Fishing & Boating News


by: J Sealock,

(Aug. 29, 2005 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Tune in Sunday to "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" on FSN for the $200,000 Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series event held in Mayport, Fla. The second regular-season event of the $1.9 million FLW Redfish Series season concludes with the winning team claiming a cash prize of $37,500. The "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" saltwater series is a reality-format show told from the anglers' perspective. Each week the top-four teams are followed from takeoff to weigh-in, allowing the audience to feel the anglers' nerves, listen to their strategy, and learn from their mistakes. The stories evolve and the suspense grows throughout the one-hour show until the final weigh-in results are announced. The Sunday, Sept. 4, show follows Ranger pros Wayne Fuller and Dennis Cox as they begin the tournament with a heartbreaker as a huge redfish breaks their line. This veteran team stays focused throughout the day and continues to cast until the last minute, when their fish finally arrive. FSN also follows local anglers Bill Pittman of Fernandina Beach, Fla., and Charles Kegley of St. Augustine, Fla. These two grew up bass fishing and use many of the same techniques on red drum. On day one, those methods worked, as the two weighed in with 14 pounds, 4 ounces, which put them in second place heading into the final day. Leading after the first day of competition were Scott Guthrie, of Jacksonville Fla., and Rick Murphy, of Homestead, Fla., who caught a two-fish limit weighing 15 pounds, topping Pittman and Kegley by 12 ounces. Jacksonville natives Larry Miniard and Keith Reagor put in plenty of extra hours prefishing and entered the tournament having located several promising spots. On day one, their preparation pays off as they manage two redfish that weighed 13 pounds, 11 ounces. Watch as these anglers put their local knowledge to work on day two. 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. 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, Wal-Mart 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.