Tributes paid to Ranger Boats founder Forrest Wood
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Tributes have been paid to Forrest Wood, the founder of Ranger Boats and long-time supporter of Fishing League Worldwide (FLW), who passed away last week at the age of 87.
Kathy Fennel, FLW Executive, Vice President and General Manager, said: “Forrest Wood’s legacy and impact across every facet of our sport is indisputable. FLW is fortunate and honoured to call him a friend and the namesake of our company.
“We join the rest of the fishing world in mourning the passing of this legendary man. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his wife, Nina, and the entire Wood family at this time.”
Forest and Nina Wood are best known for their association with Ranger Boats, but they were also pivotal in the formation of the tournament fishing industry. They supported every tournament organisation in the early formative years and backed anglers across the continent.
Bill Dance, the iconic US angler and host of the Bill Dance Outdoors TV show told Fishing Tackle Retailer: “I loved Forest. He raised a great family and built great boats. And I tell you, he never had an enemy. He was the same good man every time you saw him.”
Wood was an outstanding angler. He qualified for the second Bassmaster Classic in 1972 and again in 1979, won a B.A.S.S. Invitational tournament in 1979, and his achievements earned him a place in the National Freshwater Fishing Hall of Fame, Professional Bass Fishing Hall of Fame, International Boating Hall of Fame, National Marine Manufacturers Hall of Fame, Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame, Arkansas Game and Fish Hall of Fame, Arkansas Walk of Fame, and the Arkansas Business Hall of Fame.