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Potomac River Programming Begins July 29 On FSN

One-hour show to cover $1 million bass fishing tournament

by: Dave Washburn, vp comm, FLW Outdoors

(Jul. 18, 2007 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Tune in Sunday, July 29, to "FLW Outdoors" on FSN for complete coverage of the Wal-Mart FLW Tour event on the Potomac River near Washington, D.C. The $1 million tournament, which was presented by Snickers, awarded the winning bass pro a cash prize of $125,000. The one-hour show is the first of a two-part series covering stop No. 5 on the $9.5 million FLW Tour. The Potomac River is famous for its prolific grass fishing and this event has been no exception. The two-day opening round was cloudy and unseasonably cool, allowing fishermen to capitalize on a strong topwater bite. Knoxville, Tenn., pro Jack Wade leads all competitors with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 37 pounds, 13 ounces. Wade has had an unbelievable practice, averaging over 18 pounds per day for five fish. He is using a combination of jigs, plastics and topwaters. Also in contention is Bounty pro Ken Wick of Star, Idaho. A former fly fisherman, Wick is now thriving against the bass anglers in the world. At the conclusion of the opening round, Wick is sixth with a two-day total of 34 pounds, 14 ounces. He's catching his fish on a topwater toad and on a 3/4-ounce jig. Wick is tipping the jig with a Berkley Chigger Craw, targeting both grass and wood. In addition to the $125,000 first-place purse, valuable points are at stake. This event is the second-to-last qualifier of the season, meaning every cast counts. In the Land O'Lakes Angler of the Year update, viewers get a closer look at the five pros gunning for the most prestigious title in professional bass fishing: Jay Yelas, Shinichi Fukae, Mark Davis, David Dudley and Andy Morgan. Along with the title, the winner earns $65,000, including a fully-equipped Ranger boat and $25,000 cash. In the Duracell Angler Spotlight, Dudley and his father James talk about their history fishing together. Both Dudley's made the top-10 cutoff, David in the Pro Division and James in the Co-angler Division. In addition, pro Curt Lytle of Zuni, Va., participates in this edition of Fishing 101. Lytle, who caught a limit on day one that weighed 16 pounds, 7 ounces, explains the importance of changing baits with the changing tides. 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 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. "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.