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· Pack Leads Wal-Mart FLW Tour Wal-Mart Open on Beaver Lake
Pack Wins Wal-Mart Open on Beaver Lake
Pack Wins Wal-Mart Open, $200,000 on Beaver Lake
 
ROGERS, Ark. (May 18, 2008) – Mark Pack of Mineola, Texas, pocketed $200,000 Sunday in the Wal-Mart Open on Beaver Lake with a final-round, two-day total of 10 bass weighing 21 pounds, 10 ounces. He earned the hard-fought victory with 3 pounds, 7 ounces to spare over Wal-Mart pro George Cochran of Hot Springs, Ark., who finished in second place and earned $50,000 with 10 bass weighing 18-03.

“The key today was having a little bit of current,” said Pack, who has made five top-10 appearances on the FLW Tour since 2001, including four on Beaver Lake. “The shad balled up, which concentrated the fish.”

Pack opened the tournament Thursday with a 14-pound, 13-ounce limit that put him in first place. He added five more bass weighing 10-03 to his catch Friday to advance to the final round in third place with a two-day, opening-round total of 10 bass weighing 25-00. On Saturday he caught five bass weighing 7-05 to enter the final day in seventh place.

Pack caught his bass from two spots today, catching his limit by 7:30 a.m. with a prototype Lake Fork Tackle Hyper Worm on the back of a 3/16-ounce homemade jig.

“I had a steady retrieve; the tail of that worm would just be flopping back-and-forth, so I was basically swimming it,” Pack said. “I caught my fish off points with mainly rock, rubble and sand — most were off ramps that were flooded in 3 feet of water.”

Pack said he caught a lot of fish flipping during the first two days of competition.

“Yesterday I thought maybe I’d go flipping today,” Pack said. “If I’d done that, it would’ve been a big mistake. This has been a dream of mine since I was young.”

Rounding out the top 10 pros were Greg Bohannan of Rogers, Ark. (10 bass, 17-14, $40,000); Mike Hawkes of Sabinal, Texas (10 bass, 17-10, $35,000); Matt Arey of Shelby, N.C. (10 bass, 16-12, $30,000); Kyle Mabrey of McCalla, Ala. (10 bass, 15-01, $28,000); Sam Newby of Pocola, Okla. (10 bass, 14-13, $26,000); Dan Morehead of Paducah, Ky. (nine bass, 14-07, $24,000); Alvin Shaw of State Road, N.C. (six bass, 6-14 , $22,000); and Richard Strother of Tyler, Texas (five bass, 6-13, $20,000).

Overall there were 46 bass weighing 78 pounds, 8 ounces caught in the Pro Division Sunday. The catch included 8 five-bass limits.

Tournament pros aren’t the only ones winning big this season. The Wal-Mart Open is the fourth stop of the year for the most lucrative fantasy sports league in history, FLW Fantasy Fishing™, which offers total awards of $7.3 million, including $100,000 cash guaranteed to the top Fantasy Fishing player following every FLW Tour stop and the Forrest Wood Cup. To play FLW Fantasy Fishing, simply log on to www.fantasyfishing.com and pick a team of 10 anglers for the next FLW Tour stop. Fans can even become a virtual pro with access to exclusive insider information and tips by signing up for Player’s Advantage, which could help them earn a record $1 million as the FLW Fantasy Fishing cumulative points winner. Player’s Advantage members also receive a complimentary $15 Wal-Mart gift card.

On Saturday, co-angler Stetson Blaylock of Benton, Ark., claimed his first FLW Tour victory after winning an FLW Series event on Pickwick Lake in October and the FLW Series East-West Fish-off on Lake Amistad in February. Saturday’s win, courtesy of a five-bass catch weighing 10-09, boosted Blaylock to the number eight position in the 2008 Wal-Mart FLW Tour co-angler standings.

Blaylock opened the tournament in 35th place Thursday with five bass weighing 7-00 while fishing with pro Tommy Martin of Hemphill, Texas. He then added five more bass weighing 9-14 Friday after fishing with Rob Kilby of Hot Springs, Ark., to advance to the final round in second place with 10 bass weighing 16-14. He wrapped up his win Saturday while fishing with Newby.

“It feels good to win,” said Blaylock, who has had four wins and 15 top-10 finishes in FLW Outdoors events. “I’ve won a couple of Series events in the last seven or eight months, but there’s no comparison to what this feels like.”

Blaylock said he caught all his fish close to Prairie Creek Marina, flipping a Berkley 5-inch black neon tube into trees and flooded grass along steep banks.

“I fished a BFL tournament last week at Greers Ferry where I flipped a tube all week,” Blaylock said. “The water was high and dirty – just like it is here. I finished seventh there with 10 pounds, 6 ounces, so I thought I’d try the same thing up here.”

Rounding out the top 10 co-anglers were Gregory Auzenne of Panama City, Fla. (three bass, 7-06, $10,000); Steven Meador of Bella Vista, Ark. (five bass, 6-08, $9,000); Danny Faught of Rogers, Ark. (five bass, 5-04, $8,000); Bill Jarvis of Carthage, Miss. (three bass, 5-03, $7,000); Burl Smith of Prairie Grove, Ark. (two bass, 3-02, $6,000); Chad Pipkens of Holt, Mich. (two bass, 3-00, $5,000); Bryan Talmadge of Pell City, Ala. (one bass, 2-06, $4,000); Jared Taliaferro of Rogers, Ark. (one bass, 2-05, $3,000); and David Lauer of South Bend, Ind. (zero bass, $2,000).

Coverage of the Wal-Mart Open hosted by the Rogers Convention & Visitors Bureau and Bentonville Advertising and Promotion Commissionwill be broadcast to 81 million FSN (Fox Sports Net) subscribers in the United States as part of the “FLW Outdoors” television programs airing July 13 and July 20. “FLW Outdoors” is also broadcast in Canada on WFN (World Fishing Network) and to more than 429 million households in the United Kingdom, Europe, Russia, Australia, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East through a distribution agreement with Matchroom Sport, making it the most widely distributed fishing program in the world. The program airs Sunday mornings at 11 Eastern time in most markets. Check local listings for times in your area.

The next $1 million FLW Tour stop will be held on Fort Loudon-Tellico Lakes in Knoxville, Tenn., June 19-22.
FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world. In 2008 alone the organization is offering more than 90,000 anglers the chance to win over $40 million through 230 tournaments in 10 circuits targeting bass, walleye, redfish, kingfish and striped bass. FLW Outdoors is also taking fishing mainstream with the largest cash awards in the history of fantasy sports, $7.3 million.

For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments, visit www.flwoutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000. For more information about FLW Fantasy Fishing and Player’s Advantage, visit www.fantasyfishing.com.
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Shaw Leads Wal-Mart FLW Tour Wal-Mart Open on Beaver Lake
ROGERS, Ark. (May 16, 2008) - Alvin Shaw of State Road, N.C., caught five bass weighing 13 pounds, 6 ounces Friday to capture the lead in the $1.5 million Wal-Mart FLW Tour Wal-Mart Open on Beaver Lake with a two-day, opening-round total of 10 bass weighing 26-02."When the water is muddy and high like this, it looks just like Buggs Island back home," said Shaw, who has amassed more than $494,000 in career earnings with FLW Outdoors and won the Wal-Mart FLW Tour tournament on Wheeler Lake in 2005. "I could say there's no difference-just different-sized fish."

Shaw said he caught his limit by 1 p.m. with a green-pumpkin Lunker Lure Original Rattleback Flipping Jig with a Zoom Super Chunk and 20-pound-test Gamma fluorocarbon line.

"I can fish a jig more than one way," Shaw said. "I'm catching them different ways-flipping in places, barely touching it in places, firing it way back in there and swimming it. It took me a while to get a limit, but that's the way it is with jig fishing-it's going to take time. I think that (line) has a lot to do with me being able to horse the fish in, because I don't have to worry about it breaking."

Shaw opened the tournament Thursday in ninth place, with a 12-pound, 12-ounce limit.
Feeling confident going into tomorrow, Shaw said he thinks he can catch his fish anywhere and plans to keep doing the same thing.

"I beat Clark Wendlandt in two games of ping-pong last night, so I was going into today really confident," Shaw said. "I know that doesn't have anything to do with fishing, but anytime you get something going for you mentally, you get more motivated."

Sam Newby of Pocola, Okla., caught his fish to advance to the final round as the No. 2 angler with a two-day total of 10 bass weighing 25-08.

"I just fished two areas today, but didn't catch anything on the first spot, since it's been an afternoon bite," said Newby, who has amassed more than $642,000 in career earnings with FLW Outdoors and won the Wal-Mart FLW Tour tournament on Lake Champlain in 2002. "I left and went to my primary spot where I started yesterday and caught four and lost three; then, I went back to my big-fish spot and caught a good, solid fish to make my limit. After that, I caught two 4-pounders back-to-back."

Newby caught a limit by 3 p.m. and plans to stick with the same strategy tomorrow.

"I'm going to go with pretty much the same thing tomorrow," said Newby. "I have a couple of new spots I'll probably hit that I haven't been to since the first day of practice."

Rounding out the top five pros who will continue competition Saturday and Sunday are Mark Pack of Mineola, Texas (10 bass, 25-00); Matt Arey of Shelby, N.C. (10 bass, 24-14) and Kyle Mabrey of McCalla, Ala. (10 bass, 24-02).

Also clearing the top-10 cut weight of 22 pounds, 8 ounces were Dan Morehead of Paducah, Ky.; Joel Richardson of Kernersville, N.C.; Mike Hawkes of Sabinal, Texas; Richard Strother of Tyler, Texas; and Greg Bohannan of Rogers, Ark.

Bill Day of Frankfort, Ky., earned the day's $1,000 Snickers Big Bass award in the Pro Division thanks to a 5-pound, 7-ounce bass. Rob Digh of Denver, N.C., who won Thursday's Snickers Big Bass award with a 6-pound bass, won an extra $1,000 for having the biggest bass of the tournament.

Overall there were 777 bass weighing 1,237 pounds, 10 ounces caught by 191 pros Friday. The catch included 115 five-bass limits.

Pros are competing for a top award of $200,000 this week plus valuable points in the hope of qualifying for the $2 million Forrest Wood Cup presented by Castrol in Columbia, S.C., Aug. 14-17, where they could win as much as $1 million - the sport's biggest award.

Tournament pros aren't the only ones hoping to win big on Beaver Lake. The Wal-Mart Open is the fourth stop of the year for the most lucrative fantasy sports league in history, FLW Fantasy Fishing™, which offers total awards of $7.3 million, including $100,000 cash guaranteed to the top Fantasy Fishing player following every FLW Tour stop and the Forrest Wood Cup. To play FLW Fantasy Fishing, simply log on to www.fantasyfishing.com and pick a team of 10 anglers for the next FLW Tour stop. Fans can even become a virtual pro with access to exclusive insider information and tips by signing up for Player's Advantage, which could help them earn a record $1 million as the FLW Fantasy Fishing cumulative points winner. Player's Advantage members also receive a complimentary $15 Wal-Mart gift card.

Jared Taliaferro of Rogers, Ark., leads the Co-angler Division with an opening-round total of eight bass weighing 18-11 followed by Stetson Blaylock of Benton, Ark., in second place with 10 bass weighing 16-14.

"I used a jig with a Rage Tail Craw," Taliaferro said. "I was swimming a jig, just getting to the bank and fishing grass and bushes. When it hits the cover, they'll come out of the bushes and eat it."

Taliaferro said he caught all three fish on a jig and has never used this technique on Beaver Lake before.

"I learned this on Grand Lake-swimming a jig around docks and stuff like that," Taliaferro said. "I'm going to stick with what I'm doing; they ate it in practice and are still eating it today."

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Bryan Talmadge of Pell City, Ala. (nine bass, 16-03); Danny Faught of Rogers, Ark. (nine bass, 15-06) and Chad Pipkens of Holt, Mich. (10 bass, 15-06).

Also clearing the top-10 cut weight of 13 pounds, 1 ounce were Burl Smith of Prairie Grove, Ark.; Bill Jarvis of Carthage, Miss.; Gregory Auzenne of Panama City, Fla.; Steven Meador of Bella Vista, Ark.; and David Lauer of South Bend, Ind.

Brian Chenowith of Russellville, Ark., earned the day's $500 Snickers Big Bass award in the Co-angler Division thanks to a 5-pound, 2-ounce bass.

Overall there were 385 bass weighing 556 pounds, 2 ounces caught by 166 co-anglers Friday. The catch included 23 five-bass limits.

Co-anglers are fishing for a top award of $40,000 this week.

Anglers will take off at 6:30 each morning from Prairie Creek Marina located at 1 Prairie Creek Marina Drive in Rogers, Ark. Saturday and Sunday's weigh-ins will be held at the John Q. Hammons Center, located at 3303 Pinnacle Hills Parkway in Rogers, beginning at 4 p.m.

Prior to the weigh-ins Saturday and Sunday, FLW Outdoors will host a free Family Fun Zone and outdoor show at the John Q. Hammons Center from noon to 6 p.m. each day. The Family Fun Zone offers fans a chance to meet their Fantasy Fishing team anglers face-to-face and review the latest products from Berkley, Lowrance, Ranger, Evinrude, Yamaha and other sponsors while children are treated to giveaways, fishing themed games and rides like the Ranger Boat simulator. Saturday and Sunday children 14 and under visiting the Family Fun Zone will also receive a free rod and reel combo while supplies last. On Sunday, during the final 4 p.m. weigh-in, one lucky member of the audience will win a new Ranger boat. Admission is free and you must be present to win.

Pros and co-anglers are randomly paired each day, and the full field of 400 anglers competes in the two-day opening round for one of 10 slots in Saturday's competition based on their two-day accumulated weight. Weights are cleared for Saturday, and co-angler competition concludes following Saturday's weigh-in. The top 10 pros continue competition Sunday, with the winner determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from the final two days.

The Wal-Mart Open is hosted by the Rogers Convention & Visitors Bureau and Bentonville Advertising & Promotion Commission.

Coverage of the Wal-Mart Open will be broadcast to 81 million FSN (Fox Sports Net) subscribers in the United States as part of the "FLW Outdoors" television programs airing July 13 and July 20. "FLW Outdoors" is also broadcast in Canada on WFN (World Fishing Network) and to more than 429 million households in the United Kingdom, Europe, Russia, Australia, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East through a distribution agreement with Matchroom Sport, making it the most widely distributed fishing program in the world. The program airs Sunday mornings at 11 Eastern time in most markets. Check local listings for times in your area.

FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world. In 2008 alone the organization is offering more than 90,000 anglers the chance to win over $40 million through 230 tournaments in 10 circuits targeting bass, walleye, redfish, kingfish and striped bass. FLW Outdoors is also taking fishing mainstream with the largest cash awards in the history of fantasy sports, $7.3 million.

For more information about FLW Outdoors and its tournaments, visit www.flwoutdoors.com or call (270) 252-1000. For more information about FLW Fantasy Fishing and Player's Advantage, visit www.fantasyfishing.com.
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Pack Leads Wal-Mart FLW Tour Wal-Mart Open on Beaver Lake
ROGERS, Ark. (May 15, 2008) – Mark Pack of Mineola, Texas, stood atop the leaderboard Thursday with five bass weighing 14 pounds, 13 ounces on a closely contested opening day at the $1.5 million Wal-Mart FLW Tour Wal-Mart Open on Beaver Lake. Just 13 ounces separated the leader from a tie for second place in the international competition featuring anglers from 37 states and four countries.

Anglers had no problem catching five-bass limits. In fact, of the 200 pros and 200 co-anglers competing, 157 pros and 48 co-anglers caught limits. A rainy spring has made Beaver Lake almost unrecognizable to returning anglers — its characteristically clear waters are now muddy, with less than 3 feet of visibility in most areas. The lake is 8 feet above normal pool, creating thousands of acres of flooded bass cover.

“There was no sight fishing here, but Texas has a lot of muddy water, so I’m used to this kind of stuff,” said Pack, who has amassed more than $296,000 in career earnings with FLW Outdoors and is currently ranked 38th in the 2008 Wal-Mart FLW Tour standings. “I found them in the real muddy water and probably had to go through 30 fish to catch the five biggest ones.”

Pack stayed within five miles of the marina and caught his limit using a worm and crankbait in 2 feet of water, and believes the forecast for sun Thursday should help him.“I’m running a pattern, and it is really strong right now, so I can run just about anywhere and do it,” Pack said. “I think my pattern will hold up for four days, since it’s not like a sight-fishing deal, where they’ll run out.”

Pack holds a 13-ounce lead over his closest competitors, Jason Reyes of Humble, Texas, and Joel Richardson of Kernersville, N.C., who both caught five bass weighing 14-00.

While Pack focused on power fishing to catch his fish, Reyes opted for finesse fishing and Richardson chose a variety of baits to catch his bass.

“I started out on clear water and had a limit by 9 o’clock,” said Reyes, who is in his second season of Wal-Mart FLW Tour competition. “Then I came back into the dirty water late in the day and caught a couple of really nice fish that culled well for me—a 4 ½- and 2 ½-pounder.”

“I think my pattern will hold up if I keep changing up and fishing a little bit deep and a little bit shallow and find out what they want. The deeper fish are coming from the lower end of the lake, and I didn’t really have many other boats around,” he added.

“I caught some of my fish on spinnerbaits, one on a jig and some on crankbaits,” said Richardson, who has had 20 top-10 finishes since 1995 in FLW Outdoors events and won the Wal-Mart FLW Tour tournament on Lake Okeechobee in 1999. “I was fishing in muddy, shallow water on points and caught a lot of fish, maybe 30 keepers.”

Rounding out the top five pros are Greg Bohannan of Rogers, Ark. (five bass, 13-12) and Sam Newby of Pocola, Okla. (five bass, 13-07).

Rob Digh of Denver, N.C., earned the day’s $1,000 Snickers Big Bass award in the Pro Division thanks to a 6-pound bass he caught on a jig. If that weight holds up Friday as the heaviest of the two-day opening round, he will earn an additional $1,000.

Overall there were 903 bass weighing 1,605 pounds, 1 ounce caught by 200 pros Thursday.

Pros are competing for a top award of $200,000 this week plus valuable points in the hope of qualifying for the $2 million Forrest Wood Cup presented by Castrol in Columbia, S.C., Aug. 14-17, where they could win as much as $1 million – the sport’s biggest award.

Tournament pros aren’t the only ones hoping to win big on Beaver Lake. The Wal-Mart Open is the fourth stop of the year for the most lucrative fantasy sports league in history, FLW Fantasy Fishing™, which offers total awards of $7.3 million, including $100,000 cash guaranteed to the top Fantasy Fishing player following every FLW Tour stop and the Forrest Wood Cup.

To play FLW Fantasy Fishing, simply log on to www.fantasyfishing.com and pick a team of 10 anglers for the next FLW Tour stop. Fans can even become a virtual pro with access to exclusive insider information and tips by signing up for Player’s Advantage, which could help them earn a record $1 million as the FLW Fantasy Fishing cumulative points winner. Player’s Advantage members also receive a complimentary $15 Wal-Mart gift card.

Brett Winborn of Alma, Ark., leads the Co-angler Division with five bass weighing 11-12 followed by Jared Taliaferro of Rogers, in second place with five bass weighing 11-11.

“I caught largemouth in shallow water, flipping a lot of bushes, grass and timber,” Winborn said. “I went to about 25 to 30 small areas.”

Winborn said he felt a little “out of his element” at Beaver Lake with the muddy conditions, but adapted quickly, catching eight or nine keepers.

Winborn took the early lead in the tournament while fishing with Andy Montgomery of Blacksburg, S.C., who is currently in 97th place with five bass weighing 8-03.

Rounding out the top five co-anglers are Ty Hester of Russellville, Ala. (five bass, 11-02); Scotty Villines of Ponca, Ark. (five bass, 10-01) and Mike Drain of Purcell, Okla. (five bass, 9-10).
Winborn earned the day’s $500 Snickers Big Bass award in the Co-angler Division thanks to a 4-pound, 4-ounce bass.

Overall there were 527 bass weighing 794 pounds caught by 200 co-anglers Thursday. Co-anglers are fishing for a top award of $40,000 this week.

Anglers will take off at 6:30 each morning from Prairie Creek Marina located at 1 Prairie Creek Marina Drive in Rogers. Friday’s weigh-in will also be held at Prairie Creek Marina beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday’s weigh-ins will be held at the John Q. Hammons Center, located at 317 W. Walnut St. in Rogers, beginning at 4 p.m.

Prior to the weigh-ins Saturday and Sunday, FLW Outdoors will host a free Family Fun Zone and outdoor show at the John Q. Hammons Center from noon to 6 p.m. each day. The Family Fun Zone offers fans a chance to meet their Fantasy Fishing team anglers face-to-face and review the latest products from Berkley, Lowrance, Ranger, Evinrude, Yamaha and other sponsors while children are treated to giveaways, fishing themed games and rides like the Ranger Boat simulator. Saturday and Sunday children 14 and under visiting the Family Fun Zone will also receive a free rod and reel combo while supplies last. On Sunday, during the final 4 p.m. weigh-in, one lucky member of the audience will win a new Ranger boat. Admission is free and you must be present to win.

Pros and co-anglers are randomly paired each day, and the full field of 400 anglers competes in the two-day opening round for one of 10 slots in Saturday’s competition based on their two-day accumulated weight. Weights are cleared for Saturday, and co-angler competition concludes following Saturday’s weigh-in. The top 10 pros continue competition Sunday, with the winner determined by the heaviest accumulated weight from the final two days.

The Wal-Mart Open is hosted by the Rogers Convention & Visitors Bureau and Bentonville Advertising & Promotion Commission. Coverage of the Wal-Mart Open will be broadcast to 81 million FSN (Fox Sports Net) subscribers in the United States as part of the “FLW Outdoors” television programs airing July 13 and July 20. “FLW Outdoors” is also broadcast in Canada on WFN (World Fishing Network) and to more than 429 million households in the United Kingdom, Europe, Russia, Australia, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East through a distribution agreement with Matchroom Sport, making it the most widely distributed fishing program in the world. The program airs Sunday mornings at 11 Eastern time in most markets. Check local listings for times in your area.

FLW Outdoors, named after Forrest L. Wood, the legendary founder of Ranger Boats, is the largest fishing tournament organization in the world. In 2008 alone the organization is offering more than 90,000 anglers the chance to win over $40 million through 230 tournaments in 10 circuits targeting bass, walleye, redfish, kingfish and striped bass. FLW Outdoors is also taking fishing mainstream with the largest cash awards in the history of fantasy sports, $7.3 million.
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