Nine-year-old angler hooks big prize

Nine-year-old Miles Bivins of Amarillo may not be a professional angler, but he took home one of the biggest prizes at the 2008 Toyota Bass Classic’s Pro-Am event Thursday at Lake Fork.

The three-day Classic kicked off today with 104 anglers divided into 26 teams of four. Two anglers from each team will fish in morning flights and the other two team members will fish in afternoon flights during the three-day tournament.

In Thursday’s Pro-Am, Bivins caught an 8-pound, 6-ounce bass, the largest among the amateur anglers, and was presented a $500 Bass Pro Shops gift card.

Bivins is the son of Texas Parks and Wildlife Commission member Mark Bivins.

Dave Wolak caught the largest bass among the pros, a 10-pound, 7-ouncer, also worth a $500 Bass Pro gift card.

The Pro-Am was won by pro Mike McClelland and amateurs Andy Benson and Scott Burns with 28 pounds, 3 ounces. Each winning team member also earned a $500 Bass Pro Shops gift card.

Live scoring updates on the Classic are available at www.ToyotaTexasBassClassic.com.