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Fishing Good Medicine For Disabled Vet

Posted: April 11, 2014 at 5 a.m.

STAFF PHOTO FLIP PUTTHOFF Jeff Thompson, left, founder of Operation Troop Salute, helps Brad Belt of Mulberry select the right lure Thursday for a morning of fishing at Beaver Lake. Belt is a disabled Arkansas National Guard veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder after his service in Iraq. Thompson and his wife, Carol, follow the FLW Tour and take disabled veterans fishing during FLW tournaments.

While the FLW bass pros tried their darndest to catch fish, Brad Belt didn't care if he didn't get a bite all day.

Fast Facts (w/logo)

FLW Fishing

• Fishing continues today in the Walmart FLW Tour bass tournament at Beaver Lake and concludes Sunday.

• Take-off is at 7 a.m. from Prairie Creek park. Weigh-in is at 3 p.m. at Prairie Creek. Weigh-ins Saturday and Sunday start at 4 p.m. at the John Q. Hammons Center in Rogers.

• About 175 pro division anglers and 175 co-anglers compete. Co-anglers fish from the back of the pro’s boat. Entry fee in the pro division is $4,000. Co-angler entry fee is $700. First place in the pro division receives $100,000, or $125,000 if the pro drives a Ranger boat. Co-angler top prize is $20,000.

• Beaver Lake is the fourth stop this season for FLW anglers.

• “FLW” stands for Forrest L. Wood, founder of Ranger boats. Ranger is a major tournament sponsor.

• Only the three species of black bass — smallmouth, largemouth and spotted bass — may be weighed. Smallmouth and largemouth bass must be 15 inches or longer. Spotted bass must be 12 inches or longer.

• The FLW expo will be from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at the John Q. Hammons Center. Pro angler Rich Dalby will sponsor a food drive for the Northwest Arkansas Food Bank. Everyone who donates five cans of food will be entered into a drawing for a $100 Walmart gift card.

• All FLW weigh-ins and activities are free.

Source: FLW Outdoors

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