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FLW Cups Named Champions of Economic Impact

FLW Cups Named Champions of Economic Impact
Forrest Wood Cup

Sports Destination Management, a leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market, announced Monday the 2018 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism. Among the winners was the 2017 Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) Forrest Wood Cup in Columbia, South Carolina, hosted by the Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board, and the 2018 FLW Cup in Hot Springs, Arkansas, hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourism. Other winners include the 2018 NCAA Final Four in San Antonio, Texas, the 2018 NFL Draft in Dallas, Texas, and the PGA’s Honda Classic in Palm Beach Gardens, Florida.

The 2017 FLW Cup was declared a champion in the mid-market category. The event, which took place August 11-13, 2017, aired on NBC Sports, the Outdoor Channel and the World Fishing Network and was broadcast to more than 564 million households internationally, resulting in excellent exposure for both the destination and the event itself, as well as the sport of bass fishing as a whole. The three-day event benefitted youth fishing and additionally showcased regional barbecue chefs. According to the Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board the average visitor spend was tracked at $304.12 per person. More than 68,000 spectators attended this event.

“Capital City/Lake Murray Country is proud to be recognized for the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup,” said Miriam Atria, CEO of Capital City/Lake Murray Country. “We appreciate the economic impact from hosting the event and continue to reap the economic benefits in our community, region and state.”

The 2018 FLW Cup was declared a champion in the small-market category. The event, which took place August 10-12, 2018 drew more than 66,000 fans and anglers to Hot Springs to watch the world’s best anglers compete on Lake Ouachita and had a total economic impact of more than $24.4 million dollars. The FLW Expo was also held at the Hot Springs Convention Center, drawing hundreds of exhibitors offering the latest and greatest tackle, gear and family-friendly activities and games. The event was such a success that FLW announced Hot Springs will host the event again in 2019 – this time on Lake Hamilton – making it the first city to host back-to-back Cups in the FLW Tour’s history.

“We were excited at the news that the FLW Cup was honored by Sports Destination Management,” said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs. “It was a great event put on by a class organization. We are already hard at work preparing and looking forward to again hosting the 2019 FLW Cup in Hot Springs.”

All winners of awards have been recognized in a special feature published in the November/December 2018 issue of Sports Destination Management magazine. The entire article with full details on the winners can also be found online:

This year’s winners are responsible for contributing more than $700 million to the national economy over the past year.

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 3

Clear Lake Midday Update – Day 3

After taking a brutal pounding from the strong winds of day two, the top-10 pros and co-anglers in the Costa FLW Series Western Division event presented by Ranger Boats are taking advantage of Clear Lake’s calmer final round conditions. A steady light rain began around 10 a.m., but without yesterday’s white caps, the lake’s allowing easy runs to wherever anglers want to fish. READ MORE »

Cup Bubble Boys Before Champlain

Cup Bubble Boys Before Champlain

With just one event left in the FLW Tour season, time is almost out to qualify for the FLW Cup, which will be held August 9-11 on Lake Hamilton. The last event at Lake Chickamauga produced plenty of shakeup in the races for Angler of the Year and Polaris FLW Tour Rookie of the Year, and it also set everyone up for the final push to the Cup. READ MORE »

Young Wins Marshal Contest, Saves a Life

Young Wins Marshal Contest, Saves a Life

John Young of Canal Winchester, Ohio, walked away from his first-ever visit to Lake Chickamauga with $2,500. Perhaps more importantly, he left with a story he and his day-two angler, J Todd Tucker, will never forget. READ MORE »

AOY Update: Lake Chickamauga

AOY Update: Lake Chickamauga

There’s usually some drama at the end of the FLW Tour Angler of the Year race, but often the leading pro has managed to accumulate a pretty good cushion by the final event. This year the cushion is virtually nonexistent. After they booked a win and a fifth-place finish at Lake Chickamauga, respectively, John Cox leads David Dudley by just one point heading into the finale on Lake Champlain. READ MORE »

Hartwell Tabbed for 2020 All-American

Hartwell Tabbed for 2020 All-American

FLW announced Monday that the 37th annual T-H Marine FLW Bass Fishing League (BFL) All-American will be held on South Carolina’s Lake Hartwell in 2020. The tournament, slated for April 30-May 2, showcases the nation’s best weekend anglers and awards the winner a $120,000 cash award and an automatic berth into the FLW Cup. READ MORE »

Korostetskyi Crowned Kayak Champ at Nickajack

Korostetskyi Crowned Kayak Champ at Nickajack

Bogdan Korostetskyi won the Dee Zee FLW/KBF Kayak Open presented by YakAttack at Nickajack Lake with a two-day total of 174.25 inches of largemouth bass. He caught his winning fish on a ChatterBait. READ MORE »

FLW/KBF Nickajack Open Coverage

FLW/KBF Nickajack Open Coverage

The Dee Zee FLW/KBF Kayak Open presented by YakAttack at Nickajack Lake kicked off this morning as the first of two events that are part of a partnership between FLW and Kayak Bass Fishing, the nation’s foremost organization supporting kayak bass anglers. READ MORE »

Korostetskyi Leads Kayak Open on Nickajack

Korostetskyi Leads Kayak Open on Nickajack

Bogdan Korostetskyi leads day one of the Dee Zee FLW/KBF Kayak Open presented by YakAttack at Nickajack Lake with a total catch of 92 1/2 inches. All of his fish were largemouth bass that he caught using aggressive baits on very precise spots. READ MORE »

Emergency Eye Surgery Derails Horton’s Cup Hopes

Emergency Eye Surgery Derails Horton’s Cup Hopes

On Thursday, for the first time in eight years as a pro and 25 years as a competitive bass angler, Jamie Horton won’t cross the weigh-in stage on a tournament day when he’d planned to compete. Instead, the Alabama pro will be back in his Centerville home recovering from emergency eye surgery to repair a severely detached and torn retina in his right eye.  READ MORE »

Nichols Wins Southeastern AOY, Shot at Tour

Nichols Wins Southeastern AOY, Shot at Tour

Within the FLW tournament hierarchy, there’s plenty of youth and enthusiasm to go around, but only so many spots on the FLW Tour. That’s why 27-year-old Cody Nichols of Fayette, Ala., isn’t going to let his opportunity to join the Tour pass him by in 2020. Nichols is the 2019 Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division Strike King Angler of the Year. By finishing in the top five in the division standings, he qualifies to join the Tour next season. READ MORE »

Hays Hauls Home Cherokee Cover Cash

Hays Hauls Home Cherokee Cover Cash

In a tournament largely dominated by smallmouth bass, FLW Tour pro Dylan Hays leaned on a homemade flipping jig and largemouths to earn himself a third-place finish on Cherokee Lake, plus an extra $500 from the LEER “Cover Cash” program. Hays built upon an area he found during the last hour of official practice time way up one of Cherokee’s rivers to land 65 pounds, 12 ounces of bass over the course of four days. READ MORE »

Zimbabwe, Namibia Join FLW International Division

Zimbabwe, Namibia Join FLW International Division

Zimbabwe and Namibia are the latest countries to offer anglers the opportunity to compete in FLW-sanctioned bass fishing tournaments in 2019. Both Zimbabwe and Namibia will run a series of FLW tournaments that advance anglers, who are citizens of those countries, to the International Division at the Costa FLW Series Championship beginning in 2019. One angler from each country will compete as a pro, with FLW providing a fully-rigged Ranger boat, and one angler from each country will compete as a co-angler. READ MORE »

Santee Cooper Midday Update - Day 3

Santee Cooper Midday Update - Day 3

The weather is downright gorgeous for the Costa FLW Series Southeastern Division finale on Santee Cooper presented by Power-Pole. Much like day one, it’s blue skies, sunshine and little wind. That said, any sort of spawning deal seams be over. READ MORE »

The Man With the Plan Behind KBF

The Man With the Plan Behind KBF

Fishing for bass from a kayak is a relatively new concept when you consider how established the sport of bass fishing really is. But in recent years, kayak fishing – specifically for bass, and, more specifically, in a tournament format – is poised to help expand the sport, and Chad Hoover has been at the forefront of that movement. His is the momentum that has been driving it since nearly the onset. READ MORE »

Catch Fish, Cure Childhood Cancer

Catch Fish, Cure Childhood Cancer

There may never have been a better excuse to go fishing than curing childhood cancer. Now, if you participate in the National Pediatric Cancer Foundation (NPCF) All American Fishing Tournament, you can help be a part of funding critical research to do just that. The All American Fishing Tournament is a one-of-a-kind multi-species nationwide event. It started April 6 and ends Sept. 28. Participants can target 10 species of freshwater and saltwater fish during the tournament, with prizes of $500, $300 and $200 awarded for the three largest catches of each species.  READ MORE »

The Miles Burghoff Master Plan

The Miles Burghoff Master Plan

Miles Burghoff is in a rare position. He’s a rookie on the FLW Tour, and he’s leading the 2019 Angler of the Year race with two tournaments left to fish. Traditionally, the AOY frontrunners are veteran pros in the prime of their careers, not rookies who are often still trying to learn their way around a full season of Tour competition. Burghoff, however, isn’t your traditional rookie. READ MORE »

Backlash with Jordan Osborne

Backlash with Jordan Osborne

FLW Tour pro Jordan Osborne discusses life in Texas, the business of running a pawnshop and how, as a self-taught bass angler, he's leaned on his competitive drive to overcome the doubters in his quest to make it at the highest levels of tournament bass fishing. READ MORE »

Register Now for FLW KBF Kayak Open

Register Now for FLW KBF Kayak Open

The first of two joint kayak fishing tournaments conducted in partnership between FLW and Kayak Bass Fishing (KBF) will take place at Nickajack Lake May 4-5. The tournament will be held in conjunction with the FLW Tour event on Lake Chickamauga. Both events are hosted by Fish Dayton and Fish Lake Chickamauga. To register for the FLW/KBF Open. visit KayakBassFishing.com/flw. READ MORE »

Latimer, Cobb Honored by Visit Anderson

Latimer, Cobb Honored by Visit Anderson

Latimer represents Green Pond Landing and Event Center (on Lake Hartwell) with logos on his boat and jersey, and, with Hartwell serving as Latimer’s home lake, he’s being honored with a press conference on April 22 at Green Pond Landing to celebrate his recent success. READ MORE »

Cup Bubble Boys with Two to Go

Cup Bubble Boys with Two to Go

The top 40 pros in the 2019 FLW Tour standings qualify to fish the FLW Cup on Lake Hamilton Aug. 9-11. For about a dozen pros, the final two events of the season will decide whether they make it in or out. READ MORE »