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4/11/2008-Lake Fork

Toyota Texas Bass Classic Headed Our Way

30,000 people showed up in East Texas last year for the Texas Toyota Bass Classic. This year, it could bring out even more. The Toyota Texas Bass Classic returns to Lake Fork next weekend.

Starting April 18th, close to a hundred of the best bass anglers in the country will gather at Lake Fork for three days of world class fishing.

They'll be competing in the Second Annual Toyota Texas Bass Classic for $750,000 in prize money.

"We have a lake here that has, through the management of the skills of Texas Parks and Wildlife, has been managed to create trophy bass," said Gene Ellison, the 2007 Director Professional Anglers Association.

It's a one of a kind tournament where conservation is key. The fish are caught, weighed, and immediately released alive.

"We're hoping that this system that we're creating of catch, release, measure, record and release will begin to set a new standard for professional tournaments and how they should be managed," said Gene. 

Texas Parks and Wildlife stocks the reservoir with largemouth bass and helps protects those fish by strict regulations.

This year country singer Trace Adkins will headline the 3 day event.

"It'll bring a lot of people to the area. It'll help Lake Fork and really all East Texas, you know, people staying and shopping," said Mack Prather, Mack's Discount Tackle.

"Texas Parks and Wildlife builds these outstanding fisheries for people to come and use them, and why not engage in an operation that helps promote our fishing and our products to the world?," said Dave Terre, Texas Parks and Wildlife, Chief of Inland Fisheries.

An event that's a catch not just for the fisherman, but all East Texas.

Danielle Capper, Reporting.


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