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Guido And Payden Hibdon Withdraw From Walmart FLW Tour, Replaced By Hallman, Starks

Please see attached article re additional changes to Hibdon's withdrawal

by: Joe Opager, Director of Public Relations,

(Apr 8, 2015 - Minneapolis, MN)

Walmart FLW Tour pros Guido and Payden Hibdon, both of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, informed FLW of their decision to withdraw from the remaining four regular-season FLW Tour events in the 2015 season. Bradley Hallman of Norman, Oklahoma, and Jeremy Starks of Scott Depot, West Virginia, have agreed to replace the Hibdons on Tour and will fish the remaining four events this season. The full tournament field will remain at 154.
 
Guido’s son and Payden’s father, Dion Hibdon, the 2000 Forrest Wood Cup champion, will continue to fish the Tour. He’ll travel to tournaments with his younger son, Lawson, 18, who is fishing the Tour as a co-angler.
 
“It’s up in the air right now, but we want to continue our fishing careers,” says Payden. “It’s just been difficult to get sponsors now, the way everybody got dropped all at once. It was too late in the year to pick up anybody new.”
 
In FLW Tour competition, 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.
 
ABOUT FLW
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.

 

 

News Release - Hallman Out, Dillard In

 

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (April 7, 2015) – FLW was informed today that Bradley Hallman of Norman, Oklahoma has withdrawn his original agreement to join the Walmart FLW Tour as a replacement angler. Nine-year FLW Tour veteran Jim Dillard of West Monroe, Louisiana, has accepted his invitation to compete on Tour and will replace Hallman immediately. The full tournament field will remain at 154.
 
Walmart FLW Tour pros Guido and Payden Hibdon, both of Sunrise Beach, Missouri, informed FLW of their decision to withdraw from the remaining four regular-season FLW Tour events in the 2015 season Monday. Hallman and Jeremy Starks of Scott Depot, West Virginia, originally agreed to replace the Hibdons on Tour and fish the remaining four events this season. Hallman opted out on Tuesday and his spot was immediately accepted by Dillard.
 
Guido’s son and Payden’s father, Dion Hibdon, the 2000 Forrest Wood Cup champion, will continue to fish the Tour. He’ll travel to tournaments with his younger son, Lawson, 18, who is fishing the Tour as a co-angler.
 
In FLW Tour competition, 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.
 
ABOUT FLW
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.