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    “I’ve often said there are a lot more good people than bad people. The bad ones just get all the publicity. We wanted to give attention to a good one,” said Forrest L. Wood, the namesake of the Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community Leadership Award, as he helped honor this year’s award recipient, Rich Dalbey, on stage before the day-two weigh-in at the Forrest Wood Cup. The annual award recognizes a Walmart FLW Tour pro who exemplifies ideals of sportsmanship and community leadership. Dalbey, who just completed his second year on Tour as a professional angler, was selected in part based on the task he took on of coordinating food drives at every FLW Tour stop.

    08/15/2014

    Jeff Samsel


    COLUMBIA, S.C. – When Bryan New left the dock at Dreher Island State Park this morning, he could hardly control his excitement. Before him lay an opportunity, and it was an opportunity he believed he could seize. After catching 7 pounds, 9 ounces on day one of the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray, New came into today’s competition atop the co-angler leaderboard by more than 2 pounds. All he needed to do was catch a couple of solid fish and he’d have a shot at the win. Three keepers would almost certainly seal the deal. After two consecutive top-five finishes at the Forrest Wood Cup, this was New’s best shot at the title. And he went out and earned it.

    08/15/2014

    Kyle Wood


    Suffice it to say that Philip Jarabeck has admired the accomplishments of his uncle, Castrol pro David Dudley, but today he showed there’s plenty of talent in the family by taking over the lead Dudley set on day one of the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart and hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country. Dudley, a past Forrest Wood Cup champion, posted the event’s heaviest sack with his first-round weight of 17 pounds, 14 ounces. Today, Jarabeck hauled in 17 pounds and raced up the standings from his 19th-place finish on day one. “I was just super-blessed today,” Jarabeck says. “I had a great day today. I culled three or four times. I had multiple keepers that I threw back.”

    08/15/2014

    David A. Brown



    Lake Murray, known as the “Jewel of South Carolina,” is glimmering brightly under the hot August sun today during the second day of competition at the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup. Weather.com currently lists the air temperature in Columbia, S.C., as 88 degrees, but the humidity and nearly flat-calm conditions are making the “feels like” temperature seem much higher. FLW’s On the Water crew has reported only a handful of limits and just as few kicker bites thus far. Most of the action occurred early in the morning. Once the sun rose above the treetops, the eat switch flipped to the off position.

    08/15/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    Few will disagree that qualifying for the Forrest Wood Cup by way of the Walmart Bass Fishing League is among the most difficult challenges in competitive bass fishing. The journey to the Cup through the BFLs is one requiring immense skill and flawless execution over the course of five regular-season circuit events, a 160-boat regional and a three-day championship against the best weekend warriors on the planet.

    08/15/2014

    Mike Reeves


    With Casey Ashley and Scott Canterbury

    08/15/2014


    Day 1 interviews with David Dudley, Cody Meyer, Bryan Thrift, Scott Martin and Brent Ehrler from the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray, SC.

    08/15/2014

    Rob Newell


    COLUMBIA, S.C. – Calling your day on the water a “grind” is one of the biggest clichés in the sport of bass fishing. However, it is probably the best way to describe day one of the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray presented by Walmart and hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country. When the scale closed Bryan New of Belmont, N.C., set the bar with four bass that weighed 7 pounds, 9 ounces to take the lead by 2-5.

    08/14/2014

    Kyle Wood


    In the field of 45 pros hoping to raise the trophy at the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart and hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country, five have enjoyed that magical moment before. After a strong day-one performance, Castrol pro David Dudley is looking a lot like a man on a mission for No. 2.

    08/14/2014

    David A. Brown


    Shallow or deep? That was the No. 1 question posed by pros and pundits alike going into the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Murray, and after one day of competition, weigh-in results and observation suggest that the answer might to be “both.” Shallow and deep patterns played a part in top bags from day one, and at this point it would be difficult to say which fish will be the key to victory.

    08/14/2014

    Jeff Samsel


    08/14/2014

    David A. Brown


    Usually anglers call one another liars (especially in regard to what they’ve found during a tournament practice), but David Dudley says that about fish. Specifically, he refers to bass caught during a practice that can lead an angler astray because conditions are changing and they don’t present a clear picture of what will happen come tournament time.

    08/13/2014

    Jeff Samsel


    It's not just about the fishing here at the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup.

    08/13/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    Davy Hite, 1998 Forrest Wood Champion and Lake Murray pro, talks about lake conditions for this week's event.

    08/13/2014

    Rob Newell



    We asked a number of FLW pros who didn’t qualify for the Cup this year to pick their potential winner and explain why.

    08/13/2014

    Colin Moore


    It’s over. Finished. Done. And yet, the whole shebang is really just getting started.

    08/12/2014

    Curtis Niedermier


    The Forrest Wood Cup is the biggest tournament in bass fishing, and you’ve likely heard a lot of chatter about the anglers in the field, the fishing techniques and all the events that surround the tournament. But how much do you know about Lake Murray itself? We got into town early, and, rather than work, we decided to head out on the water for a tour of the lake. Here’s what we found.

    08/12/2014

    Curtis Niedermier and Jesse Schultz


    Cody Meyer says Lake Murray's largemouth are nomadic roamers that are hard to pinpoint.

    08/12/2014

    Rob Newell


    Local favorite Casey Ashley says he wants things to be tough to give him the best shot at winning the Forrest Wood Cup.

    08/12/2014

    Rob Newell


    Common themes from practice emerge
    As day-three of practice for the Forrest Wood Cup winds down and qualifiers set their final strategies, several common denominators are coming to light.

    08/12/2014

    Rob Newell


    Michael Neal is a wizard at finding fish on his electronics, but "seeing" fish on Lake Murray has proved to be a lot more difficult than on TVA lakes.

    08/12/2014

    Rob Newell


    Perhaps you heard the story or saw the online photos of Straight Talk pro Scott Canterbury releasing a stringer of bass weighing in excess of 20 pounds during the second day of the Walmart FLW Tour event on Pickwick Lake.

    08/12/2014

    Colin Moore


    Demographically speaking, professional bass fishermen are getting younger and better all the time. That’s one conclusion to draw from the roster of anglers who qualified for the Forrest Wood Cup this year.

    08/12/2014

    Colin Moore