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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Adam Harris, 336-253-2539, adam@toyotatexasbassclassic.com; Larry Hodge, (903) 670-2255, larry.hodge@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Sept. 28, 2011
Toyota Texas Bass Classic Sharelunker Club Tournament Starts October 1
Registration Still Open for $100,000 Contest
ATHENS--The Toyota Texas Bass Classic ShareLunker Club Tournament is set to get started on Lake Conroe on October 1. The amateur tournament will run October 1-21 and gives members the opportunity to fish for $100,000. There are still tournament memberships available for anyone interested in competing.
Despite low lake levels the ShareLunker Club Tournament will still go on as scheduled. Currently, launch ramps at FM 830, Inland Marina, Lakeview Marina and April Plaza Marina are open to the public. For up-to-date lake level and public launch ramp information, visit http://www.sjra.net.
"The ShareLunker Club Tournament is a great way for any average angler to fish for big-time money at Lake Conroe, the home of the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. Despite the low water level, there are ShareLunker bass swimming in Lake Conroe right now just waiting to be caught," said Tournament Director Lenny Francoeur. "You are one cast away from $100,000!"
To participate in the tournament, interested anglers need to register and become a SCT member, and then fish on Lake Conroe anytime between October 1 - 21, 2011. A $100 contribution is required to become a member of the SCT and only pre-registered members will be eligible for the $100,000 prize. The member that catches the largest Toyota ShareLunker from Lake Conroe, during the tournament period, will win a cash prize of $100,000. A portion of the proceeds from the program will benefit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department's youth outreach programs.
A Toyota ShareLunker, as defined by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, is any legally-caught largemouth bass that weighs at least 13.00 pounds and is accepted into the Toyota ShareLunker Program. The contest will be limited to the first 1,000 anglers signed up and anyone who signs up after 5:00 p.m. Central Time September 29 will be subject to a 48-hour grace period before they are eligible to participate. Visit http://www.toyotatexasbassclassic.com/ to download a registration form and submit the membership fee. In addition, anglers can submit their registration and membership fees at Roadhouse Tackle, (936) 856-3009, located at 1360 Cude Cemetery Rd. in Willis, Texas.
The 2011 SCT will kick off the annual Toyota ShareLunker Program across the state of Texas. The Toyota ShareLunker Program runs Oct. 1 through April 30 with the mission of promoting the catch-and-release of large fish and selectively breeding trophy largemouth bass.
The ShareLunker Club Tournament is the perfect lead-in to the Toyota Texas Bass Classic, which will be held on Lake Conroe October 28-30. The Toyota Texas Bass Classic will feature 50 of the best professional anglers in the world along with three days of concerts. The anglers will compete for three days for the undisputed world championship of professional angling.
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. Additional sponsors include Evinrude, IKON, Oakley, Carrot Stix, US Reel and Mustang CAT. Corporate partnership opportunities are available for 2011. For additional information, visit http://www.toyotatexasbassclassic.com/ or call (866) 907-0143.
For more tournament information visit http://www.toyotatexasbassclassic.com/, www.Facebook.com/ToyotaTexasBassClassic, or Twitter- @TxBassClassic.
On the Net:
Lake levels and public boat ramp information: http://www.sjra.net
Tournament information: http://www.toyotatexasbassclassic.com

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[ Media Contact: TPWD News, news@tpwd.texas.gov, 512-389-8030 ]
[ Additional Contacts: Brian Bartram, (254) 666-5190, brian.bartram@tpwd.texas.gov; Larry Hodge, (903) 670-2255, larry.hodge@tpwd.texas.gov ]
Sept. 28, 2011
Fall Means Fishing, Camping in Texas State Parks
ATHENS--With cooler weather just around the corner and cabin fever taking its toll on those of the outdoor persuasion, people are ready to start enjoying the outdoors again. In North Texas, Meridian and Cleburne State Parks offer fishing opportunities close to home with excellent hiking and camping opportunities as well.
Both these lakes have ample shoreline access for those who prefer to relax on dry ground while waiting for a bite. If you have a boat to float, both parks have boat ramps. (With drought conditions being what they are, call ahead to make sure the boat ramp is useable.) These lakes are "no-wake lakes," so boats with outboard motors may only idle while moving from spot to spot. This rule, however, makes these lakes ideal for paddle-powered crafts, so bring your canoe or kayak.
Meridian State Park's 505 acres are located about three miles southwest of the city of Meridian off State Highway 22. The park is scenic and heavily wooded with many campsites. On weekends with good weather, the park can be a popular place, so call (512) 389-8900 to make reservations if you plan on camping.
You can also just access the park for the day and take advantage of a surprisingly diverse fishery. The 50-acre lake is surrounded by campsites on the lower end. Texas Parks and Wildlife Department (TPWD) has placed large piles of brush within casting distance of some of the more accessible shoreline areas in order to improve angling opportunity and provide valuable fish habitat within the lake. Bass, crappie, catfish and sunfish can be targeted and anglers will be pleasantly surprised by the quality of bluegill, redear, longear and redbreast sunfish. Nightcrawlers (earthworms) or crickets under a bobber on light tackle can set your kids up for some fast-paced fishing.
Cleburne State Park is a 528-acre park located 10 miles southwest of the city of Cleburne on Park Road 21. The park offers a 107-acre lake in which one can pursue bass, catfish, crappie and sunfish. TPWD has placed multiple brush piles in this lake as well. Many of these are within easy casting distance from the shoreline. Bring your bikes and challenge yourself on the 5.5-mile mountain bike trail if you're not worn out from catching fish.
You can fish without a license in lakes totally enclosed with a state park. However, it is important to remember that length, bag limits and other regulations still apply. Park entrance fees must be paid in order to gain access to the lakes. Both Meridian and Cleburne State Parks charge $5 per day per person 13 and older; children 12 and under are free.
For more information on fishing in these and other state parks, visit http://tpwd.texas.gov/freefishing.
On the Net:
Free fishing in state parks: http://tpwd.texas.gov/freefishing