Fishing & Boating News


March 12 show to highlight $1.25 million Chevy Open; concludes with crowning of co-angler champion

by: Dave Washburn, vp comm, FLW Outdoors

(Mar. 02, 2006 - Minneapolis, MN) Tune in Sunday, March 12, to "FLW Outdoors" on FSN as Charlie Evans and Keith Lebowitz host the second event of the 2006 Wal-Mart FLW Tour season from Lake Murray. The $1.25 million tournament, which was presented by Chevy, awarded the winning bass pro a cash prize of $200,000. The one-hour show is the first of a two-part series covering the second event of the $7.6 million FLW Tour season. The tournament featured 400 top bass anglers from 37 states, Japan and Canada, with 200 of the world's best bass pros fishing for a top award of $200,000 cash while 200 co-anglers vied for a top award of $40,000 cash. The March 12 show presents several mini-features with the 10 pros that made the cutoff after two days of competition. The features include pros Jeremiah Kindy of Benton, Ark., and Tim Carroll of Owasso, Okla. Kindy, a member of the Land O'Lakes pro angling team, has fished the FLW Tour since 2003. During the 2005 season, he placed in the top 10 two times and earned a berth to the Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship on Lake Hamilton. During the opening round on Lake Murray, Kindy caught 10 bass that weighed more than 39 pounds by throwing a flat-sided crankbait on rocky points. Watch as Kindy discusses his approach to cold-weather angling, and his desire to "finally win one of these suckers." Carroll advanced to the final round using a 3/4-ounce PJ's football head jig tied to 17-pound-test fluorocarbon. Carroll was working a secondary point that dropped dramatically from 17 feet to 30 feet and then from 30 feet to 40 feet. The point was situated off the main lake and was cluttered with stumps and other structure. While Carroll was ecstatic to have made his first top-10 on the FLW Tour, he is confident he can bring in the fish to win the tournament. FSN also features National Guard co-angler Melinda Mize. In her last tournament before being deployed to serve her country overseas, watch as Mize goes out with a bang and catches a five-bass limit weighing 17 pounds, 7 ounces. In addition, co-angler Kim Bain, a resident of Alabaster, Ala., participates in this edition of Fishing 101. Bain, who came to the United States from Australia to fish competitively, demonstrates how to rig and throw a shaky-head worm. This finesse technique is perfect for catching finicky cold-front bass. FSN is the industry leader in providing the most up-to-date technology in TV production. FSN puts viewers in the boats with the pros, shadowing them from sunrise until the final weigh-in using innovative camera work that gives fishing fans the most intimate viewing experience available. FSN broadcasts "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, "FLW Outdoors" hosts Charlie Evans and Keith Lebowitz go on location to provide on-the-water coverage. "FLW Outdoors" is tape-delayed to bring audiences nationwide the best tournament footage possible throughout the season. FSN reaches more than 81 million homes through its network of 20 regional sports channels. Established in 1996, FSN is the only cable network that supplies national, regional and local sports programming. FSN serves as the cable TV home to 62 of the 82 MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States, and produces over 4,500 live events each year. FSN has an extensive catalog of original national programs, including "Best Damn Sports Show Period" and "Beyond the Glory" documentary series, along with national packages of collegiate sports. Based in Los Angeles, FSN is part of the vast FOX Sports television family. For the latest up-to-the-minute sports news and opinions, visit the FOX Sports/FSN website at "FLW Outdoors" is also broadcast internationally to more than 300 million households in such countries as Germany, China, South Africa, Australia, Malaysia, Russia, Hungary and the United Kingdom, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoor-sports television show in the world. Additionally, FLW Outdoors is proud to provide tournament coverage to more than 800,000 service men and women stationed around the world in 177 countries and aboard Navy ships through broadcasts on the American Forces Network. Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Series, Stren Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail, Stratos Owners' Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series and Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series. These circuits offer combined purses exceeding $36.9 million through 241 events in 2006. Wal-Mart and many of America's largest and most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as an FLW Outdoors sponsor in 1997 and today is the world's leading supporter of tournament fishing. For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournament programs, call (270) 252-1000.