The fall season is usually a time of preparation. Preparation for the colder weather, preparation for the shorter days, and preparation for the ensuing holiday season. For the fifty-five qualifying teams in the first Future Pro Tour Classic, the preparation rituals of the fall will be a bit different.

On Nov 15th and 16th, fifty-five qualifying teams will prepare to compete in the first ever Future Pro Tour Classic to be held on Folsom Lake and the California Delta respectively. This two-day format is a departure from the normal year-end championship events, in that it invokes a “twist” that challenges these amateur anglers skill levels on two completely different bodies of water.

“The way I see it, said Robert Lee, undisputed king of the California delta, and seminar speaker at last week’s Future Pro Tour event, is that this format really levels the playing field, and doesn’t give either “delta” fishermen or “lake” fishermen an advantage”.

These guys are going to have to use their heads and work together if there gonna win this thing…and that’s really what team fishing is all about”, he added further.

Western bass fishing icon Gary Dobyns, had a take similar to Roberts, and weighed in his thoughts on this two-lake format. “This format is a great idea!…I hate to see beginners who are trying to learn the basics of this sport, getting stuck on one type of fishing or on one type of water”. Anglers need to be able to adjust to all types of conditions, and fish through adversity and challenge themselves to succeed…this is what makes you a better overall fishermen”.

Gary Dobyns will be the guest speaker at the Future Pro Tour Classic registration/seminar, and Classic dinner festivities Friday, Nov 14th, which will be held at the People’s Folsom Lake – Chrysler-Jeep-Nissan-Isuzu-Hyundai dealership. At the seminar, Gary will give qualifying anglers valuable tips on how to succeed in “big event” situations.

Noted pro and Folsom Lake “guru” Kent Brown (who was instrumental in helping Shaw Grigsby and Gary Klein pattern bass on Folsom Lake in the recent ESPN outdoor games competition), will also be on hand to speak to the field of Classic qualifiers a give them a hand with how to pattern Folsom Lake spots in the late fall.

Many other Future Pro Tour “Pro Staff” members will also be at the People’s Folsom Lake/Nissan dealership to meet and greet classic qualifiers and help them prepare for the event!

There is a lot at stake in this championship event. In addition to being crowned the first Future Pro Tour champions, and awarded the beautiful Future Pro Tour Classic Cup, the Classic champions will receive a $15,000 credit good towards any new vehicle at People’s Folsom Lake/Stockton dealerships! Additional cash and prizes will be awarded to other teams finishing high in the competition (a Minn Kota trolling motor will be awarded to second place.

The final day weigh-in will be held at People’s of Stockton – Jeep-Nissan-Isuzu dealership (3131 Auto Center Cir, Stockton – off Hammer Ln (209) 956-1930), on Sunday, Nov 16th beginning at 3:00pm. Everyone is invited to come on down and be part of the excitement as we crown the first Future Pro Tour Champions - the best amateur team in the west!

For more information about the Future Pro Tour and how you can be part of tour for the 2004 season, please logon to our website at www.futureprotour.net.