FLW Outdoors to launch redfish tournament series

MINNEAPOLIS – FLW Outdoors will add a redfish tournament series to its 2005 professional fishing lineup to meet demand and grow the market for competitive redfish angling, the company said in a press release this morning.

The new Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series will consist of two divisions – East and West. Each division will have four events in the 2005 season. The eight qualifying events are two-day team events with a $200,000 purse for each event.

The season concludes with the no-entry-fee $300,000 Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series Championship.

Irwin L. Jacobs, chairman of FLW Outdoors, said the Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series will help to further propel the sport of professional redfish angling into the national spotlight.

“The demand for a new redfish tournament trail is unquestionable, and through it we plan to take competitive redfish angling to a new level,” Jacobs said. “The Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series will garner a great deal of attention and support for the sport of professional angling, our sponsors and participants.”

Ranger is primary boat sponsor

The winning team in each qualifying event will take home a guaranteed $25,000 cash payout with the opportunity to win an additional $25,000 cash in contingency bonuses.

If the winner is a registered owner of a Ranger boat that is used during competition, the winner will receive an additional $12,500 cash bonus. If the winner’s Ranger boat is equipped with a Yamaha outboard engine, the winner will receive another $12,500 cash bonus.

Ranger will be the primary boat sponsor, and Ranger boat owners will receive priority entry into the qualifying tournaments. Hydra-Sports will be an associate boat sponsor, and Hydra-Sports boat owners will receive priority entry into the qualifying tournaments after Ranger boat owners.

The top 100 teams – 50 from each division after four qualifying events – will qualify for the three-day, no-entry-fee championship to be held in October 2005. The championship winner will take home a guaranteed $50,000 in cash, plus additional boat and engine contingencies of $50,000 in cash for a total of $100,000.

The complete Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series schedule will be announced in the fourth quarter of 2004.

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