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Bass pros, fans descend on Lake Lanier
Forrest Wood Cup matches anglings best for $500K
Angler Scott Martin, left, of Clewiston, Fla., fishes alongside co-angler Mike Iloski of Escondido, Calif., during the first day of last year’s Forrest Wood Cup. - photo by FILE

FLW Tournament

Takeoff ceremonies

When: 7 a.m. Thursday through Sunday, Aug. 9-12

Where: Laurel Park, 3100 Old Cleveland Highway, Gainesville


When: 5 p.m. Thursday-Sunday

Where: Gwinnett Center Arena

FLW Expo

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday

Where: Gwinnett Convention Center, 6400 Sugarloaf Parkway, Duluth

More info: 770-813-7500,

This weekend, it’s all about the bass.

Teams of 46 professional anglers and their partners will compete for a top prize of $500,000 in the Forrest Wood Cup, the championship event for the Walmart FLW Tour, held at Lake Lanier for the second time in three years.

The winner in the Pro Division will be awarded $500,000 from a total purse of more than $1 million. The co-angler division winner gets $50,000.

The event runs Thursday through Sunday, with daily weigh-ins at 5 p.m. at the Gwinnett Center Area. Anglers depart at 7 each morning from Laurel Park.

Among the top contenders are three-time Angler of the Year David Dudley of Lynchburg, Va., and defending cup champion Scott Martin of Clewiston, Fla.

The event will be broadcast Sept. 16 on NBC Sports.

A catch-and-release program, FLW regulations call for each competitor to take special care handling their fish, and points are deducted for fish that are not alive at weigh-in.

The last day of competition, the final 10 anglers’ weigh in will be broadcast online at FLW Live, Prizes are awarded for each team that places.

While the pros do their thing, bass angling fans can find plenty to keep them busy at the FLW Expo. It runs from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday through Sunday at the Gwinnett Convention Center.

Hundreds of exhibits showcasing the latest in fishing equipment and technology, boats and boating gear, outdoor sports seminars, fishing tips and talks from well-known professionals, family fun, interactive kids’ displays and $100,000 in fishing gear and sponsor samples to be given away.

Big screens will broadcast the latest updates from six cameras out on Lake Lanier, and the final day’s weigh-in will take place Sunday.

Lake Lanier was last host to the event in 2010, when some 60 anglers took part and and almost 60,000 fans attended the Expo, generating more than $23.2 million for the local economy.

For more information, contact the Lake Lanier Convention & Visitors Bureau at 678-943-3477 or visit