Shimano Exits Bassmaster Classic, Houston Fishing Show, Fred Hall Long Beach Show Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Shimano has withdrawn from the Bassmaster Classic Expo in Alabama, Houston Fishing Show and Fred Hall Long Beach Show in California amid concerns about the Covid-19 virus outbreak.

Shimano Exits Bassmaster Classic, Houston Fishing Show, Fred Hall Long Beach Show Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Shimano has withdrawn from three major fishing and outdoors shows due to concerns about the Covid-19 virus, including the Bassmaster Classic Expo in Birmingham, Alabama. (Photo: B.A.S.S.)

Shimano has withdrawn from the Bassmaster Classic Expo in Alabama, Houston Fishing Show and Fred Hall Long Beach Show in California amid concerns about the Covid-19 virus outbreak.

The Classic Expo is March 5-8 in Birmingham, Alabama, as part of the 50th Bassmaster Classic week festivities. The Houston Fishing Show is March 4-8 and, as Texas likes to boast, is the largest consumer fishing show in the country. The 74th annual Fred Hall Long Beach Show also is March 4-8 and one of the nation's largest, oldest and most-attended consumer shows.

Shimano officials decided to withdraw from the shows and other travel during March out of an abundance of caution. John Mazurkiewicz of Catalyst Marketing released a statement March 3 for Shimano North American Fishing:

"The Fred Hall Long Beach Show, the Houston Fishing Show and Bassmaster Classic Expo are all times to celebrate and connect with the fishing community that we love. We share new products, best practices and most importantly, face time with our fans, retailers and passionate anglers from around the world.

After significant deliberation, Shimano has decided to not attend these shows due to escalating concerns about the Coronavirus and any potential post-show quarantine for our Team. The health and wellness of our employees and continuance of our business are our top priorities in this continually developing situation."

Classic Expo exhibitors focus on freshwater tackle for bass, while the Houston and Long Beach shows are a mix of saltwater and freshwater items. All three attract hundreds of thousands of attendees and are among the top shows for companies to introduce or showcase fishing and other outdoors items.

Shimano offer freshwater and saltwater tackle. At the Houston show, for example, it was poised to show an expansion of its Shimano GLF inshore rod series with two new "popping cork" models for $89.99, the SLX DC baitcasting reel with digital control braking, and Stradic FL spinning reels. It also was highlighting the IMX-PRO Classic Action bass rods and PowerPro Super8Slick V2 'Moon Shine' braid that glows at night.



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