Top 35 Bass Anglers in the World Set to Compete on Lake Fork



QUITMAN, TX (April 1, 2015) – The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) will feature 35 of the world’s best anglers Memorial Day Weekend, May 23 – 25, 2015 on Lake Fork in Quitman, Texas. Highlights from the field include 3-time TTBC winner and defending champion, Keith Combs and 2015 Bassmaster Classic Champion, Casey Ashley.

ttbcThe 2015 final field is made up of the top 15 anglers in 2014 Angler of the Year points from both the FLW and Bass Elite Series. Other notable anglers include 2014 Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year, Greg Hackney, 2013 recipient and 2014 runner-up Toyota Bassmaster Angler of the Year Aaron Martens, and Andy Morgan, 2014 and 2013 FLW Tour Angler of the Year.

“This is one of the strongest and most talented fields we’ve ever had,” said Lenny Francoeur, Tournament Director. “We shattered records during last years’ event and with yet another star studded field; we could be looking at rewriting those records this Memorial Day on Lake Fork.”

The field boasts a combined 190 wins, 19 Angler of the Year Awards, 19 Majors and over $56 million in career earnings. In addition to 30 professional anglers there are 4 sponsor exemptions which include Mike Iaconelli, Kelly Jordon, Terry Scroggins and Kevin VanDam and defending champion, Keith Combs.

“The TTBC is the tournament I look forward to above all others each year,” said Keith Combs “As a native Texan, it was a dream come true to win my third TTBC title last year and I cannot wait to return to the incredible Lake Fork, with the best anglers in the world, to defend my title in May.”

Along with the coveted title of TTBC Champion, the anglers will be battling it out for two additional awards: the Toyota Tundra Big Bass Award and the LEER Heavy Weight Award. The Toyota Tundra Big Bass Award is new to the 2015 event. The angler who catches the single heaviest fish from any of the three days of the competition will win a 2015 Toyota Tundra. The LEER Heavy Weight Award is awarded to the angler with the heaviest total weight of fish from any of the three days of the tournament will win a LEER truck cap.

2015 Toyota Texas Bass Classic final field:

Matt Arey                     Shelby, North Carolina

Casey Ashley                Donalds, South Carolina

Jason Christie               Park Hill, Oklahoma

Keith Combs                Huntington, Texas

John Crews                   Salem, Virginia

Mark Davis                   Mount Ida, Arkansas

Brent Ehrler                 Redlands, California

Todd Faircloth              Jasper, Texas

Shinichi Fukae             Palestine, Texas

Greg Hackney               Gonzales, Louisiana

Matthew Herren           Trussville, Alabama

Brett Hite                     Phoenix, Arizona

Mike Iaconelli               Runnemede, New Jersey

Kelly Jordon                 Mineola, Texas

Chris Lane                    Guntersville, Alabama

Jared Lintner                Arroyo Grande, California

Justin Lucas                 Guntersville, Alabama

Aaron Martens              Leeds, Alabama

Scott Martin                 Clewiston, Florida

Cody Meyer                  Auburn, California

Andy Morgan               Dayton, Tennessee

Chad Morgenthaler       Coulterville, Illinois

Michael Neal                Dayton, Tennessee

Brandon Palaniuk         Rathdrum, Idaho

Jacob Powroznik           Port Haywood, Virginia

Dean Rojas                   Lake Havasu, Arizona

Mark Rose                    West Memphis, Arkansas

Shad Scheneck             Waynetown, Indiana

Terry Scroggins            Palatka, Florida

Wesley Strader              Spring City, Tennessee

Gerald Swindle             Warrior, Alabama

Randall Tharp               Port Saint Joe, Florida

Bryan Thrift                 Shelby, North Carolina

Kevin VanDam             Kalamazoo, Michigan

Jacob Wheeler              Indianapolis, Indiana

About the Tournament: The Toyota Texas Bass Classic is a world-class bass fishing tournament, featuring the top 35 bass anglers in the world, and a festival that includes exceptional entertainment and a variety of family and industry activities. This three-day event will take place Memorial Day Weekend, May 23-25, 2015 on Lake Fork in Quitman, Texas.

Events / Entertainment: Extraordinary live music and events that will appeal to the whole family. This will include a variety of games and activities at the Brookshire’s Outdoor Adventures Area, incredible food and a fishing industry expo, featuring seminars and the latest in fishing equipment, gear and accessories.

Charity: Proceeds benefit the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. For more information click here to visit the Texas Parks & Wildlife page.

Current sponsors: Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, Nitro Boats, Wood County Industrial Commission, Anheuser-Busch, LEER Truck Caps, The Coca-Cola Company, Tellespen, GoPro, HOLT CAT, JBL, GEICO, Brookshire’s Grocery Company, Kim’s Convenience Store, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Allied Waste Systems, Peoples Telephone Cooperative, TLC Media, Tyler Morning Telegraph, 105.7 KYKX, The Ranch KKUS 104.1, KMOO 99.9 & Sabine River Authority.

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