Popular Classic Expo products

During the biggest week in bass fishing, the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods was the place to be. Collected here are some of the latest and greatest products on display during the expo. <p> <em>All captions: Craig Lamb</em>
Photo: Darren Jacobson - During the biggest week in bass fishing, the Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo presented by DICK'S Sporting Goods was the place to be. Collected here are some of the latest and greatest products on display during the expo. All captions: Craig Lamb
If fishing small waters is your passion then here’s the rig for you. This Toyota Tacoma TRD 4X4 is a double cab model loaded with space for your gear. It’s packed with power, too. This model has a 3.5L Atkinson Cycle V6 with Direct Injection that gives the Tacoma greater fuel economy.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - If fishing small waters is your passion then here’s the rig for you. This Toyota Tacoma TRD 4X4 is a double cab model loaded with space for your gear. It’s packed with power, too. This model has a 3.5L Atkinson Cycle V6 with Direct Injection that gives the Tacoma greater fuel economy.
Berkley paired world-class bait design engineers with crankbait wizard David Fritts. The result is the Berkley Dredger Crankbait that gives you the ability to downsize lure profile and still reach deep strike zones. Running depths are start at 9-11 feet with the Dredger 10.5 and go to 22 feet with the Dredger 25.5.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - Berkley paired world-class bait design engineers with crankbait wizard David Fritts. The result is the Berkley Dredger Crankbait that gives you the ability to downsize lure profile and still reach deep strike zones. Running depths are start at 9-11 feet with the Dredger 10.5 and go to 22 feet with the Dredger 25.5.
Kevin VanDam, Edwin Evers, Rick Clunn, Ott DeFoe work alongside NITRO to design the most advanced high-performance bass boat. The NITRO Vortex Technology Hull is an example of that feedback. The result is a hull with exceptional top-end speed and lift—plus improved acceleration—all while maintaining superior control and handling.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - Kevin VanDam, Edwin Evers, Rick Clunn, Ott DeFoe work alongside NITRO to design the most advanced high-performance bass boat. The NITRO Vortex Technology Hull is an example of that feedback. The result is a hull with exceptional top-end speed and lift—plus improved acceleration—all while maintaining superior control and handling.
The HydroWave H2 delivers the latest in patented, sound-emitting technology, effectively imitating the audible underwater sounds of baitfish and fish-feeding activities. Research has proven these sounds stimulate feeding in game fish. In addition to the 16 sound patterns on the H2 Bass HydroWave, the KVD H2 has nine additional sound patterns designed by Kevin VanDam for specific fishing situations.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - The HydroWave H2 delivers the latest in patented, sound-emitting technology, effectively imitating the audible underwater sounds of baitfish and fish-feeding activities. Research has proven these sounds stimulate feeding in game fish. In addition to the 16 sound patterns on the H2 Bass HydroWave, the KVD H2 has nine additional sound patterns designed by Kevin VanDam for specific fishing situations.
The TH Marine Conservation Cull System takes the G-Force Cull System to a new level. New clips allow for quick, easy connect with the lip without piercing the mouth. G-Force Cull is the only system that prevents piercing the fish when using the balance beam. Just connect the cull float cord directly to the balance beam without re-hooking the fish.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - The TH Marine Conservation Cull System takes the G-Force Cull System to a new level. New clips allow for quick, easy connect with the lip without piercing the mouth. G-Force Cull is the only system that prevents piercing the fish when using the balance beam. Just connect the cull float cord directly to the balance beam without re-hooking the fish.
The Mercury 115 Pro XS FourStroke is 18 pounds lighter than the nearest competing 115hp engine. Its 2.1L displacement is higher than that of any competing 115hp engine. This unbeatable combination delivers higher torque, better performance and greater durability. The outboard is perfect for 17-foot to 18-foot aluminum and fiberglass bass boats.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - The Mercury 115 Pro XS FourStroke is 18 pounds lighter than the nearest competing 115hp engine. Its 2.1L displacement is higher than that of any competing 115hp engine. This unbeatable combination delivers higher torque, better performance and greater durability. The outboard is perfect for 17-foot to 18-foot aluminum and fiberglass bass boats.
The Mercury 250 Pro XS delivers professional performance from the fastest bass boat engine on the water. The 250 Pro XS features a proven V6 block, carbon fiber reeds and available Torque Master gearcase. Precise fuel burn technology provides better fuel economy. That translates to a longer range for hunting fish.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - The Mercury 250 Pro XS delivers professional performance from the fastest bass boat engine on the water. The 250 Pro XS features a proven V6 block, carbon fiber reeds and available Torque Master gearcase. Precise fuel burn technology provides better fuel economy. That translates to a longer range for hunting fish.
Triton's 21 TRX is a highly fishable platform with racer's instincts. Triton’s calling card may be its top speed, but its popularity on the bass fishing tournament circuit is equally attributable to its fishable platforms. The 21 TRX’s rod storage is unique to premium bass rigs. So is the enlarged front deck for better angler maneuverability. With the 21 TRX you get legendary performance and more fishability.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - Triton's 21 TRX is a highly fishable platform with racer's instincts. Triton’s calling card may be its top speed, but its popularity on the bass fishing tournament circuit is equally attributable to its fishable platforms. The 21 TRX’s rod storage is unique to premium bass rigs. So is the enlarged front deck for better angler maneuverability. With the 21 TRX you get legendary performance and more fishability.
The Shell ROTELLA family of products is built on the Triple Protection legacy of performance. Heavy-duty diesel engine oil, gasoline engine oil, filters, coolants and other quality lubricants provide high performance protection to today’s high tech engines.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - The Shell ROTELLA family of products is built on the Triple Protection legacy of performance. Heavy-duty diesel engine oil, gasoline engine oil, filters, coolants and other quality lubricants provide high performance protection to today’s high tech engines.
When Mark Zona wears a rain suit this is it. He helped design this Carhartt Force Extremes Shoreline Angler Jacket and Bib Overall. “What I like the most about Carhartt is they listen to the needs of who wears their clothes.” The Z Man wears this outfit in spring, summer and fall—providing three seasons of comfort and protection.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - When Mark Zona wears a rain suit this is it. He helped design this Carhartt Force Extremes Shoreline Angler Jacket and Bib Overall. “What I like the most about Carhartt is they listen to the needs of who wears their clothes.” The Z Man wears this outfit in spring, summer and fall—providing three seasons of comfort and protection.
The Dick Cepek Fun Country offers a unique tread pattern and design, circumferential grooves and stone ejector ribs, and a tough shoulder and sidewall design make this tire one of the best all-terrain tires in the line. The new Extreme Country mud-terrain tire has a proven tread compound for excellent traction, responsive handling, even wear, longer life and a quieter ride.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - The Dick Cepek Fun Country offers a unique tread pattern and design, circumferential grooves and stone ejector ribs, and a tough shoulder and sidewall design make this tire one of the best all-terrain tires in the line. The new Extreme Country mud-terrain tire has a proven tread compound for excellent traction, responsive handling, even wear, longer life and a quieter ride.
Here is the new flagship model of Phoenix Boats. It’s the 921 PHX with a wider front deck, ability to house 12-inch electronics in both bow and console, and a single front lid with center rod box capability. The 921 PHX is 21-feet, 6-inches in length, with a wide 96-inch beam just like the 921 Pro XP. It has a host of standard features including a Lowrance HDS 12, Lowrance HDS 9, custom boat cover, padded front deck and many others.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - Here is the new flagship model of Phoenix Boats. It’s the 921 PHX with a wider front deck, ability to house 12-inch electronics in both bow and console, and a single front lid with center rod box capability. The 921 PHX is 21-feet, 6-inches in length, with a wide 96-inch beam just like the 921 Pro XP. It has a host of standard features including a Lowrance HDS 12, Lowrance HDS 9, custom boat cover, padded front deck and many others.
The SOLIX Series has Humminbird innovation, from MEGA Imaging, Cross Touch Interface and AutoChart Live to Ethernet networking and Bluetooth connectivity. And it’s all brought to life on a massive 12-inch or 16-inch display, the largest ever.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - The SOLIX Series has Humminbird innovation, from MEGA Imaging, Cross Touch Interface and AutoChart Live to Ethernet networking and Bluetooth connectivity. And it’s all brought to life on a massive 12-inch or 16-inch display, the largest ever.
Step on the Ultrex foot pedal and feel what power steering does to a trolling motor. Then tap the Spot-Lock button to stay on a fishing spot automatically. Minn Kota built the incredible new Ultrex with the most responsive, intuitive steering ever and GPS-powered automatic boat control.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - Step on the Ultrex foot pedal and feel what power steering does to a trolling motor. Then tap the Spot-Lock button to stay on a fishing spot automatically. Minn Kota built the incredible new Ultrex with the most responsive, intuitive steering ever and GPS-powered automatic boat control.
Miss GEICO holds numerous world speed records, National and World Titles. Miss GEICO is headquartered in Riviera Beach, Fla. GEICO provides car insurance to millions of drivers across the United States. In addition to auto insurance, GEICO offers customers products for their motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). The GEICO Insurance Agency can also help you with coverage for your boat, home or apartment.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - Miss GEICO holds numerous world speed records, National and World Titles. Miss GEICO is headquartered in Riviera Beach, Fla. GEICO provides car insurance to millions of drivers across the United States. In addition to auto insurance, GEICO offers customers products for their motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles (ATVs), travel trailers and motorhomes (RVs). The GEICO Insurance Agency can also help you with coverage for your boat, home or apartment.
The Skeeter FX series delivers the brand’s legendary performance with more fishing features that are standard, not optional, than you can image. Lowrance HDS-12 Gen3 and HDS-9 Gen 3 graphs, Minn Kota Fortrex 112 trolling motor, tilt hydraulic steering, and an FX Tandem Axle Trailer with Fulton Winch are all standard. So is Yamaha’s V Max SHO VF250, the choice of the pros.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - The Skeeter FX series delivers the brand’s legendary performance with more fishing features that are standard, not optional, than you can image. Lowrance HDS-12 Gen3 and HDS-9 Gen 3 graphs, Minn Kota Fortrex 112 trolling motor, tilt hydraulic steering, and an FX Tandem Axle Trailer with Fulton Winch are all standard. So is Yamaha’s V Max SHO VF250, the choice of the pros.
The newer, longer Legend Tournament Bass rods take advantage of updated B.A.S.S. regulations allowing anglers to compete with rod lengths that haven’t been seen on the tournament trail in decades. Rod lengths begin at 8’ with the Flippin’ model and go up to 8’ 8” with the Bullfrog and Magnum Cranker, to the 8’ 11” Flippin’/Punchin’ and Mega Swim Bait. At the high end is the 9’ 11’ Flippin’/Punchin’ model.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - The newer, longer Legend Tournament Bass rods take advantage of updated B.A.S.S. regulations allowing anglers to compete with rod lengths that haven’t been seen on the tournament trail in decades. Rod lengths begin at 8’ with the Flippin’ model and go up to 8’ 8” with the Bullfrog and Magnum Cranker, to the 8’ 11” Flippin’/Punchin’ and Mega Swim Bait. At the high end is the 9’ 11’ Flippin’/Punchin’ model.
The Huk Icon series use a durable Poly knit with moisture transport for comfort, with an added mesh vent at lower back for temperature regulation. Stain release keeps stains at bay, and anti-microbial prevents unwelcomed odors. A small amount of spandex makes movement easier. Cooling technology with SPF/UPF provide protection from the sun’s harmful rays.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - The Huk Icon series use a durable Poly knit with moisture transport for comfort, with an added mesh vent at lower back for temperature regulation. Stain release keeps stains at bay, and anti-microbial prevents unwelcomed odors. A small amount of spandex makes movement easier. Cooling technology with SPF/UPF provide protection from the sun’s harmful rays.
The V MAX SHO® has a 4.2L big-bore design that shoots it out of the hole up to 13 percent faster than its two stroke competitors. Its variable camshaft timing increases throttle response in the low and midranges, resulting in unbelievable acceleration, top-end and midrange punch. Yamaha engineers redesigned the cowling, engine bracket and lower engine pan, shaving every ounce of weight, without compromising durability. As a result, the V MAX SHO® is just 505 pounds (dry weight)—a good 34 pounds lighter than previous two stroke V MAX designs.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - The V MAX SHO® has a 4.2L big-bore design that shoots it out of the hole up to 13 percent faster than its two stroke competitors. Its variable camshaft timing increases throttle response in the low and midranges, resulting in unbelievable acceleration, top-end and midrange punch. Yamaha engineers redesigned the cowling, engine bracket and lower engine pan, shaving every ounce of weight, without compromising durability. As a result, the V MAX SHO® is just 505 pounds (dry weight)—a good 34 pounds lighter than previous two stroke V MAX designs.
The Power-Pole Blade Edition utilizes a ported-arm design and is constructed from aircraft-grade aluminum to minimize weight. Anchor lengths of 8 and 10 feet allow you to securely hold in fresh or saltwater. The fastest deploying and strongest holding anchor system is available in blue, red, black or white with durable powder coated finish. Includes wireless Standard Key Fob and Advanced Surface Mount remote controls powered by C-Monster Control System. 
Photo: Darren Jacobson - The Power-Pole Blade Edition utilizes a ported-arm design and is constructed from aircraft-grade aluminum to minimize weight. Anchor lengths of 8 and 10 feet allow you to securely hold in fresh or saltwater. The fastest deploying and strongest holding anchor system is available in blue, red, black or white with durable powder coated finish. Includes wireless Standard Key Fob and Advanced Surface Mount remote controls powered by C-Monster Control System.
The Livingston Lures Walking Boss Part II is designed with a jointed profile to replicate the actions of an injured baitfish. The bait is equipped with Livingston Lures’ Advanced Rattle system and EBSMT Technology to produce hard-pounding vibrations. The ARS uses an electronic frequency to stimulate the lateral lines of bass.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - The Livingston Lures Walking Boss Part II is designed with a jointed profile to replicate the actions of an injured baitfish. The bait is equipped with Livingston Lures’ Advanced Rattle system and EBSMT Technology to produce hard-pounding vibrations. The ARS uses an electronic frequency to stimulate the lateral lines of bass.
The Chronarch MGL 150 Casting Reel is loaded with Shimano's most advanced technology to help you catch more and bigger fish. The rock-solid, Magnumlite spool requires 10 percent less energy to turn, resulting in increased casting distance with less effort. MicroModule gearing features more and smaller teeth, providing a smoother, more positive feel. State-of-the-art SVS braking system adjusts to make throwing lures into the wind a breeze.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - The Chronarch MGL 150 Casting Reel is loaded with Shimano's most advanced technology to help you catch more and bigger fish. The rock-solid, Magnumlite spool requires 10 percent less energy to turn, resulting in increased casting distance with less effort. MicroModule gearing features more and smaller teeth, providing a smoother, more positive feel. State-of-the-art SVS braking system adjusts to make throwing lures into the wind a breeze.
This tank got lots of use during the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. The pros shared tips and tactics, while nearby show attendees took advantage of great deals on tackle.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - This tank got lots of use during the GEICO Bassmaster Classic presented by DICK’S Sporting Goods. The pros shared tips and tactics, while nearby show attendees took advantage of great deals on tackle.
Daiwa’s new 2017 FUEGO CT line of baitcasters feature an all new lower profile design that is as good looking as it is comfortable to fish. What makes this reel special is the aluminum CT frame that delivers durability and performance, the air rotation that give it a silky-smooth effortless retrieve. The Magforce breaking system delivers an incredible free-spool with an extremely long and manageable cast. Available in both left and right retrieve and three gear ratios to meet needs without breaking the bank. Suggested retail price is $99.99.
Photo: Darren Jacobson - Daiwa’s new 2017 FUEGO CT line of baitcasters feature an all new lower profile design that is as good looking as it is comfortable to fish. What makes this reel special is the aluminum CT frame that delivers durability and performance, the air rotation that give it a silky-smooth effortless retrieve. The Magforce breaking system delivers an incredible free-spool with an extremely long and manageable cast. Available in both left and right retrieve and three gear ratios to meet needs without breaking the bank. Suggested retail price is $99.99.