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Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour Event From Beaufort To Air Oct. 8 On FSN

Oct. 8 program to highlight $330,000 king mackerel tournament

by: FLW Outdoors Staff,

(Sep. 27, 2006 - Minneapolis, MN) Tune in Sunday, Oct. 8 to "FLW Outdoors" on FSN for the $330,000 Wal-Mart FLW Kingfish Tour event held in Beaufort, S.C. The third event of the $1.82 million FLW Kingfish Tour concludes with the winning team claiming a cash prize of $70,000. 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 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. Team Hard Way, captained by Todd Korker of Jupiter, Fla., got a big surprise on day one when a large fish mauled their prop-wash Spanish mackerel at about 10:30 a.m. Initially the team thought they had hooked a shark, but after a 15-minute struggle, a 44-pound, 15-ounce kingfish surfaced. That fish placed Hard Way firmly in the lead heading into the final round of competition. The team captured the king mackerel 29 miles from the Port Royal Inlet, about eight miles off the beach. With nearly a 7-pound lead, Hard Way starts the final day fishing conservatively and then transitions into hog-hunt mode once they land their first kingfish. Team Salty Dog, captained by Jeff Osborne of St. Augustine, Fla., heads into the final day in second place with a kingfish weighing 38 pounds, 3 ounces. Using simple observation more than strategy, the team caught their opening-round kingfish by spotting a frenzied group of seagulls about 30 miles from shore. Moving in for a closer look, they noticed a pod of Spanish mackerel schooling on minnows. Knowing that kingfish love to feast on Spanish mackerels, Salty Dog decided to deep-troll the area with downriggers and ribbonfish. In addition to their weigh-fish, Salty Dog also hooked up an even larger kingfish. Unfortunately, it was destroyed by a 10-foot hammerhead shark. FSN also follows Team Cat Daddy, the only team in the top five that has recorded a previous FLW Kingfish Tour victory. The team, captained by Danny Mathis of Gonzales, La., sits in third place with a kingfish weighing 36 pounds, 8 ounces. Watch as Mathis puts his 17 years of experience to work as he contends for his second Kingfish Tour win. 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