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Media Contact: 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.

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