Toyota Texas Bass Classic Preview

Jo-Carolyn Goode | 3/9/2015, 5:58 p.m.
Memorial Day weekend event to mix music, outdoor activities and big bass
Country music concerts are a major attraction at the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. TPWD Photo © 2014, Larry D. Hodge

ATHENS—The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) will return to Lake Fork on Memorial Day weekend, May 23 – 25, 2015. The top 35 professional bass anglers will compete for the world championship in a tournament benefitting Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) fishing programs. So far the TTBC has raised more than $2 million for such programs as Neighborhood Fishin’ and the Texas State-Fish Art Contest.

While the pros are battling it out on the water, attendees can enjoy a variety of games and activities at the TPWD Outdoor Adventures Area, dine on food from a number of vendors, and shop for fishing gear and accessories.

A feature attraction of TTBC is a star-studded lineup of daytime and evening concerts. Concerts will be headlined by Billy Currington on Saturday, May 23; Lee Brice on Sunday, May 24; and Rodney Atkins and Joe Nichols on Monday, May 25.

“It is an exciting musical lineup this year,” said Lenny Francoeur, tournament director. “Combining country music’s biggest stars, the best bass anglers in the world, a large outdoor expo and fan-friendly activities, the ninth year of TTBC promises to be one of the most exciting yet.”

Tickets go on sale Wednesday, March 11, 2015, and will be available online at ToyotaTexasBassClassic.com or at your local Toyota dealership, Academy Sports + Outdoors, Brookshire’s Grocery Stores and Kim’s Convenience Stores throughout East Texas.

TTBC sponsors include Toyota, Bass Pro Shops, NITRO Boats, Wood County Industrial Commission, Leer Truck Caps, GoPro, Holt CAT, Republic Services, Tellespen, Geico, Lamar Advertising, The Links at Land’s End, Brookshires, Kim’s, TLC Radio, KYKX 105.7, KMMO 99.9, 104.1 The Ranch, the Coca-Cola Company and the Sabine River Authority.

For additional information or to volunteer at the tournament, visit ToyotaTexasBassClassic.com or call (866) 907-0143.

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