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Local Wal-Mart stores to host FLW Tour pro night

Fishing fans to meet Wal-Mart FLW Tour pros in Birmingham, Ala., July 31
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Pro Tracy Adams of Wilkesboro, N.C., earned a hard-fought victory and $100,000 Saturday on Lake Champlain in the final FLW Tour qualifier of 2006. Photo by Jeff Schroeder. Angler: Tracy Adams.
July 28, 2006 • MLF • Press Releases

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Fishing fans will have the opportunity to meet some of the most talented anglers in the world of competitive bass fishing at 13 Wal-Mart stores in the Birmingham, Ala., area July 31 from 5 to 7 p.m.

The world-class anglers will be signing autographs, posing for photos and offering fishing tips to store visitors during the two-hour event, which precedes the $1.5 million Wal-Mart FLW Tour Championship presented by Castrol on Logan Martin Lake Aug. 2-5.

Tracy Adams takes home his first FLW Tour trophy, at Lake Champlain, after 10 years on tour.Among the anglers participating will be Tyson pro Tracy Adams of Wilkesboro, N.C. After five career FLW Tour top-10s, Adams earned a hard-fought victory and $100,000 on Lake Champlain in the final FLW Tour qualifier of 2006. On day four, Adams rallied and caught five largemouth bass weighing 17 pounds, 11 ounces. Adams will be at the Wal-Mart store located at 5335 Hwy 280 S. in Hoover, Ala., talking about his winning pattern.

Pro Vic Vatalaro of Kent, Ohio, used a two-day catch of 38 pounds, 10 ounces to capture the 2006 Stren Series title on Lake Erie. Vatalaro won nearly $65,000 in cash and prizes in the process.Gain pro Vic Vatalaro of Kent, Ohio, is a renowned smallmouth bass angler. In a recent Stren Series Northeast Division event on Lake Erie, Vatalaro took first place by catching roughly 20 pounds of bass each day. The victory marked Vatalaro’s third Stren Series title on Lake Erie. Vatalaro will be among the anglers teaching techniques at the Wal-Mart store located at 2780 John Hawkins Parkway in Hoover, Ala.

Kim Bain, who now calls Alabaster, Ala., home, came to the United States from Australia to fish competitively. She has stretched that desire across three species in FLW Outdoors circuits: bass, redfish and walleyes.Kellogg’s angler Kim Bain, now of Alabaster, Ala., but originally from Brisbane, Australia, will be among the anglers speaking at the Wal-Mart located at 690 Highway 78 in Sumiton, Ala. Bain has done well fishing the FLW Tour, as well as the Wal-Mart FLW Series and Wal-Mart FLW Redfish Series, and is quickly becoming one of the most recognized figures in the sport.

A complete list of participating stores and pro anglers is included below.

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 tournament programs, browse 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

Wal-Mart #562

8551 Whitfield Ave

Leeds, AL 35094

(205) 699-0701

Chad Grigsby BF Goodrich

JT Kenney A & W Root Beer

Mike Surman Castrol

Wal-Mart #762

9248 Parkway East

Birmingham, AL 35206

(205) 833-7676

Kevin Vida Banana Boat

Chris Baumgardner Snickers

Jason Kilpatrick Lawry’s

Wal-Mart #763

7100 Aaron Aronov Drive

Fairfield, AL 35064

(205) 786-8228

Kevin Long BF Goodrich

Laura Long Wal-Mart

Chris McCall A & W Root Beer

Wal-Mart #764

750 Academy Drive

Bessemer, AL 35022

(205) 424-5890

Wes Thomas Fuji

Pat Fisher Snickers

Pam Wood Tyson

Wal-Mart #1168

2473 Hackworth Road

Birmingham, AL 35214

(205) 798-9721

Roger Crafton Fuji

James Davis Land O’ Lakes

David Lauer Snickers

Ken Wick Bounty

Wal-Mart #1201

890 Odum Road

Gardendale, AL 35071

(205) 631-8110

John Sappington Snickers

Craig Powers Bounty

Koby Kreiger Gain

Wal-Mart #1229

2780 John Hawkins Pkwy

Hoover, AL 35244

(205) 733-0303

Alfred Williams Tyson

Rich Lowitzki Folgers

Vic Vatalaro Gain

Wal-Mart #1711

5401 Beacon Drive

Irondale, AL 35210

(205) 956-0416

David Cooke Hamburger Helper

Keith Williams Land O’ Lakes

Greg Pugh Pedigree

Wal-Mart #2111

5335 Hwy 280 South

Hoover, AL 35242

(205) 980-5156

Bobby Curtis Castrol

Tracy Adams Tyson

Scott Suggs Folgers

Wal-Mart #2713

5919 Trussville Crossings Pkwy

Birmingham, AL 35235

(205) 661-1957

Joel Richardson Fuji

Sam Newby Kellogg’s

Harmon Davis Ozark Trail

Wal-Mart #2723

690 Highway 78

Sumiton, AL 35148

(205) 648-4100

Kim Bain Kellogg’s

Shad Schenck A & W Root Beer

Carl Svebek Castrol

Jeffrey Thomas Pedigree

Wal-Mart #5262

2181 Pelham Parkway

Pelham, AL 35124

(205) 987-0108

Karen Savik Land O’ Lakes

Jimmy Millsaps Gain

Sean Minderman Tylenol Severe Allergy

Wal-Mart #1481

209 Lakeshore Parkway

Homewood, AL 35209

(205) 945-8692

Jim Tutt Kellogg’s

Jack Gadlage Immodium Advanced

Robert Pearson A & W Root Beer