John Cox Looking for 2nd Forrest Wood Cup Win

Get the exclusive look at this year’s FLW Tour Championship with Mud Hole Pro John Cox, who’s looking to turn a 6th place Angler of the Year finish into history on Lake Ouachita for his second Forrest Wood Cup.

Rod Builder Set to Make History at Lake Ouachita

John Cox began fishing the FLW Tour in 2011, but started building his own custom fishing rods in 2015. When talking about his transition to rod building, John says, “You know, I never knew I was fishing with the wrong rods until I fished the right ones.”

By learning more ways to catch fish and then building the rods to match what each application demands, John’s knowledge of patterns and his fishing abilities grew tremendously.

Already an accomplished sight fisherman out of the State of Florida, Cox blended his natural skills with his newfound knowledge and knack for rod building to create a new level of competitor in professional bass fishing.

No stranger to FLW’s main event, John Cox battled his way to hoisting the 2016 Forrest Wood Cup on Wheeler Lake. His big win certainly helped bring rod building to the forefront of bass fishing and the greater fishing community in general.

With questions flying in about why rod building helped, Cox explains, “With rod building, I can build a lightweight rod to the exact length and lure specifications that I’m looking for at each and every stop on the FLW Tour.”





Having this level of custom equipment and access makes John Cox a tough competitor on any water, but he’s especially excited about his potential on Lake Ouachita.

“It’s a body of water where you can find success in the shallows and in deeper water. Right now, I feel really good about my chances in either one, so it’s going to be exciting.” John concludes as he puts the finishing touch on a rod bound to fish the Forrest Wood Cup.

The 2018 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita proves to be a real test, especially considering the competition includes some of the best bass anglers around.

But for John Cox, it’s just one more chance to go out, bag some big bass, and hopefully, hoist the cup for the second time. Besides—at the end of the day—the bright lights really don’t bother John, they actually help him build all of his fishing rods!

John Cox Packs Custom Rods for Forrest Wood Cup

Making ends meet on the professional bass fishing circuit can certainly be a challenge, but John road hard work, custom rod building, and some sight fishing secrets to the pinnacle of the FLW Tour. Now he returns to his 4th straight Forrest Wood Cup after coming off a 6th place finish in the FLW Angler of the Year race.

After a hard fought season, John is just pumped to get out on the water in Hot Springs, Arkansas and let his weigh-ins do the talking!

Of course, Cox also brought along his trusty arsenal of custom bass fishing rods that he knows will bring the exact performance he’s looking for whether fishing deep, shallow, or anywhere in between.

See what MHX Pro Tour Rods John Cox is fishing in the Cup:


Signature Flippin & Pitchin Turnkey Kit

Length: 7’9″ | Line: 15-30 lb. | Lure: 3/4 – 2 oz. | Action: Fast | Power: Extra Heavy | Pc. 1 | Tip: 6.5 | Butt: 0.595 | Shop Now

MB843-MHX Casting Rod

Length: 7’0″ | Line: 10-17 lb. | Lure: 1/4 – 3/4 oz. | Action: Fast | Power: Medium-Heavy | Pc. 1 | Tip: 5.0 | Butt: 0.59 | Shop Now

MB903-MHX Casting Rod

Length: 7’6″ | Line: 10-17 lb. | Lure: 1/4 – 3/4 oz. | Action: Fast | Power: Medium-Heavy | Pc. 1 | Tip: 5.5 | Butt: 0.597 | Shop Now

MB873-MHX Casting Rod

Length: 7’3″ | Line: 10-17 lb. | Lure: 1/4 – 3/4 oz. | Action: Fast | Power: Medium-Heavy | Pc. 1 | Tip: 5.5 | Butt: 0.59 | Shop Now

FP936-MHX Signature Flippin-Punchin Rod

Length: 7’9″ | Line: 15-30 lb. | Lure: 3/4 – 2 oz. | Action: Mod Fast | Power: Extra Heavy | Pc. 1 | Tip: 5.5 | Butt: 0.59 | Shop Now

FP885-MHX Flippin-Pitchin Frog Rod

Length: 7’4″ | Line: 12-30 lb. | Lure: 3/8 – 1 1/2 oz. | Action: Mod Fast | Power: Heavy | Pc. 1 | Tip: 6.5 | Butt: 0.565 | Shop Now

CB907-MHX Casting-Cranking Rod

Length: 7’6″ | Line: 12-25 lb. | Lure: 1/2 – 1 3/8 oz. | Action: Mod Fast | Power: Heavy | Pc. 1 | Tip: 5.5 | Butt: 0.571 | Shop Now

CB906-MHX Casting-Cranking Rod

Length: 7’6″ | Line: 10-17 lb. | Lure: 3/8 – 1 1/4 oz. | Action: Mod Fast | Power: Medium-Heavy | Pc. 1 | Tip: 5.5 | Butt: 0.573 | Shop Now