OLD HICKORY LAKE TO HOST CHEVY WILDCARD

BENTON, KY. (Oct. 2, 2006) - FLW Outdoors officials today announced Old Hickory Lake as host site for the 2006 Wal-Mart Bass Fishing League Chevy Wild Card regional Oct. 27-28. If you have entered all five tournaments in a BFL division this season and have not qualified for any other BFL regional, you are qualified to compete in this no-entry-fee tournament for a shot at qualifying for the $1 million All-American presented by Chevy. To be eligible for the Chevy Wild Card, your entry fees must not have been transferred or refunded unless you were placed on a waiting list.

Qualified anglers may enter immediately by calling FLW Outdoors at 270-252-1000. Registration for the Chevy Wild Card will close at 5 p.m. Central time Oct. 25. Qualified anglers may enter as a boater or co-angler regardless of how they entered any tournament during the 2006 season.

Anglers fishing the Chevy Wild Card may participate in an optional pot, which will be awarded to the top 20 percent of the participating field. The optional pot fees are $200 for boaters and $100 for co-anglers. Anglers participating in the optional pot will automatically be entered into a Snickers Big Bass pot, which will be paid each day based on $5 per boater and $2.50 per co-angler entering the optional pot.

All ties will be broken by the heaviest one-day stringer. Those still tied will remain tied except for ties for sixth place, which will be broken by 2006 divisional point standings.

There is no official practice period or off limits period prior to the pretournament meeting. No contestant may, however, be on tournament waters for the purpose of locating bass or potential fishing waters after the start of the pretournament meeting except during tournament hours. The purchasing of information or the hiring of services for this tournament is not permitted.

Registration and an angler appreciation picnic will be held at the Gallatin Civic Center at 210 Albert Gallatin Road in Gallatin from 3 to 6 p.m. Oct. 26. The pretournament meeting will be held at the same location starting at 7 p.m.

Bulls Creek Access located at 200 Odoms Bend Road in Gallatin will host daily takeoffs and weigh-ins at 7 a.m. and 3 p.m., respectively, Oct. 27-28.

The top six boaters and top six co-anglers will advance to the 2007 All-American where they will fish for top awards of $140,000 and $70,000 respectively.

The 2006 Chevy Wild Card is hosted by the Sumner County Convention and Visitors Bureau.

As the nation's leading provider of affordable, close-to-home weekend tournaments, the BFL is widely credited with opening competitive bass fishing to the masses. It also serves as a steppingstone for anglers who wish to advance to the Stren Series and ultimately the Wal-Mart FLW Tour. Former BFL anglers who have become fishing superstars on the Wal-Mart FLW Tour include Kellogg's pro Clark Wendlandt, Ranger pro Tommy Biffle and four-time FLW Tour champion David Fritts.

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, Stratos Owners' 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 and Wal-Mart FLW Striper Series. These circuits offer combined purses exceeding $37.9 million through 249 events in 2006.

For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments, visit FLWOutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000.

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 Wal-Mart, visit Wal-Mart.com.