For Immediate Release
Former NFL Star Boomer Esiason and Friends Head to Aikens
Lake Wilderness Lodge in Manitoba for Inaugural In-Fisherman
Professional Walleye Trail Celebrity Shootout Walleye Fishing
Event September 18-21, 2006
Brainerd, MN, September 7, 2006 - Rick Schroder, Mike Gartner,
Kris King, Robert Williamson III, Dave Kreig and other celebrity
fishing fans, will team up with the top ten professional walleye
anglers from the Professional Walleye Trail (PWT), North America's
most prestigious and influential walleye fishing circuit, September
18-21, to help raise funds for The Boomer Esiason Foundation,
which provides financial support to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.
The event, which takes place in Manitoba, airs on The Outdoor
Channel as part of the In-Fisherman PWT television series airing
October 2006 through March 2007.
Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge, an exclusive fly-in destination
in Canadian Shield bush-country terrain, will host this Inaugural
PWT Celebrity Shootout Walleye Fishing Event.
Celebrity fishing enthusiasts include: NHL greats Kris King
and Mike Gartner, NFL player Dave Krieg, poker stars Hoyt Corkins
and Robert Williamson III, Les Stroud (star of the Discovery
Channel's Survivorman), actor Rick Shroder, and Scott Flansberg
(the renowned "human calculator"). Professional walleye
anglers include: Mark Christianson, Bobby Crow, Andy Kuffer,
Mark Martin, Sheldon Meidinger, Ron Seelhoff, Bill St. Peter,
Dave Van Oss, Jim Carroll, and Daryl Christianson. "Fishing
events have long played a role in calling attention to causes
like finding a cure for cystic fibrosis," says Esiason.
"I was just at Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge last summer
with my two children and it was an experience of a lifetime.
This event is a unique opportunity to show the world the amazing
sport of walleye fishing, the beauty of Manitoba and, most importantly,
to benefit finding a cure for cystic fibrosis." Esiason's
son Gunnar was diagnosed with the disease in 1993.
The competition is a pro-am format with each professional walleye
angler drawing a celebrity partner for two days of fishing.
Teams will measure, photograph and release their fish. In a
unique, and tasty, twist to the tournament scene, teams will
dine lake-side at noon for an official Canadian shore lunch
on the first day of competition. "Having the PWT's top
anglers at Aikens will showcase the excitement and popularity
of walleye fishing," says Pit Turenne, general manager
of Aikens. "It will also be the first time that the PWT
takes its tournaments north of the border into Canada."
The PWT, a 17-year-old sporting event, is part of the In-Fisherman
Communications Network, the leading communicator in the fishing
industry through the integration of subscriber magazines, custom
publishing, nationally acclaimed television and radio productions,
live events and tournaments, books, DVDs, and the Internet.
PWT promotional partners include: Mercury Marine, Lund Boats,
The Outdoor Channel, Berkley, Optima Batteries, Realtree, MotorGuide,
Lowrance, Minn Kota, Trilene, Frenzy, Blue Fox, PowerBait, Johnsonville
Brats, Northland Fishing Tackle, Lindy Legendary Fishing Tackle,
GULP!, Coleman, Storm, Tommy Docks, Smooth Moves Seat Mounts,
E-Village, Kwik Pfyt, Raymarine, Rapala, Pflueger, Ram rod holders,
Gerbing's Heated Clothing, Aqua-Vu, Plano, Stowmaster.net, Navionics,
Yellow Bird, Beckman, Drift Control, Gemini Sport Marketing,
Yo-Zuri , Reef Runner.
Media Contact: Betsy Sherman (480) 221-4966
Visit www.aikenslake.com for Aikens Lake Lodge information
Visit www.esiason.org for Boomer Esiason Foundation information
Visit www.in-fisherman.com/pwt for PWT information
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