First Ever Oakley Bass Fishing Tournament, The Oakley North Texas Classic, A Success
The first ever Oakley Bass fishing tournament went off this past weekend at Sneaky Pete’s Resort on Lake Lewisville just north of DFW airport in Dallas, TX.
Friday’s registration was held at Bass Pro Shops Grapevine location. Nearly two-hundred grass roots bass tournament anglers showed up, registered, got an O-Lab tour and had an Al Janc cooked burger.
The National O-Lab was the center piece of the entire event – offering tours throughout the three day event to all anglers who participated in addition to BPS staff and customers interested in seeing the show.
Arriving participants were greeted by chamber of commerce weather plus Oakley’s BASS Elite Series Pro Staff anglers Kelly Jordan, Gerald Swindle and this year’s BASS Angler of the Year recipient Kevin VanDam.
Also, the entire 12 man ArmyBassAngler Team was on display with their themed “Returning Heroes Home” wrapped boats – pretty awesome group of guys !
Saturday’s format was a two-man team Stringer event – five fish limit – with $10,000 cash going to the team or angler who caught the five heaviest bass. Local angler Robby Rose was the winner with a five fish limit total weight of 20.01 lbs. Robbie also received the $2,000 Power Pole prize for having the heaviest single bass of the day 7.01
In all during Saturday’s competition – 16 teams caught the five fish limit, 31 teams got skunked and 161 bass passed across the weigh-in scales and were released.
Sunday was a “Big Bass” format. In a big bass event there are six different hourly weigh-ins throughout the day.Every hour there was a winner who received $250 cash for the heaviest bass caught and weighed during that hour.
After the sixth hour the angler who weighed the heaviest single bass received $5,000 cash. In all during Sunday’s competition 63 bass were weighed and released and after the scales finally settled James Moore was the angler who weighed the biggest bass of the day at 5.61 lbs.
The two different formats call for two different types of strategies and it made for some real nail biting moments for a few anglers waiting to see if their fish would win the cash.
Helen Gordon won the women’s Crankcase watch award for the lady angler who weighed the heaviest single bass on Sunday.
Participant Scott Gordon recalls, “This event was simply amazing! I have attended professional fishing events at every level over the years. From the Bassmaster Classic, FLW Championship, Elite Series, WBT Tour, BASS Opens, and Red Man years ago, nothing quite compared to what I experienced over the weekend by the manner in which we the anglers were treated and the incredible hospitality. Normally, even at the tour level, you get fed with a catered meal, get some pretty cool freebies, but that normally comes with a much higher entry fee! For the nominal entry-fee for the Oakley North Texas Bass Classic, many of us received a new pair of expensive Oakley sunglasses, got to talk fishing with the world’s top professional anglers, got fed, and of course got to compete for two days! It doesn’t get better than that in my book.”