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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 behind the curtain of the so-called “Super Bowl of bass fishing” to discover what became an unassuming recreation right into a full-blown wearing spectacle whole with athletes, spectators, television cameras, and extreme drama. this is often an unique and enlightening advisor to the historical past, legends, and lore of bass fishing’s maximum championship.

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Dale Bowman, the outdoor editor of the Chicago Sun Times, and I have sought refuge under the back canopy of the courtyard bar. In the middle of the rain, the driver of the ski boat comes to the bar with one of his friends. Both are in bathing suits, and neither has a shirt on. They are each treated to a free drink and food, as they have essentially crashed a closed party, and they seem bemused by their good fortune. After getting a drink at the bar, the boat driver turns toward a fellow in front of me and asks what’s going on.

The world? Pittsburgh. A bastion of great bass fishing? Not in any list of hotspots I’ve seen. Pittsburgh is an industrial city. qxp 8/15/06 20 10:05 AM Page 20 BASS MADN ESS Protection Agency (EPA) has been unable to get the city to fix, and which would cost Pittsburgh $3 billion to rectify. According to correspondent Elizabeth Shogren’s April 15 report on All Things Considered, Pittsburgh has overburdened sewage plants and crumbling pipes, and its excess sewage is dumped straight into the water.

We athletes,” he says, “get confused with heroes. ” Amen. But at the very least, athletes are considered surrogate heroes, a term confused with role models, especially by youths and overly exuberant media. The fans, especially the kids who watch the athletes, are the ones who decide this. Clunn is finishing. “For thirty-two years I have followed my dream. . ” 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.

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