The best bass fishermen in the world have converged on Lake Conroe for the Toyota Texas Bass Classic.
The top anglers from Bassmaster Elite Series, FLW and PAA this weekend are competing for a $100,000 prize and the prestige of taking what has become a coveted title.
Less than a decade old, the Toyota Texas Bass Classic has become a huge thing in the world of bass fishing. Besides uniquely tying together the best anglers of the top circuits it is highlighting Texas’s strengths: gigantic bass, conservation and attitude.
Bassmaster Elite Series Pro Mike Iaconelli who has done well in the event in the last few years said it honors Texas’ phenomenal bass fishery.
“Texas lakes are managed so well. It’s a real tribute to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD) and the anglers,” he said.
The reason is conservation.
TPWD are the envy of other states for their management of largemouth bass populations ranging from effective slot limits, stocking, Sharelunker program and educational outreach.
The event features a unique format that sees all 50 anglers in a boat with a trained judge who logs all catches, releases the fish and calls them in to headquarters. Only fish over the slot limit are brought into the weigh in. This minimizes chances of delayed mortality but still allow fans the chance of seeing big fish at the scales.
TPWD will be on hand to keep the fish in good shape, condition them while in holding and release them live back onto the lake.
The Toyota Texas Bass Classic has been a real boost for the reputation of Texas’ bass fishery. Not that it necessarily needed it but it is nice to the very best anglers in the world might be just a little envious of we Texans.
Most of them fish here once every couple of years while we can do so all the time.
Best of all they have raised hundreds of thousand of dollars for inland fisheries conservation at a time when budget crunches are having a negative impact.
Kudos to the organizers of this event for honoring and helping to conserve our fisheries.
For information on attending the event click here.