2018 FLW Tour Roster
Shared from FLWFISHING.COM - December 12, 2017 by FLW
Fishing League Worldwide (FLW) announced today the complete professional angler roster for the upcoming 2018 FLW Tour season, the 23rd season of the FLW Tour. The 2018 FLW Tour features seven regular-season tournaments around the country with competition kicking off when FLW returns to Lake Okeechobee, Jan. 25-28 in Clewiston, Florida, and is headlined by the world championship of bass fishing, the Forrest Wood Cup at Lake Ouachita, Aug. 10-12 in Hot Springs, Arkansas.
Demand for entry into the 2018 FLW Tour was unprecedented, with well over 200 pros registering last week. Per the FLW Tour qualifying process, 160 pros gained priority entry based on finishing the 2017 FLW Tour ranked in the top 100 pros or in the top 10 co-anglers, finishing a 2017 Costa FLW Series division ranked in the top 10 pros, or winning the TBF National Championship or the T-H Marine BFL All-American as a boater.
Additionally, there was record demand for sponsor entries, which do not count toward the maximum field size. To accommodate qualified anglers and sponsor entries, including those from loyal Ranger boat owners, the 2018 FLW Tour will feature 187 pros.
Due to the increased field size, 10 additional spots will be added to the pro payout at $10,000 each. In addition to the $125,000 paycheck that is awarded to FLW Tour winners, FLW will now pay out at least $10,000 to pros down to 60th place. The co-angler payout will be $700 for each additional co-angler entry over 160, so the co-angler payout for 51st to 76th place will be $700.
The 2018 FLW Tour pro roster is headlined by two-time reigning Angler of the Year (AOY) Bryan Thrift of Shelby, North Carolina, and 2017 Forrest Wood Cup champion Justin Atkins of Florence, Alabama. They’ll be joined by seven former FLW Tour AOY winners, seven former Forrest Wood Cup champions, and 25 Tour rookies in 2018.
“We couldn’t be more excited to kick off another fantastic FLW Tour season next month at Lake Okeechobee,” said Bill Taylor, Senior FLW Tournament Director. “The professional anglers on the FLW Tour are among the best in the world, and we look forward to showcasing them across eight of the finest fisheries in the United States. With our record-breaking demand for participation, we expect the 2018 season to be the most challenging, competitive season in the history of the FLW Tour.”
In FLW Tour competition anglers are vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2018 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. The 2018 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita and is hosted by Visit Hot Springs and the State of Arkansas.
FLW Tour Pro Roster
1Jason Abram Piney Flats, Tenn.
2Dean Alexander Georgetown, Tex.
3Matt Arey Shelby, N.C.
4Taylor Ashley Warrior, Ala.
5Scott Ashmore Broken Arrow, Okla.
6Justin Atkins Florence, Ala.
7Todd Auten Lake Wylie, S.C.
8Evan Barnes Hot Springs , Ark.
9Clayton Batts Macon, Ga.
10Matt Becker Finleyville, Pa.
11Robert Behrle Hoover, Ala.
12Zack Birge Blanchard, Okla.
13Daryl Biron South Windsor, Conn.
14Derrick Blake Rockwood, Tenn.
15Randy Blaukat Joplin, Mo.
16Greg Bohannan Bentonville, Ark.
17Terry Bolton Paducah, Ky.
18Allen Boyd Salem, Ind.
19Christopher Brasher Longview, Tex.
20Aaron Britt Yuba City, Calif.
21Chase Brooks Iraan, Tex.
22Clint Brown Bainbridge, Ga.
23Glenn Browne Ocala, Fla.
24Keith Bryan Novato, Calif.
25Grae Buck Harleysville, Pa.
26Tim Cales Sandstone, W. Va.
27William CampbellMiddlesboro, Ky.
28Scott CanterburyOdenville, Ala.
29Todd CastledineNacogdoches, Tex.
30Russell CecilWillis, Tex.
31Ryan ChandlerHebron, Ind.
32Glenn ChappelearAcworth, Ga.
33Joey CifuentesClinton, Ark.
34Brandon CobbGreenwood, S.C.
35Sheldon CollingsGrove, Okla.
36Ramie Colson Jr.Cadiz, Ky.
37Kyle CortianaBroken Arrow, Okla.
38John CoxDebary, Fla.
39Shirley CrainFort Smith, Ark.
40Alex DavisAlbertville, Ala.
41Clent DavisMontevallo, Ala.
42Darrel DavisDover, Fla.
43Bill DayFrankfort, Ky.
44John DevereBerea, Ky.
45Jeff DobsonBartlesville, Okla.
46Scott DobsonClarkston, Mich.
47Bradley DortchAtmore, Ala.
48Josh DouglasIsle, Minn.
49Kurt DoveDel Rio, Tex.
50David DudleyLynchburg, Va.
51Tony DumitrasWinston, Ga.
52Luke DunkinLawrenceburg, Tenn.
53Richie EavesNauvoo, Ill.
54Charlie EvansBerea, Ky.
55Austin FelixEden Prairie, Minn.
56Mark FisherWauconda, Ill.
57Tim FrederickLeesburg, Fla.
58Anthony GagliardiProsperity, S.C.
59Nick GaineyCharleston, S.C.
60Matt GarnerSeminole, Okla.
61Cameron GautneyMuscle Shoals, Ala.
62Chris GosselaarFresno, Calif.
63Matt GreenblattPort St Lucie, Fla.
64Chad GrigsbyMaple Grove, Minn.
65Buddy GrossChickamauga, Ga.
66Jeff GustafsonKeewatin, Ont.
67Cody HahnerWausau, Wis.
68Bradley HallmanNorman, Okla.
69Steven HatalaSt. Clair Shores, Mich.
70Randy HaynesCounce, Tenn.
71Dylan HaysSheridan, Ark.
72Billy HinesVacaville, Calif.
73Todd HollowellFishers, Ind.
74Jamie HortonCenterville, Ala.
75Jimmy HoustonCookson, Okla.
76Miles HoweSan Juan Capistrano, Calif.
77Rex HuffCorbin, Ky.
78John HunterShelbyville, Ky.
79Freddy HurleySomerset, Ky.
80Bill HutchisonBessemer, Ala.
81Eric JacksonWalling, Tenn.
82Carl JocumsenFrisco, Tex.
83Jason JohnsonDawsonville, Ga.
84Chris JohnstonPeterborough, Ont.
85Cory JohnstonCavan, Ont.
86Jim JonesBig Bend, Wis.
87Rob JordanFlowery Branch, Ga.
88Cody KelleyConway, Ark.
89Jay KendrickGrant, Ala.
90JT KenneyPalm Bay, Fla.
91Rob KilbyHot Springs, Ark.
92Brad KnightLancing, Tenn.
93Koby KreigerBokeelia, Fla.
94Jason LambertMichie, Tenn.
95David LarsonMound, Minn.
96Brian LatimerBelton, S.C.
97Jeremy LawyerSarcoxie, Mo.
98Shane LeHewCatawba, N.C.
99Shane LinebergerLincolnton, N.C.
100Craig LivesayJohnson City, Tenn.
101Wes LoganSpringville, Ala.
102Richard LowitzkiHampshire, Ill.
103Greg MansfieldOlathe, Kans.
104Scott MartinClewiston, Fla.
105Lendell Martin Jr.Nacogdoches, Tex.
106Billy McCaghrenMayflower, Ark.
107Chris McCallPalmer, Tex.
108Johnny McCombsMorris, Ala.
109Bill McDonaldGreenwood, Ind.
110Tim McDonaldPrestonsburg, Ky.
111Brandon McMillanClewiston, Fla.
112Jared McMillanBelle Glade, Fla.
113Jason MeningerSaint Augustine, Fla.
114Cody MeyerAuburn, Calif.
115Kerry MilnerBono, Ark.
116Kurt MitchellMilford, Del.
117Yusuke MiyazakiForney, Tex.
118Tom MonsoorLa Crosse, Wis.
119Harry MooreValley, Ala.
120Andy MorganDayton, Tenn.
121Chad MorgenthalerReeds Spring, Mo.
122Bob MorinSeymour, Tenn.
123Troy MorrowEastanollee, Ga.
124Brandon MosleyChoctaw, Okla.
125Jim MoultonMerced, Calif.
126Jim MoynaghCarver, Minn.
127Shawn MurphyNicholasville, Ky.
128Britt MyersClover, S.C.
129Michael NealDayton, Tenn.
130Chris NeauNew Orleans, La.
131David NicholGainesville, Ga.
132James NiggemeyerVan, Tex.
133Larry NixonBee Branch, Ark.
134Robert PearsonHerndon, Va.
135Pete PondsMadison, Miss.
136Brett PreuettMonroe, La.
137Chad RandlesElkhorn, Nebr.
138Tom RedingtonRoyse City, Tex.
139Matt ReedMadisonville, Tex.
140Clark ReehmElm Grove, La.
141Jimmy ReeseWitter Springs, Calif.
142Jason ReyesHuffman, Tex.
143Curtis RichardsonBelleville, Ont.
144Darrel RobertsonJay, Okla.
145Mark RoseWest Memphis, Ark.
146Zell RowlandMontgomery, Tex.
147Craig RozemaSimpsonville, S.C.
148Casey ScanlonLake Ozark, Mo.
149Bryan SchmittDeale, Md.
150Terry SegravesKissimmee, Fla.
151Braxton SetzerMontgomery, Ala.
152William Shelton IIILa Crosse, Va.
153Capt. Blake Smith Lakeland, Fla.
154David SmithEdmond, Okla.
155Jeff SpraguePoint, Tex.
156Matthew StefanJunction City, Wis.
157Tyler StewartWest Monroe, La.
158Scott SuggsAlexander, Ark.
159Mike SurmanBoca Raton, Fla.
160Peter ThliverosSaint Augustine, Fla.
161Timmy ThompkinsMyrtle Beach, S.C.
162Furman (Joe) ThompsonClayton, Ga.
163Bryan ThriftShelby, N.C.
164Dennis TietjeRoanoke, La.
165Rusty TrancygierHahira, Ga.
166J Todd TuckerMoultrie, Ga.
167Jim TuttLongview, Tex.
168Andrew UpshawTulsa, Okla.
169John VoylesPetersburg, Ind.
170James WatsonLampe, Mo.
171Joshua WeaverMacon, Ga.
172Joseph WebsterWinfield, Ala.
173Kyle WeisenburgerOttawa, Ohio
174Clark WendlandtLeander, Tex.
175Chris WhitsonLouisville, Tenn.
176Andy WickerPomaria, S.C.
177Scott WileyBay Minette, Ala.
178David WilliamsMaiden, N.C.
179Barry WilsonBirmingham, Ala.
180Matt WittekiendAngleton, Tex.
181Kenneth WoodsLondon, Ky.
182Michael WooleyCollierville, Tenn.
183David WoottonCollierville, Tenn.
184Gary YamamotoPalestine, Tex.
185Jay YelasLincoln City, Ore.
186Andy YoungMound, Minn.
187Ronald YoungLake Wales, Fla.