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Saturday, February 21, 2009

• Classic & Expo: Day 1

I'm going to keep this post short. I was so tired last night that I didn't bother writing up anything. The day started out with me watching Mike & Mike on ESPN2. I did not go out to the launch. The morning coverage was not that great. Lots of talk about steroids in baseball, Tiger Woods, and the NBA.

I hit the expo around noon and stayed until around 2pm. I enjoyed my time at the expo. Everyone was really friendly and I got a ton of questions answered from various companies. Hank Parker was demonstrating for Berkley. Bacon's, a local tackle shop, was set up on the 2nd floor. I was happy to see them representing us. I stopped by so many booths, but the ones that caught my eye were Big Bite Baits, Shimano, Lake Fork Tackle, Vicious Fishing, Do-it Lures, JYMSU Bass Baits, and the Rat-L-Trap booth. BASS was out there pressuring members to renew, but they were the only ones applying the pressure on anyone attending. Most companies were doing their own thing and only spoke if you took an interest in their products. JYMSU Bass Baits was very helpful. Vicious Fishing gave me a free sample of 15# and 12# fluorocarbon to try out. Great folks at the expo guys and gals. Be sure to hit it up and show your support for these companies.

I spoke to a few other folks from various companies, but their names escape me. I also happened to see those not so nice folks from Sure-Life. You can bet I skipped over that booth in a hurry.

Then it was time for the weigh in. Everyone was getting a little frustrated waiting for the doors to open. The crowd still behaved well and I didn't witness any altercations. Once inside the CenturyTel and in my seat, I was able to see the stage pretty well. I sat in the upper deck on the left. People in the upper deck were not all that enthusiastic. The folks running the show interacted more with the "special" attendees. Nobody in the upper deck had a chance of getting a free hat or t-shirt. Before the weigh in started, a guy from Take Me Fishing did some neat casting tricks for the crowd. Then they got down to business.

You've probably already seen the standings. Many of the anglers were miffed that the water temps dropped an alarming 10 degrees. Lots of nice fish were still caught on day 1. They did better than I expected, but I was right about the amount of 15lb sacks. I was shocked to see Duckett pull out a 20lb sack. Wow. Let's hope the show gets better. Photos from the weigh in are going to be posted in my Myspace photo album, but I have a lot of photos to sort through. It's going to take me some time.

On my way back to the expo via the shuttle service they were running for us, I got to sit next to Scott Rook. He's in 6th place right now. Not the most talkative fellow, but I suppose he had a lot on his mind. Still neat to have a pro on the bus with us. That was certainly unexpected.

The only bad behavior I witnessed involved a couple of guys badmouthing one of the bus drivers.

On to day 2! I'll be at the expo again today to buy some stuff I saw yesterday.