Fishing & Boating News

'FLW Outdoors' Airs Conclusion of $1.25 Million Chevy Open on Lake Murray

by: Will Brantley, communications specialist,

(Mar. 09, 2006 - Minneapolis) Tune in Sunday, March 19, to "FLW Outdoors" on FSN for the conclusion of the $1.25 million Chevy Open from Lake Murray. 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 second event of the $7.6 million Wal-Mart FLW Tour season. The March 19 show presents several mini-features with the 10 pros that made the cutoff after two days of competition. The features include Evinrude pro Anthony Gagliardi and Wet Ones pro Brennan Bosley. In the past few seasons, Gagliardi has firmly established himself as one of the best bass anglers in the world. Hailing from Prosperity, S.C., Lake Murray is Gagliardi's home lake, and he's one of the hottest deep-water anglers on tour at the moment. During the two-day opening round, Gagliardi caught 10 bass weighing 41 pounds, 14 ounces by fishing a black, 1/2-ounce All-Terrain jig on deep-water points. Three years ago at the Lake Murray FLW Tour event, Gagliardi just missed the cutoff in 11th place. Watch as this hometown hero looks for redemption in the final round. Bosley, the Benton, Ark., native, has fished FLW Outdoors events since 1999, earning more than $210,000. At the Chevy Open, Bosley secured his berth in the final round, the seventh top-10 performance of his career, by cranking a Bomber Deep Flat A with 10-pound fluorocarbon line. Searching for reaction bites, Bosley was bumping his bait over rocks in about 7 feet of water. Bosley caught just four bass weighing 11 pounds, 5 ounces on day one, but rallied on day two with a five-bass limit that weighed 26 pounds, 5 ounces. FSN also features Snickers pro John Sappington, who won the 2002 FLW Tour Championship and has earned more than $430,000 fishing professionally. After suffering a serious spinal injury, Sappington has returned to form, catching 10 bass over two days that weighed 24 pounds, 12 ounces, which earned the Willard, Mo., pro a $10,000 check. In addition, pro Sean Hoernke of Magnolia, Texas, participates in this edition of Fishing 101. Hoernke, who took eighth place at the season-opening FLW Tour event on Lake Okeechobee, simplifies the often complicated crankbait selection process. Hoernke distills the process down to two different shapes and three different color schemes that can carry a crankbait angler through the whole year. 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. FLWOutdoors also provides an online show guide listing what events are coming up on "FLW Outdoors." 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. "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.