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. Itll 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 years 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 whod already qualified that finished in the top 40 in Tour points so the Cup cutoff was 43rd in Tour points.
Heres a rundown of the anglers who have qualified to compete in this years 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