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3/19/08-Lake Fork

2008 Toyota Texas Bass Classic

The Toyota Texas Bass Classic, a Professional Anglers Association sanctioned event, is just days away from its return to Lake Fork.  The team competition benefits the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD).  It will feature the biggest names in professional angling for three days of Tournament fishing and Trace Adkins headlining an all-star country music line-up.  The Tournament is held April 18 - 20. 

Lake Fork is one of the most prolific fishing spots in the United States for largemouth bass.  The TPWD manages the lake's fishery with very strict rules designed to protect fish of certain sizes.  Fish in a "slot" between 14 and 24 inches must be returned to the lake immediately when they are caught.  The Tournament's rules have been designed to obey the slot limits without inhibiting the anglers' competitive zeal.  Independent observers on each boat use Boga-Grip scales to weigh each fish and live scoring keeps the fans up-to-date throughout the day.

The second-year event consists of 26 four-man teams captained by some of the top anglers in the world, including: 2008 Bassmaster Classic winner Alton Jones, four-time Angler of the Year Kevin VanDam and 2007 winning captain Terry "Big Show" Scroggins.  Teams split into groups of two and fish in morning and afternoon flights.  Only the top five teams by cumulative weight advance to Sunday's final round.  The team with the largest total weight after three days will win the winner's share of the $750,000 purse.

Country music star Trace Adkins will be the headline entertainer for the event, performing on Saturday, April 19 at 5:30 p.m.  Local favorite Kacey Musgraves will perform earlier on Saturday.  Robert Earl Keen will be the featured entertainer on Sunday, April 20, with Roger Creager also performing on Sunday.  In addition, there will be recreational and educational activities for kids and families during the Tournament. 

A three-day Ticket Book valid for all the events at Lake Fork, April 18, 19 and 20 is $20 in advance and $25 on-site.  One-day tickets are also available for $10.  Kids 17 and under are admitted free with a ticketed adult.  Proceeds go towards a $250,000 donation to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department.  Last year's proceeds assisted the stocking of fish in Texas neighborhood lakes in an effort to introduce kids to fishing.  Tickets are now on sale at www.toyotatexasbassclassic.com or 1-866-907-0143.  Three-day Ticket Books are also available at participating Bass Pro Shops and Brookshire's. 

For additional Tournament information, please visit www.toyotatexasbassclassic.com.

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