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January 4, 2008

SC Reel Kids at Feb. 22-24 Lake Hartwell ESPN Bassmaster Classic

It’s a safe bet that the S.C. Department of Natural Resources will be there when a premier fishing event visits South Carolina. The 38th annual Bassmaster Classic, coming up Feb. 22-24 in Greenville, is no exception. Kids ages 16 and under are encouraged to make a special point of visiting the SC Reel Kids booth for fun fish information, temporary tattoos, crafts and more. A few accomplished SC Reel Kids will also take center stage at the ESPN Outdoors Expo to receive their Master Angler Certificates.

The goal of SC Reel Kids program is to help children learn about and enjoy their natural environment. As an SC Reel Kid, children will do more than just go fishing. They will work toward goals like catching their first fish, learning about fish and improving fish habitats. Each child will receive a reward for each goal completed. SC Reel Kids is a free program for parents and children or families.

The 2008 Bassmaster Classic competition will feature 50 of the world’s best anglers chasing the biggest bass in Lake Hartwell. The angler who accumulates the most weight in three days—weigh-ins will be held at the Bi-Lo Center—will take home the top prize of $500,000. Heavy media coverage by national outlets like ESPN2 makes the Bassmaster Classic a top national sporting event. Several related events, including the Women’s Bassmaster Tour Championship and an ESPN Outdoors Expo, featuring top retailers and the latest in technology and gear from the outdoors industry, are scheduled during Classic week.

DNR protects and manages South Carolina’s natural resources by making wise and balanced decisions for the benefit of the state’s natural resources and its people.

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