BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (Oct. 16, 2003) – The Wal-Mart FLW Tour is Birmingham Bound in 2004, as the nation’s premier professional bass-fishing circuit will wrap up its season on Logan Martin Lake Aug. 11-14 with the world’s most lucrative bass-fishing championship presented by Castrol. The $1.5 million event will feature a four-day outdoor sports show and the world’s greatest pro bass anglers competing for $500,000 cash, the sport’s largest first-place payout.

The August dates reflect a change to better accommodate anglers and their families. The Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship and Outdoor Show, historically held in September, will now take place at a time better suited for the family-friendly atmosphere that is a hallmark of all FLW Tour stops.

“The Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship and Outdoor Show is our flagship event, and all of the festivities that surround it are designed to appeal to anglers and their families as well as the legions of fishing fans and their families who follow the FLW Tour,” said Charlie Hoover, president and CEO of FLW Outdoors. “We appreciate fishing’s strong family appeal, and we want everyone to be able to experience the thrill of FLW Tour competition.”

FLW Outdoors’ focus on family can be seen through many of its programs including the FLW Tour Family Fun Zone, FLW Outdoors Magazine for Kids and its association with Wal-Mart’s Take a Kid Fishing program. The Family Fun Zone – where children learn about conservation, fishing and the outdoors through hands-on activities – is an integral part of each FLW Tour event and especially so at the FLW Tour Championship and Outdoor Show.

“Scheduling the FLW Tour Championship in the summer is the right thing to do for competitive anglers, their families, FLW Tour fans and our sponsors,” Hoover said. “Competitive bass fishing is stronger than it has ever been, and we will continue to take it to even higher levels.”

Forty-eight pros and 48 co-anglers will qualify for the FLW Tour Championship through the $6.8 million Wal-Mart FLW Tour – bass fishing’s most lucrative tournament trail. The award for 48th place in the Pro Division is $15,000.

FLW Outdoors is the world’s leading marketer of competitive fishing. It administers the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, the world’s most lucrative bass-tournament series; the EverStart Series, the pathway to the Wal-Mart FLW Tour; and the Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League for weekend anglers. FLW Outdoors also operates the Wal-Mart Texas Tournament Trail, the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye Tour and the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye League for weekend anglers.

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