WAL-MART TIRE & LUBE EXPRESS TO HOST FISHING SEMINAR PRIOR TO WAL-MART FLW TOUR EVENT

MONROE, La. (Feb. 23, 2005) — Some of FLW Outdoors’ most successful professional anglers will offer tournament-winning tips and techniques when they host the Wal-Mart Tire & Lube Express Fishing and Automotive Clinic Sunday, March 6 in Monroe.

For the third stop on the 2005 FLW Tour, there will be two clinics located in the Tire, Lube and Express department at the Wal-Mart Supercenters located at 2701 Louisville Ave. in Monroe and at 1025 Glenwood Drive in West Monroe. Both clinics will be held March 6 from 4-6 p.m. The events precede the Wal-Mart FLW Tour event to take place on the Ouachita River March 9-12.

The free clinics are designed for people of all ages and skill levels. The first hour focuses on specific techniques top pro anglers use, including tips on tying knots, casting and selecting tackle. During the second hour, FLW Tour 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.

Anglers scheduled to attend are Castrol team members Bobby Curtis of Siloam Springs, Ark.; David Dudley of Lynchburg, Va.; Mike Surman of Boca Raton, Fla.; Carl Svebek III of Siloam Springs, Ark.; and Darrel Robertson of Jay, Okla. Robertson and Dudley are both Forrest L. Wood Championship winners and past winners of the lucrative Ranger M1 tournament, having taken home top prizes of $600,000 and $700,000 cash, respectively.

“Getting involved in the communities hosting the Wal-Mart FLW Tour has been a great way for us to give back and to thank the anglers and tournament fans who have been loyal consumers of our products for many years,” said Castrol spokesperson Tracy Curtis. “Fishing is a wonderful family activity that has no boundaries on who can participate. Many fishing fans have enjoyed these seminars in the past, and we are pleased to be helping anglers of all skill levels learn new tricks of the trade and promoting the sport to a new generation of anglers.”

Additional seminar information will include details about what to check on autos and boats before heading out to the water; instructions about how to catch more fish; what life is like as a pro angler and general auto tips from the pros who put an average of 40,000 miles a year on their vehicles.

For more information about any of the Wal-Mart Tire & Lube Express Fishing and Automotive Clinic sponsors, please visit CastrolUSA.com.

Named after the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, Forrest L. Wood, FLW Outdoors administers the Wal-Mart FLW Tour and seven other national tournament circuits offering a combined $30 million in awards through 214 events in 2005. The 27-year-old organization is the purveyor of America’s largest and most prestigious fishing tournaments, including the Wal-Mart FLW Tour, EverStart 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 and Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series.

For more information on FLW Outdoors and its tournament programs, 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 title sponsor of the FLW Tour in 1997 and today is the title sponsor of all FLW Outdoors events. For more information on Wal-Mart, visit Wal-Mart.com.