Get Hooked on Scouting with Professional Fisherman Tom Redington

Unknown‘A reel expert can tackle anything,’ right? That’s exactly what professional fisherman Tom Redington proved this week with the Boy Scouts of America.  Redington and the BSA joined hundreds of fishing fans March 5-8 on Lake Toho in Kissimmee, Fl. for the first event of the 2015 Walmart FLW Tour. Not only is this tournament circuit one of the most prestigious for professional fishermen, but it’s also on prime territory. Lake Toho is legendary for it’s giant bass – the excitement, expectations and crowds were epic.

“I was in the thick of it after day one with a solid limit of good sized bass,” shared the fishing pro of his catches. Although he fell out of contention before the Top 20, Redington still came out on top with the Scouts.

Redington and local Scouts manned the BSA booth at the lakeside expo luring fishing fans and Scouting families alike. Along with signing autographs and snapping photos with Scouts, Redington chatted with attendees eager to discover all that Scouting has to offer. Countless Scouts and even entire packs from the the Central Florida Council joined in on the fun.

Unknown-1FLW stocked the waters with 1,600 catfish, and Scouts quickly flooded the marina ready to take a fishing lesson from the pros. Scouts weren’t just reeling in fish at the event though – some lucky Cub Scouts even earned their fishing belt loop!

Scouting teaches the importance of preparedness, so when FLW’s TV host was missing in action, Redington quickly jumped in to cover the event’s midday update. Watch as the fishing pro fills in for the host and see for yourself how it pays to be prepared for anything!

But the fun doesn’t stop here. Catch Redington, along with some new Scouting friends, in Jasper, Al. as he continues onto the next tournament from March 26-29. All local Scouts and their families are free to attend. Fishing fans can keep up with all the happenings of the event and see the daily weigh-ins at They can also tune into FLW’s weekly tourney shows on NBC Sports, WFN (World Fishing Network) and the Pursuit channel.


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Hayley Cordaro is a communications specialist at the Boy Scouts of America. She loves sharing inspiring success stories and uncovering new ways volunteers and employees can make the most of their Scouting experience. If you have story ideas or questions, reach out to us at