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Kissimmee area Wal-Mart stores to host Wal-Mart FLW Tour pro night

Pro anglers available for autographs Saturday, Feb. 23
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Scott Suggs sets the hook during the finals of the Forrest Wood Cup. Photo by Jason Sealock. Angler: Scott Suggs.
February 12, 2008 • MLF • Archives

KISSIMMEE, Fla. – Fishing fans will have the opportunity to meet some of the most accomplished anglers in the world of competitive bass fishing at four Wal-Mart stores in the Kissimmee area Feb. 23, from 6-8 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 season-opening Wal-Mart FLW Tour stop on Lake Toho Feb. 28-March 2. Hosted by the Central Florida Sports Commission and the Kissimmee – St. Cloud Convention & Visitors Bureau, the lucrative tournament will feature 400 anglers from 35 states, Australia, Italy Mexico, Japan and Spain, with 200 of the world’s best bass pros fishing for a top award of $125,000 cash.

Among the anglers participating will be Folgers pro Scott Suggs of Bryant, Ark., who won $1 million – the largest first-place payday in the history of professional bass fishing – at the 2007 Forrest Wood Cup on Lake Ouachita in Hot Springs, Ark. Suggs will be speaking at the Wal-Mart store located at 4444 West Vine Street in Kissimmee, Fla. Joining him will be Kellogg’s pro Clark Wendlandt, Abu Garcia pro George Jeane Jr., Castrol pro David Dudley and Durracell pro Michael Bennett. For more store details, see the complete schedule below.

Tournament pros aren’t the only ones winning big this season. With the introduction of FLW Fantasy Fishing, FLW Outdoors offers anyone the opportunity to enter for their chance to land the catch of a lifetime with the opportunity to win $7.3 million in cash and prizes. Players can become a virtual pro angler by signing up for Player’s Advantage, providing them with exclusive insider information that could guide them to a $100,000 victory at every Wal-Mart FLW Tour stop and the Forrest Wood Cup.

Player’s Advantage will give them an edge over the competition and increase their shot for a $1 million cash grand prize that will be awarded to the FLW Fantasy Fishing cumulative points winner. Those who visit today can sign up for Player’s Advantage and FLW Outdoors will include a $15 Wal-Mart gift card.

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, browse or call (270) 252-1000. For more information about FLW Fantasy Fishing and Player’s Advantage, visit