Forrest Wood Cup Trends: Day 4 - Major League Fishing

Forrest Wood Cup Trends: Day 4

Final day marked by tough bite
August 8, 2010 • Curtis Niedermier • Angler Columns

The day four trend? A tough bite. With the Forrest Wood Cup drawing to an end, Lake Lanier isn’t giving up anything easily. The Twitter buzz this afternoon is that the members of the final six have put a few more fish in the box than this morning, but it’s no doubt anyone’s game. This could play out as one of the closest Forrest Wood Cup finishes in history.

Today I got to see a bit more detail on how the top six made it into the final day, and they made it in with a variety of patterns. For example, Troy Morrow was bouncing around from spot to spot, spending only a couple of minutes on each spot before moving. It’s similar to the pattern he used to win the BFL All-American. In that event, held on DeGray Lake, Morrow rotated through about 70 brush piles. He used a crankbait, a Fluke and a worm. Today, I watched him rotate through brush piles, using a crankbait and an assortment of finesse lures.

Ronald Hobbs, on the other hand, ran far back into the backs of narrow pockets and flipped and pitched drop-shots (that’s right, drop-shots) and swimbaits to shallow cover and docks. He also worked the narrow ditch left over in the center of each creek from before the lake was flooded. He spent at least an hour in one such area working a pair of docks and a stretch of bank that was only about 40 yards long.

We’ll show the specifics of their patterns in great detail in the October issue of FLW Outdoors Magazine. We’ll also let you in on how the pros found all those brush piles. I guarantee you it’ll be a lesson in electronics and time management, because the search can be long and hard in the depths of Lake Lanier.

Thanks for tuning in to the Twitter coverage and blogs from the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup. Stay tuned to and FLW Outdoors Magazine for more information in the coming days.