FLW Tour Hooks & Lures
2010 marks the 15th anniversary season for FLW Outdoors and the 2010 FLW Tour is heading into the homestretch with anglers anxiously positioning themselves to qualify for the Forrest Wood Cup…the season was set to get off to an exciting start with the first event on the Red River in Shreveport, La., but unsafe conditions led to the cancellation of that Tour stop…the Tour headed to Table Rock Lake in Branson, Mo. for a second consecutive season which served as the first official event for the 2010 FLW Tour…the schedule then led everyone to Lake Norman in Charlotte and then off to Knoxville to fish Fort Loudoun-Tellico lakes…the event in Knoxville was on the heels of the first National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship which was won by the University of Florida (Matt Wercinski and Jake Gipson)…Hot Springs marked the fourth stop on the Tour and tested the mettle of every angler with the high temperatures…the final stop of the FLW Tour prior to the Forrest Wood Cup will be on Lake Guntersville in Huntsville, Ala…at the conclusion of this event, the field for the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Lanier near Atlanta will be set.
Remaining 2010 FLW Tour Schedule
Dates Fishery City, State
June 23-26 Lake Guntersville Huntsville, Ala.
Aug. 5-8 Lake Lanier Atlanta, Ga.
2011 Forrest Wood Cup – Lake Ouachita, Hot Springs, Ark.
FLW Outdoors and the Hot Springs Convention and Visitors Bureau announced Hot Springs would once again host the Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing, Aug. 11-14, 2011, on Lake Ouachita…the last time the Forrest Wood Cup, the sport's premier event, was held in Hot Springs was 2007 and Scott Suggs of Bryant, Ark., made professional fishing history winning the first $1 million first-place cash prize…The 2005 Forrest Wood Cup and FLW Outdoors Expo was held on Lake Hamilton, a sister lake to Lake Ouachita, and drew a then-record crowd of 40,671 fans to the Hot Springs Convention Center and Summit Arena over the course of four days…those same fans ultimately witnessed Hot Springs resident and bass-fishing legend George Cochran reel in $500,000…the Forrest Wood Cup returned to Hot Springs and Lake Ouachita in 2007 where many of those same fans and more, 61,967 to be exact, saw Suggs make history.
2010 National Guard FLW College Fishing Regional Championships
FLW Outdoors recently announced date changes for two of the regional championships in College Fishing. The Northern Regional Championship is now scheduled for Nov. 11-13 and the Texas Regional is now scheduled for Oct. 28-30. A complete list of the regional championships are below.
Division Dates Fishery Host City, State
Central Regional Nov. 4-6 Lake Monroe Indiana University Bloomington, Ind.
Northern Regional Nov. 11-13 Jordan Lake North Carolina State University Raleigh, N.C.
Southeast Regional Oct. 21-23 Lake Monroe University of Central Florida Orlando, Fla.
Texas Regional Oct. 28-30 Sam Rayburn Stephen F. Austin State University Nacogdoches, Texas
Western Regional Oct. 7-9 Folsom Lake Sacramento State University Sacramento, Calif.
2011 FLW Tour
Continue to check FLWOutdoors.com for news pertaining to the 2011 FLW Tour schedule which should be announced in the near future.
FLW Tour Angler of the Year Race
After four events, the anglers in contention for Angler of the Year have separated themselves and are looking to make the final push in one of the last two events to win the coveted season-long crown…of the current anglers in the top-10, not one has earned the title before, but Clark Wendlandt, currently 11th, has earned the title before and is the only angler to have done it three times (2009; 2000; 1997)…below is a chart showing the past Angler of the Year winners and the Tour event(s) they won that year or their highest finish.
Angler Year Win Highest Finish Fishery
Clark Wendlandt 2009 - 3rd Beaver Lake
David Dudley 2008 1 1st Fort Loudoun-Tellico lakes
Jay Yelas 2007 - 2nd (twice) Lake Norman, Beaver Lake
Anthony Gagliardi 2006 1 1st Lake Murray
Greg Hackney 2005 - 4th (twice) Wheeler Lake, Potomac River
Shinichi Fukae 2004 - 4th Lake Okeechobee
Dan Morehead 2003 1 1st Beaver Lake
Jay Yelas 2002 - 3rd Lake Okeechobee
Kevin VanDam 2001 - 2nd (twice) Lake Okeechobee, Red River
Clark Wendlandt 2000 1 1st Lake Murray
David Walker 1999 - 7th (twice) Lake Murray, Lake St. Clair
Denny Brauer 1998 - 5th Kentucky Lake
Clark Wendlandt 1997 - 6th Kerr Lake
Peter Thliveros 1996 - 5th (twice) Lake Okeechobee, Lake Seminole
Forrest Wood Cup Champions
As the 2010 season heads into the final stop, anglers are gearing up to qualify and compete for the world championship of bass fishing, the Forrest Wood Cup, held on Lake Lanier this year…the prestigious title, which is the most lucrative event in the sport of bass fishing, is held by the following select group of anglers.
Year Angler Fishery City, State
2009 Greg Hackney Three Rivers Pittsburgh, Pa.
2008 Michael Bennett Lake Murray Columbia, S.C.
2007 Scott Suggs Lake Ouachita Hot Springs, Ark.
2006 Brent Ehrler Logan Martin Lake Birmingham, Ala.
2005 George Cochran Lake Hamilton Hot Springs, Ark.
2004 Luke Clausen Logan Martin Lake Pell City, Ala.
2003 David Dudley James River Richmond, Va.
2002 John Sappington Cross Lake Shreveport, La.
2001 Canceled due to 9/11
2000 Dion Hibdon Red River Shreveport, La.
1999 Darrel Robertson Fort Gibson Lake Wagoner, Ok.
1998 Davy Hite Mississippi River Moline, Ill.
1997 David Fritts Lake Ferguson Greenville, Miss.
1996 Steve Daniel Lake Sinclair Milledgeville, Ga.
Exclusive Title Holders
There is a small group of anglers, five to be specific, that belong to an exclusive club where they hold the title of Forrest Wood Cup Champion and Bassmaster Classic Champion…that group is listed below.
Angler Forrest Wood Cup Year & Fishery Bassmaster Classic Year & Fishery
Luke Clausen 2004 – Logan Martin Lake 2006 – Lake Tohopekaliga (Toho)
George Cochran 2005 – Lake Hamilton 1996 – Lay Lake; 1987 – Ohio River
David Fritts 1997 – Lake Ferguson 1993 – Logan Martin Lake
Dion Hibdon 2000 – Red River 1997 – Logan Martin Lake
Day Hite 1998 – Mississippi River 1999 – Louisiana Delta
Two Titles – One Year
Brent Ehrler, one of fishing's hottest anglers, added his name to a prestigious list of Tour pros to win multiple events in the same season…Ehrler has demonstrated a performance streak second-to-none, both on the FLW Tour and the FLW Series, over the last couple of years…his win at the Chevy Open on Lake Ouachita was his second Tour title in 2010, his other victory came on Table Rock Lake in February, gave him his third Tour-level title in the past two years…below is a list of the Tour anglers that have won multiple titles in the same year.
Angler Year Wins Fisheries
Brent Ehrler 2010 2 Table Rock Lake; Lake Ouachita
Shinichi Fukae 2006 2 Lake Okeechobee; Beaver Lake
Rick Clunn 2000 2 Beaver Lake; Pickwick Lake
David Fritts 1997 3 Lake Eufaula; Kentucky Lake; Lake Ferguson*
* Forrest Wood Cup
One of bass fishing's most prestigious championships, the BFL All-American presented by Chevy, was held recently on DeGray Lake in Arkansas…with more than 35,000 anglers competing to qualify for the championship, Troy Morrow of Toccoa, Ga., claimed the prestigious title on the boater side earning $120,000…on the co-angler side, Brett Rudy of Burlington, Iowa, took home the crown and $60,000…both anglers will compete in Atlanta at the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup…the All-American has also served as a springboard to numerous anglers making the leap to the professional circuit and below is a list of previous All-American winners that have gone on to compete on the FLW Tour.
Angler BFL AA Title FLW Tour
Dean Starkey 1983 & 1994 1996-98
Shaw Grigsby 1984 1997-2000
Rick Clunn 1985 1997-2005
O.T. Fears III 1987 1996-99, 2001, 2007-08
Joe Thomas 1990 1997, 1999, 2007-10
Clark Wendlandt 1992 1997-2010
Doug Garrett 1993 1998
Stephen Browning 1996 1998-2000
Kim Carver 1998 1999-2001
Mike Baldwin 1999 2000-02
Eddie Waits III 2002 2003
Tony Christian 2003 2004
Robert Walser 2006 1996-1998, 2007-08
Adam Wagner 2009 2010
FLW Tour and Lake Guntersville
The FLW Tour is returning to Lake Guntersville for a second consecutive season, but at a different time of year than 2009…Lake Guntersville is renowned as one of the best bass fisheries in the country and it proves it year after year as host to numerous bass tournaments conducted by FLW Outdoors, B.A.S.S. and many other groups…here is the top-10 from last year's event and their total weight caught over the four days of the tournament.
Rank Name City, State Four-Day Total
1 David Fritts Lexington, N.C. 83-3
2 Sam Newby Pocola, Ok. 81-11
3 David Dudley Lynchburg, Va. 76-8
4 Ramie Colson, Jr. Cadiz, Ky. 76-1
5 Tom Mann, Jr. Buford, Ga. 76-9
6 David Walker Sevierville, Tenn. 70-10
7 John Tanner Quitman, Texas 68-8
8 Scott Canterbury Springville, Ala. 71-6
9 Mike Surman Boca Raton, Fla. 63-6
10 Craig Dowling Grant, Ala. 60-13
* in 2009 competition, the top-10 finalists for FLW Tour events were established by the cumulative weight from the first two days of the event…weights were zeroed for the final two days of competition with the winner catching the highest cumulative weight from the final two days.
Upcoming Events and Promotions
Lure a Smile from Children
FLW Outdoors anglers Pam Bolton, Scott Martin, Clifford Pirch and Wesley Strader will visit the Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children on Tuesday, June 22 from 10 – 11 a.m…the visit will bring goodie bags and hopefully some joy and smiles to the patients…for further information, contact Allie Haertling at (270) 252-1000.
Date: Tuesday, June 22
Time: 10 – 11 a.m.
Place: Huntsville Hospital for Women and Children – 4th floor
911 Big Cove Road
Lake Guntersville FLW Tour presented by Ranger
Chevy Pro Night – Bob Hembree Chevrolet
On Tuesday, June 22 at 6 p.m., fans can meet the Chevy pros on the FLW Tour, trade fish tales, take pictures and get autographs…plus, fans can win great prizes and get giveaways and register for the Can-Am ATV that will be given away following the final weigh-in on Saturday at the Von Braun Center.
Bob Hembree Chevrolet
11982 US Highway 431
Tuesday, June 22 – 6 p.m
FLW Tour presented by Ranger
Wed. June 23
Lake Guntersville Resort State Park
Thurs. June 24
Lake Guntersville Resort State Park
Fri. June 25
Lake Guntersville Resort State Park
Sat. June 26
Von Braun Center
FLW Outdoors Expo
Fans will be treated to the FLW Outdoors Expo at the Von Braun Center on Friday and Saturday…there will be a drawing for a Can-Am ATV compliments of The Huntsville Times and rod and reel combos will be given to the first 300 kids under 14 in attendance on Saturday courtesy of WDRM…the FLW Outdoors Expo includes Ranger boat simulators, a chance to test the latest equipment, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers, enjoy interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors, and learn more about the sport of fishing and other outdoor activities…all activities are free and open to the public…for a full schedule of events, additional information and to register for the ATV visit FLWOutdoors.com/Huntsville.
FLW Outdoors Expo – Von Braun Center
Fri. June 25
5:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Von Braun Center
Sat.* June 26
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Von Braun Center
* the first 300 children 14 and under will receive a free rod and reel combo compliments of WDRM
* fans can register for the ATV that will be given away compliments of The Huntsville Times following Saturday's final weigh-in…you must be present to win.
Chevy Test Drives
Chevy is offering the opportunity to test drive some of their newest vehicles, including the all-new Camaro…vehicles available for fans to test drive will be, but may not be limited to, a Tahoe, Mailbu, Equinox and the Camaro…fans that take a test drive will receive a free die-cast Ranger boat…the test drives will take place at the Von Braun Center on Friday, June 25, from 4 – 9 p.m. and Saturday, June 26, from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Castrol Pro Dudley at Grand Opening
Castrol pro David Dudley will be at the Castrol Premium Lube Express in Ft. Payne, Ala., on Friday, June 18, 2010, for Customer Appreciation Day to sign autographs, take pictures, trade fish tales and meet fans of all ages…plus, fans can register to win a half-day fishing trip with a Castrol pro angler…the Castrol Premium Lube Express is located at 209 Greenhill Blvd. NW in Ft. Payne and the anglers will be there from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
2010 FLW Tour
2010 FLW Tour Current Cast
Lake Guntersville, Huntsville, Ala.
The FLW Tour will close the regular season by returning to Lake Guntersville for a second year in a row…in 2009, Lake Guntersville kicked off the season in February and saw David Fritts take home the title…this will mark the final event for anglers to put themselves in position for the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup…for additional information on Lake Guntersville FLW Tour event presented by Ranger and a schedule of events, visit FLWOutdoors.com/Huntsville…for a preview of the event, visit FLWOutdoors.com/bassfishing.
Location: Tennessee River mile No. 349 in Marshall County, Ala., 75.7 miles downstream from Nickjack Dam, 74.1 miles from Wheeler Dam, 11 miles northwest of Guntersville, Ala., 75 air miles from Chattanooga, Tenn.
History: Construction began in 1935; began filling with water in 1939.
Size: Shoreline measures 949 miles; 67,900 acres at the top of the power pool.
2010 FLW Tour Recap
Red River, Shreveport, La.
The first stop of the FLW Tour season had to be canceled due to unsafe conditions. This decision was made after much consideration as well as exploration of every possible alternative to ensure the safety of our anglers and FLW Outdoors staff members. This marked the first time an FLW Tour event had been canceled since the 2001 Forrest Wood Cup was canceled due to the 9/11 attacks.
Table Rock Lake, Branson, Mo.
National Guard pro Brent Ehrler set the tone early in the first event of the FLW Tour for 2010 which was presented by Cabela's…weighing in 22-pounds, 2-ounces, Ehrler built nearly a seven pound lead…after four days, Ehrler's domination saw him weigh in 69 pounds, 11 ounces and win the event by more than 13 pounds…veterans Ron Shuffield and Mike Wurm came in second and third, respectively…Damiki pro Bryan Thrift set the tone early for his season by finishing fourth…the remainder of the top-10 were: Greg Pugh, National Guard pro Scott Martin, Mark Rose, Andy Morgan, Adam Wagner and Folgers pro Scott Suggs…for a recap of the FLW Tour stop on Table Rock Lake, visit FLWOutdoors.com/tournament.cfm?cid=1&did=0&t=news.
Lake Norman, Charlotte, N.C.
Making its fourth consecutive stop on Lake Norman, the FLW Tour event presented by the National Guard saw the local anglers take aim and dominate…Damiki pro Bryan Thrift (Shelby, N.C.) took home his first FLW Tour victory weighing in 58 pounds, 5 ounces, besting Rusty Salewske by nearly nine pounds…local pros Andy Montgomery (Blacksburg, S.C.) and Brian Travis (Conover, N.C.) finished third and fourth, respectively…Rusty Trancgyer made his first FLW Tour top-10 and finished fifth…the remainder of the top-10 were: Andy Morgan, Ishama Monroe, Vic Vatalaro, National Guard pro Clifford Pirch and Keith Combs…for a complete recap and full results of the Lake Norman stop, visit FLWOutdoors.com/tournament.cfm?cid=1&did=0&t=news.
Fort Loudoun-Tellico lakes, Knoxville, Tenn.
The FLW Tour set its sights on Fort Loudon-Tellico lakes for the first time since 2008…the Tour event, presented by Folgers, saw Glenn Browne of Ocala, Fla., earn his first FLW Tour victory…Browne weighed in 59 pounds, 13 ounces of fish over four days besting Goodwill pro Chad Grigsby by four pounds…Damiki pro Bryan Thrift continued his hot streak by placing third in the event…Chris Baumgardner and local favorite Brandon Coulter finished in fourth and fifth, respectively…the rest of the top-10 were: J.T. Kenney, Chris Martinkovic, Jason Christie, Cabela's pro Clark Wendlandt and Chevy pro Jimmy Houston…for a full recap of the Tour event in Knoxville, visit FLWOutdoors.com/tournament.cfm?cid=1&did=0&t=news.
Lake Ouachita, Hot Springs, Ark.
The Chevy Open on Lake Ouachita marked the fourth stop on the 2010 FLW Tour…National Guard pro Brent Ehrler showed why he is considered by many the best angler in the sport right now…he came from 10th on day two to take the overall lead on day three and held off a star-studded top five that included local favorite Folgers pro Scott Suggs, Doug Monson, FLW Outdoors' all-time money winner and Castrol pro David Dudley and another strong West Coast angler, Ish Monroe to earn the vicotry…the remaining top 10 featured Jacob Powroznik (sixth), Roy Hawk (seventh), Chevy pro Luke Clausen (eighth), National Guard pro Tim Klinger (ninth) and Terry Bolton (10th)…the high temperatures challenged the anglers to not only catch their limits, but to take extra care of the ones they did bring to the scales… for a complete recap of the tournament, visit FLWOutdoors.com/tournament.cfm?cid=1&did=0&t=news.
2010 Forrest Wood Cup Preview
Lake Lanier, Atlanta, Ga.
Lake Lanier has seen its struggles over the last few years with low water levels, but the water level has been rising and the lake should be in great condition for the world championship of bass fishing…the advantages of the low water recently allowed for small trees and grass to grow in areas traditionally covered in water and is now in six to 10 feet of water…spotted bass have traditionally been the choice in recent past, but with the additional vegetation, largemouths could become a factor…visit ForrestWoodCup.com for complete details and a schedule of events.