Bass Pro Shops, Cabela’s donating gear to local charities –

The 2019 Spring Fishing Classic is a free celebration taking place Friday through March 3 at Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s in Acworth.

Customers that donate used rods and reels in working order can receive trade-in savings of up to $200 on a new rod and reel. The used fishing equipment will be donated to local nonprofit organizations. Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s have donated nearly 340,000 products to youth-focused nonprofit organizations as part of the company’s mission to inspire everyone to enjoy, love and conserve the great outdoors.

The Classic also includes free fishing seminars for all skill levels, pro appearances at Bassmaster University, activities for women and children and free giveaways.

Bassmaster University seminars this weekend with local pros include Randy Tolbert Lowrance Staff Member on Saturday at 1:30 p.m. on “Features and Benefits of Electronics,” Rick Shoup of Allatoona Fishing on Saturday at 3:30 p.m. on “Rig Building for All Species: Jigs, Specialty Rigs and More,” Capt. John McCalpin of Lanier Crappie Anglers Club on Sunday at 1:30 p.m. on “Casting, Spinning or Spin Cast Outfits; What Tackle to Use and Why,” and Chuck Alford with Doug Hutwagner of Atlanta Saltwater Sportsman’s Club on Sunday at 3:30 p.m. on “What Line Type to Use and Basic Knot Tying.”

There will also be appearances on Feb. 24 by Roland Martin, a nine-time Bassmaster Angler of the Year and host of the “Fishing with Roland Martin” television show; and Woo Daves, a Bassmaster Opens Angler and 2000 Bassmaster’s Classic World Champion.

For a full list of sessions and special appearances, visit

There will be Women’s Fishing Workshops available with introductory fishing information and helpful tips on March 2 at 1:30 p.m. The first 15 seminar attendees of each advertised local pro seminar and the Women’s Fishing Workshop will receive a Bass Pro Shops/Cabela’s cooler bag and a pair of fishing scissors.

Kids’ Weekend offers free activities focused on teaching kids the basics of fishing. Kids activities are available March 2 from noon to 5 p.m. and March 3 from noon to 4 p.m. Free activities include casting challenges, a fishing workshop, fun craft and a photo download.

Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s CLUB card customers can earn up to $100 in CLUB points and earn $25 in CLUB points for every $250 spent on new gear throughout the Spring Fishing Classic and the chance to WIN a Nitro Z21 Elite Boat.

Attendees can also enter for a chance to win a fishing trip with professional angler Casey Ashley. The winner will receive a one-day fishing trip on Table Rock Lake, travel expenses and hotel accommodations – a total retail value of $5,000. Register at the stores or online at or

Attendees can receive a Bass Pro Shops gift card valued up to $2,400 with the purchase of select boat models including Tracker, Sun Tracker, Tahoe, Nitro and Mako.


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