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Honestly you could paddle from Thompson boling to neyland stadium to volunteer landing on a paddle board. In fact you can rent paddleboards at volunteer landing and do just that, people do it all the time. 

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On 12/2/2018 at 5:20 PM, WRB said:

The brides maid Aaron Martens, this will be his last chance at a Classic win.

Skeet Reese is on a roll and add another Classic win before moving on.

Should be a very interesting Classic!

Tom

 

I think Aaron is too snake bitten with classics, and the fact that they have moved them to Spring likely decreases his chances, as it opens up the fishing opportunities for less finessy fisherman. 

 

This is coming from a huge fan of his. He's easily one of my favorite pros.

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I'm planning on going to Knoxville for a day or two. I won't have a boat. So, it will just be the expo and weight in for me. Can anyone tell me what to expect from this event? Is there a cost (ticket) to get into the expo or weigh in? How big is the expo? Something you can see in a day or do you need more time? Thanks for any info. 

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Strader will be hard to beat. Not really because of just the home field advantage but he is on a roll lately. I haven't seen if they are going to allow them to lock down to Watts Bar yet, but if so look out.

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20 hours ago, kykayak said:

I'm planning on going to Knoxville for a day or two. I won't have a boat. So, it will just be the expo and weight in for me. Can anyone tell me what to expect from this event? Is there a cost (ticket) to get into the expo or weigh in? How big is the expo? Something you can see in a day or do you need more time? Thanks for any info. 

From what I understand, everything is free. I've never been, but the Expo will be huge. Here in Knoxville, it will fill to pretty convention buildings. I've been told to bring plenty of money as there will be deals to be had.

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On 12/2/2018 at 9:41 AM, whitwolf said:

Pperhaps you might be able to give a little primer on the venues for the weigh-in, and the expo. The problem I see is parking. I have been to a couple of UT football games and parking was a nightmare. Thanks for any help you can provide!

"whitwolf", First, allow me to apologize to you. I'm just now seeing your questions. As far as the venues, the weigh in us supposed to be in the Thompson-Bowling Arena, where the basketball Vols play. I think it holds 20 thousand, really nice place. I'm a Shriner, we hold the annual Shriners Circus there. The Expo will be in the Convention Center, about a mile away. This is a two building complex.

 

Parking could be an issue, but I hear off site parking will be available, buses provided. I'm retired law enforcement and have a call into a KPD friend to see if anything (parking wise) has been finalized as of now. As soon as I know, I'll post it. Might be parking at the Civic Colosseum, a mile or two away from everything, busses from there. There is a huge parking area between Neyland Stadium and Thompson-Bowling.

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On 1/19/2019 at 4:46 PM, sll said:

Strader will be hard to beat. Not really because of just the home field advantage but he is on a roll lately. I haven't seen if they are going to allow them to lock down to Watts Bar yet, but if so look out.

No locking allowed I’m pretty certain 

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TnRiver46 is right, no locking through. They can go down lake as far as either the Ft. Loudon Dam or the Tellico Dam. For those of you that aren't from around here, those two dams are connected by a canal. They are about three miles apart, give or take a bit.

As far as up river, they can run up to the I-40 bridge on the Holston River. Up to the John Sevier Highway (Hwy 168)  bridge on the French Broad River.

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I still want to know where they are launching all these boats . Has to be at the canal

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On 1/19/2019 at 9:15 PM, volzfan59 said:

As far as the venues, the weigh in us supposed to be in the Thompson-Bowling Arena, where the basketball Vols play.

I need to make a correction here.  This should read "where the number one ranked basketball Vols play." :ok-wink:

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What’s the word on JP and the football team for this off season?

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2 hours ago, Tennessee Boy said:

I need to make a correction here.  This should read "where the number one ranked basketball Vols play." :ok-wink:

I happily stand corrected.

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I surprised my 12 year old with a trip to the classic in Knoxville.


He is so pumped up that it's all he has been talking about for 2 days. :)

 

We are flying in at noon on Friday and flying home early Sunday morning.

Our hotel will be the Tennessean which appears to be right across the street from the expo.

 

It would be cool to meet some of the people from BassResource since I have been a member here

since the ice age. :) 

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19 minutes ago, JT Bagwell said:

It would be cool to meet some of the people from BassResource since I have been a member here

since the ice age. :) 

Your motel is basically right on top of the Worlds Fair Exposition Center. That's one of the two buildings being used for the Expo. The other (Convention Center) is directly across the street. I live in Knoxville and I'm really hoping to meet some members too.

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I’ll be there. I’ll be dadgummed if I’m gonna pay $400 for a hotel room that’s usually $150. 

 

I think I’ll stay about half an hour away to save some green. 

9 hours ago, JT Bagwell said:

I surprised my 12 year old with a trip to the classic in Knoxville.


He is so pumped up that it's all he has been talking about for 2 days. :)

 

We are flying in at noon on Friday and flying home early Sunday morning.

Our hotel will be the Tennessean which appears to be right across the street from the expo.

 

It would be cool to meet some of the people from BassResource since I have been a member here

since the ice age. :) 

Will you be at the Yamamoto booth any? That is, if they are having a booth. 

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8 hours ago, HeyCoach said:

I’ll be there. I’ll be dadgummed if I’m gonna pay $400 for a hotel room that’s usually $150. 

 

I think I’ll stay about half an hour away to save some green. 

Will you be at the Yamamoto booth any? That is, if they are having a booth. 

I don't think they will have a booth but I am not going to work at all. I might stop and chat at certain booths but I am taking my 12 year old for some Luke and Daddy time before he is all grown up. Because time flies.

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On 1/23/2019 at 3:09 PM, TnRiver46 said:

I still want to know where they are launching all these boats . Has to be at the canal

Pretty sure they will be using the ramp under south Knoxville bridge. The canal ramp is like 40 miles away from Volunteer landing

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5 hours ago, StrokerFishing said:

Pretty sure they will be using the ramp under south Knoxville bridge. The canal ramp is like 40 miles away from Volunteer landing

That's what it's looking like. I use the ramp under that bridge most everyday and it will only hold 20 trailers. It's under construction now though so we will see 

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14 hours ago, TnRiver46 said:

That's what it's looking like. I use the ramp under that bridge most everyday and it will only hold 20 trailers. It's under construction now though so we will see 

If you use that ramp that often, I'm sure I have seen you out there at some point. I use that ramp frequently myself, especially in the summer.

 

Newspaper said the construction should be done in early March before the Classic gets here. I wonder if they are going to add more parking on the east side of the property for more boat/trailer parking.

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I'll be there again as usual. :)

 

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10 hours ago, StrokerFishing said:

If you use that ramp that often, I'm sure I have seen you out there at some point. I use that ramp frequently myself, especially in the summer.

 

Newspaper said the construction should be done in early March before the Classic gets here. I wonder if they are going to add more parking on the east side of the property for more boat/trailer parking.

I’m sure we have crossed paths, I’ve got a camo center console but it looks a lot like a bunch of other boats. I tried to launch at island home airport after work Friday since the other ramp is under construction. I quickly remembered why I don’t use that ramp at winter pool. I live just across the river from downtown so I’m having a hard time splashing a boat near home right now. Holston river park is decent but they will lock you in there if you don’t make it back before dark 

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17 hours ago, Glenn said:

I'll be there again as usual. :)

 

Thank you for warning us. 😎

 

I think it’d nice to put some faces/personalities to the other forum members. 

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I will be there!! i would love to meet up and would definitely love to fish! i am flying in from NY though so i don't know how easy it will be to bring equipment.. we'll see.

 

This is the last classic with all the big names (as of right now) at least for a while.  My long time friends live in knoxville and graciously offered to host me so i am making the most of it!!

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Im picking IKE   This will be my 16th classic- There is no better spectacle in the fishing industry- Im thinking of getting a booth this year -Not going with Dicks after 9 years-

- Stop by --NOT YOU GLENN !!

  

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On ‎2‎/‎9‎/‎2019 at 11:08 PM, HeyCoach said:

I’ll be there. I’ll be dadgummed if I’m gonna pay $400 for a hotel room that’s usually $150. 

 

I think I’ll stay about half an hour away to save some green. 

Will you be at the Yamamoto booth any? That is, if they are having a booth. 

I found out Yamamoto will in fact have a booth and I will be there at some point but I am not sure when or for how long.

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