Fantasy Fishing Players Win Big

Thursday, Aug. 21, 2014, 11:59 AM
Steve Pasker of Waterloo, Iowa, was the top-scoring FLW Fantasy Fishing player in 2014 and won the season-long grand prize of $10,000. Pasker scored 12,081 points throughout the seven-event season (six Walmart FLW Tour events and the Forrest Wood Cup).

His victory closely mirrors Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi's 2014 season, which began with disqualification at the season opener and culminated with a Forrest Wood Cup win by 1 ounce over Scott Canterbury.

Pasker struggled in the first Fantasy Fishing event at Okeechobee, but he outlasted Michael Austin of Elmhurst, Pa., by just 2 points in the final standings to squeak through to victory.

“This is awesome,” says Pasker. “I didn't think I had any chance after the first tournament of the year at Lake Okeechobee. I didn't have a good finish at all in that tournament, but in the next six events I did pretty well.

Forrest Wood Cup Top 10 Patterns

By Curtis Niedermier and Kyle Wood - Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, 7:27 PM
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.

Gagliardi Overcomes

By David A. Brown - Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, 4:25 PM
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.”

See What Happens Next...

Sunday, Aug. 17, 2014, 6:05 AM

Hot Springs to Host 2015 Forrest Wood Cup

Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014, 2:35 PM
Get ready Arkansas because the Forrest Wood Cup is returning to Hot Springs and Lake Ouachita Aug. 20-23, 2015.

FLW and Visit Hot Springs made the official site announcement tonight at the day-three weigh-in of the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup in Columbia, S.C. The event will be held at Bank of the Ozarks Arena, formerly known as Summit Arena.

Dalbey Honored with Leadership Award

By Jeff Samsel - Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, 9:14 PM
“I've often said there are a lot more good people than bad people. The bad ones just get all the publicity. We wanted to give attention to a good one,” said Forrest L. Wood, the namesake of the Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community Leadership Award, as he helped honor this year's award recipient, Rich Dalbey, on stage before the day-two weigh-in at the Forrest Wood Cup.

The annual award recognizes a Walmart FLW Tour pro who exemplifies ideals of sportsmanship and community leadership. Dalbey, who just completed his second year on Tour as a professional angler, was selected in part based on the task he took on of coordinating food drives at every FLW Tour stop.

New Crowned Co-angler Champ

By Kyle Wood - Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, 6:45 PM
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.

Jarabeck Jumps into Lead

By David A. Brown - Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, 5:32 PM
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.”

Tough Bite, Race Tightens

By Curtis Niedermier - Friday, Aug. 15, 2014, 11:26 AM
Lake Murray, known as the “Jewel of South Carolina,” is glimmering brightly under the hot August sun today during the second day of competition at the 2014 Forrest Wood Cup.

Weather.com currently lists the air temperature in Columbia, S.C., as 88 degrees, but the humidity and nearly flat-calm conditions are making the “feels like” temperature seem much higher.

FLW's On the Water crew has reported only a handful of limits and just as few kicker bites thus far. Most of the action occurred early in the morning. Once the sun rose above the treetops, the eat switch flipped to the off position.

ICAST Impressions Part I

By Colin Moore, Jeff Samsel, Ross Robertson and Keith Jackson - Monday, Jul. 21, 2014, 6:00 AM
ICAST 2014 is in the rearview mirror. Like usual, it was a whirlwind of handshakes, shutter snaps and Q&A with the tackle industry's best product designers and marketers.

If you missed any of the action, don't worry. You can still check out all of FLW's coverage from the show at FLWOutdoors.com/ICAST. We sent a team of 14 writers, photographers and videographers to Orlando to report on all the great new gear and gadgets that made it to the Orange County Convention Center.

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