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2016 Walmart FLW Tour Pro Roster

2016 Walmart FLW Tour Pro Roster
Tour Roster

FLW announced today the complete professional angler roster of 171 for the upcoming 2016 Walmart FLW Tour season. The 2016 FLW Tour will feature six regular-season tournaments, along with two fall Invitational tournaments. Competition kicks off Feb. 4-7 at Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Fla.

“We couldn’t be more excited to kick off our FLW Tour season in just six short weeks at Lake Okeechobee,” says Kathy Fennel, FLW president of operations. “We have a fantastic mix of anglers, and the race for the 2016 Forrest Wood Cup is going to be more exciting than ever.”

In addition to the $125,000 paycheck that is awarded to each FLW Tour regular-season winner, FLW will pay out at least $10,000 down to 50th place. For every additional angler beyond 160 in the field, FLW pays an additional $4,000 prize to the next-highest-finishing boater below 50th place. For example, the season opener on Lake Okeechobee is scheduled to fish 171 boats, and FLW will pay out 61 places.

Roster Facts and Figures

The 2016 FLW Tour roster is headlined by 10 Anglers of the Year:

Scott Martin (2015)

Andy Morgan, (2013, 2014)

David Dudley (2008, 2011, 2012)

Bryan Thrift (2010)

Clark Wendlandt (1997, 2000, 2009)

Jay Yelas (2002, 2007)

Shinichi Fukae (2004)

Dan Morehead (2003)

Peter Thliveros (1996)

Anthony Gagliardi (2006)

 

The roster includes Eight Forrest Wood Cup champions:

Brad Knight (2015)

David Fritts (1997)

Darrel Robertson (1999)

David Dudley (2003)

Scott Suggs (2007)

Scott Martin (2011)

Jacob Wheeler (2012)

Anthony Gagliardi (2014)


Complete Tour Roster 

  1. Jason Abram, Piney Flats, Tenn.
  2. Tracy Adams, Wilkesboro, N.C.
  3. Keith Amerson, Selmer, Tenn.
  4. Matt Arey, Shelby, N.C.
  5. Scott Ashmore, Broken Arrow, Okla.
  6. Todd Auten, Lake Wylie, S.C.
  7. Clayton Batts, Macon, Ga.
  8. Chris Baumgardner, Gastonia, N.C.
  9. Zack Birge, Blanchard, Okla,
  10. Daryl Biron, South Windsor, Conn.
  11. Randy Blaukat, Joplin, Mo.
  12. Stetson Blaylock, Benton, Ark.
  13. Greg Bohannan, Bentonville, Ark.
  14. Terry Bolton, Paducah, Ky.
  15. Mike Boyles, Kimberling City, Mo.
  16. Christopher Brasher, Longview, Texas
  17. Jimmy Brewer, Marshall, Texas
  18. Chase Brooks, Iraan, Texas
  19. Troy Broussard, Beaumont, Texas
  20. Glenn Browne, Ocala, Fla.
  21. Scott Canterbury, Springville, Ala.
  22. Ryan Chandler, Hebron, Ind.
  23. Glenn Chappelear, Acworth, Ga.
  24. Brandon Cobb, Greenwood, S.C.
  25. Ramie Colson Jr., Cadiz, Ky.
  26. Dalton Cooksey, New Concord, Ky.
  27. Rick Cotton, Guntersville, Ala.
  28. John Cox, Debary, Fla.
  29. Shirley Crain, Fort Smith, Ark.
  30. Mark Daniels Jr., Tuskegee, Ala.
  31. Alex Davis, Albertville, Ala.
  32. Darrell Davis, Dover, Fla.
  33. Tony Davis, Williston, Fla.
  34. Bill Day, Frankfort, Ky.
  35. John Devere, Berea, Ky.
  36. Tommy Dickerson, Orange, Texas
  37. Jim Dillard, West Monroe, La.
  38. Robbie Dodson, Harrison, Ark.
  39. Kurt Dove, Del Rio, Texas
  40. David Dudley, Lynchburg, Va.
  41. Tony Dumitras, Winston, Ga.
  42. Luke Dunkin, Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
  43. Richie Eaves, Nauvoo, Ill.
  44. Gene Eisenmann, Frisco, Texas
  45. Charlie Evans, Berea, Ky.
  46. Marc Evans, Angola, Ind.
  47. Austin Felix, Eden Prairie, Minn.
  48. Travis Fox, Rogers, Ark.
  49. Tim Frederick, Leesburg, Fla.
  50. David Fritts, Lexington, N.C.
  51. Shinichi Fukae, Palestine, Texas
  52. Anthony Gagliardi, Prosperity, S.C.
  53. Nick Gainey, Charleston, S.C.
  54. Troy Gibson, Mountain Home, Ark.
  55. Shawn Gordon, Russellville, Ark.
  56. Matt Greenblatt, Port St Lucie, Fla.
  57. Buddy Gross, Ringgold, Ga.
  58. Jeff Gustafson, Keewatin, Ont.
  59. Michael Hall, Annandale, Va.
  60. Bradley Hallman, Norman, Okla.
  61. Randy Haynes, Counce, Tenn.
  62. Sven Hilland, Sanford, Fla.
  63. Joe Holland, Jefferson, Me.
  64. Todd Hollowell, Fishers, Ind.
  65. Jamie Horton, Centerville, Ala.
  66. Jimmy Houston, Cookson, Okla.
  67. Rex Huff, Corbin, Ky.
  68. Brandon Hunter, Benton, Ky.
  69. Charlie Ingram, Centerville, Tenn.
  70. Eric Jackson, Walling, Tenn.
  71. Jason Johnson, Gainesville, Ga.
  72. Kevin Johnson, Surprise, Ariz.
  73. Chris Johnston, Peterborough, Ont.
  74. Cory Johnston, Cavan, Ont.
  75. Jim Jones, Big Bend, Wis.
  76. George Kapiton, Inverness, Fla.
  77. Cody Kelley, Conway, Ark.
  78. Powell Kemp, Scotland Neck, N.C.
  79. Jay Kendrick, Grant, Ala.
  80. Jt Kenney, Palm Bay, Fla.
  81. Mike Kernan, Wylie, Texas
  82. Rob Kilby, Hot Springs, Ark.
  83. Brad Knight, Lancing, Tenn.
  84. Jason Lambert, Pickwick Dam, Tenn.
  85. Brian Latimer, Belton, S.C.
  86. Jerry Lawler, Athens, Ala.
  87. Shane Lehew, Mooresville, N.C.
  88. Craig Livesay, Johnson City, Tenn.
  89. Richard Lowitzki, Hampshire, Ill.
  90. Kyle Mabrey, Mccalla, Ala.
  91. Tim Malone, Gatlinburg, Tenn.
  92. Scott Martin, Clewiston, Fla.
  93. Lendell Martin Jr., Nacogdoches, Texas
  94. Chris Mccall, Brookeland, Texas
  95. Bill Mcdonald, Greenwood, Ind.
  96. Tim Mcdonald, Prestonsburg, Ky.
  97. Brandon Mcmillan, Clewiston, Fla.
  98. Shane Melton, Kokomo, Ind.
  99. Jason Meninger, Gainesville, Ga.
  100. Cody Meyer, Auburn, Calif.
  101. Kerry Milner, Bono, Ark.
  102. Kurt Mitchell, Milford, Del.
  103. Tom Monsoor, La Crosse, Wis.
  104. Drew Montgomery, Maiden, N.C.
  105. Kyle Monti, Okeechobee, Fla.
  106. Harry Moore, Valley, Ala.
  107. Dan Morehead, Paducah, Ky.
  108. Andy Morgan, Dayton, Tenn.
  109. Bob Morin, Seymour, Tenn.
  110. Troy Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga.
  111. Jim Moynagh, Carver, Minn.
  112. Shawn Murphy, Nicholasville, Ky.
  113. Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn.
  114. Chris Neau, New Orleans, La.
  115. Jonathan Newton, Rogersville, Ala.
  116. Blake Nick, Adger, Ala.
  117. Larry Nixon, Bee Branch, Ark.
  118. Jordan Osborne, Longview, Texas
  119. Stephen Patek, Dallas, Texas
  120. Robert Pearson, Herndon, Va.
  121. Pete Ponds, Madison, Miss.
  122. Nick Prvonozac, Warren, Ohio
  123. Jayme Rampey, Liberty, S.C.
  124. Tom Redington, Royse City, Texas
  125. Clark Reehm, Huntington, Texas
  126. Jimmy Reese, Witter Springs, Calif.
  127. Jason Reyes, Huffman, Texas
  128. Curtis Richardson, Belleville, Ont.
  129. Darrel Robertson, Jay, Okla.
  130. Mark Rose, West Memphis, Ark.
  131. Zell Rowland, Montgomery, Texas
  132. Bryan Schmitt, Deale, Md.
  133. Larry Schroeder, Clayton, Ohio
  134. Colby Schrumpf, Highland, Ill.
  135. Terry Segraves, Kissimmee, Fla.
  136. Braxton Setzer, Auburn, Ala.
  137. William (Billy) Shelton III, La Crosse, Va.
  138. Capt Blake Smith, Lakeland, Fla.
  139. David Smith, Del City, Okla.
  140. Gerald Spohrer, Gonzales, La.
  141. Jeff Sprague, Point, Texas
  142. Matthew Stefan, Junction City, Wis.
  143. Wesley Strader, Spring City, Tenn.
  144. James Stricklin Jr, Fort Smith, Ark.
  145. Scott Suggs, Alexander, Ark.
  146. Mike Surman, Boca Raton, Fla.
  147. Bill Terrell, Memphis, Tenn.
  148. Austin Terry, San Angelo, Texas
  149. Peter Thliveros, Saint Augustine, Fla.
  150. Rodney Thomason, Maumelle, Ark.
  151. Timmy Thompkins, Myrtle Beach, S.C.
  152. Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C.
  153. Rusty Trancygier, Hahira, Ga.
  154. Jim Tutt, Longview, Texas
  155. Andrew Upshaw, Sapulpa, Okla.
  156. John Voyles, Petersburg, Ind.
  157. James Watson, Nixa, Mo.
  158. Joshua Weaver, Macon, Ga.
  159. Clark Wendlandt, Leander, Texas
  160. Charlie Weyer, West Hills, Calif.
  161. Jacob Wheeler, Indianapolis, Ind.
  162. Chris Whitson, Louisville, Tenn.
  163. Scott Wiley, Bay Minette, Ala.
  164. Michael Williamson, Fort Smith, Ark.
  165. Barry Wilson, Birmingham, Ala.
  166. Matt Wittekiend, Angleton, Texas
  167. Kenneth (Boo) Woods, London, Ky.
  168. Michael Wooley, Collierville, Tenn.
  169. Gary Yamamoto, Palestine, Texas
  170. Jay Yelas, Corvallis, Ore.
  171. Andrew Young, Mound, Minn.

Curveballs at the Cup

Curveballs at the Cup

When the field of 52 anglers arrived in Hot Springs, Ark., for the official practice period for the 2019 FLW Cup, they were greeted with sunshine, humidity and brutal daytime temperatures in the upper 90s. Early in the week, there was little mention of anything other than the same – a typical Arkansas summer forecast of sunny and hot. READ MORE »

Slow Down in Brush for More Success

Slow Down in Brush for More Success

Many times, hitting as many brush piles as possible is the key to success, with Bryan Thrift’s 2015 FLW Tour win on Lake Eufaula serving as a prime example of that strategy. However, with the fishing pretty tough on Lake Hamilton, both Wade Strelic and Joel Willert turned to more methodical approaches to generate bites. READ MORE »

Lawyer Loads Up on Cover Cash and Bonus Bucks at Cup

Lawyer Loads Up on Cover Cash and Bonus Bucks at Cup

Jeremy Lawyer’s fourth-place finish at the FLW Cup on Arkansas’ Lake Hamilton was enough to earn him an extra $1,000 from LEER Cover Cash and $3,500 from Toyota Bonus Bucks. The third year FLW Tour pro used a two-prong approach of fishing shallow with a topwater and probing deep brush piles with a drop-shot to notch his best finish to date in the Cup. READ MORE »

Rapala Varsity Bass Set to Air Wednesday

Rapala Varsity Bass Set to Air Wednesday

The second episode of Rapala Varsity Bass presented by General Tire will air today at 2 p.m. CT. In Episode 2, Noah Ezickson and his teammate Connor Walsh journey to the fabled Alabama fishery of Lake Guntersville. Utilizing his diverse fishing experience from his travels around the world, can the Wake Forest University team qualify for the 2020 YETI FLW College Fishing Championship? READ MORE »

FLW Marshal Don White Wins New Ranger Boat

FLW Marshal Don White Wins New Ranger Boat

Angler Don White of Columbus, Mississippi, was announced as the first winner of a brand new Ranger Z521 courtesy of the FLW Marshal Program. READ MORE »

Henderson Holds Steady to Take FLW-KBF Cup Crown

Henderson Holds Steady to Take FLW-KBF Cup Crown

Even with day-one leader Eric Jackson taking a massive lead into the final day of competition and 70 more of the best kayak anglers on the planet behind him, Clint Henderson did what he said he was going to do. He won the Dee Zee FLW/KBF Cup presented by YakAttack and the $15,000 top prize. READ MORE »

Jackson Crushes on Day One of FLW-KBF Cup

Jackson Crushes on Day One of FLW-KBF Cup

Eric Jackson is simply a hammer fishing from a kayak. The FLW Tour pro and owner of Jackson Kayak is fresh off an individual and team gold-medal-winning performance in the 2019 Pan Am Bass Kayak Championship (not to mention a third-place finish in the final 2019 FLW Tour event on Lake Champlain), and his five-fish limit of 98.25 inches on day one of the Dee Zee FLW/KBF Cup presented by YakAttack puts him in stellar position to earn another victory on Saturday. READ MORE »

2020 FLW Tour Schedule

2020 FLW Tour Schedule

FLW announced today its regular-season schedule for the 25th season of the FLW Tour, which kicks off in January 2020. The schedule was revealed to anglers and media at the annual pre-FLW Cup banquet in Hot Springs, Ark. READ MORE »

Alan Reed Dishes on FLW-KBF Cup Practice

Alan Reed Dishes on FLW-KBF Cup Practice

We caught up with Reed after his practice on Wednesday to get the scoop on how Ouachita is fishing and what the outlook is for the two-day event that begins Friday and runs concurrently with the FLW Cup on neighboring Lake Hamilton. READ MORE »

FLW Live Schedule for the Cup

FLW Live Schedule for the Cup

FLW Live will air all three days of the FLW Cup on Lake Hamilton, beginning with on-the-water coverage Friday, Aug. 9. READ MORE »

McCaghren Lives Out Childhood Baseball Dream

McCaghren Lives Out Childhood Baseball Dream

FLW Tour pro Billy McCaghren, who’ll be competing in the FLW Cup this week at Lake Hamilton, says his childhood dream was not to be a pro bass angler. He wanted to play professional baseball. Well, this week, the Mayflower, Ark., angler gets to dabble in both professions. The 2019 FLW Cup qualifier will compete on Lake Hamilton in front of what is practically a hometown crowd, and last night he was honored for his fishing accomplishments by the Arkansas Travelers baseball team, which invited McCaghren to throw out the first pitch in a game against the Springfield Cardinals. READ MORE »

By the Numbers: 2019 FLW Cup

By the Numbers: 2019 FLW Cup

The FLW Cup is a week away, and 52 of the best bass anglers on the planet are all gearing up for a chance at the $300,000 top prize and a slice of bass fishing immortality. READ MORE »

Meet FLW Pros at Pro Day This Weekend

Meet FLW Pros at Pro Day This Weekend

FLW has teamed up with Bass Pro Shops and Greeson’s Polaris to host four Pro Day events on Saturday, Aug. 3. Fans can take photos and get autographs from the pros, or just talk fishing and get some in-store tackle-buying advice.  READ MORE »

From the All-American to the Cup

From the All-American to the Cup

Brennon McCord is a self-described quiet, easygoing guy, but the 22-year-old T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League All-American champion hopes to make some Lake Hamilton noise in his first FLW Cup appearance. For the moment, understandably so, he’s still basking in the afterglow of a victory that earned what he calls the biggest honor of his career. READ MORE »

FLW Cup Predictions

FLW Cup Predictions

With the FLW Cup just a little over a week away on Lake Hamilton in Hot Springs, Ark., anticipation is starting to grow. We wrangled several FLW staff members and FLW Tour pros who aren’t fishing this year’s Cup and asked them to give their take on who will win and how it’ll be done, along with any other prediction they have. READ MORE »

How Brad Knight Plans to Win the Cup

How Brad Knight Plans to Win the Cup

Brad Knight’s life changed forever in Hot Springs. In 2015, the Tennessee pro won the FLW Cup on Lake Ouachita, earning $500,000 and thrusting himself into the pro bass fishing spotlight. Now that he knows just what a Cup win can do for a tournament angler’s career, Knight is even more motivated to win the title again, which he’ll have a chance to do Aug. 9-11 on Lake Hamilton, right back in Hot Springs, Ark.  READ MORE »

Thrift Eyeing Final Feather in His Cap

Thrift Eyeing Final Feather in His Cap

Another year, another FLW Cup. Which means, once more, one of the top storylines going into the championship is, “Will this be the year Bryan Thrift finally wins it?” When you have the pedigree of Thrift – arguably the top angler in the sport – it’s bound to come up. After all, he’s won Rookie of the Year, two Angler of the Year titles (and finished in the top 10 another 11 times) and 11 tournaments (six tour, five Costa FLW Series). READ MORE »

Previewing Dee Zee FLW-KBF Cup

Previewing Dee Zee FLW-KBF Cup

For the first time ever, FLW and Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) have joined forces for the championship of kayak bass fishing. Running in conjunction with the 2019 FLW Cup (on nearby Lake Hamilton), the FLW-KBF Cup will feature a stacked field of qualifying anglers all vying to take home a top prize of between $15,000 and $25,000, depending on final field size. READ MORE »

Training Future Pros at Summer Camp 

Training Future Pros at Summer Camp 

There were more than a dozen FLW pros in attendance for the first round of lakeside seminars at the Costa FLW High School Fishing Campthis morning. But within the crowd, chances are high that there are at least a couple dozen more future pros among the 230 high schoolers who traveled to Kentucky Lake to attend the camp.  It’s clear from the level of knowledge and experience the campers have exhibited during the seminars that these are some of the more accomplished high school anglers in the country. Their dedication is obvious, too. Campers came from as far away as Nevada, California, Vermont and even Montreal.  READ MORE »

300 Campers Headed for Murray State

300 Campers Headed for Murray State

On Wednesday, 230 high school students and 70 adults (coaches, parents and club advisors) from as far west as California and as far north as Vermont will gather at Murray State University in western Kentucky for the second annual Costa FLW High School Fishing Camp. That’s nearly double the number of participants from last year’s inaugural camp. READ MORE »