Sunday’s clinic will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Wal-Mart Supercenter located at 973 Highway 90 E. in Bayou Vista. The free clinic is designed for people of all ages and skill levels, and participants are invited to ask the pros questions about fishing and automotive topics. The event precedes the FLW Tour event presented by Lay’s that is scheduled to take place Feb. 11-14 on the Atchafalaya Basin.
The clinic is in the Tire and Lube Express department at Wal-Mart. The first hour focuses on specific techniques the anglers use, including tips on tying knots, casting and selecting tackle. During the second hour, anglers answer questions, pose for photos and sign autographs. Participants may also enter a drawing for goodie bags filled with sponsor products, shirts and hats. The drawing will be held before the tournament weigh-in Feb. 14 at Wal-Mart.
Presenting anglers include Team BFGoodrich Tires members Scott Martin of Clewiston, Fla., and Chad Grigsby of Colon, Mich.; Team Castrol members Bobby Curtis of Siloam Springs, Ark., and David Dudley of Manteo, N.C.; Team Energizer member J.T. Kenney of Frostburg, Md.; Team Fujifilm members Randy Blaukat of Lamar, Mo., Robert Bogan of Farmington, Ark., Scott Bonnema of Forest Lake, Minn., Brent Brady of Hixson, Tenn., Joel Richardson of Kernersville, N.C., Sean Stickler of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Shawn Strader of Rockwood, Tenn., Wesley Strader of Spring City, Tenn., Sam Swett of Covington, La., and Wes Thomas of Hanover, Ind.; Team 7 UP members Robert Pearson of Herndon, Va., Mark Goines of Shady Point, Okla., and Shad Schenck of Waynetown, Ind.; and Team Tyson members Alfred Williams of Jackson, Miss., John Crews of Jetersville, Va., and Todd Ary of Birmingham, Ala. Dudley has won the lucrative Ranger M1 tournament, having taken home the top prize of $700,000 cash in 2002, and the 2003 FLW Tour Championship, where he earned a first-place check of $500,000.
“Getting involved in the communities hosting the Wal-Mart FLW Tour has been a great way for sponsors to give back and to thank the anglers and tournament fans who have been loyal consumers of our products for many years,” said Castrol representative Tracy Curtis. “Fishing is a wonderful family activity that has no boundaries on who can participate. We are dedicated to helping anglers of all skill levels learn new tricks of the trade and promoting the sport to a new generation of anglers.”
For more information about any of the Wal-Mart FLW Outdoors Fishing and Automotive Clinic sponsors, please visit their Web sites at BFGoodrichTires.com, CastrolUSA.com, Energizer.com, 7UP.com or Tyson.com.
FLW Outdoors 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, the world’s most lucrative walleye-tournament series; and the Wal-Mart RCL Walleye League for weekend anglers.
Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors is the world’s leading marketer of competitive fishing. Wal-Mart serves as the title sponsor of FLW Outdoors as it has since 1997. For a complete list of FLW Outdoors sponsors and more information about them, please visit FLWOutdoors.com.