Archive for August, 2015
August 20, 2015 12:54 pm
Daily updates from the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita.
If the fishing matches the weather on the opening day of the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita, there will be plenty of limit stringers brought to the scales in Hot Springs' Bank of the Ozarks Arena when the weigh-in commences at 5 p.m. Up until a couple of weather forecasts ago, anglers were anticipating hot, miserable weather during all four days of this, the crowning event of the Walmart FLW Tour season, which is hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Passing thunderstorms Tuesday afternoon brought a pleasant respite to the sultry heat, however, and now Cup contenders only have sulking bass to contend with as they vie for tournament fishing's richest prize: a winner's purse of $500,000.
August 19, 2015 9:28 pm
FLW and the Huntsville/Madison County Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) announced Saturday that Huntsville, Ala., will be hosting the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart, the world championship of bass fishing, Aug. 4-7, 2016, on Wheeler Lake. This event marks the first time that the Forrest Wood Cup has visited Wheeler Lake.
It was called one of the greatest acts of sportsmanship seen in the sport. On Wednesday night, Shinichi Fukue was recognized for it. During the honorary Forrest Wood Cup pre-tournament dinner for the qualifiers, Fukae was awarded the Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community Leadership Award from the namesake of the trophy, Forrest L. Wood. The award recognizes the individual who displayed overall commitment of sportsmanship and community leadership, on and off the water, by displaying ethical behavior, upholding integrity, class, selflessness, conservation efforts and kindness to others.
The FLW media staff brought a few Rangers over to Lake Ouachita for this week's festivities, so we decided to take one for a drive around the lake to get a feel for what the anglers will be facing this week. Here is what we found.
August 17, 2015 5:11 pm
In the pursuit of any dream, whether the end goal is just around the corner or a long ways away, there will always be a few bumps in the road during the journey. For Curtis Richardson, the 2015 Walmart Bass Fishing League All-American winner, his dream of becoming a professional angler and fishing the Walmart FLW Tour is within sight, but getting there has required navigating a major obstruction.
About 1,400 miles separate Roy Hawk's home in Lake Havasu City, Ariz., from Hot Springs, Ark., but Hawk's path to get to Hot Springs for the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup has stretched far beyond that. The Western pro's FLW profile shows a career of ups and downs, of trials and errors. He's fished a mishmash of tournaments, from two seasons on the Walmart FLW Tour to Bass Fishing League qualifiers in the South to Rayovac FLW Series events in the middle of the nation to dozens of tournaments in the Western states. Generally, he's had good success. In 77 FLW appearances, Hawk has earned almost $400,000. He won back-to-back Western Division Rayovac events in 2009. That's why out West, Hawk is known as one of the region's best. Elsewhere, however, he's not yet had that keystone win that's needed to make his a household name in the bass fishing industry. Maybe that all changes this week.
"I don't know where or how to win it yet, but I know this lake as good as anyone," says Stetson Blaylock. "I might not be due, but nobody wants to win this as bad as I do."
Matt Elkins of Spencerville, Ohio, weighed a five-bass limit totaling 22 pounds, 6 ounces Saturday to win the fourth Walmart Bass Fishing League Michigan Division tournament on the Detroit River. For his victory, Elkins earned $5,337.