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 grew to become an unassuming recreation right into a full-blown carrying spectacle entire with athletes, spectators, television cameras, and excessive 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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I’ve previously fished with Yelas, who is astute and engaging. But he, too, has sunglasses on, and the look on his face is not a happy one. Maybe he’s focusing on his game plan. Maybe he’s worried about how bad the fishing is going to be. Maybe he’s looking at the circus around the wall this morning and thinking, Let’s get this over with and go fishing. Neither Yelas nor Cochran seem to be of interest to the emcee or the cameras. Walking along, I pass four college-age girls, dressed identically in blue shorts, white-and-blue sneakers, and white-and-blue sweatshirts that say Yamaha.
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. Among the comments made in that report were: “Only one-quarter-inch of rain can overwhelm pipes and trigger a sewage spill.
The sun is rising upriver, cresting over Fort Duquesne Bridge and painting a warm pastel on the boats, the downriver shoreline, and the crowd, which numbers, by my estimation, between four and five hundred people. Half of them are standing several deep along the fence. Some are pressing forward for autographs, and there’s at least a dozen television cameras working the wall, the bystanders, and the pros. Some cameramen are with reporters from local news outlets, but many are roving and associated with one of ESPN’s various productions.