Fukae, who completed his rookie season on the FLW Tour at Lake Champlain, won the coveted Land O’Lakes Angler of the Year award after an unprecedented season that included three top-10 finishes. Along with the title, Fukae won $25,000 in cash and will appear on the cover of a Kellogg’s Corn Flakes box as the 2004 Land O’Lakes Angler of the Year. Nixon will talk to Fukae about his unbelievable season and his strategy for the championship.
Martin took home more than $200,000 in cash awards from Lake Champlain and has now amassed more than a half-million dollars in winnings on the FLW Tour. The Forrest Wood Open was Martin’s second FLW Tour win; his first was in 2000 on the Pascagoula River. As runner-up, Martens cashed a check for $100,000 at the Forrest Wood Open, an event he won last year on Wheeler Lake. First-year FLW Tour pro Newton walked away with $50,000, his largest check to date. Nixon will talk with all three pros to find out how they caught fish.
The show will also feature a bass profile on Martens, who is considered one of the best finesse anglers on the tour. The show will go fishing with Martens on Lake Castaic in California, and he will talk about his success in fishing and what it’s like to travel around the country with his family.
The Outdoor Life Network broadcasts “FLW Outdoors” Sundays from 1-2 p.m. Eastern and again Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. Check local listings for show times and channels in your area. During each tournament show, FLW Outdoors television hosts Carlton Wing and Taylor Carr will go on location to provide on-the-water coverage. While tournament weigh-ins will broadcast live at Wal-Mart stores throughout the country, “FLW Outdoors” will be tape-delayed by three weeks to bring audiences nationwide the best tournament footage possible throughout the season.
For more information, visit FLWOutdoors.com.