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She's Off the Hook
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She's Off the Hook

Stacy Zhelesnik is a successful co-angler on the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Women's Tour. She's also a restaurant owner in her hometown of Hoboken, N.J., and a former video editor and production technician. Just last month, she took on the new role of webcast host.

She and her husband, Louie Zhelesnik, created the show, "Off the Hook," now on (go to the WBT home page and click on "top videos").

"It might not always be about a tournament, but it's always going to have an emphasis on women fishing and the WBT, and how she's approaching it," said Louie, who owns a media production business.

He said he attended WBT events with Stacy and brought along his video equipment so he could create content for Stacy's Web site,

When BASS approached the couple about creating a Web log - known more commonly as a blog - they proposed doing a show. Stacy said the project's evolution into "Off the Hook" taps into their backgrounds of working in video and TV production. She said the show's name was a natural choice.

"I'm trying to marry my two loves: television production and fishing," said Stacy, who won her first tournament this season and was one of only 20 co-anglers who qualified for the 2009 Academy Sports + Outdoors WBT Championship, Oct. 16-18 on the Red River out of Shreveport, La. "I'm also trying to raise awareness for our sport."

Thursday 01 October 2009 - 09:17:11

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