FLW pro Byron Velvick to discuss his prime-time TV experience

DALLAS (Sept. 2, 2004) — Before fans of the hit TV show “The Bachelor” can see one of this season’s contenders in action later this month, they’ll get a chance to hear him on “FLW Outdoors Presented by Wal-Mart.” Tune in to the show this Sunday as host Keith Lebowitz is joined by professional angler and “Bachelor” candidate Byron Velvick. Yamaha pro Sean Hoernke of Magnolia, Texas, will also add his insight on angling as he again joins Lebowitz as co-host of this week’s show. “FLW Outdoors” is broadcast live from Dallas on Saturday and made available Wednesday on

Velvick ended the season ranked 162nd in the Wal-Mart FLW Tour standings and 126th on the Bassmaster Tour in 2004. A professional bass angler for more than a decade, the 40-year-old Boulder City, Nev., native is a two-time WON Bass U.S. Open winner. Velvick has fished 22 FLW Outdoors events since 1995, twice ranking in the top 10 for tournament finishes. Velvick also holds the heaviest Bassmaster Open Invitational winning weight record for a catch of 83 pounds, 5 ounces over three days.

Starting Sept. 22 on ABC, “The Bachelor” viewers will see Velvick and another contender go head-to-head in competing for the affections of dozens of women. In a format twist early in the show, the women will vote for the one bachelor for whom they’d like to compete. Lebowitz will interview Velvick about his “Bachelor” experience and the opportunity to fall in love – while raising the profile of professional bass angling at the same time.

Co-host Hoernke just finished his first full season on the FLW Tour. The up-and-coming angler came out on top at the EverStart Series Central Division event on the Red River in June 2003. He also qualified for this year’s FLW Tour Championship as a rookie and finished 44th.

“FLW Outdoors Presented by Wal-Mart” is broadcast throughout Texas and parts of Oklahoma every Sunday from 10-11 a.m. Central time and is rebroadcast every Monday from midnight-1 a.m. on 105.3 FM in Dallas. For those outside the Texas and Oklahoma markets who do not have KLLI 105.3 FM available to them, shows are made available on demand at

Each week Lebowitz assembles an exciting group of distinguished guests – from entertainers to sports-industry figures – to discuss a variety of sports- and outdoor-related issues. “FLW Outdoors Presented by Wal-Mart” brings listeners inside information on what’s new in the world of sports as well as what these celebrities do for fun when they’re off the stage or field and in the outdoors.

FLW Outdoors is the industry’s premier provider of sport-fishing tournaments, including the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, the world’s most lucrative bass-fishing circuit; the EverStart Series, known as the gateway to the FLW Tour; the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League for weekend anglers; the Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail; the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Tour; and the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye League for weekend anglers. For more information, visit