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'FLW OUTDOORS' TV Airs Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series Championship From Orange Beach

Top 50 teams from Eastern and Western divisions compete for up to $100,000

by: J Sealock,

(Nov. 15, 2005 - Minneapolis, MN) Tune in Sunday to "FLW Outdoors" on FSN for the $300,000 Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series Championship held in Orange Beach, Ala. The final event of the $1.9 million FLW Redfish Series season concludes with the winning team claiming a cash prize of up to $100,000 - the largest award in the history of professional redfishing. The "FLW Outdoors" saltwater series is a reality-format show told from the anglers' perspective. Each week the top-four teams 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 FLW Redfish Series Championship is a three-day event. The entire field competes on day one and on day two, and the two-day accumulated weights determine the top 10 teams that advance to day three. The winning team is determined on day three based on the heaviest three-day accumulated weight. Leading the Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series Championship after day one are Todd Adams of Rockport, Texas, and Tommy Ramzinsky of Fulton, Texas, with two redfish that topped the scales at 13 pounds, 11 ounces. Using a slow presentation, they caught their fish in 3 to 8 feet of water on Rat-L-Traps, crankbaits and soft-plastic grubs. Sitting in second place after the first day of competition was the team of Matthew Morel and Peter Young, both of New Orleans. The two made an hour-long run west across Mobile Bay and returned with a pair of reds weighing 12 pounds, 12 ounces. The team reported catching their fish on gold spoons and Gambler Flappin' Shads with a Flutter Hook. The father-son team of Pat Motal and Chad Motal, both of Kyle, Texas, finished the opening day in third place with a pair of reds weighing 12 pounds, 8 ounces. The team used spinnerbaits on structure in 3 to 4 feet of water. Watch as the best redfish anglers in the world attempt to qualify for the final round and claim a first-place cash prize of up to $100,000. 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 78 million homes through its network of 20 regional sports channels. FSN, based in Los Angeles, serves as the cable-TV home to 60 of the 81 MLB, NHL and NBA teams based in the United States and produces over 4,500 live events each year. In addition to home-team games, FSN telecasts a wide variety of national sports events and programming, including the "Best Damn Sports Show Period" and "Beyond the Glory." "FLW Outdoors" is also televised on the American Forces Network, which reaches over 800,000 service men and women stationed around the world in 177 countries and aboard naval ships. 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, 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, Ranger owners' tournaments and Stratos owners' tournaments. These circuits offer combined purses exceeding $35 million through 244 events in 2006. Wal-Mart and more than 40 of America's largest and most respected companies support FLW Outdoors and its tournament trails. Wal-Mart signed on as title sponsor of the FLW Tour in 1997 and today is the title sponsor of all FLW Outdoors events.