Toyota Texas Bass Classic Announces 2016 Field

 

Toyota Texas Bass Classic Announces 2016 Angler Field

Top 36 anglers in the world to compete at Lake Ray Roberts

Frisco, TX (April 7, 2016) – As part of the 2016 Toyota Texas Fest presented by JBL (TTF), the Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) will feature 36 of the world’s best professional anglers from May 20 – 22, 2016 at Lake Ray Roberts in Denton, TX. The field for the tenth anniversary of TTBC is highlighted by defending champion Brent Ehrler and 2016 Bassmaster Classic champion Edwin Evers.

The field is made up of the top 15 anglers from the 2015 Angler of the Year (AOY) points from both the FLW Tour and Bassmaster Elite Series as well as six exemptions. Other notable anglers include 2015 Bassmaster Angler of the Year Aaron Martens, 2015 FLW Angler of the Year Scott Martin and Keith Combs, three-time TTBC champion.

“Over the past nine years the priority of the TTBC has been to promote fishing, outdoor recreation and the conservation efforts of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department,” said Lenny Francoeur, tournament director. “Each year we host the world’s best anglers on Texas’ premier fisheries, and we are excited to see these anglers take on Lake Ray Roberts, one of the Texas’ top fisheries.”

The overall field is highlighted by a combined 16 Angler of the Year titles, including eight Bassmaster AOYs and eight FLW Tour AOYs; 19 major championship titles, including eight TTBCs, six Bassmaster Classics, and five Forrest Wood Cups; 179 tour wins and over $60 million in career earnings. The field will also include exemptions Randy Howell, Mike Iaconelli, Kelly Jordon, Terry Scroggins, Gerald Swindle and 2015 TTBC champion Brent Ehrler.

“Winning the Toyota Texas Bass Classic last year was one of the biggest achievements in my career,” said Ehrler.  “The TTBC is the most difficult event to qualify for in professional bass fishing, and to raise the trophy on the final day, you had to have beaten the most elite group of anglers on the planet. I am excited to get back to Texas and defend my title on Lake Ray Roberts in May.”

Along with the coveted title of TTBC champion, the anglers will be competing for two additional awards. The angler who catches the single heaviest fish from any of the three days of competition will win the Toyota Tundra Big Bass Award and a new 2016 Toyota Tundra. The LEER Heavy Weight Award, a new LEER truck cap, will be given to the angler with the heaviest single-day weight from any one of the three days of the tournament.

Tickets on Sale Now for Toyota Texas Fest presented by JBL

     Tickets on Sale Now for Toyota Texas Fest presented by JBL, Prices Starting at $10

Tickets for the Toyota Texas Fest presented by JBL (TTF) are now available for purchase at ToyotaTexasFest.com or the Toyota Stadium Box Office, (469) 365-0027. All concerts and activities will take place in Frisco, TX at Toyota Stadium, May 20–22, 2016. Daily concert lineups will be headlined by Lee Brice, Kip Moore and Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy.

Spectators have a number of ticket options available to choose from with tickets starting at just $10. All tickets give spectators access to explore the TPWD Outdoor Adventures Area, outdoor consumer expo, Kid Zone and enjoy music performances happening on stage all day long.  Children ages 15 and under will be given free General Admission when accompanied by a ticketed adult (limit two children per ticketed adult). Military members and their families will receive free General Admission all weekend (with valid military ID). Parking for all spectators is free.

Two hospitality tickets, Lunker Club and Lone Star Food Fest, are also available for purchase. The culinary portion to the Lone Star Food Fest take place on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22. This ticket provides the opportunity to taste top Texas cuisine and enjoy premium beverage sampling at Toyota Stadium. It will also include premium seating and access the Stage Pit to get up close to the performers Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Lunker Club ticket holders will receive access to a climate controlled suite with catered buffet and full open bar, plus access to the Lone Star Food Fest.

For more information and to buy tickets, visit ToyotaTexasFest.com or call the Toyota Stadium Box Office, (469) 365-0027.

 

 

 

 

Ticket Options:              General Admission Daily Ticket – $10 In Advance, $20 At Gate     

General Admission 3-Day Ticket – $20 In Advance

Lone Star Food Fest Daily Upgraded Daily Ticket – $25 In Advance, $50 At Gate

Lone Star Food Fest Daily Upgraded 3-Day Ticket – $50 In Advance

Lunker Club Hospitality Daily Ticket – $250

 

Performers:                    Friday – Headline Concert: Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy, Opener: Eric Paslay

                                       Saturday – Headline Concert: Lee Brice, Opener: Roger Creager

                                       Sunday – Headline Concert: Kip Moore, Opener: Chase Bryant

 

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Toyota Texas Fest presented by JBL Announces Musical Lineup and Food Fest

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 1, 2016

Toyota Texas Fest presented by JBL Announces Musical Lineup and Food Fest

Toyota Texas Fest brings star-studded concert lineup and two-day food festival to Toyota Stadium

FRISCO, TX – The Toyota Texas Fest presented by JBL (TTF) has released the star-studded concert lineup for the 2016 event at Toyota Stadium, May 20–22, 2016. Daily concert lineups will be headlined by Lee Brice, Kip Moore and Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy. To further enhance spectator entertainment, TTF has announced the Lone Star Food Fest hosted by Dean Fearing.

The Lone Star Food Fest is a fun-filled culinary showcase event that will take place on Saturday, May 21 and Sunday, May 22 at Toyota Stadium in conjunction with TTF. The Lone Star Food Fest will showcase the best food, drinks and restaurants that Texas has to offer. This hospitality ticket provides the opportunity to taste top Texas cuisine and enjoy premium beverage sampling together in an extraordinary atmosphere at Toyota Stadium. “I look forward to being part of the inaugural Lone Star Food Fest” said Dean Fearing. “It provides an exclusive opportunity for premier North Texas restaurants to showcase their menu favorites to a family friendly audience for a great cause.” Lone Star Food Fest tickets will also include access to premium seating during the TTF concerts with a great view of the main stage as well as access to the Stage Pit to get up close to the performers.

All tickets, including Lone Star Food Fest tickets, will go on sale Tuesday, March 8, and will be available online at ToyotaTexasFest.com or the Toyota Stadium Box Office. Toyota Texas Fest General Admission tickets are available for just $10 per day or $20 for a 3-day pass. Children ages 15 and under will be given free General Admission when accompanied by a ticketed adult (limit two children per ticketed adult). Military members and their families will be given free General Admission all weekend (with valid military ID).

Tickets to attend the Lone Star Food Fest are available for $25 per day or $50 for a 3-day pass. Ticket price includes unlimited food and a defined number of beverage samples. For spectators looking for an upgraded experience at Toyota Texas Fest, Lunker Club Hospitality Tickets are available for $250 per day. Ticketholders to the Lunker Club will have access to a climate-controlled hospitality suite, catered buffet and a full bar (must be 21+ to consume alcohol), access to premium Stage Pit, as well as access to the Lone Star Food Fest.

“We just love how this event supports our department” said Dave Terre, TPWD’s Chief of Fish Management. “This event provides a place where youth and families can connect and learn about the outdoors. We’ll have hands-on activities available for children of all ages and department staff available to help you plan your next outdoor adventure in Texas.”

All tickets give spectators access to explore the TPWD Outdoor Adventures Area, outdoor consumer expo, Kid Zone, and enjoy music performances happening on stage all day long. Opening acts include Eric Paslay, Chase Bryant, Roger Creager and more.

 

CONTACT:

Kevin Wyman, Event Coordinator

(713) 580-3682 or kevin.wyman@octagon.com

Lenny Francoeur, Event Director

(704) 746-4754 or lenny.francoeur@octagon.com

 

About the Event: The Toyota Texas Fest is a three-day outdoor festival that will take place May 20-22, 2016 at Toyota Stadium (Frisco, Texas). The mission of the event is to raise awareness and funding for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. One of the festivals’ main events is the Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC), which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016. TTBC is a world-class bass fishing tournament featuring the top 36 bass anglers competing on Lake Ray Roberts (Denton, Texas). Additionally, the festival will include exceptional entertainment and a wide variety of outdoor programming for the entire family. Activities include games and interactive displays at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Adventures Area and an outdoor consumer expo featuring the latest products and services from event partners. Throughout each day, country music’s biggest stars including Lee Brice, Kip Moore, and Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy and more, will entertain thousands of fans.  

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

About Lee Brice: Double ACM winner Lee Brice kicked off 2016 on the road with his “Life Off My Years” Tour. In addition to being the only Country artist to perform in all 50 states last year, Brice has appeared on ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” ABC’s “Bachelor Live,” NBC’s “The Voice” and performed on the 2016 NHL All-Star Weekend telecast. The “evocative, rough-edged singer” (New York Times) recently debuted the song, “More Love” with long-time friend, Jerrod Niemann, exclusively on SiriusXM’s The Highway. For more information visit www.leebrice.com.

About Kip Moore: A relentless road warrior, Multi-PLATINUM singer/songwriter Kip Moore recently wrapped the second leg of his headlining Wild Ones Tour with four sold-out weekends in a row. Hot on the heels of his sold-out tour, Moore will head over to Australia for the first time next month, followed by headlining shows in The UK and Ireland in April.  Fan demand has led to bigger venues being scheduled in Birmingham, UK; Dublin, IE; Manchester, UK and Glasgow, UK and Moore will close out the run with a headlining sold-out date in London, UK. Moore recently released the “beautifully shot music video” (Country Weekly) for “career song” (Billboard) “Running For You,” which was taken from Moore’s sophomore album WILD ONES that VICE declares "sprinkles a little late-night Bonnaroo magic…that's made to be witnessed live.” For more information visit www.kipmoore.net.

About Big & Rich: Big & Rich is comprised of Big Kenny and NBC’s “The Celebrity Apprentice” winner John Rich. The multi-platinum hit duo have garnered multiple Grammy, ACM, CMA and CMT Music Award nominations. The first single, “Look At You,” from their latest studio album, Gravity, smashed into the top 10 on the Country chart. The follow-up single, "Run Away With You," kept the momentum rolling, also hitting the top 10. Their latest single, "Lovin' Lately" featuring Tim McGraw continues to climb the charts. The Country superstars’ first studio album, Horse of a Different Color, includes their hit infectious single, “Save a Horse (Ride a Cowboy).” Other hits include “Comin’ to Your City,” “8th of November” and their No. 1 hit, “Lost in this Moment.” Meanwhile, “Comin’ to Your City” is nearing a decade as the theme song for ESPN’s “College GameDay. For more information visit www.bigandrich.com.

About Eric Paslay: Eric Paslay, delivers a powerful punch as a renowned, Platinum-selling, hit songwriter and dynamic performer. Paslay has celebrated five No. 1 hits including “Even If It Breaks Your Heart” (Eli Young Band), “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” (Jake Owen), “Angel Eyes” (Love & Theft), “Rewind” (Rascal Flatts) and “Friday Night,” the smash lead single from his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album. The Temple, Texas native is a recent GRAMMY nominee (first as a recording artist) in the Best Country Duo/Group category for “The Driver,” performed by Lady Antebellum’s Charles Kelley, featuring Eric and Dierks Bentley and a current “Song of The Year” nominee for “She Don’t Love You” at the upcoming ACM Awards on April 3. A true artist’s artist, USA Today calls Paslay “flat out-brilliant” and American Songwriter names him an influencer of country music. Paslay recently released his back beat-driven groove “High Class,” the lead single from his highly-anticipated sophomore album, and takes the stage on tour with Brad Paisley this winter. For more information visit www.ericpaslay.com.

About Chase Bryant: One of the most celebrated new artists in today’s Country music landscape, 23-year-old Chase Bryant was raised in Orange Grove, TX (pop. 1,200). Bryant’s grandfather played piano for Roy Orbison and Waylon Jennings. His uncles co-founded the group Ricochet. Conway, Merle, Petty, Vince, Bob Wills, Steve Wariner, Bryan Adams and more were early influences as were records by Keith Urban, Sarah Buxton and Jedd Hughes. Bryant’s guitar-wielding Top 10 debut single “Take It On Back” has reached three million combined views on YouTube/ VEVO, spent 15 consecutive weeks on the CMT Hot 20 Countdown, seven weeks to-date on the GAC Top 20 Country Countdown, and was a Top 20 Most Watched Video on VEVO TV Nashville. Internationally, the single was a Top 20 hit in Canada and earned the #1 spot on Australia’s CMC Countdown. Bryant has scored his second consecutive hit – the critically lauded Top 15 “Little Bit of You” – which continues to ascend the Country single charts. Bryant’s debut EP, which he co-produced alongside Derek George (Randy Houser), is available at digital retailers now. For more information visit www.chasebryant.com.

About Roger Creager: Roger Creager is an adventurist; he does not like to sit still while the world passes by. Whether it’s climbing Mount Kilimanjaro in Africa, jumping off his boat to snorkel with wild dolphins, snow skiing in the Rockies, catching tuna 100 miles from shore, piloting his airplane to far-off concerts, spear-fishing around oil rigs, scuba diving coral reefs, surfing in Costa Rica, or playing music through the Italian countryside, he tries to get the most out of what the world has to offer. All of this finds its way into Roger’s music and live shows. His passion for life invigorates everyone around him including his fan base. Those who get hooked on his charisma and high energy come back show after show, year after year, and record after record. For more information visit www.rogercreager.com.

About Dean Fearing: Known for the “Elevated American Cuisine – Bold Flavors, No Borders” of his Dallas restaurant, Dean Fearing’s food philosophy is simple: “I cook what people want to eat.” Not one for glorified or complicated menus, Dean is inspired by tastes that show off the flavorful best of every ingredient. Whether a dish blends sweet with savory (a Fearing’s specialty), the sizzling aroma of molasses-mopped Texas rib-eye cooked over live mesquite, the juiciness of newly-plucked Texas produce, or the ice-cold zing of a Dean’s Margarita — or whether Dean is creating his legendary tortilla soup, signature Southwestern barbecued shrimp tacos with tropical mango salsa, exquisitely prepared seafood, or the all-American comfort of banana cream pie, he delivers what he promises: Bold Flavors, No Borders – and great-tasting food of the highest quality. The unique, unforgettable tastes of Fearing’s cuisine can be found nowhere else. They are one-of-a-kind.

Current sponsors: Toyota, JBL by Harman, Bass Pro Shops, NITRO Boats, GEICO, Anheuser-Busch, Embassy Suites Dallas Frisco Hotel Convention Center & Spa, Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau.

For additional information, visit ToyotaTexasFest.com or call 1-866-907-0143. Make sure to “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for tournament news, updates, contests and more!

Toyota Texas Bass Classic now part of Toyota Texas Fest presented by JBL

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 15, 2016

 Toyota Texas Bass Classic, benefiting the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, expands to include a three-day festival of events at Toyota Stadium

FRISCO, TX The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) is proud to announce that it is now part of Toyota Texas Fest presented by JBL, a three-day festival of events to be held May 20-22 at Toyota Stadium.  In addition to celebrating the 10 year anniversary of TTBC, Toyota Texas Fest will enable the event to further its mission to help broaden the audience reach and ultimately increase the awareness and funding for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD).  Toyota Texas Fest presented by JBL will include concerts, an outdoor festival, and fun activities for all ages.

“We are very excited to introduce the Toyota Texas Fest presented by JBL. For 10 years, TTBC has been proud to support the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. We look forward to continuing this tradition through Toyota Texas Fest." said Katie Scallan, executive director of the Texas Bass Classic Foundation.

“We are excited to extend our 20-year JBL-Toyota partnership to include the Toyota Texas Fest,” said Bill Wyman, vice president, Global Car Audio Marketing for HARMAN. “We are thrilled to connect with this avid group of outdoor lifestyle enthusiasts, to help support the community outreach initiatives of the TPWD, and to amp up the Toyota Texas Fest with the dynamic, legendary sound that is JBL.”

Fans can expect a fun and exciting event that will offer live concerts from top country music artists, an outdoor consumer expo, the TPWD Outdoor Adventure Area, a Kids Zone and the 10th anniversary celebration of the Toyota Texas Bass Classic—the championship of professional bass fishing.  Toyota Texas Fest presented by JBL activities will be held at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, while the championship fishing will take place on Lake Ray Roberts near Denton.

“For nearly a decade the Toyota Texas Bass Classic has provided top notch entertainment for the entire family.  With the relocation to Frisco and the introduction to the Toyota Texas Fest presented by JBL, we are poised to see unprecedented growth in 2016,” said Lenny Francoeur, TTBC’s tournament director.

Since TTBC’s inception over nine years ago, the partnership between TTBC and TPWD has helped raise awareness for both TPWD’s conservation efforts and helped raise funding for youth and urban outreach programs.  To date, TTBC has donated $2.25 million to the TPWD and will continue its support in 2016.

Concert talent and ticket sales will be announced in the coming weeks.   For additional information, visit ToyotaTexasFest.com or call 1-866-907-0143.  Make sure to “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for tournament news, updates, and more!

 

RESOURCES:

ToyotaTexasFest.com

Facebook.com/ToyotaTexasFest

Twitter@ToyotaTexasFest

CONTACTS:

Shannon McLain, Tournament Coordinator

(713) 580-3610 or shannon.mclain@octagon.com

 

Lenny Francoeur, Tournament Director

(704) 746-4754 or lenny.francoeur@octagon.com

 

About the Event: The Toyota Texas Fest is a three-day outdoor festival that will take place May 20-22, 2016 at Toyota Stadium (Frisco, Texas). The mission of the event is to raise awareness and funding for the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. One of the festivals’ main events is the Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC), which is celebrating its 10th anniversary in 2016. TTBC is a world-class bass fishing tournament featuring the top 36 bass anglers competing on Lake Ray Roberts (Denton, Texas). Additionally, the festival will include exceptional entertainment and a wide variety of outdoor programming for the entire family. Activities include games and interactive displays at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Adventures Area and an outdoor consumer expo featuring the latest products and services from event partners. Throughout each day country music’s biggest stars will entertain thousands of fans.  

Charity: Proceeds benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.  For more information click here to visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s website: www.tpwd.state.tx.us

About JBL by HARMAN: Born out of the desire to celebrate the brilliance and craft of artists, JBL has long been dedicated to the pursuit of one truth – capturing the energy and emotion of the live performance. JBL is a flagship brand of HARMAN, which designs and engineers connected products and solutions for automakers, consumers and enterprises worldwide, including connected car systems, audio and visual products, enterprise automation solutions and connected services. HARMAN is admired by audiophiles, musicians and the entertainment venues where they perform around the world. More than 25 million automobiles on the road today are equipped with HARMAN audio and connected car systems. The Company's shares are traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol NYSE:HAR.

Current sponsors: Toyota, JBL by Harman, Bass Pro Shops, NITRO Boats, GEICO, Embassy Suites Dallas Frisco Hotel Convention Center & Spa, Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau.

Toyota Texas Bass Classic Announces New Dates and Locations for 10th Anniversary Event

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 17, 2015

Toyota Texas Bass Classic Announces

New Dates and Locations for 10th Anniversary Event

 

10th Annual Bass Fishing Tournament Benefiting the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Moving to Dallas, Texas Area in 2016

 

FRISCO, TX – Today, officials announced the 2016 Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) will celebrate its 10th anniversary with a debut in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex on Lake Ray Roberts.  The three-day festival is scheduled for May 20-22, 2016, with the fishing competition taking place on Lake Ray Roberts (Denton, TX) and Toyota Stadium (Frisco, TX) hosting activities for the whole family. Proceeds from TTBC will continue to benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s (TPWD) youth and urban outreach programs.

“Toyota has been a proud supporter of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department since 2002, and Toyota is excited to spotlight another great fishery in the state of Texas through the TTBC,” said Katie Scallan, executive director of the Texas Bass Classic Foundation. “Toyota’s roots have been firmly planted in the great state of Texas since 1969 with the founding of independent distributor Gulf States Toyota, and for more than a decade with Toyota’s manufacturing facility in San Antonio where Tundras and Tacomas are now built. Toyota’s roots have deepened since announcing the relocation of its North American headquarters to Plano, and Toyota looks forward to continuing to promote and support the great resources Texas has to offer for many years to come.”

As host venue, Toyota Stadium will feature a wide array of family-friendly activities held in conjunction with the event. Fans can expect the return of the annual three-day, star-studded lineup of country music concerts, a large outdoor consumer expo and numerous outdoor family activities—all held in addition to the fishing action taking place at Lake Ray Roberts.

“We are looking forward to celebrating TTBC’s 10th Anniversary in the city of Frisco at Toyota Stadium,” said Lenny Francoeur, TTBC’s tournament director. “This world-class facility was built to host large scale events and will provide an amazing venue for TTBC fans and partners.”

Over the past nine years of the event’s history, the partnership between TTBC and TPWD has showcased some of the best fisheries that Texas has to offer while raising awareness of conservation efforts, and funding the department’s youth and urban outreach programs. To date, TTBC has donated $2.25 million to the TPWD and will continue its support in 2016.

“TTBC has been key to TPWD’s efforts to increase fishing opportunities in urban areas through our Neighborhood Fishin’ Program,” said Dave Terre, chief of research and management for TPWD’s Inland Fisheries Division. “About 100,000 people a year benefit from this program and about 50,000 of those are new to fishing. TTBC also supports a number of other conservation and outreach efforts aimed at involving more people in the outdoors.”

2015 TTBC Champion Brent Ehrler will join the 2016 TTBC field, alongside the top 15 in 2015 Angler of the Year points from each of the FLW Tour and Bassmaster Elite Series, and five chosen exemptions. The 36 anglers will compete on Lake Ray Roberts over three days, with the field being reduced to the top-10 for the final round on Sunday, May 22.

“I love competing in Texas because their lakes are some of the healthiest and most productive in the country, thanks in large part to the efforts of TPWD,” said 2015 TTBC Champion Brent Ehrler. “I am excited to return to Lone Star State and defend my TTBC title on Lake Ray Roberts in 2016.”

Ticket and concert information will be available in early 2016. For more information and event news, visit www.toyotatexasbassclassic.com.

 

RESOURCES:

Facebook.com/ToyotaTexasBassClassic 

Twitter@TxBassClassic  

CONTACTS:

Shannon McLain, Tournament Coordinator

(713) 580-3610 or shannon.mclain@octagon.com

Lenny Francoeur, Tournament Director

(704) 746-4754 or lenny.francoeur@octagon.com

 

About the Tournament: The Toyota Texas Bass Classic is a world-class bass fishing tournament, featuring the top 36 bass anglers in the world along with a festival to include exceptional entertainment and a variety of family and industry activities. This three-day event will take place May 20-22, 2016 at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, TX and Lake Ray Roberts in Denton, TX.

Events/Entertainment: Extraordinary live music and events that will appeal to the whole family. This will include a variety of games and activities at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Adventures Area, incredible food and a fishing and outdoor industry expo, featuring seminars and the latest in equipment, gear and accessories.

Charity: Proceeds benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. For more information click here to visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s website: www.tpwd.state.tx.us

Current sponsors: Toyota, GEICO. For additional information, visit ToyotaTexasBassClassic.com or call 1-866-907-0143. Make sure to “Like” us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for tournament news, updates, and more!

Toyota Texas Bass Classic to Air on NBC Sports Network

QUITMAN, TX. (June 24, 2015) – A one-hour special broadcast of the Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) can be viewed on NBC Sports on Sunday, June 28, 2015.

TTBC brought 35 of the world’s best anglers to Lake Fork and the grounds of the Sabine River Authority in Quitman, TX on Memorial Day weekend, May 23 – 25, 2015.

Tune in to watch world class bass fishing and cheer on your favorite angler from 8:00am to 9:00am EST.

Keep up with 2016 TTBC information on our Facebook and Twitter.

Proceeds from the TTBC benefit the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department’s youth and urban outreach programs. To date the TTBC has raised $2.25 Million. 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.

Brent Ehrler Wins the 2015 Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Fork

With a total weight of 89 pounds, 12 ounces, Brent Ehrler wins the Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Fork.

QUITMAN, TX (May 25, 2015) – On Monday, the 35 angler field was cut to the Tundra 10 for the final day of the 2015 Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Fork.  Over the first two days of competition, Oklahoma’s Jason Christie built a 5 pound lead over his closest competitor, Chris Lane, but seven of the Tundra 10 started the day within 10 pounds of the lead. 

Brent Ehrler was one of the anglers within striking distance, entering championship Monday in 5th place with a total weight of 58 pounds, 4 ounces.  Despite averaging over 29 pounds a day for the first two days of competition, the California pro had yet to catch a bass surpassing the 24-inch slot length.   

That changed shortly before 1:00 p.m. on Monday, when Ehrler boated a 10 pound, 11 ounce bass to take over the top spot on the leaderboard.  The Lake Fork giant proved to be the Tundra Big Bass of the tournament, earning him a brand new Toyota Tundra.  

The big bass also anchored Ehrler’s final day limit weighing 31 pounds, 8 ounces.  With a three-day total weight of 89 pounds, 12 ounces, Brent Ehrler lifted the 2015 TTBC trophy and added another title to his already impressive résumé that includes a 2006 Forrest Wood Cup victory and four FLW Tour victories. 

 In his typical calm and cool style, Ehrler said that it was hard to put into words what the TTBC title meant to him.  “I’m still kind of shocked.  I really didn’t think that I had a great chance to win today because I was so far behind,” he explained.  “This win ranks way up there for me. At Media Day on Thursday, they presented Keith Combs with his 2014 championship ring, and I remember thinking, ‘It would be really cool to have a ring like that.’ I never expected that it would actually happen.” 

For the duration of the tournament, Ehrler fished offshore with a trio of baits including a Lucky Craft 3.5XD crankbait in shad color, 6-inch hollow bodied swimbait in shad color on a 3/4 oz. BOSS Swimbait Jig Head, and a ¾ oz. BOSS Football Jig Head tipped with a Yamamoto trailer.  He used Daiwa rods and reels spooled with Sunline fluorocarbon for all of his presentations.   

He caught the bulk of his weight slow rolling the swimbait, but he also caught several fish that helped on the crankbait and two key fish on the football head jig, including his biggest fish on Sunday and a 6-pounder on Monday. 

Ehrler said that the key to his victory was using his Humminbird graph to find the winning school of fish early on the first day of practice. “I saw some fish down there, and on one of my first casts I hooked a 6-pounder.  When I was reeling it in, I noticed a bunch of other big ones following the hooked fish back to the boat,” he explained.  “I immediately knew that I’d found a spot that could be very productive.” 

On Monday, he caught a limit weighing 23 pounds off his primary area and then boated the 10-pounder and a 6-pounder off his secondary area in the afternoon. “Both areas that I fished were basically points that extended out into the lake and then dropped off,” he explained.

Along with winning the Toyota Tundra for catching the largest bass of the tournament, Ehrler also took home $150,000 in cash and prizes.  

2nd place finisher Jason Christie didn’t catch his first keeper until 9:30 a.m. on Monday, when he boated a 7 pound, 12 ounce largemouth.  By then, his 5 pound lead had evaporated and he was trailing the on-the-water leader by more than 18 pounds. 

Christie rebounded nicely, catching two quality bass in the final hour of competition to nearly pull off the wire-to-wire victory.  He finished with a total weight of 87 pounds, 12 ounces. 

With three FLW Tour victories and two Elite Series victories since 2011, the 2015 TTBC title would have capped an impressive five year run for Christie, but he had no regrets with how he fished this week on Lake Fork.    

“I felt like this event was going to be won offshore, so I just decided to stick with it,” he explained.  “The area that I fished really doesn’t look that great on the map.  I fished the area last year in the TTBC, so I idled over it during practice this year and I saw a couple fish down there.  That’s where I ended up catching my 10-pounder on Saturday and four of my keepers yesterday. 

 “I fished 12 to 15 places each day, but I had three or four spots where I spent quite a bit of time fishing, and two stops that I considered to be my primary areas,” continued Christie. “I spent most of the tournament fishing the lower third of the lake based on the water clarity.”

Christie fished a myriad of deep diving crankbaits, but caught several of his key fish on a silent Bomber Fat Free Shad BD7.  He also threw a number of different 6- to 7-inch hollow bodied swimbaits, including an out-of-production YUM Money Minnow rigged on a 1 oz. jighead.  He fished with Lew’s baitcasting reels spooled with Sunline fluorocarbon line and Falcon rods. 

Tennessee’s Andy Morgan flirted with the lead for the duration of the tournament, but he was never able to garner the big bites that he needed to reach the summit.  Starting the final day in 6th place, Morgan made waves early on Monday morning after boating a 25 pound limit within the first hour of competition.   He was unable to upgrade for the remainder of the day, however, and finished in 3rd place with a total weight of 83 pounds, 12 ounces. 

“It seemed like I hit a brick wall once I reached the 25 pound mark,” lamented Morgan, who spent the whole week with a swimbait, crankbait, and big worm on the front deck of his boat.  “Every fish that I ended up weighing-in came on a Zoom Magnum Trick Worm in green pumpkin rigged with a 1/2 oz. weight.” 

The reigning FLW Tour Angler Of the Year rotated between four spots this week on Lake Fork.  “I fished a lot of corners and points that actually connected to the bank and were on the edge of timberlines,” he explained.   

Alabama’s Chris Lane was the only angler in the Tundra 10 who exclusively fished a shallow water pattern this week on Lake Fork. He finished in 4th place with a total weight of 83-8.  He relied on a heavy black and blue flipping jig and a white Snag Proof frog. 

Shad Schenck rounded out the top five with a total weight of 81 pounds, 4 ounces.  The Indiana pro, who qualified for the tournament through the FLW Tour, caught every single fish that he weighed-in off of a single point that featured a small hump with a hard spot.  His fish came on a Buckeye ¾ oz. football jig, magnum finesse worm rigged on a ½ oz. jighead, dropshot, and Carolina-rig. 

In total, five of the 35 competitors including Jason Christie, John Crews, Mike Iaconelli, Shad Schenck, and Brent Ehrler, caught a Lake Fork bass surpassing the 24-inch slot length. 

Jason Christie won the LEER Heavyweight award for his 37 pound, 4 ounce limit on Saturday. 

Due to severe storms and heavy rainfall, the weigh-in venue and activities were closed to the public on Sunday and Monday. 

* For picture requests contact Libby Peacock at Libby.Peacock@octagon.com

TTBC Toyota Tundra Big Bass

QUITMAN, TX (May 25, 2015) – It’s hard to top a 10-pound, 1-ounce bass.  That is precisely what each of the anglers at the 2015 Toyota Texas Bass Classic had been trying to do ever since Jason Christie posted his giant largemouth to the leaderboard on day one.  

In fact, the field fished for nearly two full competition days without being able to come within a pound of the days one and two leader.  It looked as though the Park Hill, Okla. Pro was going to drive the Tundra Big Bass prize home.

Then, the clock struck 12:48PM, as did Brent Ehrler.

With a little more than an hour and a half left in the final day, Ehrler hooked a 10-pound, 11-ounce largemouth bass that would eventually eclipse Christie’s bass, catapult him into the lead for the tournament, and earn a set of keys to a brand new 2015 Toyota Tundra for his efforts.

Ironically, Ehrler said that he told Christie he was gunning for his fish in the morning.  “I told him that I was going to catch a 10-2 because he couldn’t win everything,” said Ehrler.  “I knew there were big fish in the area I was going to, but you never know if you can get one of them to bite, and then if you can land them after.”

Ehrler said that he caught his truck winning bass on a six-inch hollow bellied paddletail swimbait on a 1-ounce FishBoss swimbait head.  He threw the lure on 16-pound-test Sunline Shooter Fluorocarbon spooled on a 6.3:1 Daiwa Tatula reel and 7’6” Daiwa Zillion Flippin’ Rod. 

“I told my judge and my cameraman that I felt like I was gonna catch a big one anytime, and four casts later, I caught that one,” he said.  “It was really cool, I felt a little tick and the line went slack.  I set the hook and she came straight to the surface and jumped and felt like it took forever, but I put her in the boat; it was unbelievable.”

The bass not only earned him a new Toyota Tundra, but it anchored a 31-pound, 8-ounce limit that brought his total to 89 pounds, 12 ounces for the tournament; good enough for the win, the $100,000 and the Nitro Z21 / Mercury 250 Pro XS bonus prize. 

Day 3 Final Results

 

 

MONDAY FINAL RESULTS

 

Brent Ehrler

89 lbs. 12 oz.

2

Jason Christie

87 lbs. 12 oz.

3

Andy Morgan

83 lbs. 12 oz.

4

Chris Lane

83 lbs. 8 oz.

5

Shad Schenck

81 lbs. 4 oz.

6

Casey Ashley

79 lbs. 4 oz.

7

John Crews

78 lbs. 8 oz.

8

Mike Iaconelli

72 lbs. 8 oz.

9

Keith Combs

65 lbs. 12 oz.

10

Brandon Palaniuk

51 lbs.

11

Randall Tharp

47 lbs. 4 oz.

12

Mark Rose

46 lbs. 12 oz.

13

Mark Davis

45 lbs.

14

Scott Martin

44 lbs.

15

Aaron Martens

44 lbs.

16

Gerald Swindle

42 lbs. 12 oz.

17

Jacob Wheeler

41 lbs. 8 oz.

18

Kelly Jordon

41 lbs. 8 oz.

19

Shinichi Fukae

41 lbs.

20

Matt Arey

39 lbs. 12 oz.

21

Bryan Thrift

38 lbs. 12 oz.

22

Jared Lintner

38 lbs. 4 oz.

23

Chad Morgenthaler

36 lbs. 12 oz.

24

Wesley Strader

34 lbs.

25

Dean Rojas

33 lbs. 12 oz.

26

Michael Neal

33 lbs.

27

Greg Hackney

31 lbs.

28

Cody Meyer

30 lbs. 12 oz.

29

Matt Herren

30 lbs. 8 oz.

30

Kevin VanDam

29 lbs. 8 oz.

31

Todd Faircloth

28 lbs.

32

Justin Lucas

22 lbs. 12 oz.

33

Jacob Powroznik

20 lbs. 12 oz.

34

Terry Scroggins

15 lbs.

35

Brett Hite

11 lbs. 8 oz.

BIG BASS FINAL

1

Brent Ehrler

10 lbs. 11 oz.

Brent Ehrler

2

Jason Christie

10 lbs. 1 oz.

Jason Christie

3

Shad Schenck

8 lbs. 14 oz.

Shad Schenck

4

John Crews

8 lbs. 7 oz.

John Crews

5

Mike Iaconelli

8 lbs. 2 oz.

Mike Iaconelli

Chris Lane Doing it a Little Differently

QUITMAN, TX (May 25, 2015) – Common knowledge about the Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Fork is that if you want a chance to win; you fish deep.

Unless you’re Chris Lane.

The Guntersville, Ala. pro has arguably become the best angler in the bass fishing world over the past five years.  Since his 2012 Bassmaster Classic win, Lane has posted victories in each of the past three Elite Series seasons, on very different waterways.  His versatility allows him to make adjustments.

“I started out deep here, but wasn’t able to get anything going really good, so I went to the bank because of the high water,” he said.  “I started Flippin’ and Pitchin’ a big jig and throwing a Snag Proof Frog I’m just having a lot of fun.”

Lane said that the two techniques are his favorite way to fish.  “If I could only choose a couple of things every time I go fishing, those would be the choices,” said Lane.  “To be able to be doing this at an event like this when everyone though the only bite to win with would be deep, makes it more enjoyable for me.”

We’ll see if he can enjoy himself into another giant win.RMG_8283