The Red River is now off limits

For the competitors in the 2012 Bassmaster Classic, it’s now hands-off and boats-off the Red River.

With the scouting cutoff of Dec. 11 come and gone, the 49 Classic qualifiers will have to wait until the official February practice days, about a week before the competition, for another crack at the Red. Then they’ll see the water Feb. 22 for a final run-through on strategies and spots before the three-day competition begins Feb. 24.

The 2012 Classic will take place in Shreveport-Bossier City, La. Anglers will launch at Red River South Marina and weigh their catches at the CenturyLink Center in Bossier City. The Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods will be open Feb. 24-26 at the Shreveport Convention Center in the city’s downtown area. Spectators are invited to watch the launch presented Red River Waterway Commission, and there’s no admission fee for the weigh-ins or Outdoors Expo.

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