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Snowden Takes the Lead at the TTBC

Toyota Texas Bass Classic Day Two Tournament Recap

by: Mallory Beck,

Brian Snowden shows off a catch during the Toyota Texas Bass Classic at Lake Conroe in Conroe, Texas on September 29, 2012.
Photo by Chris Keane
Houston Rockets Coach Kevin McHale and Clutch pump up the crowds at the Toyota Texas Bass Classic at Lake Conroe in Conroe, Texas on September 29, 2012.
Photo by Chris Keane
(Sep. 29, 2012 - Lake Conroe, TX) The second day of competition at the Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Conroe was all about adjustments. Friday's sunny skies and temperatures in the upper 80s gave way to overcast conditions, persistent rain showers, and temperatures in the 70s on Saturday. The changing conditions ushered in significant changes at the top of the TTBC leaderboard, as the 50 anglers battled to make the top 10 cut and earn the right to compete on championship Sunday. Todd Faircloth and Jim Moynagh, who bested the field with matching 17 pound limits on Friday, were unable to deliver repeat performances. Faircloth slipped to 5th place, weighing-in a 13 pound limit to boost his total weight to an even 30 pounds. Moynagh managed a limit weighing just 8 pounds to finish the tournament in 14th place with 25 pounds. That opened the door for 2010 TTBC champion, Brian Snowden. The Missouri pro took advantage of the soggy conditions and boated one of the five limits that surpassed the 18 pound mark on Saturday. Snowden's 18-12 effort increased his total weight to 33 pounds, giving him a 1 pound, 4 ounce lead heading into the final day. [b]ATX Big Bass Day Two: Scroggins 7.70 Conroe's Biggest So Far[/b] Toyota pro Terry "Big Show" Scroggins used his vast experience, reaching deep into his bag of tricks to finagle a massive 7.70 pound bass, the biggest of day two at the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. "When I started off this morning, I actually caught a fish on my first cast, another on my second cast, and it ended up I caught like 10 to 15 fish in this one area before it slowed down," said Scroggins. What he did next was masterful. Repositioning his boat around to the other side of the area to reverse the angle of his cast, Scroggins was hoping to give them a different look. His crafty maneuvering paid off big. "It was the only bite I got from that angle but it was the right one!," he exclaimed. "You know, fish get used to seeing your bait come through at a certain angle, a certain deal, so if you change up, you give them a little surprise sometimes," said the savvy Toyota pro. [b]Houston Rockets Coach McHale Judges Brisket at TTBC BBQ Cook-Off Championship[/b] Houston Rockets coach Kevin McHale visited the Toyota Texas Bass Classic today and participated as a celebrity judge in the brisket category at the first BBQ Cook-Off Championship. [b]Leaderboard[/b] [pre]Pos. Last Name First Name Lbs.-Oz. 1 Brian Snowden 33-0 2 Edwin Evers 32-8 3 Fred Roumbanis 31-0 4 Terry Scroggins 30-4 5 Todd Faircloth 30-0 6 Bobby Lane 29-8 6 Russ Lane 29-8 8 Brandon Card 29-0 9 Bryan Thrift 28-4 10 Keith Combs 26-12 10 Luke Clausen 26-12[/pre] [b]ATX Big Bass Award[/b] [pre] 1. Terry Scroggins 7.70 lbs. 2. Bobby Lane 6.17 lbs. 3. Keith Combs 6.02 lbs.[/pre] [b]SUNDAY, SEPT. 30[/b] Final Round (10 anglers) [pre]8:00 a.m. Boat Launch Waterpoint Plaza on Lake Conroe 15256 Highway 105W (between County Line BBQ and SAM'S Boat) Free and Open to the Public 12:00 p.m. Event Gates Open (Ticket Required) Lone Star Convention & Expo Center Sponsor Expo & Reliant Energy Outdoor Adventures Area open 4:00 p.m. Angler Weigh-in & Awards Ceremony, Live Concert headlining Jake Owen Lone Star Convention & Expo Center[/pre]