Forrest Wood Cup. Some are Cup competitors. Others are fellow media. Still others are manufacturer representatives or anglers who aren't competing but who will be involved with the outdoors show.
It's a little odd not being part of that mix. So soon after this year's long trout fishing trip, though, I didn't want to leave home again to travel to Arkansas for a week, and writing deadlines have become challenging. Still, I've been to the last several Cups, so watching the events develop from afar will seem increasingly odd as the actual competition draws nearer. (Official practice began this morning!)
No doubt I'll be following closely, and thankfully, FLW provides enough coverage between their website and their social media that you can almost get a sense of being there. In fact, I'm sure I'll do some remote coverage on this site. Still, it won't be the same as being out there at daylight when the boats blast off, backstage in the media room as guys are coming in and up front by the stage when the fish are being weighed.