Bassmaster Classic 2024 nets iconic sponsor
Two of the most iconic and historic brands in bass fishing have announced a partnership today.
The Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Classic will be held in Tulsa from March 22nd to 24th, with competition taking place on Oklahoma’s Grand Lake O’ the Cherokees. The tournament will feature 56 of the country’s most talented anglers vying for more than $1 million in prize money.
“We are very honoured to partner with Bassmaster and serve as the title sponsor for the Classic,” said Johnny Morris, five-time Classic qualifier, noted conservationist and founder of Bass Pro Shops. “Some of my happiest memories in life were competing on the tournament trail and creating many special, lifelong friendships. I feel very blessed to have spent my entire life in and around the great sport of fishing and to have had the opportunity to serve fellow anglers. I am forever grateful to Ray Scott, for without him and his B.A.S.S. Tournament Trail, Bass Pro Shops would have never happened.”
The relationship between Bass Pro Shops and B.A.S.S. goes back to the birth of competitive bass fishing. When Ray Scott created the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society in 1967, Morris became an early competitor. At the same time, Morris started a small tackle business out of a corner of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Mo., in 1972. As B.A.S.S. tournaments grew, so did Morris’ tackle business, and he eventually created the first Bass Pro Shops catalogue in 1974. Now, in 2024, the two organisations will share the spotlight on the biggest stage in bass fishing.
“This partnership is so meaningful to B.A.S.S. for so many reasons,” said Chase Anderson, CEO of B.A.S.S. “Our organisations both helped build and define an industry while focusing on conservation, education and inspiration. We have shared values and both maintain a sharp focus on the future of our sport while celebrating the rich history of bass fishing. We look forward to celebrating together at the Classic with the rabid fans in attendance as a new champion is crowned.”
Last year’s Super Bowl of Bass Fishing set a new all-time record attendance, with 163,914 fans visiting Knoxville, Tenn. Alongside this incredible throng of bass fishing fanatics, online fans streamed 32.7 million minutes of content across Bassmaster LIVE digital platforms, breaking all previous viewing records, while the live coverage on FOX and FS1 reached 4.5 million viewers across the two days of coverage on those networks.