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Toyota Texas Bass Classic officials say tournament will return to Lake Fork

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(TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - Following up on a record-setting tournament on Lake Fork in May, Toyota Texas Bass Classic officials announced the tournament will return to the lake Memorial Day weekend, May 23-25, 2015.

“After a world-record setting event in 2014 we are very excited to return to Lake Fork in 2015,” said Tournament Director Lenny Francoeur. “This community has been so welcoming and the bass fishing at Lake Fork is world-class. We can't wait to get back there next spring.”

Huntington fisherman Keith Combs won this year's tournament with a three-day 15-bass weight of 110 pounds breaking the previous three-day pro tournament record by 26 pounds, 11 ounces. Actually, eight fishermen competing in the Toyota beat the old record of 83-5.

Along with Combs, Stetson Blaylock also weighed in 100-plus pounds for the three-day tournament.

“We were proud to see the record-setting fish catches at the 2014 event. Those catches were a direct result of our progressive fisheries management practices, including special fishing regulations, fish stocking, and fish habitat improvements with the Sabine River Authority” said Dave Terre, Texas Parks & Wildlife Department. “This tournament, including its unique catch-weigh-immediate release format, gives us the opportunity to show the world just how good Lake Fork really is. We are thankful for the opportunity to do this again in 2015 and also for all the benefits this event provides to TPWD.”

Among the changes for next year's tournament will be a reduction in the field from 50 to 38 fishermen. The 2015 TTBC will invite the top 15 in 2014 Angler of the Year points from both the FLW Tour and Bassmaster Elite Series, 7 exemptions and defending 3-time champion Keith Combs.

Tournament officials said that in addition to the tournament, there will again be an outdoors expo and top country entertainment.

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