LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Two Professional Bass Fish Champions made their way to "Loving Toyota" in Lufkin to meeting with the East Texas community.
Finishing enthusiast of all ages were able to meet and learn from the two fisherman who make their living fishing all across the country.
“You know, this is a really good opportunity because we're not home very much,” Keith Combs.
Keith Combs of Huntington and Todd Faircloth of Jasper says they are proud to say they started their fishing careers in East Texas.
“Really, this whole Lufkin/Huntington area it's kind of the heart of tournament bass fishing,” Combs said.
“I think the Texas Parks and Wildlife probably does as good a job as anybody in our country at promoting and protecting our fishers,” Todd Faircloth said.
“When I am travelling to California, or Arizona, or Florida, I can always look back on something that I learned fishing on a lake in Texas when I was growing up and draw from that experience,” said Combs.
The two fisherman held fishing seminars throughout the evening, but they were especially excited about the dedicated youth, claiming that Lufkin High school alone is bringing out big numbers to East Texas Bass fishing events.
“I think they're averaging one time around 300-350 teams per event so it's just great to see the enthusiasm, the energy from the kids, and it's great for our sport,” said Faircloth. “These kids may not realize it but they're making memories that are going to last them a lifetime.”
“ Probably the neatest thing is that their asking, 'what do I need to do to fish the Bass Master League Series?' said Combs. “So, I'm doing my best to answer that question because I'd certainly love to see them there in a few years.”