Originally scheduled for late March, the Bassmaster Classic has been moved to this weekend, June 11–13.
The 2021 Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic is heading to Fort Worth, Texas, this weekend. And we've put together this handy guide for everything you need to know about the big event!
As with most events as of late, the Classic was pushed back a few months due to "ongoing public health emergency and associated limits on large gatherings," per B.A.S.S. The Outdoors Bassmaster Classic will be held this weekend, June 11–13.
"It’s our hope that this delay will allow us to alleviate many of the challenges — including any potential capacity restrictions and travel complications — related to hosting both the tournament and Outdoors Expo in the current pandemic environment," said B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin when the postponement of the event was first announced. "We look forward to seeing thousands of fans, along with our partners and industry friends, at the 51st Bassmaster Classic."
For more than 50 years, the Bassmaster Classic has been considered the "premier tournament in sportfishing," with record-breaking crowds over the years.
The Academy Sports + Outdoors Bassmaster Classic 2021 Schedule of Events:
Bassmaster Classic Kickoff Party:
- 4 p.m. - See the legendary Fort Worth Herd Cattle Drive
- 6 p.m. - Special guest appearance from country music star Jimmie Allen who will play a couple of songs before his 9 p.m. show at Billy Bob’s Texas
- 6:45-9 p.m. - Live music from the Squeezebox Bandits
Takeoffs at Ray Roberts State Park in Pilot Point:
- Takeoffs will be held at Lake Ray Roberts at 6:15 a.m. CT, June 11-13.
Weigh-ins at Dickies Arena:
- Doors open at 3 p.m. for credentialed B.A.S.S. Life and B.A.S.S. Nation members and 3:15 p.m. for the general public.
- The weigh-in is expected to begin around 4:30 p.m.
Military and First Responder Appreciation Days:
- Show your military/first responder ID to a staff member in the Bassmaster merchandise booth and get a free Bassmaster hat!
- Limited to the first 100 people each day.
If you're interested in catching all of the action in real-time, Bassmaster has a live video feed, which includes a list of television showtimes. You can also check out the tournament's Leaderboard to see how your favorite angler performed.
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