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Vetern Angler Larry Nixon Reviews Wal-Mart FLW Tour Lake Okeechobee Stop On FLW Outdoors, TV

by: Bill Petrowiak, FLW Outdoors,

(Feb. 05, 2004 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Coming Feb. 22 on "FLW Outdoors," veteran pro angler Larry Nixon interviews some of the top finishers from one of the Wal-Mart FLW Tour's most unpredictable fisheries, Lake Okeechobee in Florida. Nixon talks with winner Ray Scheide of Russellville, Ark., who blew away the competition to take the top prize of $100,000. The program also features second-place finisher Chris McCall of Jasper, Texas, and fifth-place pro Dave Lefebre of Union City, Pa. Scheide, who has been fishing professionally for over a decade, might not look too familiar to fans of the FLW Tour. Lake Okeechobee was Scheide's first appearance in an FLW Tour event, and his first-place finish has catapulted him into the spotlight. Not only did he finish first, he did it in a landslide, with the closest angler 13 pounds behind. The FLW Tour rookie talks about his early success that has been a long time in the making and how he plans to keep up the momentum during his first year on the tour. McCall, who had an impressive two-day total of 23 pounds, 1 ounce, was not able to catch up to Scheide's 36 pounds, 1 ounce, but he was still happy with his second-place finish - his best FLW Tour finish to date - that netted him $35,000. McCall talks about his outlook for the rest of the 2004 season and how he will work to qualify for the FLW Tour Championship in August. Lefebre, a Kellogg‚s pro, talks about how he landed a respectable 19 pounds, 7 ounces during the final round at Lake Okeechobee, and he will also discuss his plans for the season. The Outdoor Life Network broadcasts "FLW Outdoors" every Sunday from 1-2 p.m. EST and again on Thursdays from 5-6 p.m. EST. Check local listings for show times and channels in your area. Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors is the industry's premier provider of sport-fishing tournaments, including the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, the world's most lucrative bass-fishing circuit; the EverStart Series, known as the gateway to the FLW Tour; the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League for weekend anglers; the Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail; the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Tour, the world's most lucrative walleye-fishing circuit; and the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye League for weekend anglers. '