By FLW Outdoors
The 2013 Forrest Wood Cup competition consists of 46 pros and 46 co-anglers who have qualified through six different tournament circuits over the past two seasons. This year's prestigious group includes: the 2012 Forrest Wood Cup pro and co-angler champions, the 2012 FLW Tour Angler of the Year and Co-angler of the Year winners, the top 35 pros and 35 co-anglers from the 2013 Walmart FLW Tour, the top-five pros and co-anglers from the 2012 FLW Tour Opens, the pro and co-angler winners from the 2012 EverStart Series Championship, the 2013 BFL All-America boater and co-angler champions, the boater and co-angler champions from the 2013 TBF National Championship and the 2013 FLW College Fishing National Champions.
During Forrest Wood Cup competition, the full pro and co-angler fields will compete for two days. After Friday's weigh-in, the co-angler champion will be crowned while the pro field will be cut down to the top-20 anglers based on overall accumulated weight. After Saturday's weigh-in, the pro field will be cut down to the top 10 pros, based on their three-day total weight. The remaining pro field will then compete during Sunday's final round of Forrest Wood Cup action. The pro winner ultimately will be determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from all four days.
Pros will be fishing for a first-place award of $500,000 while co-anglers will be competing for a top prize of $50,000.
Forrest Wood Cup competitors will take off from Red River South Marina, located at 250 Red River South Marina Road in Bossier City, La., at 7 a.m. each morning. Weigh-ins will be held at the CenturyLink Center, located at 2000 CenturyLink Center Drive in Bossier City, La., beginning at 5 p.m. daily.
Attention bass-fishing fans
Fans will be treated to the FLW Expo at the Shreveport Convention Center located at 400 Caddo St. in Shreveport, La., on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. prior to the weigh-ins. The Expo includes Ranger boat simulators, the opportunity to interact with professional anglers and participate in interactive games, activities and giveaways provided by sponsors.
All activities are free and open to the public.
On Saturday and Sunday, 500 free rods and reels will be given away each day to the first 500 children 14 years and under who are accompanied by an adult. The rod and reel giveaways are courtesy of 1130 AM The Tiger. Also on Sunday, one lucky fishing fan will win a Ranger Z520C with a Mercury outboard. The Ranger boat giveaway is courtesy of KSLA News 12 and is free to enter, but the winner must be present at the conclusion of Sunday's final weigh-in to win.
To check out live-streaming video of all of the day's tournament action, detailed up-to-the-minute updates from the FLWOutdoors.com on-the-water coverage team, live seminar broadcasts, angler interviews and plenty of other Cup-related videos, click here.
To see the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup schedule of events, click here.
Coverage of the Forrest Wood Cup, which is presented by Walmart, will be broadcast in high-definition (HD) on NBC when "FLW" airs Sept. 29 from 2:30-3:30 p.m. ET. The Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show is hosted by Jason Harper and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.
Forrest Wood Cup action continues at today's weigh-in, scheduled to take place at 5 p.m. at the CenturyLink Center, located at 2000 CenturyLink Center Drive in Bossier City, La.