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Toyota Texas Bass Classic Crowns World Champion

Final day of competition to air on Versus Saturday

by: Lenny Francoeur, Tournament,

(Dec. 14, 2011 - CONROE, TX) The thrilling conclusion of this year's Toyota Texas Bass Classic will air nationally in over 75 million homes this Saturday at 1 p.m. Eastern (Noon Central) on Versus, a member of the NBC Sports Group. Following two days of fierce competition, an exciting finale awaits the national viewing audience as the final weigh-in promises a finish unlike any in tournament history. ?

"This year's world championship truly went down to the wire," said Tournament Director Lenny Francoeur. "Our field of competitors was made up of the best anglers in the sport and the level of excitement for this year's finish was unprecedented, it's sure to be entertaining hour for all of the fans." ??

Huntington, TX native Keith Combs entered the final day in the lead after his first two days earned him the biggest bags of the tournament. Combs collected 28 pounds, eight ounces and 27 pounds, four ounces on the first and second days, respectively. An annual TTBC contender and 2010 runner-up, Mike Iaconelli, remained within striking distance of Combs having tallied 25 pounds on the second day and the pair lead the remaining anglers rounding out the Tundra Ten (in order) which included: Todd Auten (3), Ott Defoe (4), Steve Kennedy (5), Mark Rose (6), Edwin Evers (7), 2010 TTBC Champion Brian Snowden (8), Wesley Strader (9), and Alton Jones (10). ??

All of the on-the-water action from TTBC's final day, including the final weigh-in will air in a one-hour special on Versus, the official broadcast partner of TTBC. The program will also re-air on Wednesday, Dec. 21st at 4 p.m. Eastern (3 p.m. Central) on Versus. ??

Final Round- Dec. 17th from 1:00-2:00 p.m. ET (will re-air on Dec. 21st at 4:00 p.m. ET) ??

The TTBC field is made up of the world's best in professional bass fishing. The 50-angler field included representatives from the Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series, the Walmart FLW Tour and the Bassmaster Elite Series. The TTBC is the only event of its kind to bring in the best anglers from the major tours together on the same lake to compete for one world championship title.?? ??

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, Ricoh, Carrot Stix, US Reel, Mustang CAT and ATX Wheels. For additional information, visit the toyotatexasbassclassic website or call 1-866-907-0143. ??

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