It’s B.A.S.S. Classic week; so if you’re a BASSaholic like me, you’ve got to be fired up. Other circuits have their championship but none of them have managed to put together anything that even comes close to the Bassmaster Classic. If you’ve never attended a Classic, you really should consider making the drive to this one.
What could be better than a chance to see the best bass anglers in the world compete in a tournament venue that has it all? The Louisiana Delta covers a vast area and the competitors will not only have to find the right area, but also get there and back with their catches. The stories and drama from this one should be fantastic.
I attended my first Classic in 1978 at Ross Barnett and I have to say it’s amazing to me how far the event has come in that time frame. That year’s Classic weigh-in looked like a local club event compared to what this year’s weigh-in show will be like. In 1978, they pulled the boats up into the parking lot and about 200 diehard fans watched them weigh the fish. Now, they have a police escort to the New Orleans Arena and a crowd that will be standing room only for the weekend weigh-ins. You haven’t lived until you seen 19,000 people screaming about fish!
But to me, one of the best parts of Classic week is the Outdoor Show. The Classic has what has to be the best fishing and outdoor show in the country. Everyone who is anyone in the fishing industry will be there. It doesn’t matter what sort of fishing equipment you are looking for, the company who makes it will be there. Boat manufacturers, electronics, tackle, rods, reels, outboard motors, fishing magazines, line, sunglasses and clothing manufacturers will all be there.
There are several vendors that I want to visit but probably the most exciting to me in the Phoenix Bass Boat’s booth. They will be introducing a new and larger model, called the 921 that is rumor to be longer and wider than their current 20’11” 721 Pro XP. I’m also going to be in the market for a new tow vehicle, so I’ll be stopping at the Toyota’s booth and I have to feed my tackle habit some so I’ll be stopping at all of the bait manufacturer’s. While I’m at it, I might as wells see what the rod and reel maker’s have in store for us this year. I can tell already that staying in budget is going to be a problem.
And of course, like any other serious sponsored angler, I’ll be working for a couple of sponsors. I’ll be at Bass Angler Magazine’s booth most of Friday afternoon and evening. So it you’re around, please stop by and say hi. After all, it’s just a gathering of me and about 100,000 of my closest friends.
Thanks to the sponsors who make this all possible: Scoutlookweather.com, Lowrance Electronics, Phoenix Bass Boats, Mercury Motors, Motorguide Trolling Motors, Costa del Mar Sunglasses, Bass Angler Magazine and Mississippi Van Lines. Without all of you, none of this would be possible.