USA’s biggest state to host 2017 Bassmaster Classic
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The biggest city in the USA’s biggest state will play host to next year’s GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by GoPro.
Houston, Texas, will be the venue for the world championship of bass fishing for the very first time in the tournament’s 47-year history, it was announced by the organiser, B.A.S.S. during a press conference at the home of the Houston Astro’s baseball team.
“We are thrilled to bring the biggest event in bass fishing to the biggest city in the biggest state,” said Bruce Akin, CEO of B.A.S.S.. “Of the 500,000 members of our organisation worldwide, nearly 45,000 – more than any other state – call Texas home. We are delighted to be able to hold a Classic near them.”
The fishing competition will take place on Lake Conroe, a 21,000-acre impoundment of the San Jacinto River in Montgomery and Walker counties, noted for producing big largemouth bass.
Also during Bassmaster Classic Week, from March 24th to 26ht, the country’s top fishing tackle and boat manufacturers will take part in the annual Bassmaster Classic Expo at the George R. Brown Convention Center.
In recent years the Expo has taken on extra importance for the industry as tackle and lure companies use the event to introduce their latest products to bass fishing fans. At more than 300,000 sq ft, it will be the largest in Bassmaster Classic history.
The Classic champion will earn $300,000, part of more than $1million that will be paid out in prize money to anglers.
Akin expects next year’s event to draw one of the largest crowds in the tournament’s history. More than 107,000 people attended one or more venues during this year’s Classic in Tulsa, Oklahoma and on Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees. The event has averaged more than 102,000 in attendances over the last five years.