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Larry Nixon’s Run at the Cup

Larry Nixon’s Run at the Cup

It’s no secret that Nixon considers a Forrest Wood Cup championship to be the exclamation point to his long and storied career. It’s the one jewel missing from a crown of accomplishments, and he wants it badly. It’s also safe to say that most fishing fans want it badly for the popular pro before age (he’s 66) and various physical ailments overtake him. READ MORE »

Top photos from the Forrest Wood Cup

Top photos from the Forrest Wood Cup

The Forrest Wood Cup is the biggest tournament of the year for the 53 anglers who made it, but it’s also the highlight of our coverage team’s season. From takeoff to weigh-in, the crew puts in more effort at the Cup than any other tournament of the season. READ MORE »

Lake Murray Top 10 Patterns

Lake Murray Top 10 Patterns

Forrest Wood Cup champion Justin Atkins put together three excellent days targeting cane piles with a topwater, but that wasn’t the only way to have a good week on Murray. All in all, each of the top 10 pros put together an impressive tournament, and all were on pace to blow the doors off the winning weights from each of the prior Cups held on Murray. READ MORE »

Lake Murray Top 10 Baits

Lake Murray Top 10 Baits

Dialing in on surface activity – or near-surface activity – for bass that were chasing blueback herring seemed to be the key to success at the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray. Late-summer largemouths were often relating to brush or cane. Anglers either “called them up” with jumbo walking plugs or capitalized on visible surface activity to get bit. Here’s what the top 10 threw to make it happen. READ MORE »

Atkins Wins Professional Bass Fishing's Forrest Wood Cup

Atkins Wins Professional Bass Fishing's Forrest Wood Cup

COLUMBIA, S.C. – FLW Tour rookie Justin Atkins of Florence, Alabama, brought a five-bass limit to the scale Sunday weighing 22 pounds, 1 ounce – the second-heaviest limit ever weighed in the 22-year history of the Forrest Wood Cup – to earn the win at the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray. Over three days, Atkins weighed in 15 fish totaling 59 pounds, 4 ounces to edge out... READ MORE »

Atkins Tops 'Em All

Atkins Tops 'Em All

FLW Tour rookie Justin Atkins won the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray in Columbia, S.C., with a three-day tournament total of 58 pounds, 5 ounces. Atkins, age 27, was runner-up in the FLW Tour Rookie of the Year race this season and topped a star-studded field of FLW’s best pros in his first Cup appearance. READ MORE »

Lake Murray Cup Coverage Day 3

Lake Murray Cup Coverage Day 3

Updates from the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray in Columbia, S.C. READ MORE »

Tour Brothers

Tour Brothers

I doubt they know what they got themselves into. At the tender age of 27, it’s hard to understand the significance of a major event, like leading a world championship bass tournament, or winning enough money to pay cash for your first home. But FLW Tour youngsters Brandon Cobb and Justin Atkins are in just such a situation, sitting in the top two spots, respectively, of the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup with just one day of fishing remaining. READ MORE »

Lake Murray Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

Lake Murray Top 5 Patterns – Day 2

The last time the Forrest Wood Cup hit Lake Murray was in 2014, and the blueback herring bite was good. It accounted for a chunk of Anthony Gagliardi’s winning weight, but the shallow bite was almost equal to it. This time, the bass keying on the nomadic baitfish are taking the cake, as all but one of the top 10 pros have made targeting the herring chasers their primary game plan. Slinging soft-plastic jerkbaits and big topwaters, sometimes over wide-open water, has accounted for more of the top 10 catches than in any Cup in recent memory. READ MORE »

South Carolina’s Cobb Grabs Lead at Professional Bass Fishing’s Forrest Wood Cup

South Carolina’s Cobb Grabs Lead at Professional Bass Fishing’s Forrest Wood Cup

COLUMBIA, S.C. – FLW Tour pro Brandon Cobb of Greenwood, South Carolina, continued his momentum Saturday at the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray , the world championship of professional bass fishing, weighing in a five-bass limit totaling 19 pounds, 4 ounces – his second straight day with a 19-plus pound limit. With a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 39 pounds even... READ MORE »

Carolina Kid Edges Ahead at Murray

Carolina Kid Edges Ahead at Murray

Cracking another 19-pound bag on day two of the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray, Brandon Cobb moved into the lead with a total of 39 pounds even. Staying steadier than anyone else in the top group has helped the young South Carolina pro make his third straight Forrest Wood Cup top 10, and he is now driving hard for his first FLW win above the T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League level. In second place, Cobb’s roommate Justin Atkins fell off the lead and is 1 pound, 13 ounces behind. READ MORE »

Lake Murray Cup Coverage Day 2

Lake Murray Cup Coverage Day 2

Updates from the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray in Columbia, S.C. READ MORE »

Lake Murray Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Lake Murray Top 5 Patterns – Day 1

Lake Murray is supposed to be tough in August. The last two Forrest Wood Cups held on the lake in late summer certainly were, but on day one of the 2017 Cup, a good portion of the big ones that are so plentiful during tournaments when the water is cooler showed themselves. With slightly cooler water than usual and a slick day with some lingering morning cloud cover, the lake was prime to produce, and 10 pros each caught more than 15 pounds of bass, most of them healthy-looking and stuffed from snacking on blueback herring. READ MORE »

Alabama Rookie Atkins Grabs Lead after Day One of Professional Bass Fishing’s Forrest Wood Cup

Alabama Rookie Atkins Grabs Lead after Day One of Professional Bass Fishing’s Forrest Wood Cup

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The world’s best bass anglers convened on Lake Murray in Columbia, South Carolina, Thursday to kick off the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of professional bass fishing. The three-day event, which awards a $300,000 top prize to the victor, featured a full field of 53 anglers competing today and Saturday before being cut to the final 10 on... READ MORE »

2017 Forrest Wood Cup by the Numbers

2017 Forrest Wood Cup by the Numbers

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Atkins Out in Front

Atkins Out in Front

FLW Tour rookie Justin Atkins of Florence, Ala., weighed in 21 pounds, 5 ounces on Friday to take the day-one lead at the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray in Columbia, S.C. The 27-year-old angler finished runner-up in the Tour’s Rookie of the Year race, but now he leads hometown favorite and 2014 Lake Murray Cup champion Anthony Gagliardi by 4 ounces. Overall, weights were much higher on day one than most anglers expected. Five pros weighed in at least 19 pounds. READ MORE »

Lake Murray Cup Coverage Day 1

Lake Murray Cup Coverage Day 1

Updates from the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray in Columbia, S.C. READ MORE »

Newell Predicts the Forrest Wood Cup

Newell Predicts the Forrest Wood Cup

This year I have gone with a very scientific method for making my pick. I considered five categories of potential winners, and for each category I made a few picks. Quite simply, the pro who gets named in the most categories will be my “official” pick. Here goes. READ MORE »

At it with Atkins

At it with Atkins

FLW Tour Rookie of the Year runner-up Justin Atkins picks apart Lake Murray on day three of practice for the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup. READ MORE »

Meyer Still Looking for a Win

Meyer Still Looking for a Win

At past Cups, Meyer leaned heavily on extensive pre-practice periods to learn the fisheries and give him a better chance at success offshore – his preferred way to fish and where he has the biggest edge over the competition. This year, he’s doing things a little different. READ MORE »