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2018 FLW TOUR: FORREST WOOD CUP PREVIEW

Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 08/09/2018

Sprague photo courtesy of FLW Communications

Moore, OK – The 2018 Forrest Wood Cup begins on Friday, August 10th on Lake Ouachita in Arkansas.  This marks the fourth time that the Cup has visited the fishery with Scott Suggs winning in 2007, Scott Martin winning in 2011, and Brad Knight winning in 2015.  

For the second year, the Cup will be a three day event with the full field of 56 anglers competing the first two days.  The top 10 anglers will fish on Sunday for $300,000 and the title of 2018 Forrest Wood Cup champion.  

The field is comprised of the top 44 anglers in the 2018 FLW Tour point standings,  2017 FLW Tour Angler Of the Year, 2017 Forrest Wood Cup Champion, 2018 T-H Marine FLW BFL All-American champion, 2018 YETI FLW College Fishing National Championship winner, 2018 TBF National Championship winner, and 2017 Costa FLW Series Championship qualifiers.

For the 2018 season, The BASS ZONE enlisted the help of FLW Tour pro, Jeff Sprague.   The Texas angler is fishing his fifth year on the FLW Tour and finished in 28th place in the Angler Of the Year standings.  

 WHAT ARE YOUR FIRST IMPRESSIONS OF LAKE OUACHITA?
“The fish have definitely changed since the last time I was here prior to the official cut off.  There are some fish to be caught, but the bite seems to be quite a bit tougher and the fish have moved.”

WHAT IS GOING TO BE THE X-FACTOR THIS WEEK?
“The X-factor this week is going to be the deep bite.  We’ve seen the Cup on Ouachita won several different ways over the past years, but I’m interested to see how it plays this week.  There are definitely some bigger fish out there, but they’re not easy to catch.  

“The thing with Ouachita is that there’s a lot of cover like standing timber out deep where the bass can suspend.  You may roll up on a hard spot where you were catching them and the fish have moved 100 yards and are suspended 30ft down in a tree top.  It’s going to be a lot about timing also and hitting the right spot when the bass are feeding.”  

HOW MUCH OF A FACTOR WILL PRIOR EXPERIENCE PLAY?
I know that some of the guys in the field have been here four times over the past 10 years, or something like that.  Look, there’s no doubt that having experience during the summertime on this place is an advantage, but I also think that it helps never fishing this lake before this year because you are seeing it with fresh eyes.”

WILL THIS EVENT BE WON IN A PARTICULAR AREA OR WILL AN ANGLER HAVE TO MOVE AROUND TO HAVE SUCCESS?
“I think that a guy could win running and gunning, but we’ve also seen guys win this tournament by camping in a general area of the lake and milking it.  That’s a tough one to call . . .”  

WHAT IS YOUR ESTIMATE FOR THE WINNING WEIGHT AND WHY?
“I think that it will take around 14-pounds a day to win the Cup this year, so that’s a total of 42-pounds.  This lake can be challenging, and it’s only a three day event, so a 14-pound average is really getting the job done.”