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Here Is a little information regarding the Classic at lake Hartwell.

 

This link should provide the venues, times, and directions to the launch site, expo, and weigh-in: http://www.bassmaster.com/attend-2015-geico-bassmaster-classic#

 

I have been to quite a few classics and here are some tips that I have gained through the years. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as you are going to be doing a lot of walking, especially at the expo. It's a good Idea to either bring a bag for the free goodies you will find or pick one up inside, either at the door as you enter or one of the many, many, booths located inside. 

 

I would give yourself plenty of time to browse as there Is a lot to look at. I can't stress this enough. There are going to be a lot of people doing what you are doing so relax, be courteous, and don't get in a hurry. If you see a pro you would like to talk to, again, be patient. A good many folks are wanting the same experience as you are wanting. The last time at Hartwell the line to get a Bill Dance autograph was quite long. I might be wrong about this but there are times when a pro might not have the time to talk. I wouldn't take It personal as the majority of the pros at the expo are working. I think timing Is the key. I'm sure it will be like the last time, you will have to pay to park. I think it was $5.00 but I will check on this and update.

 

I'm going to check on this an update as needed but at the last classic at Heartwell (actually Greenville SC) they had shuttle buses from the expo to the weigh-in arena. It was a little bit of a hassle but for me It beat driving as there was quite a bit of traffic congestion.  I will try to find out some times for the actual opening of the doors at the Bon Secours Wedllness Arena(for the weigh-in) but be prepared to stand outside for quite a while. I think we stood In line for over an hour each day before they opened the doors. The seating Is nice but don't be disappointed by not getting to sit front and center. The event has seats that are for VIP'S, family, press, and sponsors. It's a fact of life. They have video boards so seeing everything will not be a problem. This part I was debating as some might take offense. At every classic I have been to there are folks that bring In some of the goodies they either got for free or bought. I think that's great sans an Item or two. It's close quarters and to be sitting right behind a guy with a 7' flippin' stick(stright up in the air the entire time) Is a royal pain. Again, try to be courteous and think of how your actions might affect others. Also, there was a metal detector and wand at the door. I bring this up to tell you, you should leave your pocket knife in the car. I had to throw one away before they would let me enter. 

 

I hope we can get a Bassresouce meet and greet but It's quite difficult with all kinds of different schedules. I'm open for either a greet at a certain place at the expo or maybe some supper after the weigh-in Saturday evening. I had the pleasure of meeting Glenn and his wife Keri at the classic in  Birmingham(I'm sure he won't remember) and I'm here to tell you they are very nice folks and quite approachable! I have met senko77(Ryan) at the classic In Birmingham a few years ago and again awesome folks! 

 

 

I'm not sure If any of the sponsers will have a booth at the expo but If they do I'm positive they would be glad for you to stop by and say hello. I met Bobby Urhig at one of the classics I went to and he and the folks working the booth we top notch!

 

Hotels: There are a bluebillion In the area with a great many price ranges. The only thing I will say with certainty is you need to book a room now! If you are Interested In going to the launch each morning I would highly suggest getting a room on the South side of Greenville as  Heartwell Is further South. I stayed In a hotel In Spartanburg and the drive to the launch was right at an hour. 

 

Food: many places around the area but I do remember not much around the expo area within walking distance. This may have changed or maybe I wasn't looking hard enough. I hope some of the local folks can chime In and let us out-of-towners know of decent places to eat close to the expo. It's a longtime from 10:00 am to around 7:00 pm without much to eat. I did have a burger or two Inside the expo but It was awful. They were worse at the weigh-in venue.

 

I will add to this thread as I get more concrete information but I did want to get a little something going as It's only 21 days until the classic! I hope others will add to the above so we can all be somewhat Informed. :)

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Here Is a little information regarding the Classic at lake Hartwell.

 

This link should provide the venues, times, and directions to the launch site, expo, and weigh-in: http://www.bassmaster.com/attend-2015-geico-bassmaster-classic#

 

I have been to quite a few classics and here are some tips that I have gained through the years. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as you are going to be doing a lot of walking, especially at the expo. It's a good Idea to either bring a bag for the free goodies you will find or pick one up inside, either at the door as you enter or one of the many, many, booths located inside. 

 

I would give yourself plenty of time to browse as there Is a lot to look at. I can't stress this enough. There are going to be a lot of people doing what you are doing so relax, be courteous, and don't get in a hurry. If you see a pro you would like to talk to, again, be patient. A good many folks are wanting the same experience as you are wanting. The last time at Hartwell the line to get a Bill Dance autograph was quite long. I might be wrong about this but there are times when a pro might not have the time to talk. I wouldn't take It personal as the majority of the pros at the expo are working. I think timing Is the key. I'm sure it will be like the last time, you will have to pay to park. I think it was $5.00 but I will check on this and update.

 

I'm going to check on this an update as needed but at the last classic at Heartwell (actually Greenville SC) they had shuttle buses from the expo to the weigh-in arena. It was a little bit of a hassle but for me It beat driving as there was quite a bit of traffic congestion.  I will try to find out some times for the actual opening of the doors at the Bon Secours Wedllness Arena(for the weigh-in) but be prepared to stand outside for quite a while. I think we stood In line for over an hour each day before they opened the doors. The seating Is nice but don't be disappointed by not getting to sit front and center. The event has seats that are for VIP'S, family, press, and sponsors. It's a fact of life. They have video boards so seeing everything will not be a problem. This part I was debating as some might take offense. At every classic I have been to there are folks that bring In some of the goodies they either got for free or bought. I think that's great sans an Item or two. It's close quarters and to be sitting right behind a guy with a 7' flippin' stick(stright up in the air the entire time) Is a royal pain. Again, try to be courteous and think of how your actions might affect others. Also, there was a metal detector and wand at the door. I bring this up to tell you, you should leave your pocket knife in the car. I had to throw one away before they would let me enter. 

 

I hope we can get a Bassresouce meet and greet but It's quite difficult with all kinds of different schedules. I'm open for either a greet at a certain place at the expo or maybe some supper after the weigh-in Saturday evening. I had the pleasure of meeting Glenn and his wife Keri at the classic in  Birmingham(I'm sure he won't remember) and I'm here to tell you they are very nice folks and quite approachable! I have met senko77(Ryan) at the classic In Birmingham a few years ago and again awesome folks! 

 

 

I'm not sure If any of the sponsers will have a booth at the expo but If they do I'm positive they would be glad for you to stop by and say hello. I met Bobby Urhig at one of the classics I went to and he and the folks working the booth we top notch!

 

Hotels: There are a bluebillion In the area with a great many price ranges. The only thing I will say with certainty is you need to book a room now! If you are Interested In going to the launch each morning I would highly suggest getting a room on the South side of Greenville as  Heartwell Is further South. I stayed In a hotel In Spartanburg and the drive to the launch was right at an hour. 

 

Food: many places around the area but I do remember not much around the expo area within walking distance. This may have changed or maybe I wasn't looking hard enough. I hope some of the local folks can chime In and let us out-of-towners know of decent places to eat close to the expo. It's a longtime from 10:00 am to around 7:00 pm without much to eat. I did have a burger or two Inside the expo but It was awful. They were worse at the weigh-in venue.

 

I will add to this thread as I get more concrete information but I did want to get a little something going as It's only 21 days until the classic! I hope others will add to the above so we can all be somewhat Informed. :)

would it be a good idea to stay in anderson as it closer to the early morning takeoff

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would it be a good idea to stay in anderson as it closer to the early morning takeoff

 

If watching the boats launch/take off Is most Important then I say stay In Anderson. The drive Isn't horrible from Greenville but for me It wasn't worth the effort.

 

That said, at Birmingham me and my buddy were on our way to the launch and thanks to his slow reading of directions  I turned right off the on-ramp and into a parking lot of a cafe to get our bearings and to our surprise a sheriffs car block entry to the road. To make a long story short as we were sitting and waiting the entire field of classic boats came up the on-ramp and we got to follow a solid line of lit-up boats all the way to the launch! 

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Let's try to plan to have the Forum guys and gals meet at one of the booths at a specific time on Saturday afternoon.

 

What do you think?

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sounds good.  If the weather hold the boys fishing will be in tough.   really cold and maybe even snow

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Let's try to plan to have the Forum guys and gals meet at one of the booths at a specific time on Saturday afternoon.

 

What do you think?

 

 

 

That sounds great Sam! I'm flexible schedule wise. I hope Glenn and others chime In on this thread and maybe a good number of BR folks can finally meet and put a face with the name. 

 

I talked to someone at Bass and there will be shuttles to and from the weigh-in. The doors to the weigh-in (Bon Secours Arena) will open around 3:15 to the general public. 

 

I'm still hoping some of the local SC folks can give some recommendations for local restaurants and maybe be able to recommend some close to the TD Convention Center. 

 

I'll add more as I gather more Information.

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Who will win the 2015 Bassmaster Classic on Lake Hartwell?

 

What will be a key bait and how much will it take a day to win.

 

Answer below!

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My fantasy team is:

 

-Aaron Martens
-Casey Ashley
-Edwin Evers

-Andy Montgomery
-Jacob Wheeler

 

My favorites are (I'm with Fluke here) Ike and Palaniuk, but in the sections I had to pass them up. I also think Mike McClelland should do well since jerkbaits will be involved.

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Here Is a little information regarding the Classic at lake Hartwell.

 

This link should provide the venues, times, and directions to the launch site, expo, and weigh-in: http://www.bassmaster.com/attend-2015-geico-bassmaster-classic#

 

I have been to quite a few classics and here are some tips that I have gained through the years. Be sure to wear comfortable shoes as you are going to be doing a lot of walking, especially at the expo. It's a good Idea to either bring a bag for the free goodies you will find or pick one up inside, either at the door as you enter or one of the many, many, booths located inside. 

 

I would give yourself plenty of time to browse as there Is a lot to look at. I can't stress this enough. There are going to be a lot of people doing what you are doing so relax, be courteous, and don't get in a hurry. If you see a pro you would like to talk to, again, be patient. A good many folks are wanting the same experience as you are wanting. The last time at Hartwell the line to get a Bill Dance autograph was quite long. I might be wrong about this but there are times when a pro might not have the time to talk. I wouldn't take It personal as the majority of the pros at the expo are working. I think timing Is the key. I'm sure it will be like the last time, you will have to pay to park. I think it was $5.00 but I will check on this and update.

 

I'm going to check on this an update as needed but at the last classic at Heartwell (actually Greenville SC) they had shuttle buses from the expo to the weigh-in arena. It was a little bit of a hassle but for me It beat driving as there was quite a bit of traffic congestion.  I will try to find out some times for the actual opening of the doors at the Bon Secours Wedllness Arena(for the weigh-in) but be prepared to stand outside for quite a while. I think we stood In line for over an hour each day before they opened the doors. The seating Is nice but don't be disappointed by not getting to sit front and center. The event has seats that are for VIP'S, family, press, and sponsors. It's a fact of life. They have video boards so seeing everything will not be a problem. This part I was debating as some might take offense. At every classic I have been to there are folks that bring In some of the goodies they either got for free or bought. I think that's great sans an Item or two. It's close quarters and to be sitting right behind a guy with a 7' flippin' stick(stright up in the air the entire time) Is a royal pain. Again, try to be courteous and think of how your actions might affect others. Also, there was a metal detector and wand at the door. I bring this up to tell you, you should leave your pocket knife in the car. I had to throw one away before they would let me enter. 

 

I hope we can get a Bassresouce meet and greet but It's quite difficult with all kinds of different schedules. I'm open for either a greet at a certain place at the expo or maybe some supper after the weigh-in Saturday evening. I had the pleasure of meeting Glenn and his wife Keri at the classic in  Birmingham(I'm sure he won't remember) and I'm here to tell you they are very nice folks and quite approachable! I have met senko77(Ryan) at the classic In Birmingham a few years ago and again awesome folks! 

 

 

I'm not sure If any of the sponsers will have a booth at the expo but If they do I'm positive they would be glad for you to stop by and say hello. I met Bobby Urhig at one of the classics I went to and he and the folks working the booth we top notch!

 

Hotels: There are a bluebillion In the area with a great many price ranges. The only thing I will say with certainty is you need to book a room now! If you are Interested In going to the launch each morning I would highly suggest getting a room on the South side of Greenville as  Heartwell Is further South. I stayed In a hotel In Spartanburg and the drive to the launch was right at an hour. 

 

Food: many places around the area but I do remember not much around the expo area within walking distance. This may have changed or maybe I wasn't looking hard enough. I hope some of the local folks can chime In and let us out-of-towners know of decent places to eat close to the expo. It's a longtime from 10:00 am to around 7:00 pm without much to eat. I did have a burger or two Inside the expo but It was awful. They were worse at the weigh-in venue.

 

I will add to this thread as I get more concrete information but I did want to get a little something going as It's only 21 days until the classic! I hope others will add to the above so we can all be somewhat Informed. :)

Wow thank you very much for all this amazing information! 

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Mike Iaconelli

Casey Ashley

Jason Christie

Randy Howell

I don't think Mike will win it but I think its gonna be close.

Just a wild guess

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Glenn has a great place for us to meet Saturday evening around 8PM.

 

He should be posting it very soon.

 

If not, I can give you all the details.

 

And tell me guys, which one of you has a wife that quilts?

 

She and my wife can visit the various quilt shops in the area while we are at the Classic Expo and Weigh-In on Saturday.

 

Thanks.

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Well dang I will be there on sunday.

 

Glenn has a great place for us to meet Saturday evening around 8PM.

 

He should be posting it very soon.

 

If not, I can give you all the details.

 

And tell me guys, which one of you has a wife that quilts?

 

She and my wife can visit the various quilt shops in the area while we are at the Classic Expo and Weigh-In on Saturday.

 

Thanks.

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http://www.saucytavern.com/

 

8pm Saturday.

 

Who's in?

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My wife and I are planning to attend.

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Me and my wife are going to try and get to the supper. I was a little concerned about the weather. At least for now It looks like the road conditions are going to be fine.

 

Sam, what day(s) are y'all planning on being at the classic? Also any other BR folks feel free to chime In on how many days y'all plan on attending.

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if anyone has a recomendation for hotels or areas to avoid that would be appreciated.

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Whit, I plan to be at the Classic Expo all day Saturday.

 

Arriving Friday evening and leaving Sunday morning.

 

My wife will drive me to the Expo and then she is going to hit some quilt shops.

 

Planning on going to dinner with the Forum gang Saturday night.

 

Want to meet at the Classic?

 

We need to have a time and place.

 

I will PM you my cell phone number.

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Check the Bassmaster site. They've posted up new directions/instructions for spectators due to the weather.

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I hope those boys brought all of thier cold weather clothes...looks to be a chilly one!

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Check the Bassmaster site. They've posted up new directions/instructions for spectators due to the weather.

 

 

http://www.bassmaster.com/blogs/2015-bassmaster-classic-live-blog/important-parking-changes-classic-takeoff

 

I assume this might be what you're talking about? If so thanks for the heads-up!

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Whit, I plan to be at the Classic Expo all day Saturday.

 

Arriving Friday evening and leaving Sunday morning.

 

My wife will drive me to the Expo and then she is going to hit some quilt shops.

 

Planning on going to dinner with the Forum gang Saturday night.

 

Want to meet at the Classic?

 

We need to have a time and place.

 

I will PM you my cell phone number.

 

 

Got It Sam, thanks! I'll be sending mine also. It'll be great to meet you!

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To heck with the pros, we need to wear warm clothing just attending the event.

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