FLW Announces 2018 FLW Tour Pro Roster
MINNEAPOLIS – Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) announced today the complete professional angler roster for the upcoming 2018 FLW Tour season, the 23rd season of the FLW Tour. The 2018 FLW Tour features seven regular-season tournaments around the country with competition kicking off when FLW returns to Lake Okeechobee, Jan. 25-28 in Clewiston, Florida, and is headlined by the world championship of bass fishing, the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Ouachita, Aug. 10-12 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Demand for entry into the 2018 FLW Tour was unprecedented, with well over 200 pros registering last week. Per the FLW Tour qualifying process, 160 pros gained priority entry based on finishing the 2017 FLW Tour ranked in the top 100 pros or in the top 10 co-anglers, finishing a 2017 Costa FLW Series division ranked in the top 10 pros, or winning the TBF National Championship or the T-H Marine BFL All-American as a boater.
Additionally, there was record demand for sponsor entries, which do not count toward the maximum field size. To accommodate qualified anglers and sponsor entries, including those from loyal Ranger boat owners, the 2018 FLW Tour will feature 187 pros.
Due to the increased field size, 10 additional spots will be added to the pro payout at $10,000 each. In addition to the $125,000 paycheck that is awarded to FLW Tour winners, FLW will now pay out at least $10,000 to pros down to 60th place. The co-angler payout will be $700 for each additional co-angler entry over 160, so the co-angler payout for 51st to 76th place will be $700.
The 2018 FLW Tour pro roster is headlined by two-time reigning Angler of the Year (AOY) Bryan Thrift of Shelby, North Carolina, and 2017 Forrest Wood Cup champion Justin Atkins of Florence, Alabama. They’ll be joined by seven former FLW Tour AOY winners, seven former Forrest Wood Cup champions, and 25 Tour rookies in 2018.
“We couldn’t be more excited to kick off another fantastic FLW Tour season next month at Lake Okeechobee,” said Bill Taylor, Senior FLW Tournament Director. “The professional anglers on the FLW Tour are among the best in the world, and we look forward to showcasing them across eight of the finest fisheries in the United States. With our record-breaking demand for participation, we expect the 2018 season to be the most challenging, competitive season in the history of the FLW Tour.”
In FLW Tour competition anglers are vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. The 2018 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita and is hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the State of Arkansas.
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2018 FLW Tour Anglers
Jason Abram Piney Flats, Tenn.
Dean Alexander Georgetown, Texas
Matt Arey Shelby, N.C.
*Taylor Ashley Warrior, Ala.
Scott Ashmore Broken Arrow, Okla.
Justin Atkins Florence, Ala.
Todd Auten – Lake Wylie, S.C.
Evan Barnes – Hot Springs, Ark.
Clayton Batts Macon, Ga.
*Matt Becker – Finleyville, Pa.
Robert Behrle – Hoover, Ala.
Zack Birge – Blanchard, Okla.
Daryl Biron – South Windsor, Conn.
Derrick Blake – Rockwood, Tenn.
Randy Blaukat – Joplin, Mo.
Greg Bohannan – Bentonville, Ark.
Terry Bolton – Paducah, Ky.
Allen Boyd – Salem, Ind.
Christopher Brasher – Longview, Texas
Aaron Britt – Yuba City, Calif.
Chase Brooks – Iraan, Texas
*Clint Brown Bainbridge, Ga.
Glenn Browne – Ocala, Fla.
Keith Bryan – Novato, Calif.
Grae Buck – Harleysville, Pa.
*Tim Cales – Sandstone, W. Va.
*William Campbell – Middlesboro, Ky.
Scott Canterbury – Odenville, Ala.
*Todd Castledine – Nacogdoches, Texas
*Russell Cecil – Willis, Texas
Ryan Chandler Hebron, Ind.
Glenn Chappelear – Acworth, Ga.
Joey Cifuentes – Clinton, Ark.
Brandon Cobb – Greenwood, S.C.
*Sheldon Collings Grove, Okla.
Ramie Colson Jr. Cadiz, Ky.
Kyle Cortiana Broken Arrow, Okla.
John Cox DeBary, Fla.
Shirley Crain – Fort Smith, Ark.
Alex Davis – Albertville, Ala.
Clent Davis – Montevallo, Ala.
Darrell Davis – Dover, Fla.
Bill Day Frankfort, Ky.
John Devere – Berea, Ky.
Jeff Dobson Bartlesville, Okla.
Scott Dobson Clarkston, Mich.
Bradley Dortch Atmore, Ala.
Josh Douglas Isle, Minn.
Kurt Dove Del Rio, Texas
David Dudley Lynchburg, Va.
Tony Dumitras Winston, Ga.
Luke Dunkin Lawrenceburg, Tenn.
Richie Eaves – Nauvoo, Ill.
Charlie Evans – Berea, Ky.
Austin Felix – Eden Prairie, Minn.
Mark Fisher – Wauconda, Ill.
Tim Frederick – Leesburg, Fla.
Anthony Gagliardi – Prosperity, S.C.
Nick Gainey Charleston, S.C.
*Matt Garner – Seminole, Okla.
*Cameron Gautney Muscle Shoals, Ala.
Chris Gosselaar Fresno, Calif.
Matt Greenblatt – Port St. Lucie, Fla.
Chad Grigsby Maple Grove, Minn.
Buddy Gross – Chickamauga, Ga.
Jeff Gustafson Keewatin, Ontario, Canada
*Cody Hahner – Wausau, Wis.
Bradley Hallman – Norman, Okla.
*Steven Hatala St. Clair Shores, Mich.
Randy Haynes Counce, Tenn.
Dylan Hays – Sheridan, Ark.
Billy Hines – Vacaville, Calif.
Todd Hollowell Fishers, Ind.
Jamie Horton Centerville, Ala.
Jimmy Houston Cookson, Okla.
*Miles Howe San Juan Capistrano, Calif.
Rex Huff – Corbin, Ky.
John Hunter Shelbyville, Ky.
*Freddy Hurley – Somerset, Ky.
Bill Hutchison Bessemer, Ala.
Eric Jackson – Walling, Tenn.
Carl Jocumsen – Frisco, Texas
Jason Johnson Dawsonville, Ga.
Chris Johnston Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
Cory Johnston Cavan, Ontario, Canada
Jim Jones – Big Bend, Wis.
*Rob Jordan Flowery Branch, Ga.
Cody Kelley Conway, Ark.
Jay Kendrick – Grant, Ala.
J.T. Kenney Palm Bay, Fla.
Rob Kilby Hot Springs, Ark.
Brad Knight – Lancing, Tenn.
Koby Kreiger – Bokeelia, Fla.
Jason Lambert Michie, Tenn.
*David Larson – Mound, Minn.
Brian Latimer Belton, S.C.
Jeremy Lawyer – Sarcoxie, Mo.
Shane Lehew Catawba, N.C.
Shane Lineberger – Lincolnton, N.C.
Craig Livesay Johnson City, Tenn.
*Wes Logan Springville, Ala.
Richard Lowitzki – Hampshire, Ill.
*Greg Mansfield Olathe, Kan.
Scott Martin Clewiston, Fla.
Lendell Martin Jr. Nacogdoches, Texas
Billy McCaghren – Mayflower, Ark.
Chris McCall – Palmer, Texas
Johnny McCombs Morris, Ala.
Bill McDonald Greenwood, Ind.
Tim McDonald Prestonsburg, Ky.
Brandon McMillan – Clewiston, Fla.
Jared McMillan – Belle Glade, Fla.
Jason Meninger Saint Augustine, Fla.
Cody Meyer Auburn, Calif.
Kerry Milner Bono, Ark.
Kurt Mitchell Milford, Del.
Yusuke Miyazaki Forney, Texas
Tom Monsoor – La Crosse, Wis.
Harry Moore – Valley, Ala.
Andy Morgan Dayton, Tenn.
Chad Morgenthaler – Reeds Spring, Mo.
Bob Morin – Seymour, Tenn.
Troy Morrow – Eastanollee, Ga.
Brandon Mosley Choctaw, Okla.
Jim Moulton Merced, Calif.
Jim Moynagh Carver, Minn.
Shawn Murphy – Nicholasville, Ky.
Britt Myers Clover, S.C.
Michael Neal – Dayton, Tenn.
Chris Neau New Orleans, La.
*David Nichol Gainesville, Ga.
James Niggemeyer Van, Texas
Larry Nixon – Bee Branch, Ark.
Robert Pearson – Herndon, Va.
Pete Ponds – Madison, Miss.
Brett Preuett Monroe, La.
Chad Randles – Elkhorn, Neb.
Tom Redington – Royse City, Texas
Matt Reed – Madisonville, Texas
Clark Reehm Elm Grove, La.
Jimmy Reese – Witter Springs, Calif.
Jason Reyes – Huffman, Texas
Curtis Richardson – Belleville, Ontario, Canada
Darrel Robertson Jay, Okla.
Mark Rose West Memphis, Ark.
Zell Rowland – Montgomery, Texas
*Craig Rozema – Simpsonville, S.C.
Casey Scanlon – Lake Ozark, Mo.
Bryan Schmitt – Deale, Md.
Terry Segraves – Kissimmee, Fla.
Braxton Setzer Montgomery, Ala.
William Shelton III – La Crosse, Va.
Blake Smith Lakeland, Fla.
David Smith Edmond, Okla.
Jeff Sprague – Point, Texas
Matthew Stefan Junction City, Wis.
*Tyler Stewart – West Monroe, La.
Scott Suggs Alexander, Ark.
Mike Surman Boca Raton, Fla.
Peter Thliveros Saint Augustine, Fla.
Timmy Thompkins Myrtle Beach, S.C.
*Furman (Joe) Thompson Clayton, Ga.
Bryan Thrift – Shelby, N.C.
Dennis Tietje – Roanoke, La.
Rusty Trancygier Hahira, Ga.
J. Todd Tucker – Moultrie, Ga.
Jim Tutt – Longview, Texas
Andrew Upshaw – Tulsa, Okla.
John Voyles Petersburg, Ind.
James Watson Lampe, Mo.
Joshua Weaver – Macon, Ga.
Joseph Webster Winfield, Ala.
Kyle Weisenburger – Ottawa, Ohio
Clark Wendlandt – Leander, Texas
Chris Whitson Louisville, Tenn.
*Andy Wicker Pomaria, S.C.
Scott Wiley Bay Minette, Ala.
David Williams Maiden, N.C.
Barry Wilson – Birmingham, Ala.
Matt Wittekiend – Angleton, Texas
Kenneth Woods London, Ky.
Michael Wooley Collierville, Tenn.
*David Wootton – Collierville, Tenn.
Gary Yamamoto – Palestine, Texas
Jay Yelas Lincoln City, Ore.
Andy Young Mound, Minn.
*Ronald Young Lake Wales, Fla.
* denotes 2018 FLW Tour Rookie
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 274 bass-fishing tournaments annually across the United States and sanctions tournaments in Canada, China, Mexico, South Africa, South Korea, Italy and Portugal. 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 FLWFishing.com and follow FLW at Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube and Snapchat: @FLWFishing.