The biggest outdoors event ever in Oklahoma is coming to Tulsa and Grand Lake Feb. 22-24: The 2013 Bassmaster Classic.
The fishing will be at Grand Lake, the daily weigh-ins will be at Tulsa's BOK Center and across the street at the convention center will be the Bassmaster Classic Outdoor Expo. If you are planning to go, here are what you should know and what to expect.
At the Launch: Fans are invited to come out and watch 53 of the world's best anglers slip their slick new bass rigs into Grand Lake O' the Cherokees. The takeoff time is set for 7 a.m. at Wolf Creek.
Fans are advised to be there much earlier than 7 a.m. so they can see the rigs in tow, just before the boats touch water.
Star-spotting is part of the morning fun — Kevin VanDam, Gerald Swindle, Michael Iaconelli, Skeet Reese and others will be there.
At the Outdoor Expo: Anyone could easily fill an entire day at the annual Bassmaster Classic Outdoors Expo presented by Dick's Sporting Goods.
A die-hard bass fan could fill three days, no problem. The Expo will take place Friday, Feb. 22, from noon to 8 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 23, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 24, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The venue is the Tulsa Convention Center in downtown Tulsa.
What's at the Expo? The short answer is anything an anglers' hearts' desires. For starters, there are the newest bass boats and engines to see up close.
Experts will be there to answer any question a visitor might have about a boat and motor. The place will be packed with fishing tackle, some of it on display to the public for the first time.