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Toyota Texas Bass Classic Tournament Format Announced

Lake Fork, Texas -- With a new and unique format for a bass fishing tournament and a first place prize of $250,000, the Toyota Texas Bass Classic has attracted a top-level field of professional anglers. The format will combine the conservation aspects of Lake Fork's slot limits with the competitiveness of a Professional Anglers Association (PAA) tournament.

"Our goal for this tournament is to create a premier fishing event that will support Texas Parks and Wildlife's youth fishing and outreach programs. It is also a tremendous way to celebrate Lake Fork's 25th anniversary," said Dan Friedkin, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) commissioner who worked with Commissioner Donato Ramos to create the concept of the tournament.

The 160 contestants, all of whom are qualified members of the PAA, will be arranged in four-man teams for the tournament's first two days on Friday and Saturday, with five of those teams qualifying for the finals on the tournament's third day. The four-man teams will consist of two pairs of anglers, one pair fishing in one boat for four hours each morning and the other pair in the afternoon.

With 160 entries, 40 boats will be actively fishing on the lake in the morning and again in the afternoon. As the morning competitors return to the dock, they will put their heads together with the second pair in strategy sessions to share tips and info on what they have learned about the lake and conditions that morning, and where the afternoon pair might be more successful.

"This tournament is different and is going to be a lot of fun for the contestants because it puts a premium on teamwork," said Gary Klein, chairman of the tournament committee and one of the leading competitors on the tournament circuit. "It is attracting top level professionals to compete on Lake Fork, one of the best bass lakes in the U.S., and will take advantage of the slot limits to demonstrate the depth and diversity of the lake's bass population."

In addition to the cash prizes, the angler who catches the biggest bass of the tournament will receive a 2007 Toyota Tundra. If the state record is surpassed, the angler will also win $100,000 and a new boat.

In the Toyota Texas Bass Classic, all fish caught above 14 inches will be weighed and the top five caught each day credited to each angler. Fish falling within the slot limit will be weighed in the boat by a certified and independent observer, then returned to the lake immediately. Contestants will be allowed to keep one fish larger than 24 inches, which will be weighed at the dockside weigh-in scales, then turned over to TPWD for proper handling.

TPWD will have two large aquariums at the weigh-in, as well as two large tanker trucks, for use if a ShareLunker bass -- normally a fish weighing more than 13 pounds -- is caught.

"Normally, tournaments on slot limit lakes turn into large-fish competitions because the slot limit minimizes for all practical purposes the effect of entering multiple fish," said Gene Ellison of the Professional Anglers Association. "In this tournament, having the independent certified observer on each boat and weighing the fish in the boat means that each contestant will be able to have five fish of various sizes count towards their competitive total."

According to Phil Durocher, head of TPWD Inland Fisheries, "This tournament will showcase the excellent fishing at Lake Fork that has resulted from innovative fisheries management strategies that have been strongly supported by our friends at the Sabine River Authority. Anglers who have fished the waters of Lake Fork have been enjoying the results of this partnership for years."

The tournament's format is designed to appeal to spectators, and includes kids activities, live music and a Jumbotron showing continuous action to the audience. Weigh-ins morning and afternoon will assure high levels of activity during the day. While half of the anglers are on the water fishing, the other flight of anglers on shore will be giving clinics, signing autographs and interacting with the public.

The Toyota Texas Bass Classic is sanctioned by the PAA with technical assistance and support from TPW Inland Fisheries Division. Title sponsor for the event is Toyota, presenting sponsor is Enterprise Rent-A-Car and the City of Lindale is the official host city. Entertainment for the tournament will include Clay Walker, Tracy Lawrence, Danielle Peck, Zona Jones, Kacey Musgraves and Todd Fritsch.

For more information: www.toyotatexasbassclassic.com

Media Contact:
Clyde Hopkins or Marilyn Pippin at 214/828-0066 [email protected] or [email protected]
 
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I have watched both days already on VS. Folks this is a cool show. April 22nd at 2pm EST it is coming on again. This is the last day of the tournament. Alton Jones team is leading going into day 3. Only 5 teams are fishing Sunday.

The channel is VS or Versus. I also know that CBS will show it on Mothers day so if you do not have the VS channel (That would suck because so many fishing shows come on that channel) then you can watch it on CBS on Mothers Day.
 
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Well if you didn't hear who won here you go. Terry Scroggins’ team captured the top prize of $250,000 and included anglers Chris Daves, James Niggemeyer and Frank Ippoliti
 
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Texas Bass Pro said:
Well if you didn't hear who won here you go. Terry Scroggins’ team captured the top prize of $250,000 and included anglers Chris Daves, James Niggemeyer and Frank Ippoliti

Team total for weigh in is 54 fish at 244-12 lbs
 
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