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Pulling for Clark in the FLW Cup

Paul Clark

Paul Clark

The 2013 Forrest Wood Cup is coming to the Red River in Shreveport. This is the most prestigious tournament of the year on the growing FLW tour. Area fishermen who want to see some of the top fishermen in the world, a super outdoor show and some top fishing seminars need to mark their calendars. It’s set for Aug. 15-18.  With a guaranteed first-place prize of $500,000, there is clearly more than bass on the line…

And locals will want to be pulling for the only fisherman from Louisiana to qualify,  — the 2013 National College Tour Champion Paul Clark of Monroe, representing the University of Louisiana-Monroe. Clark led the ULM team to the National Championship this year. Congratulations first of all for that accomplishment and GOOD LUCK on the Red (If he wins the gold, perhaps they’ll start calling it the Maroon River instead of the Red…).

Clark qualified for the 2013 Forrest Wood Cup after winning the 2013 FLW College Fishing National Championship on Beaver Lake this past April with the help of his teammate Brett Preuett. Fishing for ULM since 2011, Clark has scored third, sixth and 10th place finishes in the Southern Division, a second-place finish during the Southern Conference Championship in 2012 as well as this year’s college national championship title. Clark has also netted over $25,000 in scholarships and winnings since the start of his college fishing career. Clark is a recent graduate in Management and is originally from Colfax, La.

“I was introduced to fishing by my dad and both of my grandpas”, Clark said. “In my family everybody fishes – even my memaw fished in the Bassin’ Gals back several years ago!”

“I’ll be spending every weekend in Shreveport,” said Clark. “We only live about an hour and a half away from the Red River. Brett and I  actually won a team tournament there last summer. I’m so pumped because I can’t believe that I will be fishing against the best anglers in the world. I’m going to give it everything that I’ve got.”

Here’s the best part for us regular fishermen and fishing fans. There’s lots to do that doesn’t even involve seeing the daily launches at the Red River Marina South or the weigh-ins at the CenturyLink Center.

Educational Seminars
Throughout the 2013 FLW Forrest Wood Cup, a variety of free, educational seminars will be held during the FLW Expo at Shreveport Convention Center. A seminar focusing on antique fishing lures will be held at 11 a.m., Saturday, Aug. 17, with the first 30 fans in attendance receiving a free lure. Pro fishing legend and outdoor television host Hank Parker will present a fishing seminar at 3 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18, with the first 30 fans in attendance receiving a free lure. A total of 10 fishing seminars will be presented during the FLW Expo, many of which will include free lure giveaways for the first 30 fans admitted. The FLW Expo will be held, 10 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Aug. 16-18. Admission is free.flw

Meet Swamp People™ Cast Members
On Saturday, Aug. 17, Swamp People™ on History® cast members Troy Broussard and Chase Landry will join FLW College Fishing teams from Lamar University and LSU Shreveport for the “Bossier City Battle,” a fishing contest which will launch from Earl G. Williamson Park on Caddo Lake at 7 a.m. Following the “Bossier City Battle” weigh-in at noon at the Shreveport Convention Center Swamp People™ cast members Troy Broussard and Harlan Hatcher will meet fans and sign autographs at the FLW Expo, 12-4 p.m. Fans will have a second opportunity to meet Swamp People™ cast members when Troy Landry, Chase Landry, Troy Broussard and Harlan Hatcher meet fans and sign autographs, 12-4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18, at the FLW Expo.

Dylan Scott Concert
Up-and-coming country star Dylan Scott will perform a free concert presented by Kiss Country 93.7 FM, 4 p.m., Sunday, Aug. 18 at CenturyLink Center, immediately prior to the tournament’s final weigh-in. A 22-year-old native of Bastrop, La., Scott is signed to Sidewalk Records in Nashville.

Giveaways
The first 500 children ages 14 and under to be admitted to the FLW Expo on Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18  will receive a free rod and reel courtesy of 1130 AM The Tiger. Ranger, Mercury and Evinrude will be offering free test rides at Red River South Marina, 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 17 and Sunday, Aug. 18, with the first 50 Evinrude test ride participants receiving a free t-shirt. One lucky fan will win a new Ranger Z520C powered by a 250 horsepower Mercury courtesy of KSLA News 12 following the final weigh-in at CenturyLink Center on Sunday, Aug. 18. Entry forms will be available at the front entrance of the FLW Expo at Shreveport Convention Center.

For complete details of the 2013 FLW Forrest Wood Cup, visit www.forrestwoodcup.com.

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