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[ Additional Contacts: Lenny Francoeur, Tournament Director, (479) 715-6103 or lenny@toyotatexasbassclassic.com; Adam Harris, Marketing and Communications Senior Manager, (919) 531-0500 or adam@toyotatexasbassclassic.com; Dave Terre, Chief of Management and Research, TPWD, (512) 389-4855 or dave.terre@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Jan. 31, 2011
ToyotaTexas Bass Classic to Continue Support for Texas Parks and Wildlife Department
World championship tournament to donate another $250,000 to TPWD
ATHENS--The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC) will return to the Lone Star Convention and Expo Center in Conroe October 28 - 30, 2011. Event proceeds benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) and its outdoor recreation programs.
TPWD has received $1 million in donations from the TTBC over the past four years. The 2011 donation will be a minimum of $250,000. "The focus of these programs is to expose kids and non-traditional users to the sport of fishing and the conservation efforts upon which all good fishing depends," said J.C. Fassino, president of the Texas Bass Classic Foundation.
"These funds play a vital role in TPWD's efforts to bring fishing close to home for millions of Texans," said Dave Terre, chief of management and research for TPWD's Inland Fisheries Division. "The Toyota Texas Bass Classic donation pays a large share of the cost of the Neighborhood Fishin' Program as well as the Texas State-Fish Art Contest and other programs designed to get more people involved in outdoor activities. At a time when the state is struggling with a huge budget deficit, these funds are more important than ever."
The TTBC will continue to host family-friendly live music performances by noteworthy artists. Event activities at the Lone Star Convention and Expo Center appeal to a wide range of spectator interests and include a kids' area with outdoor activities and exhibits featuring instructional clinics and the latest in equipment and accessories.
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. Corporate partnership opportunities are available for 2011. For additional information, visit www.toyotatexasbassclassic.comor call 1-866-907-0143.
For information on some of the programs funded by the TTBC donation, visit the following pages on the TPWD web site.
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Jan. 31, 2011
O.H. Ivie Still Hot Despite the Weather
Toyota ShareLunker 509 Caught Sunday
ATHENS--O.H. Ivie produced its fourth Toyota ShareLunker of the season Sunday. Wimberley angler Terry Capps caught the 13.01-pounder about 9:45 a.m. from 10 feet of 48-degree water.
"It was just blind luck," Capps said. "We were just fishing, not having a very good day. I was throwing a white spinnerbait and just happened to find the right spot and the right fish."
Capps drew on his fishing experience and the help of fishing partners to land the big fish. "It was a massive battle, a lot of fun, and my partners did great helping me land it," he said. "It took several minutes to get her in. I just let it free-spool and let her run, because I've had too many break off in the past. Once we got her in the boat, we had to sit down and take a break. It was humbling to catch something like that."
The fish was cared for until picked up by ShareLunker program manager David Campbell at the official Toyota ShareLunker weigh and holding station at Elm Creek Village.
In the 2009-2010 season, the Toyota ShareLunker program had received six entries by the end of January, two of which were from O.H. Ivie. By the end of the season, the West Texas reservoir had produced 11 entries. The four entries from the lake this January have people wondering just what the rest of the season holds.
Elm Creek Village manager Jerry Hunter thinks the best is yet to come. "I think this year will be a better year for us than last year. We started earlier and are seeing better fish," he said. "We've had a 12.51 this week, and we weighed a 10.99 and an 11.79. Fishing is really picking up, and I expect it to get even better in the next two to three weeks."
You can read about O.H. Ivie's remarkable ascendance as a big bass lake in the February issue of Texas Parks & Wildlife magazine, now on newsstands and online at http://www.tpwmagazine.com/archive/2011/feb/ed_2/index.phtml.
Anyone legally catching a 13-pound or bigger largemouth bass from Texas waters, public or private, between October 1 and April 30 may submit the fish to the Toyota ShareLunker program by calling program manager David Campbell at (903) 681-0550 or paging him at (888) 784-0600 and leaving a phone number including area code. Fish will be picked up by TPWD personnel within 12 hours.
ShareLunker entries are used in a selective breeding program at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens. Some of the offspring from these fish are stocked back into the water body from which they were caught. Other ShareLunker offspring are stocked in public waters around the state in an attempt to increase the overall size and growth rate of largemouth bass in Texas.
Anglers entering fish into the Toyota ShareLunker program receive a free replica of their fish, a certificate and ShareLunker clothing and are recognized at a banquet at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.
The person who catches the season's largest entry will be named Angler of the Year and will receive a prize package from G. Loomis valued at $818. The package includes a G. Loomis NRX854C jig and worm rod, a Shimano ChronarchD1007 casting reel and 150 yards of moss green Power Pro super-braid fishing line. If a Texas angler catches the largest entry of the season, that person also receives a lifetime fishing license.
The current leader in the Angler of the Year race is the 16.03-pound fish caught from Lake Austin January 27 by Austin angler T.J. Nissen.
For complete information and rules of the ShareLunker program, tips on caring for big bass and a recap of last year's season, see tpwd.texas.gov/sharelunker. The site also includes a searchable database of all fish entered into the program along with pictures where available.
Information on current catches, including short videos of interviews with anglers when available, is posted on www.facebook.com/sharelunkerprogram.
The Toyota ShareLunker Program is made possible by a grant to the Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation from Gulf States Toyota. Toyota is a long-time supporter of the Foundation and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, providing major funding for a wide variety of education, fish, parks and wildlife projects.

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[ Larry Hodge, (903) 670-2255; larry.hodge@tpwd.texas.gov; Vendor Contact: Jim Booker, (903) 670-2266; james.booker@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Jan. 31, 2011
Learn to Fly-fish March 12 at Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center
Exhibitors and vendors should sign up now. Tie a fly, cast a fly, catch a fish to be focus of annual event.
ATHENS--Fly-fishing experts and wannabes will gather at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens March 12 for a day of teaching, learning and fishing.
Instruction in all aspects of fly-fishing from fly-tying to casting to equipment selection to choosing a destination will be provided by expert fly-fishers. All necessary equipment will be provided, and all activities are free with paid admission to TFFC.
Vendors interested in selling at the event should contact Jim Booker at (903) 670-2266, james.booker@tpwd.texas.gov.
TFFC is located 75 miles southeast of Dallas at 5550 F.M. 2495, Athens.
For more information or directions visit http://tpwd.texas.gov/tffcor call (903) 676-2277.

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Jan. 31, 2011
Toyota Sponsorship Drives Benefits For Park Users, Hunters, Anglers
AUSTIN -- A renewed commitment from longtime Texas conservation supporter Toyota will help make possible a wide range of public benefits for hunters and anglers, state park visitors, urban families, private land stewards and others who rely on Texas natural resources.
"In an increasingly urban state, where more and more adults and children are becoming disconnected from the natural world, Toyota's support will help millions of people understand where and how to enjoy nature and the great outdoors," said Carter Smith, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department executive director.
"For more than nine years Toyota has been a proud supporter of the conservation programs and recreational efforts of the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department," said Katie Sarantakes Scallan, Gulf States Toyota marketing partnerships manager. "Through these programs, we are able to help improve the quality of outdoor experiences for Texans of all ages to enjoy throughout the state."
Toyota provides support for hunters and fishermen through sponsorship of such programs as the Texas Fishing Report, which provides weekly reports on fishing conditions at dozens of lakes and bays. It also funds production of approximately 700,000 bag limit wallet cards which are handed out free to hunting and fishing license customers at the retail locations across the state. TPWD's Hook N' Bullet newsletter has also been printed with Toyota dollars and mailed and emailed to Super Combo holders and other hunting and fishing license buyers. The Toyota Sharelunker program is also made possible through a three-year sponsorship agreement where the automaker was selected in competitive bidding. This program encourages anglers to donate largemouth bass for a breeding program to stock bigger bass in Texas public waters.
For the millions of people who visit state parks every year, Toyota's support provides underwriting to produce approximately 375,000 copies of the Texas State Park Guide. This free color booklet is a handy directory of the more than 90 state parks in Texas, including maps and other useful information to make trip planning easier. When visitors arrive at a state park, they'll also find maps showing that park's campsites and other facilities, courtesy of Toyota.
Reaching new audiences is another strategic value of the sponsorship. This year Toyota will be sponsoring TPWD's official YouTube Channel, which brings the department's long commitment to quality video programming into the social media era. Toyota dollars will also help the agency inform urban families about where they can enjoy spending time in the outdoors with their children. Toyota will also fund an online Spanish translation of the 2011/2012 Outdoor Annual hunting and fishing regulations booklet.
Beyond creating awareness, the sponsorship also provides critical funding for the Texas Outdoor Family program, which offers hundreds of workshops at state parks each year to teach families camping and basic outdoor skills. Toyota also supports the Texas-National Archery in the Schools program, which has grown from 126 students in 13 schools when it debuted in 2006 to around 700 students, teachers and parents and 400 classroom educators at 200-plus schools across Texas today.
Toyota also supports the Lone Star Land Steward Awards, the department's flagship effort to encourage private land stewardship and help urban audiences understand how rural habitat conservation benefits people, wildlife, and water resources. The sponsorship also will help promote TPWD's conservation license plates, which generate funds for wildlife and fisheries research and management, state park sites and programs, and public access to the outdoors.
The Toyota Texas Bass Classic (TTBC), a Professional Anglers Association-sanctioned event that returns to Lake Conroe Oct. 28 -30, 2011, is another effort benefiting anglers and natural resources. Now entering its fifth year, the event has resulted in $1 million in contributions to TPWD projects that include the Neighborhood Fishin' program providing close-to-home fishing at urban ponds and lakes in cities across Texas; the Wildlife Forever's State-Fish Art Contest in Texas which uses art to engage students in the outdoors and conservation; and several other fishing initiatives.
Gulf States Toyota, the privately held distributor for Texas and four surrounding states, in concert with Toyota Motor Sales USA, has been a longtime and major sponsor of Texas Parks and Wildlife since signing its first sponsorship agreement with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation in 2002. The automaker is also recognized as the "Official Vehicle of Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation."
The Texas Parks and Wildlife Foundation is the official non-profit funding partner for TPWD. Since 1991 it has been bringing together companies, corporations, communities and individuals to successfully raise more than $70 million benefiting a wide variety of conservation projects. The foundation preserves Texas treasures like Chinati Mountains and the Playa Lakes of the Panhandle. It supports facilities, such as the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, which house programs important to wildlife preservation and study. The foundation plays an essential role in conservation education, with scholarship opportunities, internships, and outdoor activities for children.
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Jan. 31, 2011
It's Official: Alan Henry Spotted Bass Is New State Record
ATHENS--DNA tests at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's laboratory at the A.E. Wood Fish Hatchery in San Marcos have confirmed that the 5.62-pound bass caught from Lake Alan Henry January 15 was indeed a spotted bass.
Results mean the fish is the new state record spotted bass, eclipsing the previous record of 5.56 pounds caught from Lake O' the Pines in 1966.
The fish was caught by Erik Atkins of Lubbock in a tournament and measured 22.75 inches in length and 15 inches in girth.
Unfortunately, the fish died several days after arriving at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center (TFFC) in Athens, even though it appeared to be doing well.
For information on state and water body records as well as how to submit your catch for a record, visit tpwd.texas.gov/fishrecords.

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Jan. 31, 2011
TPWD Asks Coastal Anglers to Assist During Freeze
AUSTIN -- With a major arctic air mass bearing down on Texas, coastal anglers are asked to be mindful of the impacts a coastal freeze event can have on game fish populations.
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department biologists and game wardens are closely monitoring the potential for a saltwater freeze along the Texas coast this week. If the situation begins to look severe enough, the agency may close certain fishing areas to protect the resource.
Meanwhile, by adhering to the regulations and practicing conservation during the freeze, anglers can help ensure a continued healthy future for Texas coastal fisheries.
Game fish, including spotted seatrout, red drum, sharks, snook and triple tail may only be taken by pole and line, and it is unlawful to take or attempt to take a fish with one or more hooks attached to a line or artificial lure used in a manner to foul-hook a fish (snagging or jerking). It is unlawful to collect stunned fish.
In addition to killing game fish in shallow bay waters, a hard freeze can also cause surviving fish to congregate in a few deeper areas where they become sluggish and prone to capture. Those are the areas the department may temporarily close.
"The high mortality that a freeze can cause may deplete fish stocks for years," said Robin Riechers, director of TPWD's Coastal Fisheries Division. "Protection of the surviving fish during the few days when they are especially vulnerable to capture would likely shorten the time period for overall recovery of coastal species, especially spotted sea trout."
Texas has about two million acres of bays and estuaries susceptible to freezes. There were three major freezes during the 1980s, including one in 1989 when the temperature at Brownsville dropped to 16 degrees and an estimated 11 million fish died.
Anglers and coastal residents can report any freeze related fish kills or large numbers of sluggish or cold-stunned fish by contacting TPWD's Law Enforcement Communications office at (281) 842-8100 (or 512-389-4848).