Tharp Wins Professional Bass Fishing's Forrest Wood Cup Presented By Walmart
Florida Angler Amasses 53 Pounds of Bass, Wins $500,000
SHREVEPORT, La., Aug. 18, 2013
SHREVEPORT, La., Aug. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --EverStart pro Randall Tharp of
Port St. Joe, Fla., crossed the stage with a five-bass limit weighing 14
pounds even Sunday to claim the title of Forrest Wood Cup champion at the
Forrest Wood Cup at the Red River presented by Walmart. Tharp, with a four-day
total of 20 bass for 53 pounds, 2 ounces, won by a 4-pound margin over the
reigning Forrest Wood Cup champion Jacob Wheeler of Indianapolis, Ind., who
caught five bass weighing 14-3 for a four-day total of 20 bass weighing 49-2,
which was good for $75,000. Sunday's final weigh-in marked the finale of the
2013 Forrest Wood Cup, which featured 46 of the best professional bass anglers
from across the country. Tharp won $500,000 plus a $1,000 Power-Pole bonus.
Link to photo of winner EverStart pro Randall Tharp
Link to video footage of winning moment
"Two years ago at the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Ouachita, I fished what I
thought was the most perfect tournament of my life and came up second," said
Tharp, who has now accumulated more than $1.25 million dollars in his FLW
career. "If I said that one didn't sting a little bit, it would be a lie. Last
year when the schedule came out and I saw that the Cup was going back to the
Red River and Shreveport, I knew that it was going to be my time."
Despite the drastic change in weather conditions between the practice period
and the tournament, Tharp made key adjustments that put him in a position to
earn the title.
"The weather change this week definitely made it more of a challenge," Tharp
said. "I was averaging 40 to 50 bites a day in practice, but today I only
caught seven fish. It was painstakingly slow fishing today. The fish here just
like the hot weather. The big fish weren't biting until the sun came up and it
warmed up in the afternoon, and that's pretty stressful for a tournament
Tharp said that he had several key baits this week. His primary bait was a
3/8-ounce bluegill-colored 4x4 swimming jig trailered with a Strike King Rage
Craw, which he used to weigh in several of his fish throughout the week,
including his bigger kickers. He said that he boated a few keepers throwing a
Lucky Craft RC 1.5 square-bill crankbait and his three biggest fish from
Sunday came on two different sizes of Spro Frogs – a smaller white-colored
frog with orange tails and a Spro Bronzeye 65.
"I've known before in some tournaments that I had won before I was announced
the winner, but I really didn't know today," Tharp said. "If you look at the
guys that were in the top 10 with me, they are the best in the business. Larry
Nixon was catching bass back before I even had a rod and reel.
"I'm so happy that I won," Tharp went on to say. "I started out fishing BFLs
and club tournaments before moving up to the EverStart series and now fishing
the Tour. I've been making a living fishing for the last five years now, and
they have been the best five years of my life."
The top 10 pros finished the tournament in:
1^st: EverStart pro Randall Tharp, Port St. Joe, Fla., 20 bass, 53-2,
2^nd: Jacob Wheeler, Indianapolis, Ind., 20 bass, 49-2, $75,000
3^rd: Chevy pro Bryan Thrift, Shelby, N.C., 20 bass, 46-1, $60,000
4^th: Kerry Milner, Bono, Ark., 20 bass, 44-7, $55,000
5^th: Chevy pro Larry Nixon, Bee Branch, Ark., 20 bass, 44-44, $50,000
6^th: Michael Neal, Dayton, Tenn., 20 bass, 44-2, $45,000
7^th: Walmart pro Mark Rose, West Memphis, Ark., 15 bass, 43-7, $40,000
8^th: Troy Morrow, Eastanollee, Ga., 20 bass, 41-8, $35,000
9^th: Tom Monsoor, La Crosse, Wis., 20 bass, 41-2, $30,000
10^th: Robbie Dodson, Harrison, Ark., 19 bass, 37-11, $25,000
A complete list of results can be found at FLWOutdoors.com.
Overall there were 49 bass weighing 98 pounds, 2 ounces caught by pros Sunday.
The catch included nine five-bass limits.
Theo Corcoran of Kansas City, Mo., won the co-angler division and $50,000
Friday with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 26 pounds, 10 ounces followed
by Brock Mosley of Collinsville, Miss., in second place with 10 bass weighing
19-1 worth $10,000.
The 2013 Forrest Wood Cup at the Red River presented by Walmart was hosted by
the Shreveport/Bossier City Sports Commission.
FLW and the Capital City, Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism Board announced
Friday that Columbia, S.C., would once again be hosting the Forrest Wood Cup,
the world championship of bass fishing, Aug. 14-17, 2014, on the jewel of
South Carolina, Lake Murray. The last time the Forrest Wood Cup, the sport's
premier event, was held in Columbia was 2008.
Rayovac pro Jason Christie of Park Hill, Okla., was awarded the second annual
Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community Leadership Award on Saturday, and
a donation will be made to Christie's charity of choice. FLW recognized the
angler that exemplified the ideals of sportsmanship and community service
throughout the 2013 season. The Forrest L. Wood Sportsmanship and Community
Leadership Award recognizes the individual who displayed overall commitment of
sportsmanship and community leadership, on and off the water, by displaying
ethical behavior, upholding integrity, class, selflessness, conservation
efforts and kindness to others.
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