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Big Fish and Big Turnouts for Oakley Big Bass Tour
The 2012 Oakley Big Bass Tour headed east to North Carolina and Virginia with stops on Lake Norman and Smith Mountain Lake in the month of April. Record numbers of anglers turned out to compete in both events and the fishing didn't disappoint. "The growth of these two events has been nothing short of amazing." said Louis Wellen with Oakley Sports Marketing. "Our east coast anglers have really embraced the big bass format and it's evident by the response at these venues." added Wellen.

Chad Schroeder topped a field of over 400 anglers at Lake Norman to win the Jamie McMurray Big Bass Classic with a 5.47 pound big bass and Phillip Cox' 7.18 pound big bass took the honors at Smith Mountain Lake as over 500 anglers competed in the Blue Ridge Big Bass Classic. Both champions took home fully rigged Nitro Z7's powered by Mercury, along with their hourly cash, landing each a total payday of nearly $30,000.

Up next the Tour heads to the heartland with the 3rd Annual Kevin VanDam Big Bass Classic on Table Rock Lake in Missouri and the 1st Annual Quantum Big Bass Classic on Ft. Gibson Lake in Oklahoma.

About the Oakley Big Bass Tour:

The Oakley Big Bass Tour is the nation's premier open big bass tournament series designed exclusively for amateur anglers. We provide anglers of all skill levels an exciting tournament format and event experience on some of the nation's best bass fisheries. Established in 2007 our tour is focused on the promotion of bass fishing and bass conservation at the amateur level. The 2012 Tour will feature stops in Alabama, Georgia, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, and Virginia. 2012 Events will also be televised on Fox Midwest and SportSouth throughout the season. For more information please visit

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