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 recreation right into a full-blown wearing spectacle whole with athletes, spectators, television cameras, and excessive drama. this is often an interesting and enlightening advisor to the background, legends, and lore of bass fishing’s maximum championship.

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Next to them, on one side, is an elevated platform for still photographers, and behind this is a lighted, elevated tower that shows the current standings of anglers in the tournament. qxp 8/15/06 10:08 AM Page 49 LITTLE FISH, BIG ENTHUSIASM 49 platform where Ron Franklin, a longtime college football announcer for ESPN, sits in a director’s chair in front of a teleprompter, his back to the stage. Near Franklin is a tall, circular, bubbling, blue-watered aquarium that holds largemouth bass. The forward part of the pit abuts the end of the stage, where there’s a five-foot-wide, waist-high podium connected to a runway and a large stage.

It’s not that they shouldn’t go in there, but when the water’s this hot, there’s very little oxygen, so all the fish are where the oxygen is. Which is the dams that are churning the water. qxp 8/15/06 10:05 AM Page 33 U R BAN FISH I NG 33 where they’re catching the fish, right in the white water. That’s why it’s so difficult for these pros to catch fish in this temperature of water. ” “I think the Mon is where all of the action’s gonna come from. It’s muddy, it’s warmer, and the upper Mon has always been a good bass area.

We have not yet answered the question of whether we want to release this in real time,” says Bowman. ” Upstairs, there is a large screen that shows how many bass the anglers have caught today and how many they’ve put in the livewell, but it does not show the estimated weight of these fish or the current estimated standings. The fishermen themselves are not supposed to be able to get this information, at least by phone during the day. A friend, for example, cannot call and tell them how other anglers are doing in the tournament or where they are.

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