Fishing & Boating News


by: J Sealock,

(Jul. 26, 2005 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Tune in Sunday, July 31, to "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" on FSN for the conclusion of the $1.25 million Chevy Open presented by Kellogg's on the Potomac River. Watch as co-hosts Charlie Evans and Keith Lebowitz take viewers through the final weigh-in and award the winning pro angler $200,000. The one-hour show is the second of a two-part series covering the final regular-season event of the 2005 FLW Tour season. On-the-water cameras give viewers an intimate look at the 10 finalists who compete for a career-changing top prize. All anglers start day three at zero weight, with the winning pro determined on day four based on the heaviest two-day weight. Finalists are survivors of two days of qualifying competition that pitted them against a field of the world's best bass anglers. The July 31 show presents several mini-features with the 10 pros that made the cutoff after two days of competition. The features include FLW Tour pros Mike Iaconelli of Runnemede, N.J., Sam Newby of Pocola, Okla., and Clark Wendlandt of Cedar Park, Texas. Iaconelli caught the largest sack during the third day of competition on the Potomac. His five-bass limit on Friday weighed 21 pounds even, which gave him a 3-pound, 12-ounce lead heading into the final day. However, all 10 pros landed five-bass limits on day three and several were within striking distance of Iaconelli. FSN also follows the dramatic conclusion to the 2005 Land O'Lakes Angler of the Year race between Toshinari Namiki, of Tokyo, and Greg Hackney of Gonzales, La. Heading into the final day of competition, Hackney held a seven-point lead on Namiki. However, a massive sack of fish from Namiki Saturday could push him towards the title. In addition, FLW Tour pro Dave Lefebre of Erie, Pa., participates in this edition of Fishing 101. Lefebre, who finished fifth in the FLW Tour standings, demonstrates how to achieve greater distance on casts. FSN is the industry leader in providing the most up-to-date technology in television production. FSN puts viewers in the boats with the pros, shadowing them from sunrise until the final weigh-in using innovative camerawork that gives fishing fans the most intimate viewing experience available. FSN broadcasts "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon ET. Check local listings for show times and channels in your area. During each tournament show, "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" hosts Evans and Lebowitz go on location to provide on-the-water coverage. While tournament weigh-ins are broadcast live at Wal-Mart stores throughout the country, "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" is tape-delayed to bring audiences nationwide the best tournament footage possible throughout the season. FSN reaches more than 78 million homes through its network of 20 regional sports channels. FSN, based in Los Angeles, serves as the cable TV home to 60 of the 81 MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States and produces over 4,500 live events each year. In addition to home team games, FSN telecasts a wide variety of national sports events and programming, including the "Best Damn Sports Show Period" and "Beyond the Glory." "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" is also televised on the American Forces Network, which reaches over 800,000 service men and women stationed around the world in 177 countries and aboard naval ships. Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers eight national tournament circuits offering more than $30 million in awards through 214 events in 2005. The 27-year-old organization is the purveyor of America's largest and most prestigious fishing tournaments, including the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, EverStart Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour and Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series. Wal-Mart and more than 40 of America's largest and most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as title sponsor of the FLW Tour in 1997 and today is the title sponsor of all FLW Outdoors events.