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 entire with athletes, spectators, television cameras, and extreme drama. this can be an enjoyable and enlightening consultant to the background, legends, and lore of bass fishing’s maximum championship.
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Perhaps not coincidentally, Sandcastle is owned by Kennywood Entertainment, which also owns America’s oldest theme park, Lake Compounce, located in Bristol, Connecticut, where ESPN is headquartered. Everyone disembarks cheerfully, although trouble is brewing downriver where the sky is getting progressively blacker. About the time that everyone has made it through the buffet line at the Sandbar Restaurant, there’s a brisk wind and rumbling in the sky. Heavy clouds are moving toward us. qxp 8/15/06 24 10:05 AM Page 24 BASS MADN ESS Out on the river, a ski boat races up and heads into the Sandcastle dock.
Tube jigs and spinnerbaits are good lures here, says Lager. Yesterday in the Allegheny someone caught five bass that weighed a total of 9 pounds. There’s plenty of walleyes, and four muskies were caught last week. But it’s been very slow. On the wall is a mounted smallmouth of about 4 pounds, and there’s some photos on the wall of recent prize catches, including a 7-pound walleye caught at Lock 3 on June 18, an 113⁄4-pound walleye caught at the Highland Park Dam on May 29, a 17-pound muskie caught on May 28, and a 3-pound sauger.
Before leaving, McDonel says that he enjoyed the start. “It’s too bad you can’t watch it all in one spot. I’d like to watch one of these anglers fish,” he says. He’ll get just the briefest glimpse of that on ESPN, I suspect; otherwise, he’ll have to get the binoculars out. The Convention Center and the War Room The Outdoors Expo—technically, the Classic ESPN Outdoors Expo Presented by Under Armour—is being held throughout the tournament at the David H. Lawrence Convention Center adjacent to the Allegheny River.