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  • Updated: 01/14/01

  • News Release

    For additional information, please contact:
    Carey O’Bryant, Marketing Manager, (870) 453-2222


    MOBILE, Ala. (Jan. 8, 2001) - Ranger Boat Company of Flippin, Ark. has announced
    that the company's second M1 bass tournament will be held at Mobile, Ala., Feb. 27
    through Mar. 2, 2002.  With a $3.6 million purse and up to $1 million going to the
    winner, the Ranger M1 is the sports richest event in history, equaled only by the premier
    M1 held in Nov., 1999.

        Featuring the top 400 bass anglers from hundreds of qualifying tournaments coast
    to coast, the Ranger M1 will mark only the second time that top competitors from the
    nation's leading fishing organizations have gone toe-to-toe in elimination competition.

        Ranger founder, Forrest L. Wood, participated in the press conference here, in
    Mobile, along with Alabama Governor Don Siegelman.  "We are extremely proud to be
    hosting the Ranger M1," said Governor Siegelman, "The tournament will have significant
    economic impact on Mobile, and the wealth of exposure generated by the event will
    highlight fishing and other recreational opportunities statewide."

        Anglers will qualify for the Ranger M1 as pros or as co-anglers, with the pros
    fishing from their Ranger's front deck for the tournament's top dollars.  Co-anglers will
    fish from the back of the boat for up to $250,000 - the richest non-professional award in
    bass fishing history.  Each pro will retain control of his or her Ranger boat throughout the

        There will be three elimination rounds on the Tensaw Delta, a 100,000-acre
    fishery formed by the confluence of the Alabama, Tombigbee and Mobile Rivers at
    Mobile Bay.  The full field will compete for two days and then will be cut to the top 10
    anglers inboth divisions based on total catch weight.  Starting again at zero weight, these
    anglers will compete in a one-day semi-final round, the last day for co-angler
    competition.  Only the top five pro anglers will advance to the final day of competition
    and will re-start at zero catch weight.

        Weigh-ins for the first two days of competition will be held at Battleship
    Memorial Park in Mobile.  The two remaining weigh-ins will be at the Mobile
    Convention Center.  Operation Bass of Gilbertsville, Ky., will again be conducting this
    landmark event. Ranger Boat Company will be joined by an impressive review of
    sponsors - including Wal-Mart, Kellogg's, Pepsi, Chevrolet, Citgo, Fujifilm and Visa, to
    name a few. 

        "After the outstanding success of the first Ranger M1 we had to have another
    one," said Randy Hopper, Presidents of Ranger Boats.  "Ranger has been a leading
    sponsor of competitive fishing for over 30 years.  To us, the M1 is the ultimate
    expression of our appreciation to the loyal family of Ranger owners everywhere." 

        The Ranger M1 total purse is based on a guaranteed payback of $1.3 million, plus
    $2.3 million in sponsor bonus money.  The winning pro is guaranteed $400,000 and the
    top co-angler, $150,000.  All competitors will receive a minimum cash award equal to
    his or her entry fee provided minimum sponsor bonus requirements are met.  Entry fees
    are $5,000 for pros and $2,500 for co-anglers.

        For more information on how to qualify for the Ranger M1 contact Ranger Boats
    at (870) 453-2222 or visit Ranger's website at rangerboats.com.

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