Fishing & Boating News


by: Dave Washburn, vp comm, FLW Outdoors

(Sep. 28, 2005 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Tune in Sunday to "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" on FSN for the $300,000 Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour event held in Mayport, Fla., July 8-9. The third event of the most lucrative kingfish tournament trail in the country - the $1.7 million FLW Kingfish Tour - concludes with the winning team claiming a cash prize of $70,000. 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. FLW Kingfish Tour events are two-day tournaments with the heaviest single kingfish determining the winner. With another hurricane churning in the Gulf waters on the other side of Florida, the feeder bands of weather threaten to turn this two-day competition into a one-day free-for-all. The conditions are tough as Hurricane Dennis moves the kingfish into areas unknown. All of the practice the teams did earlier in the week means nothing on tournament day. Once again, Team Cat Daddy and Team Capt. Dan return to the water with cameras onboard. These two teams have been neck and neck in the last two tournaments. See the reaction of Cat Daddy's team members as they hear the results of Team Capt. Dan's finish on day one. Team Megabyte makes an early departure back to Alabama to make preparations for the approaching storm. Team Talkin' Trash takes the front seat at the end of day one with a 40-pound, 10-ounce catch. With anticipation of conditions getting worse, the trash talkers have a good shot at holding on to the lead for day two, but will they? The teams will tell their stories of rising to the top and sliding off the leaderboard. Some of the points leaders take a hit while allowing other teams to play catch-up. 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, 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.