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'FLW Outdoors' Airs Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series Event From Tierra Verde

March 26 show to highlight $200,000 season-opening event

by: Dave Washburn, vp comm, FLW Outdoors

(Mar. 17, 2006 - Minneapolis, MN) Tune in Sunday, March 26 to "FLW Outdoors" on FSN for the $200,000 Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series event held in Tierra Verde, Fla. The first Eastern Division event of the $1.9 million FLW Redfish Series season concludes with the winning team claiming a cash prize of $37,500. The "FLW Outdoors" saltwater series is a reality-format show told from the anglers' perspective. Each week the top-five finalists are followed from takeoff to weigh-in, allowing the audience to feel the anglers' nerves, listen to their strategy and learn from their mistakes. The stories evolve and the suspense grows throughout the one-hour show until the final weigh-in results are announced. The March 26 show follows Florida natives and Old Tampa Bay experts Greg and Bryan Watts. This highly competitive brotherly duo is looking to defend their 2005 Eastern Division points title. After two days of competition, this team is in serious contention after catching four redfish that weighed 25 pounds, 2 ounces. The team caught their fish blind-casting 3-inch Berkley Gulp! Minnows on 1/4-ounce Bass Assassin jigheads along a shallow ridge. Newcomers to the FLW Redfish Series, Mike Anderson and Kenny Hyatt, both of Riverview, Fla., took a gamble on both days of the opening round by making an 85-mile run south. With less then an hour to fish, this team executes brilliantly, bringing in a two-day total of 24 pounds, 14 ounces using a combination of Berkley Gulp! Shrimp and Mister Twister Exude plastics. FSN also follows Team Yamaha anglers Ricky Murphy of Homestead, Fla., and Scott Guthrie of Jacksonville, Fla. Leading the event by 14 ounces with a two-day total of 26 pounds even, the duo caught their best redfish blind-casting Equalizer gold and black spoons over grass beds in Sarasota Bay. Watch as this team has the opportunity to become the first repeat winners in FLW Redfish Series history. FSN broadcasts "FLW Outdoors" Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon ET. Check local listings for show times and channels in your area. FLW Outdoors website also provides an online show guide listing what events are coming up on "FLW Outdoors." FSN reaches more than 81 million homes through its network of 20 regional sports channels. Established in 1996, FSN is the only cable network that supplies national, regional and local sports programming. FSN serves as the cable TV home to 62 of the 82 MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States, and produces over 4,500 live events each year. FSN has an extensive catalog of original national programs, including "Best Damn Sports Show Period" and "Beyond the Glory" documentary series, along with national packages of collegiate sports. Based in Los Angeles, FSN is part of the vast FOX Sports television family. "FLW Outdoors" is also broadcast internationally to more than 350 million households in such countries as Germany, China, South Africa, Australia, Malaysia, Russia, Hungary and the United Kingdom, making it the most widely distributed weekly outdoor-sports television show in the world. Additionally, FLW Outdoors is proud to provide tournament coverage to more than 800,000 service men and women stationed around the world in 177 countries and aboard Navy ships through broadcasts on the American Forces Network. Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series, as well as the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Series, Stren Series, Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League, Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail, Stratos Owners' Tournament Trail, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye Tour, Wal-Mart FLW Walleye League, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour and Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series. These circuits offer combined purses exceeding $36.9 million through 241 events in 2006. FLW Outdoors also recently announced the addition of a striped bass circuit, which will debut in May. Wal-Mart and many of America's largest and most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as an FLW Outdoors sponsor in 1997 and today is the world's leading supporter of tournament fishing. For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournament programs, call (270) 252-1000.