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Forrest Wood Cup Aug. 14-17 on Lake Murray

Forrest Wood Cup set on Murray

The Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing, presented by Walmart, will return to Lake Murray Aug. 14-17 to crown bass fishing’s top angler of 2014.

Hosted by Capital City/Lake Murray Country Regional Tourism, the tournament will feature the world’s best bass pros and co-anglers casting for the sport’s biggest awards – $500,000 cash in the pro division and $50,000 cash in the co-angler division.

Carolina anglers Chevy pro Bryan Thrift and Matt Arey, both of Shelby, N.C., will be two of the 45 anglers competing in the championship event. Fishing against 179 of the best anglers in the world on the Walmart FLW Tour, Thrift and Arey finished the season ranked No. 8 and No. 15 respectively in the Kellogg’s Angler of the Year race. Thrift will be competing in the Forrest Wood Cup for the eighth consecutive year and this will be Arey’s fourth appearance in the cup as a professional.

One of the anglers competing against the Shelby duo is Chevy pro Anthony Gagliardi, who lives on Lake Murray and is considered an early favorite.

“The most exciting thing about this tournament is that it’s being held in my back yard,” said Gagliardi of Prosperity, who will be making his 10th Forrest Wood Cup appearance.

Anglers will take off at 7 a.m. each day from Dreher Island State Park at 3677 State Park Road in Prosperity. Weigh-ins will be held at the Colonial Life Arena, 801 Lincoln St., Columbia, 5 p.m. daily. The FLW Expo at the Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center at 1101 Lincoln St. in Columbia will be from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday before the weigh-ins. All activities are free and open to the public.

FLW has teamed up with the South Carolina Barbeque Association to feature the “Bass & BBQ” festival presented by The State. Sample barbecue from 35 of the state’s top barbeque teams Saturday and purchase favorites from the teams Sunday. Cost is $5 for five 2-ounce samples on Saturday. Country artist Jeremy McComb will perform on the Chevy stage at 2 p.m. Saturday followed by country artist John Wesley Satterfield at 2 p.m. Sunday. Also on Saturday and Sunday, 500 rods and reels will be given away each day to the first 500 children age 14 and younger. A Ranger Z521C powered by a 250-horsepower Mercury outboard also will be given away. It is free to enter, but the winner must be present at Sunday’s final weigh-in to win.

Prior to Sunday’s final weigh-in, country music star Rodney Atkins will perform a free live concert on the Walmart weigh-in stage at 4 p.m.

Coverage of the Forrest Wood Cup will be broadcast 2-3 p.m. Oct. 5.

For more information, visit

Marina hosts free movie night

Lake Wylie Marina will host a movie night Aug. 15 at sunset to raise money and awareness for the Saving Eliza organization in the boat-in movie event.

The movie is free, but donations will be accepted to help Eliza O’Neill, 4, of Columbia, who was diagnosed with Sanfilippo syndrome, a rare genetic disease that attacks the brain. Money raised will send her for clinical trial at Ohio State University and Nationwide Children’s Hospital. Matt Sellhorst, Hall Marine employee, is cousin to the O’Neill family.

For more information about Eliza, visit For more information about the marina, visit

Catfish club posts tourney schedule

The 2014-15 Catawba Catfish Club season includes the following dates:

• 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sept. 13, Lake Wateree, Lake Wateree State Park,

• 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Oct. 18, Lake Wylie, Buster Boyd Access Area

• 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 22, Fishing Creek Reservoir, U.S. 21 Access

• 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Dec. 13, Lake Wylie, Buster Boyd Access Area

• 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Jan. 10, Lake Wateree, Lake Wateree State Park

• 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Feb. 21, Lake Wylie, Buster Boyd Access Area

• 7 a.m.-3 p.m. March 14, Fishing Creek Reservoir, U.S. 21 Access

• 6:30 a.m.-3 p.m. April 11, Lake Wateree, Lake Wateree State Park

• 6 a.m.-3 p.m. May 9, Lake Wylie, Buster Boyd Access Area

Weigh-ins are at 3:30 p.m. each day, and open to spectators. For more information, visit

Fishing clinics scheduled

The S.C. Department of Natural Resources will host family fishing clinic throughout the state.

The free clinics are an introductory class to fishing for everyone. Lessons include how to tie a fishing knot, rig a rod and reel, and casting.

Call 803-737-8483 or visit to register or for more information.

Boat captains sought for Riversweep

Boat captains are wanted for Lake Wylie’s Riversweep Oct. 4, organized by the Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation.

Last year there were 50 boat captains and 859 volunteers. Many volunteers assisted at the 14 sites around the lake, but with more boats, coverage will grow.

Online registration for Riversweep opens July 1. Email for more information.

Life jackets available

A life jacket loaner kiosk is open at Buster Boyd Access Area.

The kiosk, an effort of Duke Energy and Coast Guard Auxiliary Lake Wylie, provides adult and child life jackets that visitors can borrow free for a day on the water.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, about 85 percent of those who drowned in 2012 were not wearing life jackets.

Duke Energy has helped sponsor 11 life jacket loaner kiosks in the Carolinas and is looking for sponsors to help fund the construction of additional kiosks, along with donations for life jackets.

Marine group meets monthly

Lake Wylie Marine Commission meets at 7 p.m. the fourth Monday of the month at various locations in York, Gaston and Mecklenburg counties. The public is invited. For more information and meeting locations, visit

Fishing, hunting licenses on sale

License sales for 2014-2015 hunting and fishing licenses have begun.

Licenses are available in person at any of the four regional S.C. Department of Natural Resources offices or by visiting one of the 500 license vendors across the state. Licenses also are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week by calling 1-866-714-3611 or by visiting the DNR website at Having a state issued identification ready and a current South Carolina hunting/fishing license with customer identification number will speed the purchase.

Residents and nonresidents age 16 and older must purchase the required licenses to hunt and fish in South Carolina. Anyone born after June 30, 1979, must have successfully completed a hunter education course prior to obtain a hunting license.

Hunting license applicants who do not have a hunter education certification may use a one-time exemption and apply for an annual Apprentice Hunting License. The apprentice hunter must be accompanied by a S.C. licensed hunter who is fully licensed, is at least 21 years of age, has not been convicted of a hunting or hunter education violation or received deferred adjudication of the same, and stays within a distance that enables uninterrupted, unaided, visual and oral communication with the apprentice hunter to provide adequate direction.

Lake info available on app

Duke Energy has made its lake information smartphone friendly.

The site can be accessed on a smartphone at The default menu shows an option for Lakes and Recreation.

Duke Energy’s lake information websites – which include recreational water release schedules, lake levels and alerts – attract thousands of hits each month. The number rises steadily when heavy rainfall causes high water conditions at the lakes managed by the company.

In addition to accessing the new mobile-enabled website, boaters can check real-time lake levels and updates at, and on Duke Energy’s lake information phone line at 800-829-5253.

Scuba club dives into events

The Carolina Scuba & Adventure Club meets monthly at the Towne Tavern in Fort Mill. Club members will participate in beach cleanups, including an underwater cleanup. Email

Dive team needs volunteers

The York County Emergency Response Team is seeking volunteers.

The team does water-related search, rescue and recovery, swift water rescue, low-angle rope rescue and searches for missing people.

Scuba divers and nondivers are needed. Visit to find out more.

For more information, call 803-372-7593.