Tyler TX (FOX 51) — The Toyota Texas Bass Classic will finish up its last year in Conroe and head back to its original home Lake Fork in May 2014..
There are all kinds of things to do something for everyone and were looking forward to a good turnout again next year," said Troy Henry, Upper Basin Regional Manager for the Sabine River Authority.
The Classic has been held in Lake Conroe for the past five years, but the tournament organizers decided the event won't return in 2014.
"We're very excited to come back to Lake Fork in 2014. We feel like we have a good chance to rewrite a lot of the record books when we get back there," said Tournament Director Lenny Francoeur.
The tournament first started as a fundraiser to raise awareness and money for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Services.
Now, it is one of the biggest competitions in the world. The tournament has raised over a million dollars for youth and outdoor outreach programs.
The tournament first started at Lake Fork in 2007 and folks around the area are happy it's coming back to its original spot.
"We were in high hopes that it would be back, like I said this is the big lake for Texas," said Ken Donahue, owner of Lake Fork Marina & Motel.
The company Octagon is organizing the tournament. They tell KETK they wanted to move back to Lake Fork because they showcased Lake Conroe and now it's time to return home.
"The ultimate goal in moving, is to showcase Texas Parks and Wildlife and the outstanding job they do managing their fisheries throughout the state of Texas," said Francoeur.
For all the viewers, it will be another great year of fishing and family fun.