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Bass Fishing


Bass Pro Shops Spring Fishing Classic is a celebration of a favorite national pastime – fishing. This free event continues through Sunday, held Feb. 21 in 76 Bass Pro Shops stores across the U.S. and Canada, including the Bass Pro Shops in nearby Manteca. In addition to the Classic’s free fishing seminars, pro appearances at Bassmaster University, activities for women and youth, and giveaways, shoppers will see a variety of special offers such as rod and reel trade-in savings opportunities and instant bonus offers up to $100.

“The Spring Fishing Classic has become a rite of spring for anglers across the United States and Canada,” said Bass Pro Shops communications manager Katie Mitchell. “The free event reaches more than seven million people and offers families the opportunity to enjoy one of America’s favorite outdoor activities – fishing. The event allows anglers of all levels to learn from the pros, shop the world’s greatest fishing sale, and enjoy free activities.”

In addition to learning the hottest tips and strategies from the world’s best anglers, Spring Fishing Classic attendees get to see new fishing gear, live tank demonstrations, and boat shows while the kids enjoy activities just for them.

Plus, customers can enter for a chance to win a fishing trip with the pros – Kevin Van Dam, Mark Zona, and Dave Mercer – in the Smashin’ Smallies with KVD, Zona and Mercer contest. The winner and a guest will receive a two-day, one-night smallmouth fishing trip in Michigan. Fishing equipment and travel accommodations will be provided, with a total retail value of $5,000. Register at the stores or online at

The 2016 Spring Fishing Classic offers the opportunity to learn from the pros during Bassmaster University fishing seminars hosted by some of the greatest anglers in the sport:

Saturday, Feb. 20 and Sunday, Feb. 21

11a.m. New To Fishing? Learn All You Need to Know to Get Started Don Paganelli; 1:30 p.m. Women’s Fishing; 2 p.m. Understanding baitfish and Their Seasonal Movements; 4 p.m. The Strategy of Successful Kayak fishing; 4:30 p.m. Kid’s Fishing Seminar.

Women are invited to attend a free seminar to learn basic fishing information and tips on how fishing can be fun. The seminar is Saturday, Feb. 20 at 1:30 p.m.

The 2016 Spring Fishing Classic wraps up with the Next Generation Weekend. The free activity-filled weekend focuses on teaching kids the basics of fishing. Kids’ activities are available from noon to 5 p.m. on Feb. 20 and 21. Free activities include casting challenges, a fishing workshop, fun craft, and a photo download.

In addition to offering free, family friendly activities, the 2016 Spring Fishing Classic offers the world’s greatest fishing sale. Old rod and reels can be traded in at the Pass It On booth to receive a discount coupon to use toward the purchase of a new rod or reel. All trade-ins will be donated to local youth organizations to help support outdoor education programs. To date, Bass Pro Shops has donated over 216,451 products to local organizations that teach young people to enjoy and appreciate the outdoors.

Those using a Bass Pro Shops credit card to purchase new gear can receive up to $100 via instant rebate.