UPCOMING EVENT: Bass Fishing League - 2016 - Lake Ouachita

FLW Podcast with Brett Hite scheduled for TODAY

Brett Hite shows a bass off to the helicopter.

In an ongoing effort to provide as much interaction between world-class anglers and fishing fans as possible, FLWOutdoors.com has announced the latest installment of FLW Podcast. On Wednesday, Feb. 12, the FLW Podcast team of Jody White and Joe Opager will interview FLW Tour pro Brett Hite of Phoenix, Ariz., the winner of the 2014 FLW Tour Lake Okeechobee event, as part of the ongoing FLW Podcast series.

Hite captured the second Walmart FLW Tour victory of his career when he took home the title on Lake Okeechobee this past week with a dominating performance in Florida. Hite's only previous FLW Tour win was in 2008 on Lake Toho. Hite now boasts four FLW titles (including an FLW Series event on the Cal Delta in 2008; and a 2003 Rayovac FLW Series event on Lake Roosevelt). Hite has recorded 12 top-10 FLW finishes, including five on the FLW Tour alone since he began his FLW career back in 2003.

Submit questions for Hite podcast

Participation in the upcoming podcast is simple. Leading up to the FLW Podcast on Feb. 12, visitors can log on and submit questions for Hite here, or simply wait until the full podcast becomes available on FLWOutdoors.com on Feb. 13. As always, FLW fishing fans may begin submitting questions immediately by clickiing here.

During the podcast, FLW Podcast hosts will pose reader-submitted questions to Hite. Readers will be able to submit questions about Hite's FLW Tour victory on Lake Okeechobee, pose tips-and-technique questions or ask anything else that comes to mind. Again, visitors to FLWOutdoors.com are able to log on and submit questions in advance of the scheduled podcast in order to have the first shot at getting their questions answered.

FLWOutdoors.com will offer FLW Podcasts throughout the season, with regularly scheduled podcasts occurring after each FLW Tour event. Also, additional podcasts will be added throughout each month as anglers or fishing celebrities become available.

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