Classic Expo opens

After the record breaking crowd of 5,500 fans at the Friday launch we have another record brewing at the DICK’S Sporting Goods Bassmaster Classic Expo. Just before the 11 a.m. B.A.S.S. Members Preview a large crowd was already gathered outside the Knoxville Convention Center & Worlds Fair Exhibition Hall. My guess is the crowd easily surpassed the takeoff crowd at the launch, maybe even doubling in size.

This is a show not to be missed. The largest event of its kind in the country has become a launching venue for new tackle, boats and accessories. The show is also a great opportunity to meet the pros, including many Bassmaster Elite Series anglers who are present for sponsor appearances. Friday showtimes are 11 a.m.—7 p.m.; 10 a.m.-6 p.m. on Saturday and noon-7 p.m. on Sunday.