UPCOMING EVENT: TOYOTA SERIES - 2020 - Lake Erie

Sappington wins $260,000 at Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship

SHREVEPORT, La. – John Sappington of Wyandotte, Okla., conquered a mean slot limit and competitive bracket format to claim $260,000 cash as the winner of the 2002 Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship presented by Castrol on Cross Lake in Shreveport, La. READ MORE »

Sappington survives

Sappington survives

<I>Oklahoma native out-duels Swindle in dramatic fashion to claim 2002 FLW Championship title</I><br><br>SHREVEPORT, La. – The heat was on John Sappington, literally and figuratively. After fishing in searing, 90-degree temperatures all day, Sappington was forced to sweat it out under the hot Louisiana sun and then wait until 3 p.m. to find out if he had defeated his rival and long-time friend, Gerald Swindle. READ MORE »

Cross Lake Connection: FLW Tour Championship, day four

Cross Lake Connection: FLW Tour Championship, day four

<I>Final weigh-in anxious affair for top anglers; pros consider remainder of year</I><br><br>SHREVEPORT, La. — John Sappington and Gerald Swindle proved Saturday that the competitive spirit can conquer adversity – or maybe it's the thought of a $260,000 paycheck. Either way, these two anglers showed they had a right to be fishing for the title of champion of the 2002 FLW Tour by fishing well ahead of the pack and creating an exciting, down-to-the-wire weigh-in that held the audience transfixed until the very end.<br> READ MORE »

Final fishing at hand

Final fishing at hand

<I>Championship anglers seek big bass bite one last time on Cross Lake</I><br><br>SHREVEPORT, La. — The southern sounds of “Sweet Home Alabama” blared from lakeside speakers Saturday morning as anglers prepared for a final day of championship fishing on Cross Lake. However, John Sappington and Gerald Swindle were likely each hoping it would be his “Louisiana Saturday Night.” READ MORE »

Sappington, Swindle to compete for $260,000 cash in Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship

SHREVEPORT, La. – After three days of battling Cross Lake's intimidating 14- to 17-inch slot limit, John Sappington of Wyandotte, Okla., claimed the No. 1 spot in Saturday's final round of the $800,000 Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship presented by Castrol on Cross Lake in Shreveport, La. He will face No. 2 seed Gerald Swindle of Hayden, Ala., for $260,000 cash. READ MORE »

It’s Sappington, Swindle for all the marbles

It’s Sappington, Swindle for all the marbles

<I>Fisher, Chapman miss out on 2002 FLW Championship title match by mere ounces</I><br><br>SHREVEPORT, La. – In one of the more exciting weigh-ins in recent memory, Gerald Swindle and John Sappington came from behind to pull off a berth in the 2002 FLW Championship title match. However, it didn't come easy. READ MORE »

Pace-setter

Pace-setter

<I>Co-angler Keith Pace takes home 2002 FLW Championship title on Cross Lake</I><br><br>SHREVEPORT, La. – Bolstered by a catch of 7 pounds, 2 ounces, Keith Pace of Monticello, Ark., not only walked away with one of the most prestigious co-anglers championships in the nation, but he also managed to fulfill a lifelong dream in the process. READ MORE »

Cross Lake Connection: FLW Tour Championship, day three

Cross Lake Connection: FLW Tour Championship, day three

<I>Semifinals offered excitement and strange coincidence</I><br><br>SHREVEPORT, La. — Friday the 13th crept up on Cross Lake and hexed half of the 24 pro anglers who survived days one and two of the Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship to fish in the semifinal round. Though all of the semifinalists fished admirably throughout the week to make it as far as they had, day three was truly an unlucky one for the dozen fishermen who were bumped out of the bracket-style tournament. READ MORE »

Pivotal positioning

Pivotal positioning

<I>Top-24 anglers prepare to qualify for finals at $800,000 FLW Championship as co-anglers battle for tournament title</I><br><br>SHREVEPORT, La. – Normally on the third day of FLW competition, pro anglers are content with merely qualifying for the finals. Not so today. Not only do the pros have to beat their opponents in today's head-to-head matchup in order to fish another day, but they also have to land enough weight to capture one of the top-two seeds heading into the finals. The reasoning is simple. Per tournament rules, only the top two seeds will be allowed to battle it out for the 2002 FLW Championship title and the top prize of $260,000. READ MORE »

Hackney holds the line on first place

Hackney holds the line on first place

<I>Wendlandt, Elias, Klein, Rojas, Blaukat and Guido Hibdon just some of big names bounced from 2002 FLW Championship</I><br><br>SHREVEPORT, La. – Day-one leader Greg Hackney picked up right where he left off. On the strength of a 6-pound, 1-ounce catch in today's competition, Hackney compiled a two-day total of 21 pounds, 14 ounces to solidify his overall lead at the 2002 FLW Championship and put himself in prime position to make a run at the $260,000 title. READ MORE »

Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship contenders conquer slot limit, brackets to advance

SHREVEPORT, La. – Top contenders in the Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship presented by Castrol on Cross Lake in Shreveport, La., dominated the opening round of fishing with six of the top-10 seeds advancing to the semifinals. READ MORE »

Cross Lake Connection: FLW Tour Championship, day two

Cross Lake Connection: FLW Tour Championship, day two

<I>Race for $260,000 prize is a hot one</I><br><br>SHREVEPORT, La. — And then there were 24.<br><br>Like a scythe sweeping across the pages of a murder mystery, the fields of 48 pros and 48 co-anglers were each cut in half Thursday by the blade of bass-fishing proficiency. Day two of the 2002 Wal-Mart FLW Tour's final destination on Cross Lake was do-or-die for the able anglers who qualified for the championship through outstanding performances during the prior six tournaments of the regular season. READ MORE »

Anglers aim for advancement

Anglers aim for advancement

<I>Day two of FLW Tour Championship on Cross Lake to determine semifinal qualifiers</i><br><br>SHREVEPORT, La. — Anglers raced across the surface of Cross Lake shortly after 7 a.m. in search of open waters rich with fish. Thursday marked the second day of the 2002 Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship and the final day for anglers to out-fish their bracket mates, a mandatory steppingstone along the path to the semifinals. READ MORE »

Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship heats up on Cross Lake

SHREVEPORT, La. – Call it September madness. With a bracket style similar to the NCAA playoffs and $260,000 of an $800,000 cash purse going to the winning pro, the 2002 Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship presented by Castrol on Cross Lake in Shreveport, La., promised to bring unparalleled excitement to the world of bass fishing. READ MORE »

Hackney hauls in lead at 2002 FLW Championship

Hackney hauls in lead at 2002 FLW Championship

<I>Alton Jones and Craig Powers produce day's best head-to-head contest</I><br><br>SHREVEPORT, La. – With the majority of the pro field struggling mightily on the fickle waters of Cross Lake, 10th-ranked Greg Hackney of Oak Ridge, La., appeared to have no trouble at all finding the monster bites. Using an amazing catch of 15 pounds, 13 ounces, Hackney not only trounced his day-one opponent, Kim Stricker of Howell, Mich., by more than 14 pounds, but he also grabbed a 3-pound, 10-ounce lead over Alton Jones of Waco, Texas, the angler with the second largest total of the day. READ MORE »

Cross Lake Connection: FLW Tour Championship, day one

Cross Lake Connection: FLW Tour Championship, day one

<I>Overall catch down as competition heats up</I><br><br>SHREVEPORT, La. — Anglers crossed paths with the so-called “slot monster” Wednesday on Cross Lake during the opening day of the Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship. The smallest lake on this year's tournament trail yielded small catch weights and few five-bass limits for a vast majority of the 48 pros and 48 co-anglers fishing in the grand finale of the 2002 season. READ MORE »

2002 FLW Championship under way

2002 FLW Championship under way

<I>Pros set to battle competition, slot limit in quest for $260,000 first-place prize money</I><br><br>SHREVEPORT, La. – Following a ceremonial moment of silence for the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the top 48 pros and co-anglers of the 2002 season hit the open waters of Cross Lake shortly after 7 a.m. to kick off the most important and prestigious Wal-Mart FLW Tour competition of the year. With a brilliant sunrise serving as backdrop for the start of today's action, pros wasted little time gearing up for their head-to-head battle as dictated by the championship's bracket format that will dominate the first three days of competition. READ MORE »

Destination: Cross Lake

Destination: Cross Lake

<I>Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship, Sept. 11-14</I><br><br>All eyes will be on Cross Lake Sept. 11-14, and rightfully so.<br><br>The nation's top anglers will be there casting for $800,000 cash, and they'll be competing in a unique bracket format, reminiscent of the NCAA basketball tournament, on an impoundment where most 2- to 3-pounders won't be eligible for weigh-in. READ MORE »