By Ken Schultz
In Bass insanity, fishing authority Ken Schultz is going behind the curtain of the so-called “Super Bowl of bass fishing” to discover what became an unassuming recreation right into a full-blown carrying spectacle entire with athletes, spectators, television cameras, and severe drama. this is often an enjoyable and enlightening consultant to the background, legends, and lore of bass fishing’s maximum championship.
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The buoys are meant to keep boaters from passing them and also to keep people from fishing between them and the dam. qxp 8/15/06 30 10:05 AM Page 30 BASS MADN ESS might get pulled in and under and be pinned. Being too close to such dams can be dangerous. Anderson then has me follow his car to Lock 2 downriver. We cross the Highland Park Bridge and head down the road that I was just on earlier, turn by an asphalt plant and Brilliant Marina, then drive down along the railroad tracks until we’re stopped by a locked gate.
Shouldn’t they be resting, drinking carrot juice, poring over maps in their hotel rooms, and communing with the fishing gods instead of munching cocktail franks and drinking beer? A lot of the people seem to know one another. A group of eleven are all wearing the same T-shirts. In some corners there is so much laughing and hugging that I’m wondering whether the Citgo Bassmaster Classic is like an annual party for most of them. It’s kind of how I remember the media, some pros, and some sponsors behaving at the Classic in the early 1980s.
There are large exhibits by sponsors Toyota, Cialis, Citgo, Busch, Shimano, Lowrance, and Minn-Kota, yet none by any of their competitors. A small exhibitor, Classic Patterns, sells clothing and video products that bear the names and the endorsements of professional bass anglers. About twenty people are in line there to get the autograph of Claude “Fish” Fishburne, a former professional bass fisherman who was the tournament weigh-in emcee for BASS prior to Keith Alan, before being removed in an evident flap over his association with a boat company that was not a BASS tournament sponsor.