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Forrest Wood Cup 2017 - Lake Murray

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  • 801 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC 29201 (see map)
  • (803) 781-5940
  • Date: 08/11/2017 - 08/13/2017
  • Time: 6:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • (803) 576-9200
  • Date: 08/11/2017 - 08/13/2017
  • Time: 6:30 AM - 7:00 PM
  • (803) 545-0001
  • Date: 08/11/2017 - 08/13/2017
  • Time: 6:30 AM - 7:00 PM
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The Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of professional bass fishing, will return to Lake Murray Country, Aug. 11-13, to crown bass fishing’s top angler of 2017. Hosted by the Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board, the tournament will feature 53 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals casting for the sport’s biggest award – $300,000 cash. Click HERE to see the list of 2017 qualifiers.  Also be sure to click HERE for the interactive Event Guide. 

Anglers will take off from Dreher Island State Park located at 3677 State Park Road in Prosperity, at 7 a.m. EDT each morning at the Folger’s Morning Takeoff. (Evinrude Test Rides - Saturday & Sunday 8 AM - 2 PM at Dreher Island State Park.) FLW Live at the Cup is going to run from the morning show, starting at 6:30 a.m. each day at takeoff, straight through to 12:30 p.m. With Travis Moran and Rob Newell in studio and Chris Jones and Byron Velvick at takeoff, it should be pretty spectacular. Each day’s weigh-in will be held at the Colonial Life Arena located at 801 Lincoln St., in Columbia, beginning at 5 p.m.

Take note: *The Folger’s Morning Takeoff, FLW Expo, Bass & BBQ event, live concert and weigh-ins are all FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.*


Fans will be treated to the FLW Expo at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center located at 1101 Lincoln St. in Columbia, each day from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. prior to the weigh-ins. The Expo includes games, activities and giveaways provided by more than 40 FLW Sponsors, the opportunity to shop the latest tackle and outdoor gear from more than 100 exhibitors, Ranger boat simulators, a casting pond and a trout pond for children, as well as the opportunity to meet and interact with top professional anglers, including Hank Parker, Jimmy Houston and Byron Velvick. FLW’s namesake Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, will also be greeting fans. *The Folger’s Morning Takeoff, FLW Expo, Bass & BBQ event, live concert and weigh-ins are all FREE and OPEN TO THE PUBLIC.*

On Saturday and Sunday the first 500 children 14 and under each day who are accompanied by an adult will receive a voucher to redeem for a free Kid Caster’s no-tangle, rod-and-reel combo courtesy of WLTX 19 after the evening’s weigh-in. Also on Sunday one lucky fishing fan will win a brand new Ranger Z521C bass boat with a 250-horsepower Evinrude outboard motor courtesy of 97.5 WCOS radio. The Ranger Boat giveaway is FREE to enter but the winner must be present at the conclusion of Sunday’s final weigh-in to win. *Redeem after weigh in*


From Travis Moran to Jimmy Houston, there is a pile of seminars to take in at the FLW Expo. The first 50 folks in each one will get some free Zoom baits, and all attendees are entered to win the “Ultimate Fishing Experience” presented by Quaker State, which includes a fishing trip with Hank Parker and Jimmy Houston. Every seminar provides a great chance to learn more about how to catch a bass (and even some other stuff, too). The full schedule is below, and they all take place in the 107.5 FM The Game seminar room (Hall of Fame meeting room) at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center.

Friday

  • 12 p.m.: Charlie Evans
  • 1 p.m.: Jimmy Houston
  • 2 p.m.: YETI FLW College Fishing – University of South Carolina
  • 2:30 p.m.: Hank Parker
  • 3 p.m.: Travis Moran/Lucky Tackle Box – Building your fishing brand through Live media

Saturday

  • 12:30 p.m.: Jimmy Houston
  • 1 p.m.: Eric Jackson – kayak fishing
  • 2 p.m.: Mud Hole rod building – Chris Adams and Hunter McKamey
  • 3 p.m.: Byron Velvick

Sunday

  • 12 p.m.: Hank Parker
  • 1 p.m.: Healthy Angler with Scott Kupferman
  • 2 p.m.: High School Fishing with Georgia State Champs Cal Culpepper and Mason Waddell from Harris County High School


Saturday and Sunday, FLW fans will be treated to the Bass & BBQ Festival in conjunction with the FLW Expo. FLW and the South Carolina BBQ Association have partnered to feature award-winning BBQ teams offering delicious fare to visitors at the Forrest Wood Cup Expo. A portion of all proceeds will be donated to local South Carolina charities.

Teams currently registered to compete in the event include:

  • J.T.’s BBQ, Summerville, S.C.
  • All Smoked Up, Lexington, S.C.
  • Up In Smoke, Rock Hill, S.C.
  • Doko Smoke, Blythwood, S.C.
  • The Saucy Pig, Greenville, S.C.
  • Can’t Quit Smokin’, Blythwood, S.C.
  • Blowin’ Smoke LLC, Columbia, S.C.
  • Fire Tower BBQ, Piedmont, S.C.

In addition to the BBQ Festival, country music acts will also be showcased throughout the weekend on the Bass & BBQ Festival stage, outside the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center. Artists scheduled to perform include:

Friday, Aug. 11

  • 2-2:45 p.m. – Chase Mitchell

Saturday, Aug. 11 & Sunday, Aug. 12

  • 2-2:45 p.m. – The Blue Pickups

The FLW Expo and Bass & BBQ Festival and country music concerts are FREE and open to the public Friday, Aug. 11, Saturday, Aug. 12 and Sunday, Aug. 13 from 10 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Click HERE for more details.


Country music superstar Easton Corbin will perform a FREE concert on the weigh-in stage at Colonial Life Arena on Sunday starting at 4 p.m., prior to the final weigh-in. The concert is presented by 97.5 WCOS radio. With two No. 1 singles, multiple awards and nominations, plus performances on some of the biggest stages in the world, Mercury Nashville’s Corbin has made a lasting impression on the country music landscape. He is lauded for his traditional country sound, authentic lyrics and mastery of understatement. American Songwriter says, "Easton Corbin has one of those rare, glorious voices that was made – just made – for singing country music.”

Click HERE for concert details.


Television coverage of the 2017 Forrest Wood Cup will premiere in high-definition (HD) on NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) Sept. 27 from Noon -1 p.m. EDT. The Emmy-nominated "FLW" television show airs on NBCSN, the Pursuit Channel and the World Fishing Network and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.

Click HERE for program scheduling.

Click HERE to see more detailed events happening during the Forrest Wood Cup Weekend. Need to study up for the FLW? Click HERE.


Schedule and Expo map:

Take Off

DAY 1 & 2 & 3 : 7:00 AM ET
Dreher Island State Park
3677 State Park Road
Prosperity SC 29127
Phone: 866.345.7275
Website: www.southcarolinaparks.com/dreherisland/introduction.aspx

Weigh-In

DAY 1 & 2 & 3 : 5:00 PM ET
Colonial Life Arena
801 Lincoln Street
Columbia SC 29208
Phone: 803.576.9200
Website: www.coloniallifearena.com

Expo

DAY 1 & 2 & 3 : 10:00 AM ET
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln Street
Columbia SC 29208
Phone: 803.545.0001
Website: www.columbiaconventioncenter.com

Important Dates

Final Registration by August 10, 2017
Priority Registration by August 10, 2017

Host

Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board
2184 N Lake Drive
Columbia SC 29212
Phone: 803.781.5940
Website: www.lakemurraycountry.com

Registration

08-10-2017 : 12:30 PM ET
South Carolina Alumni Center
900 Senate Street
Columbia SC 29210

Marina

Dreher Island State Park
3677 State Park Road
Prosperity SC 29127
Phone: 866.345.7275
Website: www.southcarolinaparks.com/dreherisland/introduction.aspx

Housing

Capital City Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board
**Click link below for Forrest Wood Cup hotel list and reservations**
2184 N Lake Drive
Columbia SC 29212
Phone: 803.781.5940
Website: reservations.arestravel.com/hotel/list/9968/m3422

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Dreher Island State Park
3677 State Park Rd
Prosperity , SC 29127
Phone: (803) 781-5940
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Weigh In-Colonial Life Arena
801 Lincoln St.
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 576-9200

FLW Expo- Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
1101 Lincoln St.
Columbia, SC 29201
Phone: (803) 545-0001

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