Yesterday during a news conference in Hot Springs it was
announced that the city would again be home base for the Forrest Wood Cup, the
world championship of bass fishing. The event is scheduled for August 11-14
2011 on Lake Ouachita. The last time the event was held in the city was 2007
and Scott Suggs of Bryant made professional fishing history by winning the
first $1 million first cash prize.
The event will pit top anglers from the FLW Tour, FLW
Series, American Fishing Series, Bass Fishing League, The Bass Federation, and
the National Guard FLW College Fishing.
FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the founder of
Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world.
Hot Springs isn’t a new venue for FLW Outdoors’ championship
tournaments. The 2005 Forrest Wood
Cup was held on Lake Hamilton, a sister lake to Lake Ouachita, and drew a record
crowd of fans. That year, bass fishing legend and Hot Springs resident George
Cochran took the top prize of $500,000. The Forrest Wood Cup returned to Hot
Springs and Lake Ouachita in 2007.
In addition to the tournament, the FLW Outdoors Expo will be
head at the Hot Springs Convention Center and the live weigh-ins will be held
at Summit Arena.