By STEVE KNIGHT
LAKE FORK -- The Toyota Texas Bass Classic officially got started Friday with 50 of the nation’s top fishermen launching shortly after sunrise.
Conditions changed slightly overnight with the lake officially getting 1.8 inches of rain, but it doesn’t seem to have had an impact as Alabama fisherman Russ Lane reportedly had 34 pounds in the first hour and a half of competition.
During a Thursday press conference a number of pros including Kevin VanDam, Mike Iaconelli and Terry Scroggins predicted it would take at least 85 pounds and said they wouldn’t be surprised if it didn’t take more.
The field is made of top points leaders from 2013 from the Bassmaster Elite Series, the Walmart FLW Cup and the Professional Anglers Association.
The TTBC, which benefits fishing outreach programs of Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, will continue through Sunday.
Gates open at noon today and 10 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. Weigh-in is at 5 p.m. the first two days and 4 p.m. Sunday. All activities are at the Sabine River Authority headquarters of Texas 154.
Daily admission is $25 for those 18 and above. Those 17 and under will be admitted free with an adult. Admission gains access to a number of outdoor activities, Toyota and Yamaha test tracks, the weigh-in and concerts featuring Pat Green on Friday, Little Big Town on Saturday and Justin Moore on Sunday.There will also be daily concerts along with an outdoor expoFor more information go online to www.toyotatexasbassclassic.com .