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March 13, 2009

Bass Tub demo featured at 25th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen's Classic in Columbia

Fishing really comes alive when you get a close-up view of a big bass striking a lure in the Bass Tub demonstration at the 25th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic March 27-29.

The giant mobile Bass Tub aquarium stands over 9 feet tall, totally visible from both sides and is complete with rocks, stumps and other cover you normally find in a lake where you fish. The 5,000-gallon tub is stocked with live fish including bass, crappie, striped bass and others. The Bass Tub is operated by professional fishermen who stand on top in a small boat and delight in teaching you how to fish, passing on tips they have learned over the years. They present various types and models of lures so you can see their operation in the water. You’ll enjoy the reaction of fish to the lures and you will learn to better utilize each type for your favorite species. 

The 25th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic will be held March 27-29. Doors will be open from noon to 8 p.m. Friday, March 27; from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 28; and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, March 29.

Classic-goers will find more than 300 exhibitors on site with the latest fishing, hunting and outdoor equipment for show and sale.

New and returning major attractions for the 25th Annual Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic are, The Comedy Canines, Okefenokee Joe (wildlife interpretation and field herpetology), Dennis Stratton (Truth about Whitetails), Roark Ferguson (conservationist, herpetologist, and wildlife adventurer), Short-Term Wilderness Survival, Capt. Tom Siwarski (inshore fishing) and Joe Kelly’s display of North American Wildlife Collection and Southern Whitetail Collection. Also in 2009, the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic will feature the State Archery-In-Schools Tournament. Schools participating in the Archery-In-Schools program are invited to participate in the Fourth Annual DNR Archery in the Schools Tournament. The DNR’s education staff and volunteers will also be on hand to help kids catch a fish at the highly popular SC Reel Kids Fishing Pond.
For more information on the Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic, call the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Columbia office at (803) 734-4008.
Admission to the 2009 Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic is $6, and parking is $2. Seniors 60 and over get in for $5 while children 10 and under are admitted free. Visitors bringing five canned-food items for Harvest Hope Food Bank receive $1 off admission.
The Palmetto Sportsmen’s Classic is sponsored by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources, Harry Hampton Memorial Wildlife Fund, WIS-TV, WCOS Radio, SportsTalkSC, Professional Printers, Bob Redfern's Outdoor Magazine, Huntin’ the World—Southern Style TV, eXmark and The State Newspaper. ATM services will be provided by B2E Mobile Financial.

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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