UPCOMING EVENT: PHOENIX BASS FISHING LEAGUE - 2020 - Sam Rayburn Reservoir

Why the Wheels Fell Off: Lake Murray

Why the Wheels Fell Off: Lake Murray

Hot spots run out, get moved in on by others and change with conditions, but the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup wasn’t about spots. Lake Murray’s deep fish followed roving herring, and shallow fish were widespread. Therefore, most pros changed areas daily, moved frequently through the day or stayed on the move all the time. Some ran specific patterns, while others junk-fished. Unpredictable action, including inexplicable hero-to-zero days, began during practice, and everyone knew the uncertainty would continue through the tournament. Of course, knowing that today’s action promises nothing about tomorrow doesn’t make it any easier when the bite actually tapers and keeps you out of a cut or prevents you from finishing the job, especially when you’re fishing for half a million dollars and the title of world champion. We asked several pros that experienced a costly drop-off to share their perspective on what went wrong. READ MORE »

Cup Blog: Contrasting Efficiencies

Cup Blog: Contrasting Efficiencies

I understood Anthony Gagliardi’s strategy as I watched him on the final morning of the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup, but it still was odd to watch. He wasn’t casting at all. Just standing, watching and waiting. He was waiting to cast to largemouths when they busted blueback herring on the surface. Fish feeding on herring during the summer only come up for an instant, and the only way to catch them is to cast immediately to the spot where they break. Gagliardi didn’t want his bait a cast’s distance away to the left when he really needed to make a cast to the right. And so he waited. “That’s the best way to do it when they’re schooling,” Gagliardi said during the press conference right after he won the championship. “When one breaks you have about three seconds to put the bait there.” READ MORE »

Forrest Wood Cup Top 10 Patterns

Forrest Wood Cup Top 10 Patterns

Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi achieved what had been considered by many to be an impossible goal here Sunday in bass fishing’s richest championship tournament. After disqualification from the season-opening Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee because of an inadvertent rules infraction, the South Carolina angler completed a five-tournament comeback in regular season to qualify for the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup. Finally, here before a standing-room-only crowd in Colonial Life Arena, Gagliardi capped off his comeback by winning the four-day test on Lake Murray, his home fishery. Gagliardi’s four-day weight of 51 pounds, 2 ounces earned him $500,000 For the complete story of Gagliardi’s championship victory, click here. Visit ForrestWoodCup.com for complete results. Here’s how the rest of the top 10 earned their share of the $1.2 million tournament purse. READ MORE »

Gagliardi Wins Professional Bass Fishing’s Forrest Wood Cup Presented By Walmart

Gagliardi Wins Professional Bass Fishing’s Forrest Wood Cup Presented By Walmart

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Gagliardi Overcomes

Gagliardi Overcomes

How much is enough? For Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi, it was an ounce. That’s what it took to edge Straight Talk pro Scott Canterbury and win the Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart and hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country with 51 pounds, 2 ounces. Gagliardi hoisted the Cup before a packed house at Colonial Life Arena. Details on top finishers will follow, but here’s the upshot: Just 11 ounces separated first and fifth places. For fans of this sport, a weigh-in like this delivers memories not soon forgotten. Safe to say, that sentiment runs a good bit deeper for the local favorite from Prosperity, S.C. “It just falls in line with everything else that happened this year,” he says. “I made it into the (Cup) by one ounce. It’s just fitting.” READ MORE »

Ehrler Grabs Lead At Professional Bass Fishing’s Forrest Wood Cup Presented By Walmart

Ehrler Grabs Lead At Professional Bass Fishing’s Forrest Wood Cup Presented By Walmart

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Ehrler, Thrift Neck and Neck

Ehrler, Thrift Neck and Neck

We watch professional fishing events for two main reasons: to glean tackle and tactical tips from seasoned competitors holding up those big catches, and for the drama. With a day remaining in the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart and hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country, we have to wait a bit on the former, but thanks to day-three leader Brent Ehrler and his nine competitors, we’re literally awash with the latter. Right off the bat, let’s note that the top-10 field includes three past Cup winners – Ehrler (2006), eighth-place pro Scott Martin (2011) and ninth-place pro Jacob Wheeler (2012). FLW has yet to see a two-time champion, so three solid contenders in this year’s final round have the statisticians abuzz. Ehrler, the 2006 Cup champion from Redlands, Calif., continued his path of improvement, which has taken him from sixth place on day one to second yesterday and ultimately to the top of the field. His daily weights of 13-5, 12-7 and 13-5 tallied 39-1 – just 3 ounces ahead of Chevy pro Bryan Thrift. READ MORE »

Jarabeck Takes Lead At Professional Bass Fishing’s Forrest Wood Cup Presented By Walmart

Jarabeck Takes Lead At Professional Bass Fishing’s Forrest Wood Cup Presented By Walmart

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Dudley Leads Professional Bass Fishing’s Forrest Wood Cup Presented By Walmart

Dudley Leads Professional Bass Fishing’s Forrest Wood Cup Presented By Walmart

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New Crowned Co-angler Champ

New Crowned Co-angler Champ

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. READ MORE »

Jarabeck Jumps into Lead

Jarabeck Jumps into Lead

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.” READ MORE »

New Nets Co-angler Lead

New Nets Co-angler Lead

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. READ MORE »

Dudley in the Driver’s Seat

Dudley in the Driver’s Seat

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. READ MORE »