Bass Madness: Bigmouths, Big Money, and Big Dreams at the by Ken Schultz

By Ken Schultz

In Bass insanity, fishing authority Ken Schultz is going backstage of the so-called “Super Bowl of bass fishing” to discover what grew to become an unassuming game right into a full-blown carrying spectacle whole with athletes, spectators, television cameras, and severe drama. this can be an unique and enlightening advisor to the background, legends, and lore of bass fishing’s maximum championship.

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Outside the show entrance is a Wall of Fame photo exhibit from past Classics. qxp 8/15/06 10:06 AM Page 43 AT T H E O F F I C E 43 Classic in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, showing then Vice President George Bush and then Governor Bill Clinton, each wearing a baseball cap with a BASS patch on it. Clinton’s hat looks small for his head and somehow out of place. Nearly all of the photos from early events depict anglers wearing a few modest patches on their shirts or vests and hats with some company’s name on it.

When you come through that tunnel from the airport,” he says, “and see the view, you get blown away. ” The committee justified raising and spending more than $1 million to bring the Classic to Pittsburgh on three themes: economic development, televised image setting, and a means of getting local people to reconnect with their rivers. On the latter point, Woodwell is especially passionate. “One of the reasons I’m interested in this, as is the PEC, is to get local people to understand that the rivers are ecosystems, that they have a life, that they have come a helluva long way in the last thirty or forty years, and to get them proud of the rivers, to take some responsibility.

Perhaps without realizing it, Clunn has answered the perception question. And also my own mystification about why there are fans of professional bass anglers and professional bass fishing. The fans love to fish, too. That’s a given. Many of them wish like hell that they were in Clunn’s shoes, decked out in sponsorwear, making a living by going fishing and catching more bass than the next guy. That’s their dream. They identify with Clunn. Their dream was once his dream. qxp 8/15/06 10:06 AM Page 36 THREE At the Office It’s hard to even comprehend that one 3-pound bass will make you $200,000 today and a million dollars over the course of a year or two.

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