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FSN To Air Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour Event From Fort Pierce

July 23 show to highlight $330,000 king mackerel tournament

by: Dave Washburn, vp comm, FLW Outdoors

(Jul. 11, 2006 - Minneapolis, MN) Tune in Sunday, July 28 to "FLW Outdoors" on FSN for the $330,000 Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour event held in Fort Pierce, Fla. The second event of the $1.82 million FLW Kingfish Tour season concludes with the winning team claiming a cash prize of $100,000. 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. FLW Kingfish Tour qualifying tournaments are three-day events. The entire field competes on day one and day two and the top five teams compete on day three. The winning team is determined based on the heaviest kingfish from day one or day two plus the heaviest kingfish from day three. Buoyed by a 57-pound, 13-ounce kingfish it caught on day one, Team Folgers easily owns the opening-round lead. The fish, which was caught trolling a blue runner, set the mark as the heaviest king mackerel caught to date in the two-year-old FLW Kingfish Tour. Battling thunderstorms in the morning, Team Folgers captained by David Kingery of Melbourne, Fla., caught the fish in offshore waters north of Sebastian, Fla. With a more than 10-pound lead over second place, the team appears to be on the verge of capturing the $100,000 first-place purse. Team Steve's Seafood - which consists of former pro wrestler Jake "the Snake" Roberts, his son Dustin and Capt. James Schmelz of Jacksonville, Fla. - caught a 47-pound kingfish on day two while fishing the area known as the Pines, north of Sebastian, Fla. The second-heaviest fish of the tournament, it launched the team, which zeroed on day one, all the way into second place heading into the finals. FSN also follows Team Lured Away, captained by Robert Schoenfeld of Conroe, Texas, who caught a kingfish on day one that weighed 45 pounds, 4 ounces. The team is fishing an area called Black Condo, about 10 miles south of the Fort Pierce Inlet. Schoenfeld said his team is catching fish in about 30 feet of water on both pilchards and ribbonfish. FSN broadcasts "FLW Outdoors" Sundays from 11 a.m. to noon ET. 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." 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.