Lake Murray, SC, United States (4E Sports) – Top-rated professional and amateur bass anglers are expected to see action when the Forrest Wood Cup reels off mid-August 2014 at Lake Murray.
One of the nation’s premier fishing tournaments, the Forrest Wood Cup will be held for the second time at the 47,500-acre lake. The tournament was first held at the lake in 2008.
The competition’s return cements the lake’s growing national reputation as a prime spot for bass fishing, officials said.
“This is the Super Bowl of fishing coming,” lake tourism director Miriam Atria said.
For his part, state tourism director Duane Parrish said luring the tournament back is “a big deal” as it event generated $16.1 million in revenue in 2008.
“This is definitely a place we want to come back to every couple of years,” said Chris Hoover of FLW, the organization that sponsors the event.
Hoover’s organization is impressed not only by the quality of fishing but also with efforts by local officials to provide other entertainment for fans of the sport during the four-day tournament that will bring 92 anglers and their entourages to the Midlands.
State and local tourism officials plan to surround the competition again with family-oriented events such as concerts as well as those associated with the sport.
Events will stretch from boats launched at Dreher Island State Recreation area near Prosperity to exhibits and displays at the convention center in downtown Columbia.
Most will be free and open to the public as part of an effort “to grow our sport,” Hoover said.