Forrest Wood Cup underway on Lake Murray, local pros in the hunt

Dayton pro angler Michael Neal shown here on the Potomac River in June 2017. (FLW Fishing)

COLUMBIA, S.C. – The Forrest Wood Cup, FLW’s world championship of professional bass fishing, began this morning on Lake Murray. The event will crown FLW’s top angler of 2017. The tournament will feature 53 of the world’s best bass-fishing professionals, three from Rhea County, casting for the sport’s biggest award and $300,000 cash.

Dayton’s Andy Morgan and Michael Neal join Spring City’s Wesley Strader as part of the elite field gunning for the title.

As of 10 AM, Neal was estimated to have 12 lbs 12 oz unofficially in 4th place.  Neal came up just short in last year’s championship on Wheeler Lake for a second place finish behind John Cox.

You can watch the event live via FLW.

Watch 2017 FWC via FLW Live

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.

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About FLW

FLW is the world’s largest tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money in 2017 across five tournament circuits. Headquartered in Benton, Kentucky, with offices in Minneapolis, FLW conducts more than 258 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa and South Korea. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW” television show, broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, while FLW Bass Fishing magazine delivers cutting-edge tips from top pros. For more information visit and follow FLW at FacebookTwitterInstagramYouTube and Snapchat.

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