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'FLW OUTDOORS' AIRS WAL-MART FLW TOUR EVENT ON PICKWICK LAKE

April 2 show to highlight $900,000 event; concludes with crowning of co-angler champion

by: Dave Washburn, vp comm, FLW Outdoors

(Mar. 22, 2006 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Tune in Sunday, April 2, to "FLW Outdoors" on FSN as Charlie Evans and Keith Lebowitz host the third event of the 2006 Wal-Mart FLW Tour season from Pickwick Lake in Florence, Ala. The $900,000 tournament, which was presented by A&W Root Beer, awarded the winning bass pro a cash prize of $100,000. The one-hour show is the first of a two-part series covering the third event of the $7.6 million FLW Tour season. The tournament featured 400 anglers from 37 states, Japan, Canada and Australia, with 200 of the world's best bass pros fishing for a top award of $100,000 cash while 200 co-anglers vied for a top award of $20,000 cash. The April 2 show presents several mini-features with the 10 pros that made the cut after two days of competition. The features include Ranger pro Rob Kilby of Hot Springs, Ark.,; Ozark Trail pro Andy Morgan of Dayton, Tenn.; and Wet Ones pro Brennan Bosley of Benton, Ark. Kilby caught a two-day total of eight bass weighing 31 pounds, 10 ounces to lead the opening round. Kilby, who has earned more than $375,000 fishing the FLW Tour, caught most of his keepers by working a suspended jerkbait pattern and by throwing a jig. Watch as this veteran pro carries this momentum into the final round. Morgan caught a first-round total of nine bass weighing 22 pounds, 14 ounces, which put him in fifth place after two days of competition. In his FLW Outdoors career, Morgan has earned more than $390,000 and has qualified for the top 10 and amazing 32 times. In his latest top-10 performance, Morgan caught the bulk of his keepers on a War Eagle jig with a Zoom Super Chunk trailer. Bosley is in the midst of his best season on tour. At the recent Chevy Open on Lake Murray, he took second and collected $100,000 with a final-round total of 10 bass weighing over 45 pounds. At Pickwick Lake, Bosley quickly picked up where he left off catching five bass that weighed 16 pounds, 4 ounces on day one. At the season's midpoint, Bosley sits in third place in the Land O'Lakes Angler of the Year race. FSN also features pro angler Clay Dyer of Hamilton, Ala., who is making his FLW Tour debut. Dyer has spent his life confined to a wheelchair without arms or legs, yet that has not stopped him from becoming a successful pro angler. An inspiration to everyone, Dyer taught himself the art of angling without any special equipment. Additionally, co-angler Trevor Jancasz, a resident of White Pigeon, Mich., participates in this edition of Fishing 101. Jancasz, a new member of the Wal-Mart pro angling team, takes viewers on a shopping trip to Wal-Mart to pick up all the necessary gear to fish Pickwick Lake. 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 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 approximately 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 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, Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Series and Wal-Mart FLW Redfish 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.