TPWD News Release — Sept. 11, 2012
To participate in the tournament, anglers will need to first register and become a SCT member, and then fish on Lake Conroe between Oct. 1 – 21, 2012 (the “Tournament Period”). A $100 fee is required to become a member and only pre-registered members will be eligible for the $100,000 prize. The member who catches the largest Toyota ShareLunker from Lake Conroe during the Tournament Period will win a cash prize of $100,000. A portion of the program proceeds will benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s youth outreach programs.
Anglers must call in their catch to Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s ShareLunker hotline, (903) 681-0550, or leave a phone number with area code on the program pager, (888) 784-0600.
A new component has been added to this year’s tournament, adding more competition to the field of anglers. Professionals fishing in the Toyota Texas Bass Classic, Sept. 28-30, 2012, will be able to participate in the ShareLunker Club Tournament (during TTBC official rounds only). In order to be eligible, they will also need to pay the $100 fee to become an SCT member.
“The ShareLunker Club Tournament is a great way for anglers of all skill levels to reel in a fish (and payday) of a lifetime!” said Toyota Texas Bass Classic Tournament Director Lenny Francoeur. “We know there are $100,000 fish swimming around in Lake Conroe, and someone’s life could change in just one cast. It’s going to be an exciting tournament.”
A Toyota ShareLunker, as defined by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, is a legally caught (in Texas waters) largemouth bass that weighs over 13.00 pounds and is accepted into Toyota ShareLunker Program. The contest will be limited to the first 1,000 anglers signed up, and anyone who signs up after Sept. 29 will be subject to a 48-hour grace period before they are eligible to participate. Visit toyotatexasbassclassic.com to download a registration form and submit the membership fee. Additionally, interested anglers can sign up at Stow-A-Way Marina & RV Park, located on Lake Conroe at 13988 Calvary Rd, Willis, TX 77318.
The ShareLunker Club Tournament is the perfect way to cap off the Toyota Texas Bass Classic and continue the excitement from the event, which will be held on Lake Conroe, Sept. 28-30. The Toyota Texas Bass Classic will feature 50 of the best professional anglers in the world along with three days of concerts and expos, with the anglers battling it out to claim the title of the world’s best.
The 2012 SCT will kick off the annual Toyota ShareLunker Program across the state of Texas. The Toyota ShareLunker Program runs Oct. 1 through April 30 with the mission of promoting the catch-and-release of large fish and selectively breeding trophy largemouth bass.
The Toyota Texas Bass Classic tournament functions are operated by the Professional Anglers Association with technical assistance and support from Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s Inland Fisheries Division. Title sponsor for the event is Toyota. Other sponsors include: Ricoh, ATX Wheels, Coca-Cola, TXU and U.S. Reel. Corporate partnership opportunities are available for 2012. For additional information, visit toyotatexasbassclassic.com.
Limited quantities of free tickets are available this year to the three-day outdoor music festival and professional bass fishing world championship. Fans can obtain free tickets online now at toyotatexasbassclassic.com, while supplies last. Tickets are available for Friday, Saturday and Sunday individually. Fans can also pick up TTBC tickets at any Toyota dealership or Academy Sports + Outdoors location in the greater Houston area. Walk-up tickets the day of the event will require a donation towards the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, and all days are subject to sell-out.
The daily tickets are valid for admission into the festival grounds for angler weigh-ins and the concert on that particular day. All activities, including concerts, weigh-ins, Reliant Outdoor Adventures Area and Bass Pro Shops Outdoor Expo will take place at the Lone Star Convention & Expo Center’s festival grounds in Conroe. Concert headliners include Dierks Bentley, Gary Allan and Jake Owen.
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