Variety to be the Key at BASSMASTER Top 150 on Toledo Bend

MANY, La. - (February 1, 2001) "Whatever technique a guy likes to use to
catch fish, he can find success at Toledo Bend," explained B.A.S.S. pro
Harold Allen.

Toledo Bend Reservoir will offer anglers an opportunity to utilize various
techniques, in stark contrast to last month's event on Lake Toho
(Kissimmee, Fla.)  where the sight fishing pattern dominated and allowed
champion Dean Rojas to bring in 108 pounds, 12 ounces, shattering the
B.A.S.S. record for a four-day tournament.

Anglers competing in the Louisiana BASSMASTER Top 150, February 21-25 can
look forward to finding success with as many as six different patterns
while fishing on the reservoir.

"Rat-L-Traps, spinnerbaits, jerk baits, jigs and plastics will all work,"
said Allen. In the upper parts of the fishery, guys might find fish in the
bushes, on main lake points or in the creeks. Pretty much every way you can
fish, you'll be able to catch them."

The pros and their amateur partners in the event will be chasing an overall
purse of $431,450. The winning pro will take home $110,000, and the winning
amateur will claim $27,000. Additionally, the pros in the event will be
competing for points to qualify for the BASS Masters Classic, to be held
this summer in New Orleans.

"The big thing about Toledo Bend is that it will take a lot of consistent
stringers," said Allen. "It is a terrific fishery, and not one where you
have to be there at the right time with the right technique in order to
win."

Allen, who lives on the reservoir, doesn't think large bass will be the key.

"It will be a case where it is not how many fish you catch, but how many
3-pound and larger fish you catch. However, at a lot of lakes, you need to
catch a big bass to have a chance at winning. Here if you have around 20
pounds a day, with a couple of 4-pounders, you have a good chance."

This fishery does offer the chance for a spawn. The bass on the lake
normally spawn by this time, however, they have not, which leaves the door
open for anglers to have a chance at large limits, like Lake Toho provided.

"One thing about Toledo Bend is that it is such a large body of water, the
bass spawn at different times at different parts," explained Allen.
"Because of this it is possible that fish will be spawning during the time
that we are there.

Daily weigh-ins for the Louisiana BASSMASTER Top 150 will be held at
Cypress Bend Park in Many, La., beginning at 2:30 p.m.

Anglers will launch from Cypress Bend Park daily, beginning at 6:45 a.m.

Additionally, a free CastingKids event, sponsored by Chevy Trucks and
Zebco, will be held there on Saturday, February 24, from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30
p.m. This fun-filled national program, designed by B.A.S.S. CEO Helen
Sevier, encourages children to perfect the skills of casting, pitching and
flipping. Local B.A.S.S. clubs conduct the events and provide instruction
to all youngsters.

The Louisiana BASSMASTER Top 150 is the fifth of seven events on the
BASSMASTER Top 150 Trail this season. The winning pro will take home
$110,000, and the winning amateur, $27,000, out of the overall $431,450
purse. In addition to the prize money, anglers will be vying to earn
valuable points that will help them qualify for next summer's BASS Masters
Classic. The top 25 anglers in the season's points standings will qualify
to fish in the "Super Bowl" of bass fishing.

By sanctioning over 20,000 tournaments worldwide, The Bass Anglers
Sportsman Society is the world's largest fishing organization. The
BASSMASTER Tournament Trail is the oldest and most prestigious pro bass
fishing tournament circuit. It continues to set the standard for
credibility, professionalism, and sportsmanship after more than three
decades.

Sponsors of the 2001 BASSMASTER Tournament Trail include: Ranger Boats,
RangerTrail Trailers, Mercury Outboards, Chevy Trucks, Long John Silver's,
Kumho Tires, ACDelco Batteries, Worldwaters.com, Humminbird/Zercom Marine,
Pennzoil Marine, Flowmaster Exhaust Systems, First USA/B.A.S.S. Platinum
Visa, MotorGuide Trolling Motors, Gore-Tex Outerwear and GMAC Insurance.

The event is sponsored locally by the Sabine River Authority.

For more information contact:
B.A.S.S. Communications at (334) 272-9530

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