Fishing & Boating News


Show concludes with crowning of top redfish team

by: J Sealock,

(Sep. 20, 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 Grand Isle, La., June 24-25. The second Western Division 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. 26, show follows Kurt Koliba of Port Lavaca, Texas, and Michael Shimek of Bay City, Texas, who led the event after the first day of competition with a pair of legal reds weighing 17 pounds, 1 ounce. This prolific duo placed second at the first FLW Redfish Series Western Division event at Port Aransas, Texas, and is poised for another high finish. Because of a restriction requiring the immediate release of all redfish over 27 inches, the two employ sight-fishing tactics with 1/2-ounce spoons. Coming in second was Chris Chapman of Winter Park, Fla., and Dan McGatlin of Lake Mary, Fla. On day one, these pros catch two redfish that weighed 13 pounds, 11 ounces and sit only 6 ounces behind the leaders. Watch on day two as these Central Florida natives make a 35-mile run to Venice in search of the winning fish. 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.