- The Washington Times - Friday, July 17, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Gene Mueller recently reported in The Washington Times that FLW Outdoors was responsible for a large fish kill on the Potomac River following our Stren Series and National Guard College Fishing Series events (“Big tournaments, big problem,” Sports, Sunday).

Mr. Mueller divulged that there were “some 600 dead bass” found; yet he failed to mention the reports of blue gill, gizzard shad and three species of catfish also found and that there were two additional tournaments on the Potomac River occurring the same weekend as our events. He has continually chastised our organization and the tournament regarding this matter. Yet he has not contacted me or any FLW representatives regarding this situation to diligently research and report on the matter.

Our tournament director for this event prepared meticulously and worked closely with local officials, as we do for each of our events. Officials from the Maryland Fish and Wildlife continue to work closely with us regarding the operations of our tournaments, and we are continuing to work with them on various projects to improve the fisheries and its resources.

We also brought in an additional live-release boat and extra staff to make sure we took appropriate care of the fish. Our live-release boats maintain a temperature almost identical to the water to which the fish will be returned. They also have oxygenated water being recirculated, and the water contains Rejuvenade as well. Rejuvenade, which is also distributed to each angler, is a special additive that has a proactive formula that revitalizes and rejuvenates bass.

It is in our best interest to care for the fish and the fishery, as we pride ourselves in having over a 99 percent live-return rate for our bass tournaments.

Finally, I would like to encourage everyone to attend our events and to view for himself how we care for the fish and our natural resources.

CHARLIE EVANS

President and CEO

FLW Outdoors

Benton, Ky.

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