic weekend in August. We are looking forward to being a part of this huge event in Columbia.”

Teams currently registered to compete in the event include:

  • J.T.’s BBQ, Summerville, S.C.
  • All Smoked Up, Lexington, S.C.
  • Up In Smoke, Rock Hill, S.C.
  • Doko Smoke, Blythwood, S.C.
  • The Saucy Pig, Greenville, S.C.
  • Can’t Quit Smokin’, Blythwood, S.C.
  • Blowin’ Smoke LLC, Columbia, S.C.
  • Fire Tower BBQ, Piedmont, S.C.

In addition to the BBQ Festival, country music acts will also be showcased throughout the weekend on the Bass & BBQ Festival stage, outside the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Artists scheduled to perform include:

Friday, Aug. 11

  • 2-2:45 p.m. – Chase Mitchell

Saturday, Aug. 11 & Sunday, Aug. 12

  • 2-2:45 p.m. – The Blue Pickups

The FLW Expo and Bass & BBQ Festival and country music concerts are free and open to the public Friday, Aug. 11, Saturday, Aug. 12 and Sunday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

The Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of professional bass fishing, will visit Lake Murray to crown bass fishing’s top angler of 2017. Hosted by the Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board, the tournament will feature 53 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals casting for the sport’s biggest award – $300,000 cash.

For complete details and updated information visit FLWFishing.com. For regular updates, photos, tournament news and more, follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/FLWFishing and on Twitter at Twitter.com/FLWFishing.

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
Posted By The Bass Hog

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of professional bass fishing, will return to Lake Murray Country, Aug. 11-13, to crown bass fishing’s top angler of 2017. Hosted by the Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board, the tournament will feature 53 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals casting for the sport’s biggest award – $300,000 cash.

The Forrest Wood Cup has been held at Lake Murray, the Jewel of South Carolina, twice, in 2008 and 2014. Michael Bennett of Lincoln, California, won the 2008 Forrest Wood Cup fishing with a frog. Bennett ran all around the lake, targeting shade and a variety of shallow cover, fishing new water each day. The 2014 Forrest Wood Cup went to local favorite Anthony Gagliardi of Prosperity, South Carolina, who fished points and some upriver brush the first couple of days, but relied mostly on offshore schooling bass to earn the win.

“The key factor in this year’s event will be catching a 5-pounder every day,” Gagliardi said. “The lake is fishing really good – similar to 2014 – but there are also some differences. There is a lot more grass and vegetation this year. The fish are a little bigger, and there won’t be co-anglers fishing in this tournament. But the patterns will be similar to 2014, and guys will be doing a lot of the same things to catch fish.”

Blueback-chasing schoolers and shallow bluegill eaters dominated the 2014 event, and topwater baits were the predominant tactic, but a few other patterns emerged, including drop-shotting, dragging on offshore structure and fishing a mayfly hatch far up the Saluda River.

“I think that guys fishing shallow will have a good chance, but the offshore guys should do well, too,” Gagliardi continued. “Everybody is going to be able to fish to their strengths and I think that it is likely that we will see a 20-pound limit or two.”

At the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup, Gagliardi earned the win over Quaker State pro Scott Canterbury of Odenvile, Alabama, by just 1-ounce. Canterbury – known for being one of the best shallow-water power fisherman on Tour – will also be one of the 53 anglers competing this year and is considered by many competitors to be a favorite in the event.

Anglers will take off from Dreher Island State Park located at 3677 State Park Road in Prosperity, at 7 a.m. EDT each morning at the Folger’s Morning Takeoff. Each day’s weigh-in will be held at the Colonial Life Arena located at 801 Lincoln St., in Columbia, beginning at 5 p.m.

Fans will be treated to the FLW Expo at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center located at 1101 Lincoln St. in Columbia, each day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. prior to the weigh-ins. The Expo includes games, activities and giveaways provided by more than 40 FLW sponsors, the opportunity to shop the latest tackle and outdoor gear from more than 100 exhibitors, Ranger boat simulators, a casting pond and a trout pond for children, as well as the opportunity to meet and interact with top professional anglers, including Hank Parker, Jimmy Houston and Byron Velvick. FLW’s namesake Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, will also be greeting fans.

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 Kid Caster’s no-tangle, rod-and-reel combo courtesy of WLTX 19 after the evening’s weigh-in. 

Courtesy of FLW Communications.


 
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
MINNEAPOLIS (April 7, 2015) – Walmart FLW Tour pros Guido and Payden Hibdon, both of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, informed FLW of their decision to withdraw from the remaining four regular-season FLW Tour events in the 2015 season. Bradley Hallman of Norman, Oklahoma, and Jeremy Starks of Scott Depot, West Virginia, have agreed to replace the Hibdons on Tour and will fish the remaining four events this season. The full tournament field will remain at 154.
 
Guido’s son and Payden’s father, Dion Hibdon, the 2000 Forrest Wood Cup champion, will continue to fish the Tour. He’ll travel to tournaments with his younger son, Lawson, 18, who is fishing the Tour as a co-angler.
 
“It’s up in the air right now, but we want to continue our fishing careers,” says Payden. “It’s just been difficult to get sponsors now, the way everybody got dropped all at once. It was too late in the year to pick up anybody new.”
 
In FLW Tour competition, anglers are also vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. The 2015 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Aug. 20-23 on Lake Ouachita and is hosted by Visit Hot Springs. The Forrest Wood Cup Champion could win as much as $500,000 – professional bass-fishing’s richest prize.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.

 
Posted By The Bass Hog
Callaghan wins co-angler title
 
FLORENCE, Ala. (Nov. 1, 2014) – Zack Birge of Blanchard, Oklahoma, brought the second-largest stringer of the tournament to the scale Saturday – a five-bass limit weighing 19 pounds even to win the Rayovac FLW Series Championship at Wheeler Lake with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 47 pounds even. For his victory, Birge took home $50,000, plus a berth in the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup.
 
“It was an awesome day and I’m very blessed,” said Birge, who started the day in third place, yet won by 7 pounds. “On the last day of practice I ran into some fish and it completely changed my mood and my game plan.
 
“I only caught 11 pounds on day one, but I knew they were there. I just didn’t get any big bites,” Birge said. “I went back Friday and had a good day, and thankfully they bit again today.”
 
Birge said his primary area featured big log jams on shallow sandbars with deep water channels nearby.
 
“It reminds me a lot of Grand Lake,” the Oklahoma angler said of his area. “Where I found my fish was absolutely identical to the places I find the fish back home.
 
“The first couple of days I was just throwing a spinnerbait up to the logs,” Birge continued. “They pulled current in the morning and I was able to get some good bites. Today, I was also slow-rolling my spinnerbait on the bottom. You had to really crawl it along. If you thought you were reeling slow enough, you had to slow down.”
 
Birge said that he averaged 8 to 12 keeper bass per day, and threw two shad-colored spinnerbaits – one a 3/4-ounce Santone Lures spinnerbait and the other a 1/2-ounce River2Sea Ish Monroe Bling Spinnerbait.
 
Additionally, Thrift, Peek, Kapiton, McCall and Yelas also qualified for the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup as they were the five highest finishing anglers after the division leaders were removed.
 
Overall there were 40 bass weighing 98 pounds, 2 ounces caught by boaters Saturday. The catch included five five-bass limits.
 
James Callaghan of DeBerry, Texas, won the co-angler division and a Ranger Z117C with an Evinrude or Mercury outboard motor with a three-day total of 15 bass weighing 24 pounds, 3 ounces, followed by Justin Sward of Birmingham, Alabama, in second place with 13 bass weighing 22-11, worth $9,000.
 
Additionally, Gardner, Smith, Rachal, Bray and Bechtel also qualified for the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup as they were the five highest finishing co-anglers after the division leaders were removed.
 
Courtesy of FLW Outdoors.