Esiason and PWT Team up for Celebrity Shootout
Apr 24th, 2006 by OutdoorsFIRST
Modified Apr 24th, 2006 at 12:00 AM
Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge will host the Inaugural In-Fisherman Professional Walleye Trail Celebrity Shootout, Sept. 18 to 21. The walleye fishing event in Manitoba will benefit the Boomer Esiason Foundation, which provides financial support to find a cure for cystic fibrosis.Esiason and other celebrities will team up with the top 10 anglers from the PWT, North America’s most prestigious and influential walleye fishing circuit. The event will be broadcast on The Outdoor Channel as part of the PWT television series which airs from October 2006 through March 2007.”Fishing events have long played a role in calling attention to causes like finding a cure for cystic fibrosis,” says Esiason. “I was at Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge this past summer with my two children. 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.”Having the premier PWT top anglers at a premier walleye lake such as 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 pros competing will be the top-10 in the 2006 Johnsonville Brats Angler of the Year race.Since 1949, Aikens Lake Wilderness Lodge has accommodated generations of families, friends, and corporate incentive travel. Only two hours from Winnipeg, the remote Lodge sits alone on the shores of pristine Aikens Lake, home of some of the best walleye fishing in North America. “With high-quality fisheries management in place for years, Manitoba has become a top destination for anglers who want to catch big fish. Aikens Lake is a great example,” says Don Lamont, Outdoor Product Manager for Travel Manitoba.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.Media Contact: Betsy Sherman (480) 221-4966Visit www.aikenslake.com for more information on Aikens Lake Lodge.Visit www.esiason.org for more info on The Boomer Esiason Foundation.Visit www.in-fisherman.com/pwt for more info on the PWT.