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'WAL-MART FLW OUTDOORS' TV AIRS CONCLUSION OF FORREST L. WOOD CHAMPIONSHIP ON LAKE HAMILTON

by: J Sealock,

(Aug. 10, 2005 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Tune in Sunday, Aug. 14, to "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" on FSN for the conclusion of the $1.5 million Forrest L. Wood Championship on Lake Hamilton. Watch as co-hosts Charlie Evans and Keith Lebowitz take viewers through the season-ending weigh-in and award the winning pro angler $500,000, the sport of bass fishing's top award. The one-hour show is the second of a two-part series covering the season-ending event of the $7.6 million Wal-Mart FLW Tour. On-the-water cameras give viewers an intimate look at the 12 finalists who compete for a career-changing top prize. All anglers begin the final round at zero weight, with the winning pro determined by day four's heaviest weight. Finalists are survivors of three days of head-to-head competition that pitted them against the top 48 pros in the world. Pro J.T. Kenney of Frostburg, Md., caught the largest limit during the third day of competition on Lake Hamilton. His five-bass weighed 8 pounds, 11 ounces. The Aug. 14 show presents several mini-features with the 12 pros that made the final round after three days of competition. The features include FLW Tour pros Larry Nixon of Bee Branch, Ark.; Dean Rojas of Grand Saline, Texas; and George Cochran of Hot Springs, Ark. Nixon and Cochran, the two Arkansas pros remaining in the event, have combined earnings of $3.4 million, 52 Forrest L. Wood and Classic qualifications, three Classic wins and 20 tour-level wins. FSN also flashes back to the 2004 Forrest L. Wood Championship where Spokane, Wash., native Luke Clausen won $500,000 by precisely skipping finesse baits under docks. Additionally, FLW Tour pro David Dudley of Lynchburg, Va., participates in this edition of Fishing 101. Dudley, who won the 2003 Forrest L. Wood Championship, demonstrates how to properly retrieve a buzzbait. FSN is the industry leader in providing the most up-to-date technology in television production. FSN puts viewers in the boats with the pros, shadowing them from sunrise until the final weigh-in using innovative camerawork that gives fishing fans the most intimate viewing experience available. FSN broadcasts "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon ET. Check local listings for show times and channels in your area. During each tournament show, "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" hosts Evans and Lebowitz go on location to provide on-the-water coverage. While tournament weigh-ins are broadcast live at Wal-Mart stores throughout the country, "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" is tape-delayed to bring audiences nationwide the best tournament footage possible throughout the season. FSN reaches more than 78 million homes through its network of 20 regional sports channels. FSN, based in Los Angeles, serves as the cable TV home to 60 of the 81 MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States and produces over 4,500 live events each year. In addition to home team games, FSN telecasts a wide variety of national sports events and programming, including the "Best Damn Sports Show Period" and "Beyond the Glory." "Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors" is also televised on the American Forces Network, which reaches over 800,000 service men and women stationed around the world in 177 countries and aboard naval ships. Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers eight national tournament circuits offering more than $30 million in awards through 214 events in 2005. The 27-year-old organization is the purveyor of America's largest and most prestigious fishing tournaments, including the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, EverStart Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour and Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series. Wal-Mart and more than 40 of America's largest and most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as title sponsor of the FLW Tour in 1997 and today is the title sponsor of all FLW Outdoors events.