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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 »

Brad Knight’s Winter Smallie Cranking

Brad Knight’s Winter Smallie Cranking

Great smallmouth fishing is a standby of winter in the South, and a big draw for many hard-core anglers. Blade baits, the float n’ fly, and jigs and pigs are time honored cold-weather techniques for a chance at the smallie of a lifetime. For Brad Knight, who loves nothing more than to catch fish cranking, winter is also the time for lights-out smallmouth cranking. READ MORE »

BK’s Year as the Champ

BK’s Year as the Champ

Brad Knight plans on getting a good night’s sleep before this year’s Forrest Wood Cup on Wheeler Lake begins on Aug. 4. Sounds pretty straightforward, but there have been times during the past 12 months when dozing off wasn’t so easy for the defending Cup champion. READ MORE »

Tennessee’s Knight leads Day One of Walmart FLW Tour on Kentucky Lake presented by Mercury Marine

Tennessee’s Knight leads Day One of Walmart FLW Tour on Kentucky Lake presented by Mercury Marine

GILBERTSVILLE, Ky. (June 9, 2016) – After winning the Forrest Wood Cup last season, pro angler Brad Knight has been in a bit of a slump. In the four regular-season events held since, Knight has had an average finish of 79th place and cashed just one paycheck. This week at the Walmart FLW Tour at Kentucky Lake presented by Mercury Marine, Knight looks to be breaking out of that slump... READ MORE »

Knight Leads on Kentucky Lake

Knight Leads on Kentucky Lake

Reigning Forrest Wood Cup champion Brad Knight of Lancing, Tenn., caught the day’s big bass (a whopping 8-pound, 9-ounce largemouth) and weighed 23 pounds, 6 ounces total. That was enough to grab a narrow lead on day one of the Walmart FLW Tour presented by Mercury and hosted by the Kentucky Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau. Knight leads by just three ounces over Shinichi Fukae, who was the only other pro to break 23 pounds. READ MORE »

5 to Watch on Pickwick

5 to Watch on Pickwick

The fourth stop of the Walmart FLW Tour marks the start of the Tennessee River swing. Pickwick Lake will host the event, which is presented by Quaker State, followed by a stop at Kentucky Lake next month. To help you finalize your Fantasy Fishing team for the Pickwick Lake event, which starts Thursday, here are five pros to consider. READ MORE »

Practice Ride-Along with Brad Knight

Practice Ride-Along with Brad Knight

After winning the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita last fall, Brad Knight certainly has an affinity for Arkansas. Like many, Knight has stubbed his toe a time or two on Beaver Lake, but he’s made $10,000 each of the last two stops at the lake, and the Ozark impoundment fishes a little like some of the lakes he’s familiar with back in east Tennessee. I joined him for the final morning of practice to see how he broke down Beaver before the Walmart FLW Tour presented by Jack Link’s kicks off in earnest on Thursday. READ MORE »

How the Knight Train Rolls

How the Knight Train Rolls

For three years now, Brad and Becky Knight and their 4-year-old daughter, Tinsley, have hit the road in a camper to compete on the Walmart FLW Tour. According to Brad, the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup champion, having his whole life on the road with him is a major part of his success. We stopped by to get a look at his home away from home and his tournament rig. READ MORE »

Knight’s Next Course

Knight’s Next Course

For better or worse, some tastes that we experience in life leave lasting impressions. The taste of victory is always sweet, and in Brad Knight’s case, he badly wants another helping of it. Considering the six years of frustration he tasted before 2015, it’s easy to understand why. READ MORE »

Meyer and Knight Break Down Glide Baits

Meyer and Knight Break Down Glide Baits

While soft-plastic swimbaits have been tearing it up in tournaments back East for a while, outside of the Bull Shad there haven’t been too many hard swimbaits that have made a mark. That might change soon – glide baits are becoming more popular and can be a dynamite option in almost any season other than winter. READ MORE »

Working the System

Working the System

For five seasons, Brad Knight struggled on the Walmart FLW Tour. From unexpected breakdowns to lost fish and missed chances, the part-time pharmacist from Lancing, Tenn., cracked the top 50 only once. That all changed with a 19th-place finish in the annual standings and a 20th-place showing in the Forrest Wood Cup in 2014. In 2015, his momentum continued to shift into high gear as he made it into a couple of semifinal rounds in regular-season events, then capped it all off with a dramatic Forrest Wood Cup win on Lake Ouachita. READ MORE »

Knight’s 3-Bait Flipping System

Knight’s 3-Bait Flipping System

I’m pretty systematic in all my fishing, and I really only flip with three baits: a Strike King Rage Hawg, a Strike King Rodent and a Strike King Hack Attack Jig. I think those three baits will cover the entire season and will catch big ones. READ MORE »

Knight Breaks Foot, But Plans To Fish

Knight Breaks Foot, But Plans To Fish

The Tennessee pro broke his right foot Thursday evening as he was preparing to fix a flat tire on his boat trailer in preparation for practicing on the lake Friday morning. The rear tire of the tandem rig was flat, and Knight was holding a chunk of wood in place ahead of the front tire when the accident happened. His wife Becky was driving his truck with trailer attached and Knight asked her to pull up so that the front tire would climb the chunk and the flat rear tied would be suspended. The front tire fell off the chunk, however, and onto Knight’s foot. READ MORE »

Getting to Know the Champ

Getting to Know the Champ

There are a few different types of Forrest Wood Cup champions. Sometimes an established pro like Anthony Gagliardi or Scott Martin wins. The Cup serves as a brilliant spot on their resumes and sets them up for life, but it likely doesn’t change anyone’s opinion about them because we already know they’re great. READ MORE »

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

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

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (Aug. 23, 2015) – Professional angler Brad Knight of Lancing, Tennessee, crossed the stage with a five-bass limit weighing 11 pounds, 7 ounces Sunday to claim the title of Forrest Wood Cup Champion at the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Ouachita presented by Walmart. Knight, with a four-day total of 20 bass for 51-12, won by a 3-pound, 15-ounce margin over Ramie Colson Jr., of Cadiz, Kentucky, and won the $500,000 top award in professional bass fishing’s world championship that featured 50 of the best... READ MORE »

Knight Slays Ouachita

Knight Slays Ouachita

Lancing, Tenn., pro Brad Knight won the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup presented by Walmart on Lake Ouachita with a four-day total of 51 pounds, 12 ounces. In front of a standing-room-only crowd at Bank of the Ozarks Arena in Hot Springs, Ark., Knight weighed in 11-07 on day four to surpass Jacob Wheeler, who started the day with a 12-ounce lead. Fishing in just one area all four days, Knight locked up the first win of his FLW career. He earned $500,000 for his victory and pushed his career earnings total to more than $688,000. READ MORE »