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Bass Pro offers free fishing programs
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The Spring Fishing Classic at Bass Pro Shops, 1356 Bass Pro Drive in Manteca provides adults, children and families the chance to learn how to fish at no cost.

The free 17-day event, which runs from Feb. 28 to March 16, features fishing seminars, learning from the pros, and special activities for kids. Plus, one lucky winner will walk away with a grand prize of a new Nitro Z-7 performance bass boat.

Last year more than 7 million people attended this event at Bass Pro Shops stores across America and Canada.

In addition, a lucky customer will be the national grand prize winner of a new Nitro Z-7 performance bass fishing boat, which features a 150-horsepower Mercury motor and a trailer.  Besides the boat, the winner will receive a guided fishing trip with Bassmaster Elite Series professional angler Edwin Evers on Table Rock Lake near Branson, Mo. This prize package also includes a three-day, three-night stay at nearby Big Cedar Lodge in Ridgedale, Mo., and up to $3,000 for travel and accommodations.  The total sweepstakes package value is more than $32,000. See for complete rules.

In addition to learning the hottest tips and strategies from the world’s best anglers, Spring Fishing Classic attendees have two weekends to see lots of new fishing tackle, live tank demonstrations, and boat shows while the kids can enjoy activities just for them.

New to the Spring Fishing Classic event this year is the Women’s Fishing Workshop.  This free seminar is for women who are interested in learning how to fish. The focus of this seminar will be fishing tips for beginners. The seminar will be held Saturday, March 15 at 3 p.m. at U.S. stores.

The below seminars will be offered at the Manteca Bass Pro Shops location.

Friday, March 7:

• 7 p.m. - Flipping and Pitching for Bass

Saturday & Sunday, March 8-9:

• 11 a.m. - Locating Bass in New Waters
• 1 p.m. - Topwater Techniques for Bass
• 2 p.m. - Spinning Reel Tactics for Bass
• 3 p.m. - Does the Color of Your Bass Lure Matter?
• 4 p.m. - Become a Smallmouth Specialist
• 5 p.m. - Choosing the Right Soft Plastics for Bass


Visit and click on the local store from the drop down box for more information.