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FSN To Air Conclusion Of Season-Opening Wal-Mart FLW Tour Event On Lake Travis

$125,000 cash purse awarded to pro winner

by: Dave Washburn, vp comm, FLW Outdoors

(Mar. 15, 2007 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Tune in Sunday, March 25, to "FLW Outdoors" on FSN for the conclusion of the $1 million Wal-Mart FLW Tour event presented by Kellogg's on Lake Travis in Austin, Texas. Watch as co-hosts Charlie Evans and Keith Lebowitz take viewers through the final weigh-in and award the winning pro angler $125,000. The one-hour show is the second of a two-part series covering the first event of the $9.5 million FLW Tour season. The March 25 show features an all-access segment with angling legend and PTSI pro Ron Shuffield. The former BASS star grabbed the fifth pro qualifying spot with a two-day weight of 22 pounds, 6 ounces. He caught 10 bass during the opening round, but none were more important than his 7-pound, 2-ounce kicker. That fish anchored his five-bass limit on day two that weighed 13 pounds, 2 ounces. The veteran angler from Bismarck, Ark., is using a 3/4-ounce football-head jig with a twin-tail trailer. He's catching his fish in anywhere from 12 to 35 feet of water. On day one, nearly all of his fish came from 30 feet or deeper. On day two, he had to adjust as his fish repositioned shallower. With seven tour-level victories to his name, Shuffield knows what it takes to win on bass fishing's highest level. While Shuffield used one giant kicker as his ticket to the top 10, Kellogg's pro Dave Lefebre is consistently catching 3- and 4-pound bass on a lake chock-full with 13-inchers. Lefebre caught the heaviest limit on day two and finished the opening round with a two-day total of 26 pounds, 10 ounces. In the Duracell Angler Spotlight, the Union City, Pa., native gives viewers an inside look at his competitive spirit – both in fishing and ping pong. FSN also flashes back to Tylenol pro Gabe Bolivar's 2006 FLW Tour season. A popular western pro, Bolivar won the Gain Rookie of the Year award and nearly captured the Land O'Lakes Angler of the Year award. Watch as Bolivar discusses his first season on the Tour and relays an interesting story about an off-season mishap involving his ROY trophy. In addition, National Guard pro Scott Martin of Clewiston, Fla., participates in this edition of Fishing 101. Martin, who caught an 8-pound, 12-ounce lunker on day two, shows fans how to use braided line and fluorocarbon leaders when fishing deep impoundments like Lake Travis. 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 ET. Check local listings for show times and channels in your area. FLWOutdoors.com also provides an online guide listing upcoming episodes on "FLW Outdoors." FSN is broadcast to 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 more than 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. For the latest up-to-the-minute sports news and opinions, visit the FOX Sports/FSN Web site at FoxSports.com. "FLW Outdoors" is also broadcast internationally to more than 429 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, Ranger Owners' Tournament Championship Series, 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 of nearly $43 million through 241 events in 2007. 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.