2020 Bassmaster Classic Expo

Inside the massive Classic Expo

Fishing fans eagerly await the opening of the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo.
Photo: David Brown - Fishing fans eagerly await the opening of the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo.
This family was all smiles for their photo with bass fishing icon Jimmy Houston.
Photo: David Brown - This family was all smiles for their photo with bass fishing icon Jimmy Houston.
Ranger Boats, still building legends one at a time.
Photo: David Brown - Ranger Boats, still building legends one at a time.
Big bass, big stage, big dreams.
Photo: David Brown - Big bass, big stage, big dreams.
Academy Sports and Outdoors handed out free buckets for Expo shopping.
Photo: David Brown - Academy Sports and Outdoors handed out free buckets for Expo shopping.
Expo attendees found those Academy buckets made great seats while they waited for the doors to open.
Photo: David Brown - Expo attendees found those Academy buckets made great seats while they waited for the doors to open.
The BJCC escalators saw a continuous flow of fishing fans visiting the Expo’s different levels.
Photo: David Brown - The BJCC escalators saw a continuous flow of fishing fans visiting the Expo’s different levels.
Yamaha and Mercury outboards had a major presence outside the BJCC.
Photo: David Brown - Yamaha and Mercury outboards had a major presence outside the BJCC.
Toyota parked the official vehicles outside the BJCC.
Photo: David Brown - Toyota parked the official vehicles outside the BJCC.
Academy Sports & Outdoors offered a Mystery Tackle Box game to thank fans for their support.
Photo: David Brown - Academy Sports & Outdoors offered a Mystery Tackle Box game to thank fans for their support.
Huk introduced a new Tournament Series rain gear during the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo.
Photo: David Brown - Huk introduced a new Tournament Series rain gear during the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo.
Plano showed off the 10 models in its new Edge Series.
Photo: David Brown - Plano showed off the 10 models in its new Edge Series.
One of the cool features of Plano’s new Edge Series is the built-in EZ Label System.
Photo: David Brown - One of the cool features of Plano’s new Edge Series is the built-in EZ Label System.
Dave Precht, recently retired B.A.S.S. Vice President of Communications, visited the YUM bass and Dinger with his daughter Katherine Stiene and grandson Boyer.
Photo: David Brown - Dave Precht, recently retired B.A.S.S. Vice President of Communications, visited the YUM bass and Dinger with his daughter Katherine Stiene and grandson Boyer.
Carhartt seamstresses sew B.A.S.S. logos on the A18 hats. Proceeds from sales of these hats benefit the Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation’s effort to conserve and protect the state’s fisheries.
Photo: David Brown - Carhartt seamstresses sew B.A.S.S. logos on the A18 hats. Proceeds from sales of these hats benefit the Alabama B.A.S.S. Nation’s effort to conserve and protect the state’s fisheries.
Carhartt fans signed up to guess the number of t-shirts in the giant C.
Photo: David Brown - Carhartt fans signed up to guess the number of t-shirts in the giant C.
Toyota always brings a visually impressive display to the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo.
Photo: David Brown - Toyota always brings a visually impressive display to the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo.
Toyota offered fans a diverse program they called the Waypoints Adventure, which awarded prizes and automatically entered each participant for a drawing.
Photo: David Brown - Toyota offered fans a diverse program they called the Waypoints Adventure, which awarded prizes and automatically entered each participant for a drawing.
The Toyota Bait Throw offered fishing’s version of darts.
Photo: David Brown - The Toyota Bait Throw offered fishing’s version of darts.
Toyota’s 4-Runner Cargo Racing Challenge allowed participants to show how fast they could load gear bags into the vehicle’s trunk.
Photo: David Brown - Toyota’s 4-Runner Cargo Racing Challenge allowed participants to show how fast they could load gear bags into the vehicle’s trunk.
Expo attendees showed off their driving skills in the Toyota Racing Challenge.
Photo: David Brown - Expo attendees showed off their driving skills in the Toyota Racing Challenge.
Toyota’s Adventure Tic-Tac-Toe game awarded prizes for precision tosses.
Photo: David Brown - Toyota’s Adventure Tic-Tac-Toe game awarded prizes for precision tosses.
Mossy Oak brought a wide assortment of colors in its popular short sleeve t-shirts.
Photo: David Brown - Mossy Oak brought a wide assortment of colors in its popular short sleeve t-shirts.
Just look at the shine on those Mercury Pro XS Motors.
Photo: David Brown - Just look at the shine on those Mercury Pro XS Motors.
The Bass Pro Shops display was rich in angling memorabilia.
Photo: David Brown - The Bass Pro Shops display was rich in angling memorabilia.
Two-time Bassmaster Angler of the Year Gerald Swindle signs a fan’s shirt.
Photo: David Brown - Two-time Bassmaster Angler of the Year Gerald Swindle signs a fan’s shirt.
Swindle’s consistently long autograph line bespoke his enduring popularity among fans.
Photo: David Brown - Swindle’s consistently long autograph line bespoke his enduring popularity among fans.
This young fan shared a special moment with the G-Man.
Photo: David Brown - This young fan shared a special moment with the G-Man.
Old Town’s Sportsman Autopilot 136 features a Minn Kota Powerdrive.
Photo: David Brown - Old Town’s Sportsman Autopilot 136 features a Minn Kota Powerdrive.
Carl Jocumsen, the first Australian to win an Elite event, discusses Minn Kota and Humminbird’s One Boat Network.
Photo: David Brown - Carl Jocumsen, the first Australian to win an Elite event, discusses Minn Kota and Humminbird’s One Boat Network.
Jocumsen shared his insights into fish and structure location.
Photo: David Brown - Jocumsen shared his insights into fish and structure location.
Talons come in multiple sizes and colors.
Photo: David Brown - Talons come in multiple sizes and colors.
There’s a Minn Kota trolling motor for everyone’s needs.
Photo: David Brown - There’s a Minn Kota trolling motor for everyone’s needs.
Humminbird’s Helix Series now includes MEGA Imaging.
Photo: David Brown - Humminbird’s Helix Series now includes MEGA Imaging.
B.A.S.S. memberships were available for expo visitors.
Photo: David Brown - B.A.S.S. memberships were available for expo visitors.
Expo attendees appreciated the Bassmaster LIVE screen in the Skeeter exhibit.
Photo: David Brown - Expo attendees appreciated the Bassmaster LIVE screen in the Skeeter exhibit.
Skeeter fans crowded the exhibit for the unveiling of the new ZXR models.
Photo: David Brown - Skeeter fans crowded the exhibit for the unveiling of the new ZXR models.
New boat introductions like Skeeter’s ZXR series always thrill the crowds.
Photo: David Brown - New boat introductions like Skeeter’s ZXR series always thrill the crowds.
Power-Pole’s all about the total boat control.
Photo: David Brown - Power-Pole’s all about the total boat control.
Ranger brought its best to the Expo.
Photo: David Brown - Ranger brought its best to the Expo.
Tracker builds great fishability in a budget-friendly aluminum boat.
Photo: David Brown - Tracker builds great fishability in a budget-friendly aluminum boat.
The Triton 21 TrX Patriot comes tournament-ready.
Photo: David Brown - The Triton 21 TrX Patriot comes tournament-ready.
Nitro Boats brings proven construction with pro-level performance.
Photo: David Brown - Nitro Boats brings proven construction with pro-level performance.
Elites Ed Loughran and Garrett Paquette talk fishing with Expo visitors.
Photo: David Brown - Elites Ed Loughran and Garrett Paquette talk fishing with Expo visitors.
Booyah’s Covert  line brings incredible depth to spinnerbaits.
Photo: David Brown - Booyah’s Covert line brings incredible depth to spinnerbaits.
The legendary Hank Parker is always a fan favorite.
Photo: David Brown - The legendary Hank Parker is always a fan favorite.
Falcon Rods displayed its tournament-proven products at the Expo.
Photo: David Brown - Falcon Rods displayed its tournament-proven products at the Expo.
Fifty years of Bassmaster Classic history was on display in the Bassmaster exhibit.
Photo: David Brown - Fifty years of Bassmaster Classic history was on display in the Bassmaster exhibit.
Bobby Murray, the first Bassmaster Classic champion was on-hand to sign autographs.
Photo: David Brown - Bobby Murray, the first Bassmaster Classic champion was on-hand to sign autographs.
Elite rookie Destin Demarion visits with fans at the Bassmaster exhibit.
Photo: David Brown - Elite rookie Destin Demarion visits with fans at the Bassmaster exhibit.
B.A.S.S. Chairman Chase Anderson visited the Bassmaster exhibit and chatted with B.A.S.S. employee Jacquelyne Moore.
Photo: David Brown - B.A.S.S. Chairman Chase Anderson visited the Bassmaster exhibit and chatted with B.A.S.S. employee Jacquelyne Moore.
Dave Precht, James Hall, Bob Cobb — there’s a ton of publishing expertise in this gathering of greats. Bassmaster magazine has had just three editors in its 52 year history. All three spent time together in the B.A.S.S. booth.
Photo: David Brown - Dave Precht, James Hall, Bob Cobb — there’s a ton of publishing expertise in this gathering of greats. Bassmaster magazine has had just three editors in its 52 year history. All three spent time together in the B.A.S.S. booth.
Mike Suchan and Ronnie Moore hard at work during the Bassmaster LIVE.
Photo: David Brown - Mike Suchan and Ronnie Moore hard at work during the Bassmaster LIVE.
The dream team of bass fishing coverage: Tommy Sanders, Davy Hite and Mark Zona.
Photo: David Brown - The dream team of bass fishing coverage: Tommy Sanders, Davy Hite and Mark Zona.
The Expo aisles remained packed with bass fishing fans.
Photo: David Brown - The Expo aisles remained packed with bass fishing fans.
Yamaha’s reliability was on display.
Photo: David Brown - Yamaha’s reliability was on display.
T-H Marine specializes in providing all the accessories that facilitate bass fishing success.
Photo: David Brown - T-H Marine specializes in providing all the accessories that facilitate bass fishing success.
Tackle Titan foam lure holders, only at T-H Marine.
Photo: David Brown - Tackle Titan foam lure holders, only at T-H Marine.
This little bass fan got to meet the G-Man during his Expo visit.
Photo: David Brown - This little bass fan got to meet the G-Man during his Expo visit.
Daiwa introduced its new Zillion 10.0 SV TW with a blistering 10:1 gear ratio.
Photo: David Brown - Daiwa introduced its new Zillion 10.0 SV TW with a blistering 10:1 gear ratio.
Daiwa’s Curt Arakawa shows off the new Tatula SV.
Photo: David Brown - Daiwa’s Curt Arakawa shows off the new Tatula SV.
The light weight and strength of Daiwa’s Rebellion series is impressive.
Photo: David Brown - The light weight and strength of Daiwa’s Rebellion series is impressive.
Bassmaster Opens angler Scott Martin visits with fans at the AFTCO booth.
Photo: David Brown - Bassmaster Opens angler Scott Martin visits with fans at the AFTCO booth.
Sweet finish on that Phoenix package.
Photo: David Brown - Sweet finish on that Phoenix package.
St. Croix introduced the Legend Xtreme series — the company’s most sensitive rods ever.
Photo: David Brown - St. Croix introduced the Legend Xtreme series — the company’s most sensitive rods ever.
Elite Rookie Destin Demarion readies for a Berkley Hog Trough seminar while two-time Bassmaster Classic champion Hank Parker speaks below.
Photo: David Brown - Elite Rookie Destin Demarion readies for a Berkley Hog Trough seminar while two-time Bassmaster Classic champion Hank Parker speaks below.
The Academy Sports + Outdoors team kept those buckets ready for Expo visitors.
Photo: David Brown - The Academy Sports + Outdoors team kept those buckets ready for Expo visitors.
The Tennessee Valley Authority fish tank showed the incredible diversity of life swimming in this river system.
Photo: David Brown - The Tennessee Valley Authority fish tank showed the incredible diversity of life swimming in this river system.
TVA staff answered a variety of questions regarding local fisheries.
Photo: David Brown - TVA staff answered a variety of questions regarding local fisheries.
Garmin products showing off Relief Shading, Livescope Down and Perspective View technologies.
Photo: David Brown - Garmin products showing off Relief Shading, Livescope Down and Perspective View technologies.
Expo visitors found a great selection of Bassmaster gear.
Photo: David Brown - Expo visitors found a great selection of Bassmaster gear.
Fans turned out in force for the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo.
Photo: David Brown - Fans turned out in force for the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo.
Elite angler Chris Groh speaks with fans near the Humminbird/Minn Kota booth.
Photo: David Brown - Elite angler Chris Groh speaks with fans near the Humminbird/Minn Kota booth.
Denny Brauer greets fans at the Strike King booth.
Photo: David Brown - Denny Brauer greets fans at the Strike King booth.
Elite angler Jesse Tacoronte shows off his pitching skills at the Mercury casting pond.
Photo: David Brown - Elite angler Jesse Tacoronte shows off his pitching skills at the Mercury casting pond.
Mercury’s casting competition is always an Expo fan favorite.
Photo: David Brown - Mercury’s casting competition is always an Expo fan favorite.
An autograph from Hank Parker is worth a few minutes in line.
Photo: David Brown - An autograph from Hank Parker is worth a few minutes in line.
Lew’s reels on display for Expo visitors.
Photo: David Brown - Lew’s reels on display for Expo visitors.
Nothing ugly about these fish-catching sticks.
Photo: David Brown - Nothing ugly about these fish-catching sticks.
Strike King’s Tour Grade fluorocarbon pairs well with many of the company’s baits.
Photo: David Brown - Strike King’s Tour Grade fluorocarbon pairs well with many of the company’s baits.
Past Bassmaster Classic champion David Fritts is always willing to visit with fans.
Photo: David Brown - Past Bassmaster Classic champion David Fritts is always willing to visit with fans.
Young fans always enjoy the Paw Patrol.
Photo: David Brown - Young fans always enjoy the Paw Patrol.
The excitement for the 50th Bassmaster Classic was evident in packed Expo aisles.
Photo: David Brown - The excitement for the 50th Bassmaster Classic was evident in packed Expo aisles.
Berkley displayed its popular Powerbait products in multiple rigs.
Photo: David Brown - Berkley displayed its popular Powerbait products in multiple rigs.
This young angler eagerly watches as Berkley experts provide free line spooling.
Photo: David Brown - This young angler eagerly watches as Berkley experts provide free line spooling.