Fishing & Boating News

'FLW Outdoors' to Televise Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series Event from Englewood

by: Dave Washburn, vp comm, FLW Outdoors

(Apr. 24, 2006 - MINNEAPOLIS) Tune in Sunday to "FLW Outdoors" on FSN for the $200,000 Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series event in Englewood, Fla. The second Eastern Division event of the $1.9 million FLW Redfish Series season concludes with the winning team claiming a cash prize of $37,500. The "FLW Outdoors" saltwater series is a reality-format show told from the anglers' perspective. Each week the top-five finalists 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. Sunday's show follows Bo Johnson of Cape Coral, Fla., and Richard Hudec of Naples, Fla., who qualified for the finals in third place with a two-day total weight of 25 pounds even. The two were skipping 4-inch Berkley Gulp! shrimp and 5-inch Berkley Gulp! jerkbaits under mangrove trees in Pine Island Sound to attract their bites. Finishing the opening round in second place was Jarrett Lombard of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Leland Symonds of Punta Gorda, Fla. The pair brought in consistent weights of 12 pounds, 14 ounces on day one and 12 pounds, 8 ounces on day two for a total of 25 pounds, 6 ounces. FSN also follows Andrew Bostick of Marco Island, Fla., and Mark Sepe of Deland, Fla., as the two stake out reds in Pine Island Sound. Bostick and Sepe caught a two-redfish limit that weighed 12 pounds, 11 ounces on day two for an opening-round total of 25 pounds, 13 ounces. The team was able to obtain their lead thanks to a little help from the fifth-place team of Jeff Totten of Englewood, Fla., and Ozzie Lessinger of Fort Myers, Fla., who also made the top-five cutoff. On both days one and two, the Bostick-Sepe and Totten-Lessinger teams hemmed up a large school of redfish between a series of grass beds and potholes "bumping" them back and forth to each other. Bostick has been using a 4-inch Berkley Gulp! shrimp in a root beer color, while Sepe has caught his fish on a Mister Twister Exude RT Slug in golden bream color. FSN broadcasts "FLW Outdoors" Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon ET. Check local listings for show times and channels in your area. FLW Outdoorsalso provides an online show guide listing what events are coming up on "FLW Outdoors." 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 350 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 Redfish Series, as well as 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 and Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series. These circuits offer combined purses exceeding $36.9 million through 241 events in 2006. FLW Outdoors also recently announced the addition of a striped bass circuit, which will debut this summer. 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.