The tour’s top individual honor, the PAA Angler of the Year title, will be determined on a new venue when the PAA Tournament Series heads to the Arkansas River. The legendary river will provide the PAA pros and co-anglers a challenging late summer test of their skills to wrap up the season.
The Arkansas River winds through four states from its headwaters in Colorado and is one of the major tributaries of the Mississippi River. The river stretches 1,469 miles through Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Currently, Phoenix Boats owner Gary Clouse leads the pack vying for the coveted PAA Angler of the Year title and one of the 15 PAA entries into the 2012 Toyota Texas Bass Classic (http://toyotatexasbassclassic.com/) being held on Lake Conroe, Houston, TX September 28-30, 2012.
PAA awards points based on catching fish and consistency. This year’s points race is one of the best ever with anyone currently in the top 30 capable of grabbing a spot for the Toyota Texas Bass Classic. With Bassmaster Elite Series anglers Greg Hackney, Mark Menendez, Bobby Lane, Fred Roumbanis, Mike McClelland, Matt Reed, John Crews, Greg Vinson, Ish Monore and Steve Kennedy and FLW Tour Majors anglers Gary Yamamoto, Chad Morgenthaler, Mark Rose, 2011 PAA Angler of the Year Todd Auten and the 2010 Toyota Texas Bass Classic Champion Brian Snowden vying for spots, qualifying for this year’s Toyota Texas Bass Classic could certainly come down to the last day and the last fish!
Come meet your fishing heroes on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma Bass Pro Shops store from 3:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Daily weigh-ins will be at the Three Forks Harbor, 5201 Three Forks Road, Fort Gibson, OK at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 13 and Friday, September 14, 2012.
Final day weigh-in will be Saturday, September 15, 2012 at the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma Bass Pro Shops store at 4:30 p.m.
Tournament information can be found at www.FishPAA.com. Pro and co-angler opportunities are still available by contacting the PAA Office at (270) 527-2030.
The Professional Anglers Association is a non-profit organization that gives professional anglers a unified voice in order to aid in the growth of the sport of professional bass fishing. PAA also aims to administer educational programs to the average angler, to increase enjoyment of the sport, and to embrace sound conservation practices to further the future of the sport. Web: www.FishPAA.com
2012 PAA Tournament Series
What: 2012 Bass Pro Shops Tournament Series presented by Carrot Stix
Where: Arkansas River, at Three Forks Harbor
When: September 13-15
Launch/weigh-in: First two days, launch at 7:00 a.m. and weigh-in at 4:00 p.m. at Three Forks Harbor, 5201 Three Forks Road, Fort Gibson, Okla. 74434
Final day launch/weigh-in: Launch at 7:00 a.m. at Three Forks Harbor; weigh-in at 4:30 p.m. at Bass Pro Shops, 101 Bass Pro Drive, Broken Arrow, Okla. 74012
At stake: Cash and a 2012 Nitro Z8 with Mercury 225, along with points toward PAA Angler of the Year title and qualification for the 2012 Toyota Texas Bass Classic
2012 PAA Tournament Series Premier Sponsors: Bass Pro Shops, e21 Carrot Stix, Nitro Performance Bass Boats, Mercury Marine
2012 PAA Tournament Series Associate Sponsors: Toyota Texas Bass Classic, Southeastern Pond Management, Humminbird/MinnKota, Missile Baits, Yamaha, U.S. Reel, Sign Designs
The City of Muskogee : muskogeechamber.org
Parks and Recreation Department : cityofmuskogee.com