"We are thrilled that the prestigious PAA will be coming to Grand Lake O' the Cherokees and the new Wolf Creek Park Facility. This event will bring more professional anglers and continued nationwide notoriety to the region," said Tad Jones, Executive Director of the Grand Lake Association.
PAA President Dave Mansue said, "The PAA is excited to be heading back to Oklahoma for our first ever event on Grand Lake. Known for its outstanding bass fishery, we could not ask for a better venue than Grand Lake to decide the final 15 anglers who will represent the PAA at the 2014 Toyota Texas Bass Classic on Lake Fork. The City of Grove and Grand River Dam Authority have built a state of the art facility at Wolf Creek Park and Boating Facility. We expect some great crowds to turn out to see their favorite PAA, Bassmaster Elite Series and FLW Tour anglers competing there in November."
The Grand Lake event will be a slight departure from the three (3) previous 2013 Bass Pro Shops PAA Tournament Series events. Due to a scheduling conflict at the Broken Arrow, Oklahoma Bass Pro Shops store, the competition days for this event will be on Friday, November 8 through Sunday, November 10.
Official practice for this event will be held Monday, November 4th thru Wednesday, November 6th with an off day on Thursday, November 7th for pre-tournament activities to be held at the Broken Arrow, Okla. Bass Pro Shops store location.
A full field of pro anglers will fish on Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th. The top 15 pros will fish on Sunday, November 10th.
For co-anglers, the full field will fish both Friday, November 8th and Saturday, November 9th with the champion to be crowned on Saturday, November 9th following the weigh-in at Wolfe Creek Park.
"Many of you know PAA anglers are qualifying for two (2) Toyota Texas Bass Classic world championships this year. The Grand Lake event represents a great opportunity for the PAA and our anglers. All anglers still have an excellent chance to qualify for the 2014 TTBC. No one is out of the race, as witnessed by PAA pro Brian Thrift's come from behind victory in the 2012 Toyota Texas Bass Classic. If an angler didn't compete in the first event of the year on Douglas Lake, he/she still has an excellent opportunity to qualify for the 2014 TTBC by competing in our final three (3) 2013 PAA Tournament Series events. If an angler did compete at Douglas but did not fare well, they can fish all the remaining events and earn a drop toward the 2014 TTBC," said PAA President Dave Mansue.
The PAA would like to extend our thanks to Mark Jeffries and everyone with the Fish & Chips Fishing and Poker Tournament who have graciously offered to eliminate their off limits period since so many PAA anglers compete in that event as well. The Fish & Chips event will take place during the week of November 10 - 16, 2013 on Grand Lake.
About Professional Anglers Association (PAA)
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. The 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.
About Grand Lake Association
The Grand Lake Association was formed to further the individual and common interests of its members and all people residing or working in the Grand Lake Area and the four counties surrounding the lake. Also, to aid in building a recreational area second to none.