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'FLW Outdoors' to Air Wal-Mart Open on FSN

Beaver Lake brings out best of bass pros Sunday

by: FLW Outdoors,

(May. 01, 2006 - Minneapolis) For bass pros competing on the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, springtime fishing on Beaver Lake has become a constant. After nearly a decade's worth of yearly tour stops at northwest Arkansas' fine fishery, fans have come to know they can count on the annual Wal-Mart Open to bring out the best in FLW Tour anglers. This year was no exception, and "FLW Outdoors" will highlight the 2006 event in two parts, beginning Sunday on FSN. Pros fishing in the Wal-Mart Open powered by Tyson vie for a whopping $200,000 top award, and co-anglers compete to cash the $40,000 first-place check. In addition to world-class competitive angling, cameras were rolling to also capture a host of compelling features and helpful fishing techniques that will air Sunday at 11 a.m. Eastern time on FSN. Veteran pro Mike Wurm of Hot Springs, Ark., offers viewers his philosophy of tournament bass fishing, which has obviously served him well as he has racked up six top-10 finishes on the FLW Tour, including a win. The program also takes a look at Wurm's other passion - golfing. Bounty Basics pro and Beaver Lake aficionado Craig Powers of Rockwood, Tenn., again shows he's a force to be reckoned with in the Pro Division. On the co-angler side, Team Tyson's Pam Wood of Bono, Ark., makes the FLW Tour finals for the second time in her career at Beaver Lake, and FSN's crew follows her from the top-10 cut to takeoff the following day. In the show's "Fishing 101" segment, Tyson pro Tracy Adams of Wilkesboro, N.C., spends some time on the water showing country singer Mark Wills a topwater-bait technique, while Wills gives some insight into his onstage world. Viewers will also see a clip of Wills performing a song from his new album for the Wal-Mart Open crowd. Following up on the showbiz theme, "FLW Outdoors" explores the path that led soap-opera star Real Andrews of Milford, Conn., to his status as an upstart co-angler for Team Gain. The episode also catches up with pro George Jeane Jr. of Evans, La., to find out what he did after his big FLW Tour win at Pickwick Lake earlier in the season. Jeane discusses why the victory meant so much to him. 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 Eastern time. Check local listings for show times and channels in your area. FLWOutdoors.com also provides an online show guide listing what events are coming up on "FLW Outdoors." During each tournament show, "FLW Outdoors" hosts 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 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 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 June. 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.