HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – Wheeler Lake will be the site for the 2016 Forrest L. Wood (FLW) Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. Event organizers made the announcement today in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
The event will launch from Ditto Landing.
FLW provides anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete.
“Wheeler Lake has been the site of many successful FLW events,” said Kathy Fennel, FLW President of Operations. “We are thrilled to be working with our partners at the Huntsville/Madison County Convention & Visitors Bureau (CVB) to bring the Super Bowl of professional fishing to Alabama in 2016.”
The event will pull in 30,000-40,000 attendees over a 4-day period. It will have an estimated $2 million.
The weigh-in and expo will take place at the Von Braun Center.
“The Von Braun Center is thrilled to be a part of the announcement of the FLW Cup coming to Huntsville in August 2016,” VBC Assistant Director and Public Relations Manager Brandi Quick said. “We are delighted with the opportunity to have the best bass fishing competitors in the world and their fans in our venue for the FLW weigh-in and expo.”
According to Judy Ryals, President/CEO of Huntsville/Madison County CVB, an existing relationship with FLW helped secure the FLW Cup.
“By hosting previous Walmart FLW Tour events, our partnership with FLW showcased Huntsville and Madison County to fishing fans across the country, and now, we are extremely honored to host the Cup itself for the very first time,” Ryals said. “We invite attendees to come experience our hospitality and get a taste of why Huntsville is ranked as one of the top places to live, work and play.”
FLW holds tournaments across five different tournament circuits, totaling more than 240 tournaments in 2015 alone.