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(Mar. 31, 2009 - MINNEAPOLIS, MN) Tune in Sunday, April 5 to "FLW Outdoors" on VERSUS for complete coverage of the Chevy Open, the season-opening Walmart FLW Tour event on Lake Guntersville in Huntsville, Ala. The show, which highlights Tums pro David Fritts' fifth FLW Tour victory, will be broadcast in high definition. ? Although Fritts began the last day of competition in sixth place with 14 pounds, 4 ounces, he rallied for the $200,000 win with a final-day catch of five bass weighing 23-13. While a dominate grass bite kept the majority of the top 10 occupied with rattling lipless crankbaits, Fritts snuck off and worked rock with a Rapala DT-10 crankbait. The Lexington, N.C., pro is one of only five anglers in the history of the sport to have won both the Forrest Wood Cup and the Bassmaster Classic. His latest win pushed his career FLW Outdoors earnings over $1 million. ? Despite weighing only four bass on both days three and four, Berkley pro Sam Newby finished the tournament in second place with 37 pounds even. Each of the last two days Newby lost fish that would have won the tournament for him. His consolation prize was $55,000. ? Finishing third was Castrol pro David Dudley, the all-time FLW Outdoors money winner. The Lynchburg, Va., native started the final day in ninth place but rocketed up the leaderboard with a 26-pound, 12-ounce stringer. The $45,000 he earned pushed his career FLW Outdoors earnings to over $2.4 million. ? VERSUS Country broadcasts "FLW Outdoors" in HD Sundays from 12:30-1:30 p.m. ET. The FLWOutdoors website also provides an online guide listing upcoming episodes of "FLW Outdoors." In addition, each episode of "FLW Outdoors" will be available on demand in its entirety on the FLWOutdoors website. ? "FLW Outdoors," hosted by Jason Harper, is broadcast to approximately 500 million households worldwide, including internationally through agreements with WFN (World Fishing Network) and Matchroom Sport to such countries as Canada, 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. ? FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world. FLW Outdoors also is taking fishing mainstream with FLW Fantasy Fishing, offering the largest awards possible in the history of fantasy sports, $10 million in cash and prizes. Sign up for Player's Advantage for only $10 to get your edge and win. ? For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments, call (270) 252-1000.
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