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Pro Anglers Association’s highly anticipated first event the Toyota
Texas Bass Classic held on
personally love to fish
order to adhere to the strict regulations and slot limit the PAA
devised the 40 team; 4 pros to a team format.
I have to admit, going in I was a little concerned about how it
would all work out, and very shakey about only being allowed to fish 4
hours a day. After
it was all said and done it was a tremendous amount of fun and well
worth the effort. With no
points on the line, we played to win.
was an honor getting to know and working with my fellow team #28
partners David Dudley, Mikes Hawkes, and Darryl Burkhardt.
We all did an outstanding job strategizing together to securing
a 4th place finish with a total weight of 194 pounds.
During the course of the week we got to know each other really
well and had a great time fishing together. It was gratifying to see
the lines evaporate between FLW and BASS.
At this event we were just a group of professional anglers
working together as friends to win a tournament and raise money for
two great causes, the
this tournament we were allowed two official practice days and a half
day on April 12th to fish the Pro Am.
My team’s general consensus after practice was to target
staging fish rather than spawning fish. We felt this strategy gave us
the best advantage due to the time restraints and the incoming bad
weather. For the majority
of the tournament we fished main lake points and drains with a
combination of stumps and grass. The
most productive technique for us was a drop shot rig using a 4 to 6
inch finesse worm in 6 to 12 foot of water.
We found a good group of fish close by that no one else was on
that held together two days. Unfortunately on the third day we had to
regroup and fish new water. The
team brought several bass to the scales that were over the slot limit.
On day one Mike Hawkes brought in the largest bass over the
slot….10 lb 5 oz.
all three days of competition I fished with Mike Hawkes while David
Dudley fished with Darryl Burkhardt.
The first two days of competition Mike and I took the 4 hour
morning session while David and Darryl took the afternoon session.
On the third day the format changed and all team members fished
two four hour sessions.
only did we have an amazing tournament, but it was also a spectacular
show, which will air on CBS on Mother’s Day.
Anglers who were not fishing could spend time in the “Lunker
Club” along with their families.
It was great to see guys huddle-up to watch the live leader
board checking out how their team mates were doing.
Over the weekend everyone who attended enjoyed the family fun
zone and vender expo. After
the Friday and Saturday weigh-ins crowds were also treated to a free
concert by Tracy Lawrence and Clay Walker.
As you can tell, I have nothing but praise for this tournament.
sure and checkout the PAA’s website at www.proanglersassociation.com
and read all about the Toyota Texas Bass Classic.
The PAA is truly a great organization ran by the anglers for
the anglers. If you’re
not a member, you should be.
special “Thanks” to all of my sponsors: Jasper Engines and
Transmissions, Yamaha Motors, Ranger Boats, Lowrance Electronics,
Svanda GM Motor Group, Maxima Line, Kistler Rods, Minn Kota,
sure and log onto my web site www.chadmorgenthaler.com
and signup for my fan club. E-newsletters
are forwarded monthly and one lucky winner each month receives a
summaries are posted after each tournament and pro tips are updated
often. It’s a great
source of bass fishing information.