Angler Quotes

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) 

Lake Fork Pro-Am Winners

By: Matt Pangrac

Quitman, TX (May 21, 2015) – The annual TTBC Pro-Am took place Thursday morning on Lake Fork where 36 teams comprised of one professional and two amateurs battled the cold and rainy conditions.    

With just three bass weighing a total of 15.50 lbs, the team of Aaron Martens, Derek Bain, and Joel Campbell took top honors in Thursday’s Pro-Am.   Along with the first place trophies, each team member also took home a Bass Pro Shops gift card.  

“My partner carried the team today and caught two of our fish,” said Martens with a smile.  “I tried to stay off the good stuff because I’m saving it for the tournament.  We ended up sitting in one spot the entire time and caught probably 15 white bass and three largemouth.  All three of us caught fish and we had a great time,” concluded Martens. 

Martens’ teammate, Joel Campbell, earned some additional hardware by boating the largest bass on the amateur side weighing 6-12.  “Aaron was incredible to fish with today and he taught us some of the tricks of the trade,” said Campbell.  “It was definitely a unique experience to catch that big fish out of Aaron Martens’ boat.  It’s incredible the way that he uses his graphs to find bass.” 

Even though he’s not competing in the TTBC this week, Elite Series pro Mike McClelland made the drive his home in Arkansas to Lake Fork to participate in the Pro-Am.   The drive proved to be worthwhile, as McClelland caught the largest fish on the professional side weighing 6-0.   Along with a trophy, he earned a Bass Pro Shops gift card.  

“I just went to a couple little places where I’ve caught fish on Lake Fork in the past and the first bite that I got was a 5-8 and the second bite that I got was the 6-pounder,” McClelland explained.  “I caught the fish on a big swimbait.  If I was fishing in the TTBC this week, I’d be committed to throwing a swimbait the whole time,” he concluded.  

Combs Gets More Hardware for His Ever Growing TTBC Trophy Case

By: Matt Pangrac

Quitman, TX (May 21, 2015) – For the third time in the past four years, Keith Combs left Media Day at the Toyota Texas Bass Classic carrying a little extra hardware.  The 2014 TTBC champion, who also lifted the trophy in 2011 and 2013, was presented with a plaque during a press conference at Media Day on the shores of Lake Fork to commemorate his record-setting 110 pound performance in last year’s TTBC.  

“When I actually saw the weight of 110 pounds engraved on the plaque today, it gave me chills,” admitted Combs.  “It’s just something that I can’t believe actually happened last year. We are fishing on Lake Fork though, and it’s something that could happen again this week.”

While catching fish to pay the bills is at the top of the priority list for Combs and the other 34 competitors this week, the Texas pro explained that there’s something special about getting his hands on an actual trophy.  “The number one thing that people ask me about is breaking the 100 pound mark last year here on Lake Fork,” he stated.  “I’m a huge fan of the sport, and I follow every tournament and every update when I’m not fishing in the tournament,” Combs continued.  “I’m a real competitor, but when I’m not on the water I’m just a fan.  It’s definitely a cool feeling to stand up there in front of this field of anglers and accept a plaque like this.”   

Media Day

By Dan O'Sullivan

QUITMAN, TX (May 21, 2015) – Media Day at any major event is an exciting time.  A media day gathering is a chance for the media to connect with the athletes, but at the Toyota Texas Bass Classic, it has even more significance. 

Since the start of the TTBC in 2007, Gulf States Toyota; the company responsible for the founding of the event, and their Toyota Texas Bass Classic Foundation have donated $250,000 annually to the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Neighborhood Fishing Program (www.neighborhoodfishing.org). 

The Neighborhood Fishing Program plants catfish in urban fishing ponds in major cities across the state of Texas, and annually allows 50,000 participants to become exposed to the wonders of the outdoors close to their homes.

Dave Terry, Texas Parks and Wildlife’s Chief of Inland Fisheries Management and Research said that the program is something that the department takes pride in.  “Research shows that being involved in the outdoors helps kids develop more of a sense of community throughout their lives,” said Terry.  “Texas Parks and Wildlife is proud to be a part of that, and especially proud to have partnered with Gulf States Toyota since to founding of the TTBC in 2007 in funding the program.”

Kattie Scallan, Senior Manager of Engagement Marketing for Gulf States Toyota and the Executive Director of the Toyota Texas Bass Classic Foundation said it is a sense of pride and community that leads the company to get involved.  “Our company is proud to be a part of investing in our state and the outdoors,” said Scallan.  “So many of our employees participate in hunting, fishing, camping, hiking and the outdoors in general that it is a natural fit for us, and something we enjoy supporting.”

To date, the Toyota Texas Bass Classic Foundation has donated $2.25million to TPWD’s Neighborhood Fishing Program, and 100-percent of those monies have come directly from the Toyota Texas Bass Classic events.

Along with the awarding of the checks and recognition for the two organizing entities, Scallan presented three-time TTBC champion Keith Combs with his championship ring from his win last year.  Terry, on behalf of TPWD also presented him a plaque signifying his three day record weight of 110 pounds; a feat he accomplished in winning last year on Lake Fork.

TTBC Pro-Am Overview

(Dan O’Sullivan)

QUITMAN, TX (May 21, 2015) – More than the World Championship of bass fishing, the Toyota Texas Bass Classic is a festival.  In its ninth year, the TTBC comes complete with concerts and exposition that features something for everyone, but it all begins with a Pro-Am bass fishing event that pairs TTBC competitors with amateur partners for a competition on Lake Fork.

The teams that make up the Pro-Am are comprised of TTBC competitors and a pair of anglers who are invitees or representatives of the companies who sponsored the teams.  36 companies purchased the right to field teams for the Pro-Am, with some fielding more than one team for the competition.

For three hours, 36 teams compete in a five fish limit format that matches how the TTBC World Championship will be run May 23 through 25.  Each fish that is caught during the Pro-Am will be weighed on a Boga Grip, the official scale of the Toyota Texas Bass Classic.  The team’s best five fish will be totaled, and recorded; and a winning team will be crowned. 

One difference for the Pro-Am is that unlike the actual TTBC World Championship, where an official TTBC judge records and reports the weights, in the Pro-Am, the professional partner records the weight to report at the end of the event.

The Pro0-AM is not just for bragging rights, there are valuable prizes from Bass Pro Shops on the line as well. Each member of the winning team will receive a $200 gift card, the second place finishers will receive $150 gift card, and the third place team will each receive $100 gift cards from.  Along with the team prizes, there are $200 gift cards for the pro and the amateur big fish during the event.

The list of team sponsors is below:

Allied Waste/Republic Services

Anheuser Busch

Bair Hilty

Baker Hostetler (Hole Sponsor as well)

Bank of America (Hole Sponsor as well)

Bass Pro

Brian Zumwait

C.F. Bender (Hole Sponsor)

Cal-Tex (Hole Sponsor as well)

Chris Mahfouz

Code Systems (Hole Sponsor)

East Texas Radio

EZ Dock

Geico

GoPro

HOLT CAT

Houston Freightliner (Hole Sponsor)

JBL

John Eagle Sport City Toyota

Lamar

LEER

Locke Lord

Loving Toyota

Maxton Group (Hole Sponsor)

MMB

RICOH

Road & Rail Services

Solid Pawn & Outdoors

SRA

Street Toyota

Tellepsen

TMS

Ultra Wheel Company (Hole Sponsor)

Wells Fargo (Hole Sponsor)

Winsboro (Hole Sponsor)

Zenith

Pro-Am Results

    2015 Pro-Am Results             
    (by Team #)            
                       
Team Pro First Last Score Team       Score Team  
1 Keith Combs Clifford Wiedman 0.00 1       15.50 8 FIRST PLACE
1 Keith Combs Robert  Gill        
2 Greg Hackney Joe Street 14.25 2       14.75 25 SECOND PLACE
2 Greg Hackney Corey  DuPriest        
3 Andy Morgan  Wes  Banks 3.00 3       14.25 2 THIRD PLACE
3 Andy Morgan  Michael  Sandifer        
4 Todd Faircloth James Burch 11.25 4       12.50 28  
4 Todd Faircloth Shawn  Wilcox        
5 Cody Meyer KiKi Bettis 5.25 5       11.75 31  
5 Cody Meyer Sam  Scroggins        
6 Jacob Powroznik Chris  Mahfouz 0.00 6       11.50 36  
6 Jacob Powroznik Zach  Strait        
7 Brent Ehrler Monte  Coon 10.75 7       11.25 4  
7 Brent Ehrler Tony  Gutierrez        
8 Aaron Martens Derek Bain 15.50 8       11.25 12  
8 Aaron Martens Joel  Campbell        
9 Brett Hite Derek Cooper 7.50 9       10.75 7  
9 Brett Hite Brad Drake        
10 Mark Davis Kyle Drewery 0.00 10       9.75 29  
10 Mark Davis Charles  Lively        
11 Mark Rose Steven Dunnavant 0.00 11       8.75 33  
11 Mark Rose Cody Smith        
12 Jared Lintner Ron   Borrego 11.25 12       7.75 13  
12 Jared Lintner Scott Rolfsmeyer        
13 Jason Christie Peggy  Goss 7.75 13       7.50 9  
13 Jason Christie Johnny Kyzer        
14 Dean Rojas Butch Choate 2.00 14       5.25 5  
14 Dean Rojas Earl  Williams        
15 Michael Neal Corey Englade 4.25 15       4.75 17  
15 Michael Neal Matt  Guderian        
16 Justin Lucas Romeo Lozano 0.00 16       4.25 15  
16 Justin Lucas Mike McGarity        
17 Bryan Thrift Mac Abney 4.75 17       4.00 18  
17 Bryan Thrift David  Koonce        
18 Chris Lane Lisa  Gapinske 4.00 18       4.00 27  
18 Chris Lane TBD 18          
19 Scott Martin  Terry  Hester 0.00 19       3.50 21  
19 Scott Martin  Matt  McKnight        
20 Randall Tharp Anoj Perera 0.00 20       3.00 3  
20 Randall Tharp Gary Feldman        
21 Wesley Strader Jennifer Chu 3.50 21       2.25 32  
21 Wesley Strader Sarah Sides        
22 Gerald Swindle Corey Byrd 0.00 22       2.00 14  
22 Gerald Swindle Cary Byrd        
23 Jacob Wheeler James Hernandez 0.00 23       1.50 24  
23 Jacob Wheeler Brian  Sallee        
24 Matthew Herren Tim Boaze 1.50 24       0.00 1  
24 Matthew Herren Preston Garner        
25 Casey Ashley Norman Hollis 14.75 25       0.00 6  
25 Casey Ashley Darrin   Lindsay        
26 Brandon Palaniuk Jim Baudino 0.00 26       0.00 10  
26 Brandon Palaniuk Tyler Schell        
27 Shad Scheneck Matt  Benson 4.00 27       0.00 11  
27 Shad Scheneck Jordan Osborne        
28 Chad Morgenthaler Cole Massey 12.50 28       0.00 16  
28 Chad Morgenthaler Holly  Ramsey        
29 Shinichi Fukae Stephen  Mezzomo 9.75 29       0.00 19  
29 Shinichi Fukae Phi Phung        
30 Jon Crews Jon  Greeley 0.00 30       0.00 20  
30 Jon Crews Laurie  Warden        
31 Matt Arey Martin Ruiz 11.75 31       0.00 22  
31 Matt Arey Brian  Zumwalt        
32 Mike Iaconelli Tim Lewis 2.25 32       0.00 23  
32 Mike Iaconelli Robert Pruitt        
33 Kelly Jordon Craig Wakefield 8.75 33       0.00 26  
33 Kelly Jordon Tim Thurman        
34 Terry Scroggins Matt  Goosen 0.00 34       0.00 30  
34 Terry Scroggins Mark Miller        
35 Kevin VanDam Scott Cordes 0.00 35       0.00 34  
35 Kevin VanDam Mike  Peters        
36 Mike McClelland Jerry Coker 11.50 36       0.00 35  
36 Mike McClelland Darrell Fisher        

 

Pro-Am Overview

QUITMAN, TX (May 21, 2015) – More than the World Championship of bass fishing, the Toyota Texas Bass Classic is a festival.  In its ninth year, the TTBC comes complete with concerts and exposition that features something for everyone, but it all begins with a Pro-Am bass fishing event that pairs TTBC competitors with amateur partners for a competition on Lake Fork.

The teams that make up the Pro-Am are comprised of TTBC competitors and a pair of anglers who are invitees or representatives of the companies who sponsored the teams.  36 companies purchased the right to field teams for the Pro-Am, with some fielding more than one team for the competition.

For three hours, 36 teams compete in a five fish limit format that matches how the TTBC World Championship will be run May 23 through 25.  Each fish that is caught during the Pro-Am will be weighed on a Boga Grip, the official scale of the Toyota Texas Bass Classic.  The team’s best five fish will be totaled, and recorded; and a winning team will be crowned. 

One difference for the Pro-Am is that unlike the actual TTBC World Championship, where an official TTBC judge records and reports the weights, in the Pro-Am, the professional partner records the weight to report at the end of the event.

The Pro0-AM is not just for bragging rights, there are valuable prizes from Bass Pro Shops on the line as well. Each member of the winning team will receive a $200 gift card, the second place finishers will receive $150 gift card, and the third place team will each receive $100 gift cards from.  Along with the team prizes, there are $200 gift cards for the pro and the amateur big fish during the event.

The list of team sponsors is below:

Allied Waste/Republic Services

Anheuser Busch

Bair Hilty

Baker Hostetler (Hole Sponsor as well)

Bank of America (Hole Sponsor as well)

Bass Pro

Brian Zumwait

C.F. Bender (Hole Sponsor)

Cal-Tex (Hole Sponsor as well)

Chris Mahfouz

Code Systems (Hole Sponsor)

East Texas Radio

EZ Dock

Geico

GoPro

HOLT CAT

Houston Freightliner (Hole Sponsor)

JBL

John Eagle Sport City Toyota

Lamar

LEER

Locke Lord

Loving Toyota

Maxton Group (Hole Sponsor)

MMB

RICOH

Road & Rail Services

Solid Pawn & Outdoors

SRA

Street Toyota

Tellepsen

TMS

Ultra Wheel Company (Hole Sponsor)

Wells Fargo (Hole Sponsor)

Winsboro (Hole Sponsor)

Zenith

 

By: Dan O'Sullivan

DAY ONE PRACTICE REPORT

With Lake Fork at full pool, TTBC competitors must decide whether to fish shallow or deep this week.  

Quitman, TX (May 20, 2015) - Wednesday marked the first official practice day for the 35 professional anglers competing in the 2015 Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) that begins Saturday, May 23rd on Lake Fork. 

After Keith Combs turned in a record-setting performance on Lake Fork in the 2014 TTBC where he weighed-in 15 bass totaling 110 pounds, expectations are high heading into this year’s championship that combines the top tournament anglers from the 2014 FLW Tour and 2014 Bassmaster Elite Series.  

The most noticeable difference this year on Lake Fork is the water level. The lake is at full pool and 3.5 ft higher than it was when the 2014 TTBC took place last May.      

Justin Lucas finished the 2014 TTBC in 5th place overall with a total weight of 97 pounds, and is looking for redemption on a fishery where he averaged over 32 pounds a day last year and still fell 13 pounds short of a victory. 

“I spent my practice day looking for areas where I can catch fish that are at least 6-pounders,” he explained.  “The reality is that if you find a spot where you can only catch 5-pounders, it’s not even worth thinking about fishing.  A limit of 5-pounders every day won’t even come close to winning the tournament,” Lucas stated with a wry smile.  “I know that sounds ridiculous, but this lake has ‘em. It’s going to take at least 28 pounds a day to make the Tundra 10.”    

Lucas, who qualified for this year’s TTBC with an 11th place finish in the 2014 Bassmaster Elite Series Toyota Angler Of the Year (TAOY) standings, enters the week sitting in 2nd place in the 2015 Elite Series TAOY standings and is fresh off an Elite Series victory in early May on the Sacramento River.   After one full day of practice on Fork, he believes that several anglers will be sharing water on the 27,690 acre fishery.

“Even though there are only 35 boats in the field this year, everyone seems to be fishing the good stuff. I think that some of the deeper community holes will be a bit more crowded. That being said, I fully expect that a couple guys will do really well fishing shallow.  There’s a lot more water in the lake this year, and that means that there are just a lot more fish up there to be caught.” 

While the shallow bite may prove to be a viable pattern, Michael Neal said that he’s already committed to fishing offshore after only one day of practice.  Along with Brett Hite and Shad Schenck, Neal is one of the three TTBC rookies in the 2015 field.      

“I came in with the mindset that I was going to catch them out deep, or I just wasn’t going to catch them,” said the Tennessee pro, who qualified with a 7th place finish in the 2014 FLW Tour Angler Of the Year standings and has earned a reputation as an offshore aficionado.  “I fished the bank for about 10 minutes today before I decided that I’d had enough and went back out deep.”

 Wednesday marked the first time Neal had ever launched his boat on Fork, and he was impressed with what he saw. “It’s actually a little intimidating,” he admitted. “There’s a lot of standing timber and big fish.  I actually think that more fish are in the process of moving out deep but they’re not quite there yet.” 

One angler who hopes that the flooded vegetation and shoreline cover holds enough Lake Fork lunkers to make a run at the title is Arizona’s Dean Rojas.  Currently leading the Bassmaster Elite Series TAOY race, Rojas enters this week riding a wave of momentum.  

“There’s a lot of water in the lake and there sure is a lot of shoreline cover,” said Rojas, who is known for his ability to pull bass from shallow cover with a hollow-bodied frog. “Even though I think that it’ll eventually be won out deep, there’s still a lot of water that I haven’t covered so we’ll just have to wait and see. 

“Right now there are a lot of options for the fish,” Rojas continued. “The majority of the spawn is over with, so at some point the fish are going to start moving out deep regardless of how high the water is. The next two days of practice will really tell me where I need to start when the tournament begins on Saturday.”     

Like Rojas, Oklahoma’s Jason Christie believes that options abound when it comes to the selected method for targeting Lake Fork’s largemouth bass.  “I haven’t decided yet if I want to fish shallow or deep,” stated Christie, who has two Bassmaster Elite Series wins and three FLW Tour wins to his credit. 

“You can put the trolling motor down anywhere and flip all day long.  I only fished shallow for about 20 minutes today and I had three bites that were the type of bites that win tournaments on any lake except Lake Fork. There’s enough fish out deep to go around, but it’s just hard to work your way in there and get on the right cast.  Some of the lake is dirty, and I think that has pushed more guys into the same general areas.”     

North Carolina’s Matt Arey enters the week just a month removed from an FLW Tour victory on Arkansas’ Beaver Lake.  He is eager to get another crack at Lake Fork.  “Last year, I was one of the few guys who didn’t get the memo that they were biting deep,” joked Arey, who finished the 2014 TTBC in 39th place.  

Like many of his fellow competitors, Arey was impressed with what he saw on Wednesday on Lake Fork. “There’s so much more stuff in the water. I’m sure that all that shoreline cover is going to come into play. I don’t see any reason why you shouldn’t be able to catch a 6- or 7-pounder up shallow and then back off and fish deep to fill out your limit with 5- and 6-pounders.”

On-Site Activities Announced for Toyota Texas Bass Classic

QUITMAN, TX. (May 11, 2015) – The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) is bringing world class entertainment to East Texas. Along with 35 of the world’s best anglers and 4 of country music’s biggest stars, a full lineup of family-friendly activities are taking place on the grounds of the Sabine River Authority in Quitman, TX.

Take-Off: Come out to the SRA to see the top 35 professional anglers in the world each morning. Get angler autographs, listen to angler interviews and cheer on your favorites as they take-off to do battle with Lake Fork’s giant bass (Take-Off parking and admission is free. Take-Off gates open at 6:00am).

JBL: As a new sponsor of the TTBC, fans are encouraged to enjoy the JBL Stage Pit. An upgraded ticket grants access to an exclusive pit area in front of the stage during the headline concerts.

GoPro: The GoPro experience is coming to the TTBC. Visit the GoPro rig to meet GoPro professionals Kevin VanDam, Gerald Swindle, Brandon Palaniuk and Brent Ehrler, check out all the newest GoPro cameras, mounts and accessories and enter to win killer GoPro gear in daily giveaways. GoPro cameras will be on the water every day capturing TTBC action like never before.

Brookshire’s Outdoor Adventure’s Area: Featuring family-friendly activities that highlight the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s youth fishing programs, fans can enjoy activities including archery, fish art, habitat puzzle and a host of outdoor themed educational and interactive exhibits.

Bass Pro Shops: Bass Pro Shops will be onsite offering complimentary TRACKER and NITRO boat demo rides for all spectators.

Kid’s Zone: The Kids Zone features inflatable fun on the slides and obstacle course.

Toyota Drive Center: Fans can test drive brand new Toyota vehicles on an off-road track. Enjoy exciting driving experiences in the latest Toyota makes and models including the 2015 Tundra, Tacoma, Sequoia and 4Runner at the off-road test track. The all-new 2016 Tacoma concept truck will also be on display.

Outdoor Expo: Come early and visit the massive outdoor expo area featuring the latest in outdoor gear and products from Bass Pro Shops, NITRO Boats, GEICO, HOLT CAT, JBL, LEER Truck Caps and many more. Tickets are available for $8 in advance and $15 at the gate. Upgraded ticketing options are also available for $30 and $75 per day. Anheuser-Busch products are proudly served in the Lunker Club hospitality tent and in concession stands throughout the grounds. TTBC fans can purchase tickets online at ToyotaTexasBassClassic.com or by visiting their local Brookshire’s Store, Kim’s Convenient Stores, and participating Toyota Dealers.

Charity: Proceeds benefit the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. For more information click here to visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife page. www.tpwd.state.tx.us

Current sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, NITRO Boats, Wood County Industrial Commission, Anheuser-Busch, LEER Truck Caps, The Coca-Cola Company, Tellepsen, GoPro, HOLT CAT, JBL, GEICO, Brookshire’s Grocery Company, Kim’s Convenience Store, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Allied Waste Systems, Peoples Telephone Cooperative, TLC Media, Tyler Morning Telegraph, 105.7 KYKX, The Ranch KKUS 104.1, KMOO 99.9 & Sabine River Authority.

SOCIAL MEDIA:
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Twitter @TxBassClassic

Brookshire’s and the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Teams Up at The Toyota Texas Bass Classic

QUITMAN, TX. (April 21, 2015) – The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) has partnered with the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) for the past 9 consecutive years to bring the best anglers, biggest country music stars and most exciting family fun to Texas. This Memorial Day Weekend the celebration is taking place on Lake Fork in Quitman, Texas May 23-25, 2015.

TPWD is a national leader in caring for the fish and fisheries under their stewardship, and the catch-weigh-and-immediate release practice of the Toyota Texas Bass Classic tournament exemplifies that. As the official charity partner, the TPWD annually receives a $250,000 donation from the Tournament; the grand total to date is $2.25 Million. These donations go to help further the TPWD programs which help conservation education and youth awareness offerings throughout the state of Texas.

Adding to the on-site activates will be the Brookshire’s Texas Parks & Wildlife Outdoor Adventures Area. Since Brookshire’s opening in 1928 they have been committed to getting involved in local communities. This year at TTBC the Brookshire’s Texas Parks & Wildlife Outdoor Adventures Area will feature, kid-friendly activities that emphasize TPWD’s youth fishing programs, including archery, Fish Art, Habitat Puzzles, Habitat Building Program and a host of outdoor themed educational and interactive exhibits.

With great concerts, world class fishing and awesome activities, TTBC is the place to go for a full weekend of family fun this Memorial Day. TTBC fans can purchase tickets online at ToyotaTexasBassClassic.com or by visiting their local Brookshire’s Store, Kim’s Convenient Stores, and participating Toyota Dealers.

Charity: Proceeds benefit the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. For more information click here to visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife page. www.tpwd.state.tx.us

Current sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Nitro Boats, Wood County Industrial Commission, Anheuser-Busch, LEER Truck Caps, The Coca-Cola Company, Tellepsen, GoPro, HOLT CAT, JBL, GEICO, Brookshire’s Grocery Company, Kim’s Convenience Store, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Allied Waste Systems, Peoples Telephone Cooperative, TLC Media, Tyler Morning Telegraph, 105.7 KYKX, The Ranch KKUS 104.1, KMOO 99.9 & Sabine River Authority.