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Walmart FLW Tour Pro Soles Withdraws From Tour, Replaced By Gerard

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

(Apr 18, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN) Walmart FLW Tour pro Van Soles of Haines City, Florida, informed FLW of his decision Friday to withdraw from the remaining four regular-season FLW Tour events in the 2015 season. Joe Gerard of Concordia, Kansas, a 12-year veteran of the Rayovac FLW Series, has agreed to replace Soles on Tour and will fish the remaining four events this season. The full tournament field will remain at 154.
In addition to competing for the top prize of $125,000 at each FLW Tour event, anglers are also vying for valuable points in hopes of qualifying for the 2015 Forrest Wood Cup, the world championship of bass fishing. The 2015 Forrest Wood Cup will be in Hot Springs, Arkansas, Aug. 20-23 on Lake Ouachita and is hosted by Visit Hot Springs. The Forrest Wood Cup Champion could win as much as $500,000 – professional bass-fishing’s richest prize.
FLW is the industry’s premier tournament-fishing organization, providing anglers of all skill levels the opportunity to compete for millions in prize money nationwide in 2015 over the course of 240 tournaments across five tournament circuits, four of which provide an avenue to the sport’s richest payday and most coveted championship trophy – the Forrest Wood Cup. FLW tournament fishing can be seen on the Emmy-nominated “FLW" television show and is broadcast to more than 564 million households worldwide, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoors-sports television show in the world.