Top pros such as Bobby Barrack, Mike O'Shea, Ranger/Evinrude pro Tony Franceschi, Dee Thomas, FLW/Stren touring pro Aaron Coleman, Mike Tuck, Chris Raza, Ken Cassateri, Chris Ball, Andy Cuccia and many more will be on hand to provide one-on-one instruction at the pre-registration seminar festivities on Aug. 10 from 4 to 7 p.m. at Hook, Line and Sinker in Oakley (625-2241). There will also be a barbecue and a raffle for premium prizes for all that attend - even those not fishing in Saturday's FPT event.
The weigh-in begins at 1 p.m. on Saturday at Russo's Marina. The Top Frog Challenge teams will weigh in last. Anglers and spectators are invited to the tri-tip barbecue and raffle, featuring such prizes as a Minn Kota Trolling motor, Humminbird depth finders, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses and three-bank battery chargers.
The host hotel for the event is the Comfort Suites, located at 5549 Bridgehead Road in Oakley (755-1222). Late sign-ups will be held the morning of the event at the Russo's Marina launch ramp from 4 to 6 a.m.
Dubbed the Battle of the Brands, The Ultimate Frog Challenge will feature a wide variety of the industry's top frog baits, fished in head-to-head competition by pro-staff teams handpicked by each manufacturer.
Each manufacturer will be allowed to submit up to three teams to represent its product in competition, and teams will be launched after the regular FPT event teams are launched, to fish against each other for the perpetual Top Frog trophy plus a separately funded winner-take-all purse that could be worth over $3,000 in cash.
Those in attendance can review all the major frog baits - Snag Proof's Bobby's Perfect Frog, River2Sea's new Croaker series, Scum Frog, Reaction Innovation's Swamp Donkey, Sumo Frog, Kanji Customize series, and the all-new frog bait by Optimum/Deps called the Furbit Series - at the pre-registration seminar.
All frog manufacturers and most of their pro-staff members will be on hand to conduct demo tank seminars on how to use each frog bait, and will help anglers match up the proper line, rod and reel applications for each.
Lamiglas, as well as the new Dobyns frog rods (the 735C and 736C, 5 and 6 power, respectively) will be on display, offering a wide variety of options for landing the big ones.
For more information on the Future Pro Tour, visit www.futureprotour.net or call (916) 768-0938.