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Field for Forrest Wood Cup finalized

A field of 56 anglers will head to Lake Ouachita in August for a mid-summer duel with $300,000 on the line along with the Forrest Wood Cup title and all the trappings that come with it. It’ll be the fourth Cup contested at the mountain reservoir located in central Arkansas within the Ouachita National Forest.

Brad Knight won the most recent Cup at Ouachita in 2015, catching 51-12 over four days. This year’s Cup will be a three-day event.

With the completion of the FLW Tour season today, the final places in the Cup field have been determined. There were three anglers who’d already qualified that finished in the top 40 in Tour points so the Cup cutoff was 43rd in Tour points.

Here’s a rundown of the anglers who have qualified to compete in this year’s Cup (* double qualifier).

2017 Forrest Wood Cup champion
> Justin Atkins – Florence, Ala.*

2017 FLW Tour Angler of the Year
> Bryan Thrift – Shelby, N.C.*

2017 FLW Series Championship qualifiers
> Bradford Beavers – Ridgeville, S.C.
> John Soukup – Agra, Okla.
> Todd Hollowell – Fishers, Ind.
> Bill Chapman – Salt Rock, W.V.
> Michael Mathee – Centurion, South Africa
> Larry Stoafer – Leavenworth, Kan.
> Tim Fox – Meridian, Miss.
> Chad Foster – Pequot Lakes, Minn.
> Jason Abram – Piney Flats, Tenn.*
> Sheldon Collings – Grove, Okla.

2018 TBF National Champion
> Austin Wilson – Bristol, Tenn.

2018 BFL All-American champion
> Nick LeBrun – Bossier City, La.

2018 FLW College Fishing champion
> Hunter Freeman – Monroe, La.

2018 FLW Tour points (top 40)
> Mark Rose – West Memphis, Ark.
> Scott Martin – Clewiston, Fla.
> Chris Johnston – Peterborough, Ont.
> Cody Meyer – Auburn, Calif.
> John Cox – Debary, Fla.
> David Williams – Maiden, N.C.
> Scott Canterbury – Odenville, Ala.
> Zack Birge – Blanchard, Okla.
> Brandon McMillan – Clewiston, Fla.
> Jeff Gustafson – Keewatin, Ont.
> Brandon Cobb – Greenwood, S.C.
> Randy Haynes – Ripley, Miss.
> Michael Neal – Dayton, Tenn.
> Clark Wendlandt – Leander, Texas
> Matt Arey – Shelby, N.C.
> Scott Dobson – Clarkston, Mich.
> Johnny McCombs – Morris, Ala.
> Jared McMillan – Belle Glade, Fla.
> Shane Lehew – Catawba, N.C.
> Greg Bohannan – Bentonville, Ark.
> Austin Felix – Eden Prairie, Minn.
> Jason Lambert – Michie, Tenn.
> Andy Morgan – Dayton, Tenn.
> Clent Davis – Montevallo, Ala.
> Jordan Osborne – Longview, Texas
> Matthew Stefan – Junction City, Wis.
> Jeff Sprague – Point, Texas
> Alex Davis – Albertville, Ala.
> Joseph Webster – Winfield, Ala.
> Matt Becker – Finleyville, Pa.
> Braxton Setzer – Birmingham, Ala.
> JT Kenney – Palm Bay, Fla.
> James Niggemeyer – Van, Texas
> Cory Johnston, Cavan, Ont.
> David Dudley – Lynchburg, Va.
> Cody Hahner – Wausau, Wis.
> Tyler Stewart – West Monroe, La.
> Wes Logan – Springville, Ala.
> Chad Grigsby – Maple Grove, Minn.
> Andrew Upshaw – Tulsa, Okla.
> Todd Castledine – Nacogdoches, Texas

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