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Fort Worth to host Bassmaster Classic for first time in 2021

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Fort Worth, Texas will for the first time host the Bassmaster Classic, which will take place from March 19th to 21st next year.

Fort Worth, Texas will host the Bassmaster Classic and its accompanying tackle show – the Classic Outdoors Expo – for the first time in 2021.

The Outdoors Expo – reportedly the largest consumer fishing show in the US – has become an increasingly important event for the industry.

It will take on an added significance in 2021 following the cancellation of this year’s ICAST in Orlando and many other shows due to COVID-19. Around 200 exhibitors are expected to attend the event which will take place from March 19th to 21st.

It will be the third time the world’s biggest bass fishing spectacle has visited Texas, and the first time a major B.A.S.S. tournament has been held on Lake Ray Roberts in Denton. 

“There are very few firsts in the world of sports,” said Chase Anderson, Chairman of B.A.S.S. “We can’t wait to have an historic first next year when fishing’s biggest stage comes to Fort Worth. Our fans, sponsors and anglers are sure to be in for an incredible experience.”

Recent Classics held in Birmingham, Alabama and Knoxville, Tennessee have attracted record-breaking crowds of more than 120,000. 

Bass fishing’s premier event last year generated almost $36 million overall for host venue Birmingham, the highest economic impact in its history.

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