Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 08/05/2018

Lead photos 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.

As the first cast at the 2018 Cup nears, here’s a look back at the past three winners:


COLUMBIA, SC – FLW Tour rookie Justin Atkins relied  on the topwater bite to win the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Murray in South  Carolina.  

Atkins took the Day One lead with a limit weighing 21-5, but surrendered the lead to Brandon Cobb on Day 2 after bringing just 15-14 to the scales.  On the final day, the young Alabama pro amassed the largest limit of the entire tournament weighing 22-1 to take the Cup title.  

Throughout the week, he relied on triggering largemouth that were hanging around cane piles and feeding in blueback herring.  He spent days of practice idling and marking piles, and then returned in the tournament and threw a topwater walking bait over the top of the cane.  

Every single bass that Atkins brought to the tournament scales came on an Ima Little Stick 135 in chrome color.  


Huntsville, AL – The Forrest Wood Cup on Wheeler Lake turned into a shallow water battle, and one of the best in shallow water anglers in the business, John Cox, came out with the victory.  

Entering the day with a slim lead over Todd Auten, Cox boated a limit of Wheeler Lake bass to win the tournament in wire-to-wire fashion with a total weight of 53-14.  Michael Neal, who relied primarily on schooling bass throughout the event, finished in 2nd place with 50-10, and Todd Auten rounded out the top three with a total of 50-5.  

With the win, Cox pocketed a cool $300,000 and capped off an impressive 2016 FLW Tour season that included a win in April on Lake Hartwell, three Top 20 finishes, a 7th place finish in the FLW Tour AOY standings, and over $400,000 in tournament earnings (including the Cup).  

Wheeler Lake proved to be challenging, as Cox averaged less than 14-pounds a day to take the victory.


HOT SPRINGS, AR – The 2015 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita in Arkansas turned into a real grind.  Fishing in just his second Forrest Wood Cup, Tennessee’s Brad Knight weighed in 11-7 on the final day to outdistance Ramie Colson, Jr. by nearly 4-pounds.  

Knight relied on one main creek that he shared with several other competitors for the duration of the tournament.  Early in the tournament he relied on a buzzbait, but switched to a drop shot on the second day as a result of fishing pressure in the area.  

That change allowed Knight to remain in contention and pull out the Cup win.   

*The BASS ZONE will be on-location this week at the Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita.  Check back daily for Cup updates and a wrap-up video following each day of competition