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Lincoln fisherman to compete in South Carolina’s Forrest Wood Cup

By: Staff report
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Lincoln’s Michael Bennett will compete with 76 other fishermen next week in an effort to win the $1 million top prize in the $2 million Forrest Wood Cup. This bass fishing world championship will take place on Lake Murray in Columbia, S.C., Aug. 14-17. The anglers represent 31 states and Japan. “The Forrest Wood Cup is the crown jewel of professional fishing and the biggest sporting event of any kind held in South Carolina this year,” said FLW Outdoors President and CEO Charlie Evans on the Web site FLWoutdoors.com. “It is the most important, most competitive and most difficult to qualify for tournament in our sport.” Anglers from all 50 states plus Australia, Canada, Italy, Japan, Mexico and Spain competed in the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Series, Stren Series Championship, Wal-Mart BFL All-American and TBF National Championship to qualify for the 2008 Forrest Wood Cup. California, a state known for phenomenal bass fishing, is sending the most qualifiers with 24. Arkansas has the second most anglers in the field with 17, followed by Alabama with 13 contenders. This year’s field includes six former Forrest Wood Cup champions led by 2008 Land O’Lakes Angler of the Year, 2003 Forrest Wood Cup champion and FLW Outdoors all-time leading money winner David Dudley of Virginia. Other former champions in the field are Brent Ehrler (California), George Cochran (Arkansas), Luke Clausen (Washington), Dion Hibdon (Missouri) and David Fritts (North Carolina). The “Best Damn Sports Show Period” will tape a show Aug. 16 from noon to 2 p.m. in the Colonial Center and country music fans will be treated to a free Tracy Byrd concert at the Colonial Center Aug. 17 at 4 p.m. Admission to all activities is free. Forrest Wood Cup contenders will launch at 7 a.m. each day from the Lake Murray Marina and Yacht Club. Coverage of the Forrest Wood Cup, hosted by the Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board, will be broadcast to 81 million FSN (Fox Sports Net) subscribers in the United States Sept. 28 and Oct. 5 as part of the “FLW Outdoors” television program. “FLW Outdoors” is also broadcast in Canada on WFN (World Fishing Network) and to more than 429 million households in the Europe, Africa and Asia . . . making it the most widely distributed fishing program in the world. FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the founder of Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world. In 2008 alone the organization is offering more than 90,000 anglers the chance to win more than $40 million through 230 tournaments in 10 circuits targeting bass, walleye, redfish, kingfish and striped bass.