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Bassmaster Classic returns to Upstate in 2018

By Jim Fair, Editor
Published on Wednesday, February 15, 2017

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Casey Ashley of Donalds won the 2015 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell with a three-day total weight of 50 pounds, 1 ounce.
 
 

Photo by Seigo Saito/Bassmaster

Casey Ashley of Donalds won the 2015 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell with a three-day total weight of 50 pounds, 1 ounce.

 

 

The 48th annual Bassmaster Classic, the world championship of professional bass fishing will be held March 16-18, 2018, in Greenville and on Lake Hartwell at Anderson. The Bon Secours Wellness Arena will be the site of daily weigh-in ceremonies.

The fan-favorite Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo will be held in the 250,000-square-foot TD Convention Center March 16-18.

The event will mark the third time the “Super Bowl of Bass Fishing” will have been held in Greenville. As in previous visits in 2008 and 2015, fishing competition will take place on Lake Hartwell. Takeoffs will be from Green Pond Landing and Event Center.

“Bringing the Bassmaster Classic back to the Upcountry of South Carolina was an easy decision,” said Bruce Akin, CEO of B.A.S.S., which conducts the event.

“Despite record-cold temperatures when we were there in February 2015, fishing fans turned out in force. Our attendance of 103,000 those three days marked a 40 percent increase over the 2008 Classic and was one of our biggest turnouts ever.  

It was just 9 degrees for the opening morning of the 2015 tournament and competition was delayed with the anglers’ safety in mind.  

This year’s Classic is scheduled for March 24-26 on Lake Conroe near Houston, Texas.

 

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