Fishing & Boating News

Texas A & M's Regional Championship Victory Airs Dec. 20 On Versus

One-hour show covers National Guard FLW College Fishing tournament on Sibley Lake

by: Chad Gay, Director - Public Relations,

(Dec. 18, 2009 - Minneapolis, MN) Tune in Sunday, Dec. 20 to "FLW Outdoors" on VERSUS for complete coverage of the National Guard FLW College Fishing Texas Regional Championship. The show, which is broadcast in high definition, highlights Texas A&M's improbable comeback on Sibley Lake. The Texas A&M team of Paul Manley and Andrew Shafer started the final day of the tournament in fifth place. Despite trailing the leaders by 4 pounds, they knew they still had a shot at victory. Sibley Lake is full of trophy largemouth bass; it was just a matter of making them bite. On day three Manley and Shafer sacked up the tournament's heaviest catch - a 17-pound, 2-ounce limit. Their day-three stringer was nearly 4 pounds heavier than their first two days' combined total of 13-5. Shafer caught all of his bass on a ChatterBait with a Lake Fork swimbait for a trailer. Manley used a spinnerbait for two of his fish and caught his last keeper on a Texas-rigged Speed Craw. For their efforts, the Aggies won a Ranger 177TR with a 90-horsepower Evinrude or Yamaha outboard wrapped in school colors and $25,000 for Texas A&M University. Rounding out the top five teams are Texas State University - Jay McCollum and David Cosner (13 bass, 27-9, $25,000); Tarleton State Texas - Tanner Morgan and John Anderson (15 bass, 25-1, $11,000); Northwestern State University - Aaron Sistrunk and Jeffrey Rich (15 bass, 21-11, $8,000); and Baylor University - Jay Holland and Andrew McAdams (16 bass, 20-10, $6,000). Each of the top five teams qualified for the National Guard FLW College Fishing National Championship, which will be held at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tenn., April 10-12, 2010. VERSUS Country broadcasts "FLW Outdoors" in high-definition (HD) Sundays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET. The FLWOutdoors website also provides an online guide listing upcoming episodes of "FLW Outdoors." In addition, each episode of "FLW Outdoors" will be available on demand in its entirety on the FLWOutdoors website. "FLW Outdoors," hosted by Jason Harper, is broadcast to approximately 500 million households worldwide, including internationally through agreements with WFN (World Fishing Network) and Matchroom Sport to such countries as Canada, 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. FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world. FLW Outdoors has also taken fishing mainstream with FLW Fantasy Fishing, offering the largest awards possible in the history of fantasy sports. For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments call (270) 252-1000.