They may qualify for the event on some of the best bass waters in the country, but FLW Tour pros are going to have a tough time proving they are “just as good” as the Bassmasters, July 30-Aug. 2. That’s because this year’s Forrest Wood Cup, the penultimate championship for the FLW Tour, will be held at Three Rivers in Pennsylvania–still some of the worst black bass water in America. True, the Ohio, Allegheny and Monongahela rivers are much better today than they were prior to 1972 when they became the targets of environmental clean-up, but no one should confuse this waterway with the California Delta.

Oh the tournament will be fair. It will certainly will be a test. And you know, FLW is going get paid. (B.A.S.S. got $1.3 million for their visit.)

But the likes of Brent Ehrler, FLW Angler of the Year Clark Wendlandt and anybody else who thinks they should be seen among the elites in the sport, are going to have a tough image problem as they hold up two “sardines” each day as a measure of their expertise.


Doesn’t anyone remember the Bassmasters fishing this same dead zone in 2005? It took Kevin Van Dam all of three days to catch his winning weight of 12-pounds, 15 ounces. He set a new Bassmaster Classic record with the smallest one-day limit of 4-13!

If you can’t fit your thumb in the fish’s mouth, believe me, you don’t want to be seen on TV by a national audience.

If the FLW pros are smart, they’ll only do radio on this tournament.


3 Responses to “FLW pros about to be embarrassed?”

by harvey naslund

Well, when selecting a lake for a bass tournament, (especially a championship event that puts the “nation’s elite” in competition with each other) the expected quality of fishing ranks about #8 on scale of 1 to 10 in the many considerations that have to be made in the selection of the tournament site. Great fishing, or lousy fishing, the top guns usually prevail. While all relish the opportunity to catch a boatload of four-pounders or better, one should remember that the ultimate tournament would be all of the nation’s top pros on a lake that only had one bass in it.

by George Kramer

True, Harvey. But it’s also hard to market motorhomes with Tonka trucks. :>)


LOL I agree I was there for the entire time before, during and after the tournament. lol It was a joke, and its stupid to go there for this. I heard nothing but complaints from everybody the entire time.