Toyota Texas Bass Classic Announces 2016 Angler Field
April 11, 2016
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Top 36 anglers in the world to compete at Lake Ray Roberts
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ATHENS—As part of the 2016 Toyota Texas Fest presented by JBL (TTF), the Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) will feature 36 of the world’s best professional anglers from May 20 – 22, 2016, at Lake Ray Roberts in Denton, TX. The field for the tenth anniversary of TTBC is highlighted by defending champion Brent Ehrler and 2016 Bassmaster Classic champion Edwin Evers.
The field is made up of the top 15 anglers from the 2015 Angler of the Year (AOY) points from both the FLW Tour and Bassmaster Elite Series as well as six exemptions. Other notable anglers include 2015 Bassmaster Angler of the Year Aaron Martens, 2015 FLW Angler of the Year Scott Martin and Keith Combs, three-time TTBC champion.
“Over the past nine years the priority of the TTBC has been to promote fishing, outdoor recreation and the conservation efforts of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department,” said Lenny Francoeur, tournament director. “Each year we host the world’s best anglers on Texas’ premier fisheries, and we are excited to see these anglers take on Lake Ray Roberts, one of Texas’ top fisheries.”
The overall field is highlighted by a combined 16 Angler of the Year titles, including eight Bassmaster AOYs and eight FLW Tour AOYs; 19 major championship titles, including eight TTBCs, six Bassmaster Classics, and five Forrest Wood Cups; 179 tour wins and over $60 million in career earnings. The field will also include exemptions Randy Howell, Mike Iaconelli, Kelly Jordon, Terry Scroggins, Gerald Swindle and 2015 TTBC champion Brent Ehrler.
“Winning the Toyota Texas Bass Classic last year was one of the biggest achievements in my career,” said Ehrler. “The TTBC is the most difficult event to qualify for in professional bass fishing, and to raise the trophy on the final day, you had to have beaten the most elite group of anglers on the planet. I am excited to get back to Texas and defend my title on Lake Ray Roberts in May.”
Along with the coveted title of TTBC champion, the anglers will be competing for two additional awards. The angler who catches the single heaviest fish from any of the three days of competition will win the Toyota Tundra Big Bass Award and a new 2016 Toyota Tundra. The LEER Heavy Weight Award, a new LEER truck cap, will be given to the angler with the heaviest single-day weight from any one of the three days of the tournament.
|Tracy Adams||Wilkesboro, North Carolina||FLW Tour|
|Adrian Avena||Vineland, New Jersey||FLW Tour|
|Jason Christie||Park Hill, Oklahoma||Bassmaster Elite Series|
|Luke Clausen||Spokane, Washington||FLW Tour|
|Keith Combs||Huntington, Texas||Bassmaster Elite Series|
|John Cox||Debary, Florida||FLW Tour|
|Brent Ehrler||Redlands, California||2015 TTBC champion|
|Edwin Evers||Talala, Oklahoma||Bassmaster Elite Series|
|Shinichi Fukae||Palestine, Texas||FLW Tour|
|Anthony Gagliardi||Prosperity, South Carolina||FLW Tour|
|Greg Hackney||Gonzales, Louisiana||Bassmaster Elite Series|
|Matthew Herren||Ashville, Alabama||Bassmaster Elite Series|
|Randy Howell||Guntersville, Alabama||Exemption|
|Mike Iaconelli||Pittsgrove, New Jersey||Exemption|
|Alton Jones||Lorena, Texas||Bassmaster Elite Series|
|Kelly Jordon||Flint, Texas||Exemption|
|Jordan Lee||Vinemont, Alabama||Bassmaster Elite Series|
|Dave Lefebre||Erie, Pennsylvania||FLW Tour|
|Bill Lowen||Brookville, Indiana||Bassmaster Elite Series|
|Justin Lucas||Guntersville, Alabama||Bassmaster Elite Series|
|Aaron Martens||Leeds, Alabama||Bassmaster Elite Series|
|Scott Martin||Clewiston, Florida||FLW Tour|
|Cody Meyer||Auburn, California||FLW Tour|
|Ish Monroe||Hughson, California||FLW Tour|
|Andy Morgan||Dayton, Tennessee||FLW Tour|
|Larry Nixon||Bee Branch, Arkansas||FLW Tour|
|Brandon Palaniuk||Hayden, Idaho||Bassmaster Elite Series|
|Jacob Powroznik||Port Haywood, Virginia||Bassmaster Elite Series|
|Dean Rojas||Lake Havasu City, Arizona||Bassmaster Elite Series|
|Terry Scroggins||San Mateo, Florida||Exemption|
|Wesley Strader||Spring City, Tennessee||FLW Tour|
|Gerald Swindle||Warrior, Alabama||Exemption|
|Peter Thliveros||St. Augustine, Florida||FLW Tour|
|Bryan Thrift||Shelby, North Carolina||FLW Tour|
|Greg Vinson||Wetumpka, Alabama||Bassmaster Elite Series|
|Chris Zaldain||San Jose, California||Bassmaster Elite Series|
About the Event: The Toyota Texas Fest is a three-day outdoor festival that will take place May 20-22, 2016, at Toyota Stadium in Frisco, Texas. The mission of the event is to raise awareness and funding for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. One of the festival’s main events is the Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC), which is celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2016. TTBC is a world-class bass fishing tournament featuring the top 36 bass anglers competing on Lake Ray Roberts (Denton, Texas). Additionally, the festival will include exceptional entertainment and a wide variety of outdoor programming for the entire family. Activities include games and interactive displays at the Texas Parks and Wildlife Outdoor Adventures Area and an outdoor consumer expo featuring the latest products and services from event partners. Throughout each day, country music’s biggest stars including Lee Brice, Kip Moore, Big & Rich with Cowboy Troy and more, will entertain thousands of fans.
Our Cause: Proceeds benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. For more information visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife web site. www.tpwd.state.tx.us.
Current sponsors: Toyota, JBL by Harman, Bass Pro Shops, NITRO Boats, GEICO, Anheuser-Busch, Embassy Suites Dallas, Frisco Hotel Convention Center & Spa, Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau.