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Bruce Akin Retiring as CEO of B.A.S.S.

Bruce Akin will retire as the chief executive officer of B.A.S.S. on September 30 after 10 years in a role, company officials announced Monday, with Chairman Chase Anderson assuming responsibility for the organization’s day-to-day operations and serving as CEO. No other changes to the organization’s daily operations are currently planned. Akin planned to retire last […]

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Bassmaster Classic Draws Nearly 150,000 to Fort Worth

Fishing fans are back. The 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk and held in Fort Worth, Texas, attracted 147,197 fans across a variety of Classic Week activities. The attendance shattered previous records for a Texas-held Bassmaster Classic and was the second-highest attended Classic in history behind the 2019 event in Knoxville, […]

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The last Bassmaster Classic held in Greenville, South Carolina, in 2018 broke the attendance record at the time.

Greenville, South Carolina, to Host 2022 Bassmaster Classic

B.A.S.S. will return to South Carolina for its 2022 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk with Lake Hartwell hosting the spectacle for the fourth time. The event, hosted by Visit Anderson and VisitGreenvilleSC, will be staged March 4–6. Takeoffs will occur from Green Pond Landing & Event Center, while daily weigh-ins will […]

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Bassmaster Classic Moved to June 2021

B.A.S.S. will move its signature Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk and Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo from late March to June 2021 because of ongoing issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic. The event, which will be staged in Fort Worth, Texas, will now be held June 11–13, 2021. “It’s our hope that […]

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Bassmaster Elite Events to Get Live Broadcast on Fox Sports

Under a new television agreement with Fox Sports, all nine Bassmaster Elite events, as well as the Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk, will be broadcast live beginning in February 2021. It will mark the first time in the series’ history that events will be featured live after years of the event […]

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Matt Herren won the 2016 Toyota Texas Bass Classic.

2021 Bassmaster Classic Heading to Fort Worth, Texas

The 2021 B.A.S.S. Bassmaster Classic will be heading to Lake Ray Roberts in Denton, Texas, as the full Classic event will be hosted by Fort Worth, Texas, from March 19–21. It will be the first time that Fort Worth hosts the Bassmaster Classic and the event’s third time overall in Texas. The event will be […]

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Birmingham, Alabama, Gets Boost from Bassmaster

The Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic presented by Huk generated an estimated economic impact of $35.9 million during its March 6–8, 2020, event in Birmingham, Alabama, says the host community. According to the Greater Birmingham Convention & Visitors Bureau, the event provided a direct economic impact of $20.8 million and an indirect boost in […]

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B.A.S.S. Expands Regional Schedule

The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, better known as B.A.S.S., has announced an expanded national schedule for 2020 with five regional competitions instead of three for qualifying to November’s TNT Fireworks B.A.S.S. Nation Championship. There will be qualifying events in the Southeast, Western, Central, Northeast and Northern regions. Qualifiers from all five regions, plus international qualifiers […]

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Major League Fishing launched in 2019 as the newest circuit in professional bass fishing. Photo: MLF

Fishing Goes High-Tech

The sport of competitive bass fishing is making advancements in the areas of technology and television while also reeling in a younger group of anglers. Three major professional organizations—Bass Anglers Sportsman Society, better known as B.A.S.S.; Major League Fishing (MLF) and Fishing League Worldwide (FLW)—are the trendsetters. Each have been focusing on expanding their digital […]

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Birmingham Selected for 50th Bassmaster Classic in 2020

Birmingham, Alabama, will host the 2020 Bassmaster Classic presented by Dick’s Sporting Goods, which will mark the 50th anniversary of the bass fishing tournament. The fishing competition will be staged on Lake Guntersville, with daily weigh-ins and the Classic Outdoors Expo to take place at the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex in downtown Birmingham. The event will […]

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