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Forrest Wood Cup to return to Hot Springs, Lake Ouachita in 2018

Lake Ouachita (KATV photo)

The Forrest Wood Cup, one of the world championships of professional bass fishing, will return to the Natural State in 2018, according to a joint press release from Visit Hot Springs, Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) and the State of Arkansas.

It will take place Aug. 10-12, 2018, on Lake Ouachita.

Hot Springs has previously hosted four Forrest Wood Cup championships – one on Lake Hamilton (2005) and three on Lake Ouachita (2007, 2011 and 2015). The 2018 Forrest Wood Cup will again feature the most successful anglers from the FLW Tour, the Costa FLW Series, the T-H Marine Bass Fishing League, YETI FLW College Fishing and The Bass Federation. It has no connection to BASS' Bassmaster Classic.

“Our whole city is excited by the fact that FLW has chosen Hot Springs for the fifth time as the host for the Forrest Wood Cup,” said Steve Arrison, CEO of Visit Hot Springs in a statement. “Hot Springs has established a wonderful relationship with FLW and our audiences for the Cup and other FLW events have been large and enthusiastic. I know the 2018 Cup will find the same level of enthusiasm and warm hospitality that FLW has come to associate with the great fishing in Hot Springs.”

When the Forrest Wood Cup last visited Lake Ouachita and Hot Springs in 2015, seven-year tour veteran Brad Knight of Lancing, Tennessee, outlasted the competition to earn the first victory of his career and claim the sport’s most coveted trophy. Hometown favorites George Cochran of Hot Springs, and Scott Suggs of Alexander, Arkansas, have also claimed Forrest Wood Cup victories in Hot Springs along with Scott Martin of Clewiston, Florida.

“After another fantastic Forrest Wood Cup experience in 2015, we knew it wouldn’t be long before we returned to Hot Springs and Lake Ouachita,” said Kathy Fennel, FLW President of Operations. “The Hot Springs community is extremely passionate about bass fishing and the great attendance makes it the perfect destination for an exciting and memorable championship event. We expect the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup to be our best yet.”

The FLW Expo, which will feature hundreds of exhibitors and activities, will be held at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The live weigh-ins will be held at Bank of the Ozarks Arena.

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