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2014 Toyota Texas Bass Classic: Day One Recap

Day One: Lake Fork welcomes TTBC Pros Back

by: Russ Bassdozer Comeau,

(May. 09, 2014 - Quitman, TX) What happens when you bring fifty of the best bass pros in the world to one of the best bass lakes in the world? Well, this is what happens? - Fourteen of those pros weigh 30+ pound five-bass limits on Day One of the Toyota Texas Bass Classic on the fabled trophy bass factory that is Lake Fork in Quitman, Texas. - Two-time TTBC champ Keith Combs knocks 42 pounds even out of the park. - Russ Lane in 2nd place sacks the best limit of his pro career with 38 pounds 4 ounces, catching and releasing 40 good-sized bass today. - Stetson Blaylock in 3rd has his best day ever. He catches and releases an 11 pounder that anchored Blaylock's 36 pound 8 ounce limit. - Randy Haynes in 4th with 34 pounds 8 ounces is ready to go home already because he's plumb tuckered out from reeling in too many hefty Fork porkers all day. - Luke Clausen in fifth with 33 pounds 12 ounces is the only pro in the TTBC to have won both the Bassmaster Classic and the FLW Forrest Wood Cup ? and although Clausen feels it will be tough to make up ground on the likes of Combs and Lane, winning the TTBC and attaining the "triple crown" of bass fishing is not entirely out of Clausen's reach today. Strictly in terms of Lake Fork trophy bass - or "overs" measuring over 24 inches long, today was a good day. It started with leader Keith Combs who had 3 overs in a row. First he caught a 7-8. Next a 9-8 and finally a 10-4 that Combs brought back to the weigh-in to wow the large crowd in attendance. Toyota pro Terry Scroggins followed with a 9-8, Kevin VanDam with an 8-8, Russ Lane with a 10-0, and John Murray with an 8-4. Stetson Blaylock had an 11-0 that he released. There were also several other fish caught and released over 24 inches - a case of too many to mention! Needless to say, the eighth annual Toyota Texas Bass Classic world championship on Lake Fork in Quitman, Texas got off to a very giant start today. [b]KEITH COMBS - 1st[/b] Texan Keith Combs, winner of 2 of the 3 last TTBC world championships commanded the day's attention with his incredible first day five-bass limit of 42 pounds flat. Combs is far ahead of the pace to break his own TTBC record set in 2011 for the heaviest 3-day total of 76 pounds 12 ounces on Lake Conroe in Conroe, TX. Combs feels confident he can ? and must ? keep up the pace of well over 30 pounds of Lake Fork lunkers per day for the next two days of this event. [b]RUSS LANE - 2nd[/b] Lane worked the same school of big bass all day today, catching over 40 of them. He plans to return to the same school again tomorrow and see where the school takes him. Several other competitors came into Russ Lane's area today but when they saw what Big Russ was doing, they graciously conceded the field to Lane. [b]STETSON BLAYLOCK - 3rd[/b] Today was the best day Blaylock ever had on the water. He caught multiple fish over 5 pounds. "I know Lake Fork's such a legendary lake, but still it's the b-e-s-t day of fishing I have ever had!" Blaylock caught most of his fish offshore. "It's no secret ? that's where this tournament is going to be won and where most of the big stringers are coming from. It's a timing thing; you just have to hit the right spot at the right time to get those Fork lunkers. You can catch 4 and 5 pounders at quite a few different places ? but the really, really big bass seem to be on certain spots. You just have to hit those spots at the right time." [b]RANDY HAYNES - 4th[/b] Haynes' day was better than he expected. In practice, he mainly idled around and looked around with his eyes and electronics, not fishing much in practice. It was a grind for Haynes on the water today, having to catch and release 4 pounders all day. Haynes spent part of his afternoon prospecting for tomorrow, bouncing around, figuring out some of the schools he hadn't hit hard today, figuring out the casting angles and keying into how they want to be triggered into striking. He feels he will have to work hard tomorrow if he wants to stay ahead of the pack of 14 other pros that had 30 pounds or better today. [b]LUKE CLAUSEN - 5th[/b] Clausen fished shallow today using a new, unreleased model of Megabass swimbait. He did not get as many fish as some other pros, but the Megabass swimbait attracted the heavyweights that pulled Clausen into fifth place and kept him in the race for the TTBC championship. Clausen feels secure that he can maintain the heavy weight he had today for the next two days of this event. The Toyota Texas Bass Classic continues tomorrow, Saturday May 10th when all fifty contenders will compete again on Lake Fork. The field will be cut to 10 who fish on Sunday when one will be crowned the new world champion! [b]LEADERBOARD[/b] 1. Keith Combs - 42 lbs. 2. Russ Lane - 38 lbs. 4 oz. 3. Stetson Blaylock - 36 lbs. 8 oz. 4. Randy Haynes - 34 lbs. 8 oz. 5. Luke Clausen - 33 lbs. 12 oz. [b]ATX Wheels Big Bass Standings:[/b] 1. Keith Combs 10lbs. 14 oz. 2. Russ Lane 10lbs. 7oz. 3. Terry Scroggins 10lbs. 4. Kevin VanDam 8lbs. 11oz. 5. John Murray 8lbs. 110oz. [b]Saturday, May 10[/b] Tournament Day: Round 2 Schedule: 6:00am - 8:00am - Gates Open for Angler Take-Off (SRA) Free Admission and Parking (Take-Off Only) 7:00am - Anglers Take-Off (SRA) 10:00am - 7:30pm - Event Gates Open (SRA) *Ticket Required* TPWD Adventures Area, Outdoor Expo, BBQ Cook-Off & BPS Kids Zone 1:00pm- Live Concert: Southern Slang 3:00pm - Live: Ugly Stik? Presents: Backroad Anthem 5:00pm - Weigh-in, BBQ Awards 6:30pm - Headline Concert: Little Big Town [b]On-Site Activities[/b] [b]Take-Off:[/b] Come out to the SRA to see the top 50 pro anglers in the world each morning. Get angler autographs, see the latest gear/equipment, listen to angler interviews and cheer on your favorites as they take-off to do battle with Lake Fork?s giant bass (Take-Off parking and admission is free. Take-Off Gates open at 6:00am). [b]Outdoor Adventures Area:[/b] The Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Adventures Area features kid-friendly activities that highlight the TPWD?s youth fishing programs. Activities include archery, Operation Game Thief- Wall of Shame, kids casting challenge and a host of other outdoor-themed educational and interactive exhibits. [b]Toyota Drive Center:[/b] Where you can try out brand new Toyota vehicles on an off-road test track. Fans can enjoy hands-on driving experiences in the latest Toyota makes and models including the 2014 Tundra, Tacoma, Sequoia, 4Runner and FJ Cruiser at the off road test track. [b]Yamaha Test Track:[/b] Fans can test various Yamaha ATVs and side-by-sides on the 25,000 square foot test track that includes bumps, twists, log-filled roads and obstacles. Outdoor Expo:[/b] Families and fans are encouraged to come early and visit the 80,000 square foot expo center featuring the latest in outdoor gear & products from Bass Pro Shops & Nitro Boats. Take in a seminar at the Berkley seminar tank or see the latest line of Toyota vehicles. There is plenty to see and do in the Outdoor Expo! [b]Bass Pro Shops Kids Zone:[/b] This Outdoor Kids Zone will feature entertainment for all ages. Families can enjoy several brand new activities in the Kids Zone including an inflatable obstacle course and Velcro wall, BB gun shooting range, kayak pool and the ever popular mechanical bull riding. [b]Good Eats:[/b] BBQ Teams will compete for best brisket, chicken and ribs! First place in each category will walk away with $1,500. Johnsonville Big Taste Grill, The world?s largest touring grill will be on site grilling up more than 750 brats at a time. Not your average backyard barbeque, the grill weighs more than 53,000 pounds and measures 65 feet long. An array of food trucks will be on hand to cater all fan?s savory needs. From a Cajun meat pie to snow cones, ice cream and gourmet treats, TTBC has it covered!