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'FLW Outdoors' TV Airs Conclusion of 2005 Everstart Series Championship on Pickwick Lake

by: Dave Washburn, vp comm, FLW Outdoors

(Nov. 29, 2005 - Minneapolis) Tune in Sunday to "FLW Outdoors" on FSN for the conclusion of the $1 million EverStart Series Championship on Pickwick Lake. Watch as co-hosts Charlie Evans and Keith Lebowitz take viewers through the final weigh-in and award the winning pro angler $140,000. The one-hour show is the second of a two-part series covering the final event of the $6.24 million EverStart Series season. On-the-water cameras give viewers an intimate look at the 10 finalists who compete for a career-changing top prize. All anglers start day three at zero weight, with the winning pro determined on day four based on the heaviest two-day weight. Finalists are survivors of two days of qualifying competition that pitted them against a field of the world's best bass anglers. The show presents several mini-features with the 10 pros that made the cutoff after two days of competition. The features include pros Gabe Bolivar of Ramona, Calif.; Sam Newby of Pocola, Okla.; and Steve Kennedy of Auburn, Ala. Kennedy caught the largest sack during the third day of competition on Pickwick Lake. His five-bass limit weighed 12 pounds, 2 ounces, which gave him a narrow lead heading into the final day. However, both Bolivar and Newby also registered five-bass limits and were within striking distance of Kennedy. FSN is the industry leader in providing the most up-to-date technology in TV production. FSN puts viewers in the boats with the pros, shadowing them from sunrise until the final weigh-in using innovative camera work that gives fishing fans the most intimate viewing experience available. FSN broadcasts "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, "FLW Outdoors" hosts Charlie Evans and Keith Lebowitz go on location to provide on-the-water coverage. "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." "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 the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Series, Stren 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, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series, Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series, Ranger owners' tournaments and Stratos owners' tournaments. These circuits offer combined purses exceeding $35 million through 244 events in 2006. 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.