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2014 Challenge Cup Format and Rules

MAJOR LEAGUE FISHING CHALLENGE CUP FORMAT 

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2014 Bassmaster Marshal Registration is open

Bass fishing fans — don't miss the opportunity to Marshal alongside a top Bassmaster pro at one of the legendary fisheries featured in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic and Elite Series schedule.Through B.A.S.S.'s one-of-a-kind Marshal program, participants get to spend two to three days on the water learning tips and techniques from the world’s best bass anglers.

The One Thing

Edwin Evers I had a pretty solid year. I can't say that there was any one thing that got me here [All-Star Week]. If I had to narrow it down, it was that I made good adjustments throughout the year and was able to be consistent.

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Edwin Evers on White Lake

Edwin Evers swings for the fences on the final day of the Elite Series Toyota All-Star Week and Evan Williams Bourbon Championship, hoping to bring home the All-Star trophy.

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A LOOK AT THE TTBC

The Toyota Texas Bass Classic is a no-entry fee, $100,000 tournament that raises funds for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. With conservation top-of-mind, only bass over 21-inches are brought to weigh-in for fans to see. All other keeper bass are weighed, recorded by a ride-along judge, and immediately released into Lake Conroe. Very much a festival, the tournament also includes a huge bbq competition and top-notch country music concerts each day.

Toyota Texas Bass Classic Offers Free Activities for Fans and Families

The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC), the world championship of professional bass fishing, is bringing the best anglers along with some of the biggest bands in country music to Conroe. Today, tournament officials announced a full lineup of free, family-friendly activities taking place at the Lone Star Convention & Expo Center Oct. 4-6 to coincide with the tournament.“We have world class music and a stellar field of anglers coming to Conroe. With all of the activities we have planned for fans and families, it’s shaping up to be a great weekend at the Toyota Texas Bass Classic,” said Tournament Director Lenny Francoeur. “This event is really about supporting the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department and with event tickets being free it’s a great way for the community to enjoy world-class entertainment and support a worthy cause.”Outdoor Adventures Area – The Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Adventures Area features kid-friendly activities that emphasize the TPWD’s youth fishing programs. Activities include archery, a rock climbing wall, kids casting challenge and a host of outdoor-themed educational and interactive exhibits.Bass Pro Shops Kids Zone – Families can enjoy several free brand new activities in the Kids’ Zone including an inflatable obstacle course and Velcro wall, BB gun shooting range, kayak pool and  the ever popular mechanical bull riding.BBQ Cook-Off – Over 50 teams will compete in the second annual TTBC BBQ Cook-Off where they will serve up their best brisket, ribs and chicken. Defending champion Donald Canterbury with the “We Be Smokin” team will return to defend their 2012 titles. Winners of the 2013 title will be announced Saturday ahead of the tournament weigh-ins.Food Truck Court – Several of the area’s awarding-winning food trucks will be on-site at TTBC this year including Papa John’s, Holmes Smokehouse, Koagie Hots, Custom Confections and many more!Wake Rail Demonstrations – Two 1,200 sq. ft. wake rail pools will debut at this year’s TTBC and will feature pro wakeboard riders performing free trick demonstrations throughout the event weekend.Yamaha Test Track – Riders can test various Yamaha ATVs on the 25,000 square foot test track that includes bumps, twists and log-filled roads and obstacles.Toyota Drive Center – Fans can enjoy hands-on driving experiences in the latest Toyota makes and models including the 2014 Tundra at the off road test track.Free Concerts

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One fan to win Tundra

he All-Star pros won’t be the only ones collecting prizes on Sept 29. One of 14 finalists in the Bassmaster.com Toyota All-Star Fan Favorite Angler Sweepstakes will win a 2014 Toyota Tundra valued at $35,000.Those 14 fan names have been randomly paired with the 14 pro names. The Toyota Tundra winner will be the fan lucky enough to have had their name paired with the eventual All-Star champ. The pairings are:            Hank Cherry: Clay Wilson of Rogers, Ark.            Keith Combs: Tammy Jones of Grimesland, N.C.            John Crews: Susan Blackwell of Lombard, Ill.            Edwin Evers: David Johnson of Falls Church, Va.            Mike Iaconelli: Tony McCraw of Galax, Va.            Alton Jones: Stephen Eddy of Lakeland, Fla.            Bobby Lane: Kevin Chaney of Tarpon Springs, Fla.            Aaron Martens: Terry Crawford of Clyde, Texas            Cliff Pace: Glenn Altman of Marion, S.C.            Brandon Palaniuk: Chris Regas of Plainfield, Ill.            Skeet Reese: Shawn Kleipe. of Brooklyn, N.Y.            Gerald Swindle: George Compton of Laurens, S.C.            Kevin VanDam: Robert Catron of Stilwell, Okla.            Chris Zaldain: Rocco Simeri of Murfreesboro, Tenn.Follow the coverage

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Storage solutions for 2013

Wild River Tackle Tek Nomad XP Lighted with USB charging systemThe Wild River Tackle Tek Nomad XP Lighted comes with a USB charging system powered by an AC or DC adaptor, or an optional clip-on solar panel. The front pocket holds a mobile device and charging system and an integrated 3000mAh rechargeable lithium battery is included. Storage compartments hold up to four medium and two small trays. 

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2014 Elite Series targets America’s hottest bass lakes

The 2014 Bassmaster Elite Series promises to be one for the history books. The 100 or so Elite Series anglers who compete on the nation’s premier bass tournament circuit will visit rivers, reservoirs and natural lakes in 11 states as they vie for fame, fortune and a berth in the 2015 Bassmaster Classic.Several of the fisheries are steeped in B.A.S.S. lore, and the others soon will be.“We’ve just finished an Elite Series season that saw record attendance, record Internet traffic and record media coverage,” said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin, “but we’re already looking forward to all that 2014 will hold.”The Elite Series, which has included eight events for the past five years, will grow to nine tournaments next year, he added, and one of them will include a fan-attracting “BASSfest” reminiscent of the old summertime Bassmaster Classics and with a $1,000,000 prize purse.And for the first time in Bassmaster tournament history, the ninth and final event of the Elite Series will be the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Championship in which the Top 50 Elite anglers will compete for a share of the $900,000 AOY payout, along with Bassmaster Classic berths and what many of the pros consider the ultimate prize, the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year trophy.The Elite Series kicks off in Bainbridge, Ga., at Lake Seminole, March 13-16. Seminole has been the site of 13 previous B.A.S.S. events, including the very first tournament ever conducted under the auspices of B.A.S.S., fishing’s largest membership organization. Two earlier events were run by founder Ray Scott in 1967, but the organization had not yet been formally created. This will be the first Elite event on Seminole and the first B.A.S.S. event on its waters since a Bassmaster Southern Open in 2010.From Seminole, the Elite anglers will head southeast to Palatka, Fla., and the St. Johns River, March 20-23, where 18 previous professional tournaments have taken place, including Elite events in 2011 and 2012. The St. Johns produced the first 10-pound bass in B.A.S.S. competition history in 1973, and double-digit fish could be plentiful at this springtime event. Edwin Evers won the 2011 Elite stop at the St. Johns, while Alton Jones took top honors in 2012.

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Major League Fishing Toughens Handling Rule

In an effort to further tighten its already strict fish-handling rules, Jack Link’s Major League Fishing has updated its penalty governing how caught fish are landed. The league now insists that anglers not only keep fish off the carpet, but away from their bodies as well, Major League Fishing Commissioner Don Rucks announced today.Under the new rule, an angler cannot allow a fish to touch any part of his body other than his hands or forearms.In an initial effort at improving fish care, Major League Fishing in 2012 adopted a rule that penalized anglers any time a fish touched the bottom of their boats. The new rule is aimed at eliminating the cradling of fish.“We made a conscious decision early on that we would focus on two distinct goals. First, we want to be as careful as possible in the way our anglers handle fish, because we believe this is the right thing to do. To put it in simple terms, we want to take care of the fish as much as possible,” Rucks said. “Second, since Major League Fishing features the best anglers in the world, we have no problem asking that they abide by rules that are much tougher than rules enforced at traditional bass tournaments.”- See more at: http://www.majorleaguefishing.com/news_details.aspx?id=2129#sthash.sVhkm...

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