By: Matt Pangrac
Quitman, TX (May 21, 2015) – Here are some of the best quotes gathered from the competitors at Media Day for the 2015 TTBC:
“When you come to Lake Fork, you just expect to catch big bass. This year, they’re giving away a Toyota Tundra for the angler who catches the biggest bass, so you could be way down in the standings, make the right cast, and still end up going home with a truck. Texas Parks and Wildlife has done a great job with all the lakes throughout Texas, but Lake Fork is the Mack Daddy of them all.” – Terry Scroggins
“I’m a little shocked that we are fishing Lake Fork in May and I swear that I could see my breath this morning before the Pro-Am. It’s cold, dude. With the rain that they’re calling for, I don’t think that anybody can make a safe assessment about what’s fixin’ to happen out there on the lake. I honestly thought that this thing was going to be won deep, but there’s a piece of me now that says, ‘maybe not.’ I’m not saying that it’s going to be won shallow, but there’s a chance. I don’t think that all the fish are out there (offshore) right now.” - Gerald Swindle
“I think that my best TTBC memory would have to be during the first TTBC that I fished on Lake Conroe. I caught a 9 ½-pounder on 6 lb. test line and a spinning rod. That was honestly one of the coolest fish catches that I’ve ever had.” – Mike Iaconelli
“I like to try and fish my strengths everywhere, but it’s pretty obvious here that it’s really difficult to win up there (shallow). It may be a different story if we were here a month earlier, but right now you can’t. I know where the tournament was won last year and where the top guys were fishing, but when you go out there and idle a spot and three other guys are already idling the spot as well, it’s just not something that I want to deal with.” - Randall Tharp
“I’ve been on a little bit of a roll the last couple of tournaments, so things are awesome. To win the (FLW Tour) tournament on Lake Eufaula last week meant a lot to me, and now to be out here on Lake Fork for the TTBC, it’s just a great time for me right now.
“This is one of the best ‘big fish’ lakes in the country, and any cast out here can result in a giant. You can actually target big fish the entire day and try to catch the five biggest bass in the lake. I think this tournament is going to come down to finding the right school of fish and sticking with it. Because of all the timber, it’s just hard to run and gun.
“I consider winning the TTBC in 2012 one of the highlights of my career, along with winning Angler Of the Year on the FLW Tour. This is the ‘who’s who’ of bass fishing tournaments, so to be able to win it one year is just awesome.” – Bryan Thrift
“Anytime you can make the TTBC, it’s good because it means that you finished the previous year on Tour in the top 15 in the Angler Of the Year standings. There’s no doubt that this is a special event.
“I’m really pleased with the year that I’ve had so far on the FLW Tour. You know, all it takes is losing one fish here or there and it makes a whole lot of difference in where you end up in the final standings. This year, everything has been going the right way for me and I haven’t lost any of those fish.
“This deal right here is a winner take all tournament. You prepare yourself for the way that you think that it’s going to be won and you just go with it. I think that it’s going to be won deep, but the water has been rising and the bite hasn’t been great for me. The whole key is just setting yourself up to have the potential to win this thing.” - Wesley Strader (current 2015 FLW Tour AOY leader)
“I’m fishing really well right now. Winning the last Elite Series on Lake Havasu made the drive to Lake Fork a lot more pleasurable, that’s for sure. The weather is putting a damper on the bite, big time. When we all get out there and start fishing and hitting the holes, the fishing is going to get tough.
“There’s $150,000 on the line and possibly more if you catch the biggest bass, so you can’t complain at all. This is always a really fun event where you get to catch the fish and weigh-it right there on the boat and then release it. I don’t think that anyone will break the 100 pound mark, but it will still take somewhere around 30 pounds a day to win this week.” - Aaron Martens
“I’ve always heard that this is a great tournament and Toyota does a lot for the anglers to put it on. The cool part is that you can just go out there and fish to win the tournament because there are no AOY points on the line. Obviously, there are high expectations after last year. The fact that the lake is high means that the fish are spread out and they’re not in a regular routine. You’re going to see some impressive weights, but I don’t think that it will be as good as last year was.” - Brett Hite (TTBC Rookie)
“This is a tournament where I kind of relax and treat as a gift. We get to compete for a lot of money and prizes and catch up with guys that we normally don’t get to see during the season. I really can’t determine why my last two seasons on the FLW Tour have resulted in winning the Angler Of the Year title. It’s just worked out, I guess. I’ve gotten bit when I needed to get bit, and instead of a 2-pounder it’s been a 4-pounder.
“I think that a 10-8 will win the Toyota Tundra for big bass this week, but I think that there will only be a couple fish over 10 pounds caught. Last year, the big fish seemed to be really fat compared to this year. In order to break the 10 pound mark this year, the fish has to have a giant frame.” - Andy Morgan (2013, 2014 FLW Tour AOY)