COLUMBIA, SC - One of the biggest fishing tournaments in the country will be taking place right here in the Midlands this week. The Fishing League Worldwide Forrest Wood Cup tournament will be held at Lake Murray.
The last time this event was in Columbia was in 2014 and that's when local angler Anthony Gagliardi of Prosperity, SC won the championship. He's back in the tournament this year.
Newberry based company Falcon Boats is one of his sponsors and and he has a good chance to become the first angler to win two Forrest Wood Cup titles. This year's contest will be on his home lake and he'll have to beat out 53 other fishermen to accomplish the feat.
"It'd be awful nice to accomplish something that's not been done but honestly just winning it again in front of a home crowd that's what would be special to me," Gagliardi said. "It's in my backyard and I will have a lot of fan support, a lot of family and friend support but then to be able to be the guy-I was first guy to win two that'd be pretty cool. That'd be a pretty good feather in your hat but that's not what's driving me, that's not my motivation going into this one."
One of the things that is driving him is figuring out how use his home lake advantage. There's a lot of strategy involved and some improvisation too.
"They call it the home lake jinx. You fish on a lot of history. You know if you start remembering places that you caught fish two years ago, three years ago so you have a lot of places that you want to fish and you're not fishing the moment. You're not fishing what's current," Gagliardi said. "As you long as you approach it with an open mind and don't try to rely too much on past history here then it's an advantage because you're fishing a body of water you're comfortable with."
The pro angler also added that location is important on the lake.
"I know lots of types of places and so if I feel like something is starting to work I know other places I can go that are similar but you still have to fish current. Just don't get caught up in what I did four years ago you know and think that might work now because it usually doesn't."
Weigh-Ins for the 22nd Forrest Wood Cup Tournament will be at Colonial Life Arena. The tournament starts this coming Friday morning August 11 at Dreher Island State Park. The finals are next Sunday.
For more info on the event go here-https://www.flwfishing.com/tournaments/2017-08-11-forrest-wood-cup
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