HALLMAN OUT, DILLARD IN
MINNEAPOLIS (April 7, 2015) – FLW was informed today that Bradley Hallman of Norman, Oklahoma has withdrawn his original agreement to join the Walmart FLW Tour as a replacement angler.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.