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

Winner of Beaver Lake showdown to be revealed Sunday

by: FLW Outdoors,

(May. 09, 2006 - Minneapolis) Tune in to "FLW Outdoors" Sunday to find out which Wal-Mart FLW Tour pro will leave northwest Arkansas' Beaver Lake $200,000 richer. In addition to tournament coverage of the tour's annual Wal-Mart Open, viewers will be treated to several feature segments during the May 14 program beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern time on FSN (Fox Sports Net). On top of the $200,000 top award for the pro winner of the Wal-Mart Open powered by Tyson, the winning co-angler receives $40,000 for outfishing the field. In addition to compelling bass-fishing competition, viewers will learn valuable fishing techniques and gain insight into the lives of the anglers on tour. The public will hear from five pros leading the 2006 race to be crowned Land O'Lakes Angler of the Year. Sunday's show also gives an update on 2004 Angler of the Year Shinichi Fukae of Mineola, Texas, who is on a tear again this year with a season-opening win on Lake Okeechobee, a third-place finish in the inaugural Wal-Mart FLW Series event and a berth into the Wal-Mart Open finals, positioning himself for a shot at yet another win. Veteran pro Mark Rose of Marion, Ark., is excited to be back in the top 10 and inspired by the presence of his 97-year-old grandfather, who has made it to watch every cut his grandson has ever made. And tour namesake Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, relays a story about Flippin, Arkansas' first traffic cop. Castrol pro Carl Svebek III of Siloam Springs, Ark., shows the public how to catch the big ones on Beaver Lake using his signature Swebo worm during "Fishing 101," while Bobby Curtis, another Team Castrol angler and resident of Siloam Springs, takes viewers on a tour of the Rogers area near Beaver Lake. In addition, viewers will no doubt be inspired by Clay Dyer of Hamilton, Ala., who catches his first limit as an FLW Tour pro. The fact that Dyer was born without legs and part of only one arm does not slow him down a bit in his quest for Beaver Lake bass. 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, Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series and Wal-Mart FLW Striper Series. These circuits offer combined purses exceeding $37.9 million through 249 events in 2006. 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.