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Bassmaster Classic, Bass Fishing Hall of Fame reflect Alabama as prime spot for bass fishing

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BIRMINGHAM, AL - The popularity if bass fishing is firing worldwide and Alabama is a prime place for fans to be.

This weekend, the city of Birmingham hosted the Bassmaster Classic and Expo. Fans of the sport refer to the event as the "Super Bowl" of bass fishing.

This is the eighth time Birmingham has hosted the classic and expo. B.A.S.S. CEO Bruce Akin says this weekend was a huge success.

"It was very successful. We had 50 percent more attendance than we had four or five years ago when we had it in Birmingham. And by all accounts: exhibitors, fans, sponsors, anglers, it was a very successful classic, said Akin. 

Bass fishing is growing in popularity and Alabama is making its mark. With a central location and an abundance of natural resources, the state is a prime spot for anglers.

And soon, Alabama will have another reason to be attract bass fishing fans.

Right now, plans are in the works to build the Bass Fishing Hall of Fame in Cullman. Dave Precht, Vice President for the Board of Directors of the hall of fame says Cullman is the perfect spot. 

"It's almost on the shoreline of Smith Lake, and the not far from Lake Guntersville, which is where the Bassmaster Classic was held this past week," explained Precht. "So really it's the center of the universe for Bass fishing."

The Bass Fishing Hall of Fame unveiled plans for the facility last week. It will be built in conjunction with the new Cullman Civic Center.
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