2006 FLW TOUR ANNOUNCED
Competition for the 2006 FLW Tour season kicks off Jan. 18-21 on Lake Okeechobee in Clewiston, Fla., then continues on Lake Murray in Columbia, S.C., Feb. 8-11 and Lake Pickwick in Florence, Ala., March 1-4. Beaver Lake in Rogers, Ark., will host the Wal-Mart Open April 5-8 followed by a stop on Kentucky Lake in Benton, Ky., May 10-13 and Lake Champlain in Plattsburgh, N.Y., June 21-24. The Forrest L. Wood Championship, complete with its world-class boat and outdoor show, will be held Aug. 2-5. (WINNER OF 2005 500,000 DOLLARS RICHER!)
HOT SPRINGS, Ark. ? Everyone said the locals had an advantage at tough-fishing Lake Hamilton this week, and they were right. George Cochran, the Hot Springs pro who has lived on the lake for more than 15 years, took home $500,000 as the 2005 Wal-Mart FLW Tour Forrest L. Wood Championship winner after catching a five-bass limit weighing 10 pounds, 3 ounces Saturday. And he won it, literally, right in his own backyard.