By Tim Romano & Kirk Deeter
Our friend over at BASS and ESPN Outdoors sent us this release the other day. Instead of mangling a well written release like I normally do I'm pasting it below. Fly fisherman extraordinaire Jose Wejebe will be hosting the Redbone tourney this year. If you've never heard of Spanish Fly or Redbone, read below and check them out for yourself.
ESPN Outdoors announced today that Jose Wejebe, who has hosted Spanish Fly on ESPN2 for 13 years, will host the ESPN Outdoors Saltwater Series television coverage on ESPN2. The Sunday morning shows, which will chronicle the six stand-alone, world-class events, will begin in April 2009. The ESPN Outdoors Saltwater Series will kick off Sept. 5-7 with the Southernmost Light-Tackle Anglers Masters (S.L.A.M.) tournament in Key West, Fla.
Wejebe, a longtime resident of the Florida Keys, will also remain as host of Spanish Fly, which will air on Sundays on ESPN2 in 2009. Wejebe is one of the most respected fishing guides worldwide and has traveled the world fishing exotic locations and serving as a guide, tournament angler and TV personality in his diverse career.
Gary Ellis, founder of the Redbone Celebrity Tournament Series, has enjoyed a long relationship with Wejebe, introducing him in 1988 to Jerry McKinnis, who hosted The Fishin’ Hole on ESPN networks for more than 25 years.
“It’s ironic that I started my career with ESPN at Redbone over 20 years ago,” Wejebe said. “This is funny how life comes full circle. I met Jerry at the Redbone and from that meeting we started Spanish Fly some 13 years ago. Now, ESPN is highlighting and giving back to Redbone, which continues to give so much to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.”
As previously announced, www.ESPNOutdoors.com will be the online home for the series, with live daily event coverage including video, photo galleries, articles and features. Competitors in the Series will include celebrities, renowned guides and other luminaries from the fishing industry competing in catch-and-release events.
The popular S.L.A.M. is the first in an annual Florida Keys autumn trilogy of Redbone fishing tournaments. The series was developed by the Ellis family to raise awareness of cystic fibrosis and to benefit the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.
“We are very excited to have Jose on board to lend his expertise to our television coverage,” said Jamie Wilkinson, senior director of event operations and business development. “Jose’s ability to deliver compelling storylines will further add to this tremendous product.”