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
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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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.
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...
"There's no such thing as a win-win."That's what the leader of a major American corporation once told a friend, who worked as a hotel manager.She had tried to split the difference between winning and losing on the rates for a multi-room booking with the company. She explained that it was the lowest room-rate they'd ever offered, and it was one in which the hotel could still make a profit."It's a win-win," she smiled.The corporate man in charge sneered, "There's no such thing as a win-win. There's a WINNER, and there's a LOSER."No such thing as a win-win? It seems unreasonably harsh and especially ugly. The reality of it, however, appeared this week in Detroit, of all places – the city that has seen a winner and now what appears to be a loser.The winner here Saturday was Aaron Martens, who clinched the 2013 Bassmaster Elite Series Toyota Angler of the Year title on Day Three of the Plano Championship Chase. The loser Saturday was Edwin Evers, who entered the event with the title all but tucked away.The Evers clan, from Talala, Okla., had come to Detroit for the all-but-certain capper to an incredibly consistent Elite Series season. Evers finished first once and never worse than 30th though seven events.
2013 Elite Series Plano Championship Chase
Edwin Evers is gunning for Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year -- and today could make or break him.
Wiley X® Inc. is sponsoring top B.A.S.S. Elite Series pro Edwin Evers as he fishes his way to the finish line of an exciting and action-packed 2013 Bassmaster tournament season. For the remainder of this year and throughout the 2014 B.A.S.S. season, Wiley X will provide Evers with the clear vision he needs to see and catch more fish, along with the confidence to fish hard day after day in changing and challenging conditions.When he faces off against 98 other top B.A.S.S. Elite Series anglers August 22-25 on Lake St. Clair, Michigan, Evers will have more than a “typical” tournament win in his sights. He currently leads the Toyota Bassmaster 2013 Angler of the Year standings, and how Evers finishes in this season’s final event will determine if he brings home professional bass fishing’s most prestigious title and the $100,000 payday that comes with it. However it turns out, it will be an exciting race to the finish for the competitors and bass fishing fans around the world. Evers has been the Angler of the Year points leader after the past five events, but other top professionals have been steadily closing the gap. Evers currently holds a 30-point lead over Aaron Martens, with seven-time Angler of the Year winner Kevin VanDam just 39 points behind. Fellow Wiley X-sponsored bass pro and former Angler of the Year winner Skeet Reese currently sits at 10th in the points standings, and could still make some noise.“This will be a very exciting weekend for bass fishing enthusiasts worldwide, and we’re proud to be a part of it,” said Wiley X Co-Owner Myles Freeman, Jr. “It’s by no means sewn up, but the title is Edwin’s to win with just one tournament to go. Given our long history with Edwin, and his reputation both as an angler and a competitor who rises to the occasion, we like his chances. All of us at Wiley X will be rooting for him as he battles it out with the world’s best fishermen on Lake St. Clair,” added Freeman.Professional anglers like Evers depend on stylish Wiley X sunglasses for several reasons.
With just one event to go in the 2013 Elite Series season, the Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year race is no longer a marathon. It's a sprint.And just as you typically have dozens to thousands of runners in any marathon, sprints usually have just a few competitors. It's the same with the AOY race at this point.What started with 100 anglers all chasing a dream, is now down to just eight — eight fishermen with a mathematical shot to win fishing's most prestigious title. Realistically, though, the number is actually much smaller. I'd put it at three.Here are the eight — the top anglers in the AOY race through seven of eight events — and their point totals:1. Edwin Evers - 594 2. Aaron Martens - 564 3. Kevin VanDam - 555 4. Bobby Lane - 535 5. Chris Zaldain - 521 6. Keith Combs - 518 7. Alton Jones - 502 8. John Crews - 501While all eight have a mathematical shot at AOY, only Evers, Martens and VanDam have anything like a real chance to win the title. The rest need too many things to happen to get there. Think NFL playoffs going into the final weekend. John Crews is the Washington Redskins. He needs to win while the Cowboys, Eagles and Giants all lose and the Dolphins and Patriots end their season in a scoreless tie while neither quarterback throws a single pass ... and the stadium lights go out and they play under a full moon.So for, Lane, Zaldain, Combs, Jones and Crews, 2013 has been a very good year, but it's time to focus on staying in the top eight rather than moving up. If they can maintain, they'll qualify for Toyota All-Star Week in September. All are a lead-pipe cinch to qualify for the 2014 Classic, even if they don't catch a fish in the final event. Combs is in by virtue of his Falcon win. The rest are in on points.And Evers is in the driver's seat for AOY. It's not my favorite sports cliché, but he "controls his own destiny." As long as he finishes in the top 30, no one can catch him and he'll claim his first AOY title.He's had a remarkable year, too. Not only did he win an event (on the Alabama River), but he's never finished worse than 30th all year long. How special is that?