The one-hour show is the first of a two-part series covering the third event of the $7.6 million FLW Tour season and concludes with the winning co-angler receiving a check for $20,000. The tournament featured 400 top bass anglers from the United States, Japan and Australia.
The show presents a profile of female competitor Sondra Rankin, a Paducah, Ky., native. Rankin is in the midst of her second season as a co-angler on the FLW Tour. After solid performances on the first two days of competition, Rankin has made the cut into the finals and is looking for more success. Not only is Rankin an accomplished angler, but she is also making her mark in Nashville as a country music singer.
The show also profiles FLW Tour pro Jason Kilpatrick. Kilpatrick caught five bass that weighed 9 pounds, 14 ounces on day one, good for 56th place. On day two, however, Kilpatrick stormed back and made the cutoff with a five-bass limit of 19 pounds. The five-year FLW Tour veteran has now placed in the top 10 eight times in his FLW Outdoors career.
In addition, FLW Tour pro David Walker participates in this edition of Fishing 101. Walker, who is currently in sixth place in the FLW Tour standings, teaches fishing fans the proper way to rig a jig.
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 EST. 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. While tournament weigh-ins are broadcast live at Wal-Mart stores throughout the country, “FLW Outdoors” is tape-delayed to bring audiences nationwide the best tournament footage possible throughout the season.
FSN reaches more than 82 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.” For the latest up-to-the-minute sports news and opinions, visit the FOX Sports/FSN Web site at FoxSports.com.
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, Wal-Mart 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. For more information about FLW Outdoors and its bass, walleye, redfish and kingfish tournament programs, visit FLWOutdoors.com.