Todd Hollowell is as comfortable with a studio microphone as he is on a fishing boat.
The Fishers professional fisherman has joined the Fishing League Worldwide Tour as a color studio analyst for “FLW Live” for 2019.
“I love it,” Hollowell said. “It’s the perfect fit for me. I hosted two seasons of the ‘Bass Dr.’ on the World Fishing Network in 2013 and 2014. It was an educational show. This brings my experience of competing at the highest level of FLW Tour and being involved with the production of being (on the) television side with World Fishing Network.”
Hollowell has fished professionally for Fishing League Worldwide Tour since 2012. Hollowell has earned two FLW Cup appearances, two top 10 finishes in FLW Tour competition and more than $250,000 in career earnings
When he chose not to compete in the FLW Tour this year, FLW Live producer Peyote Perryman contacted Hollowell about joining the telecast.
“It’s the perfect mix of what FLW viewers want, which is someone who has extensive experience and success on the water and can also communicate to the viewer what is actually happening,” Hollowell said.
Hollowell was invited to join the broadcast after he chose not to fish on the FLW Tour this year. Sponsored by Red Gold Tomatoes since 2012, Hollowell will fish four events on the shorter Costa FLW Tour. His first event is in Branson, Mo. in April.
The FTW Tour features eight events, with the final one being a championship. “FLW Live” is telecast on NBC Sports Network. The first event concluded Jan. 13 in Texas. The next one is Feb. 7-10 in Florida.
Hollowell, who has lived in Fishers for 15 years, is an agent for Ray Insurance Group in Fishers.
It is approximately a five-hour drive for Hollowell to the studio in Benton, Ky.
“I drive down there Friday night and I’m home Sunday night,” he said.
Hollowell, 42, grew up in Anderson and learned to fish on Geist Reservoir.
Hollowell and his wife, Rebecca, have two sons, Hunter, an eighth-grader at Fishers Jr. High, and Hayden, a sixth-grader at Sand Creek Intermediate.
“They love the water, but they enjoy playing in it,” Hollowell said. “They’re both competitive swimmers. They are both in the FAST (Fishers Area Swimming Tigers) program.”