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FSN To Air Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series Event From Port Aransas

June 18 program to highlight $200,000 qualifying event

by: FLW Outdoors Staff,

(Jun. 14, 2006 - Minneapolis, MN) Tune in Sunday, June 18 to "FLW Outdoors" on FSN for the $200,000 Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series event presented by Yamaha in Port Aransas, Texas. The second Western 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 June 18 show follows Danny Coppin of Belton, Texas, and Grant Coppin of Corpus Christi, Texas, who caught a four-redfish total weighing 28 pounds, 14 ounces to lead the event after two days. The father-son team fished the Sea Drift area approximately 55 miles north of Port Aransas. The Coppins, who took sixth place in the first tournament of their careers earlier this year in Rockport, Texas, said they were enjoying every minute of the competition during their rookie season in the FLW Redfish Series. The team caught their fish blind-casting homemade 1/2-ounce spinnerbaits along the drop-offs between shallow flats and deep cuts. FSN also follows Team Berkley, consisting of brothers Jonathan and Kris Culpepper of Houston, Texas, who caught a two-day total of 28 pounds, 3 ounces, to grab hold of second place overall - merely 11 ounces off the lead. The Culpeppers, who are fishing with 3/8-ounce jigheads tipped with Berkley Gulp!, are gambling and making a 70-mile run south that leaves them with only a little more than three hours to fish. The father-son team of Jay Watkins Sr. and Jay Watkins Jr. - both of Rockport, Texas - turned in a two-day catch of 27 pounds, 7 ounces to qualify for the finals in third place. Watch as these veteran anglers put their vast tournament experience to work on day three. FSN broadcasts "FLW Outdoors" Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon ET. Check local listings for show times and channels in your area. 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 presented by Abu Garcia, 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.