The 2005 Bassmaster Classic runs from July 29 – 31, in Pittsburgh.
Smallmouth bass rarely dominate the catch in the high-stakes, big- name-sponsor, fish-’em-fast, dash-boat world of professional bass fishing.
That could change in the 35th annual Citgo Bassmaster Classic — the world championship of pro fishing — July 29-31 on the Allegheny, Monongahela and Ohio rivers in Pittsburgh, a first-time event for Pennsylvania.
Apparently, the locals don’t take too kindly to the professionals fishing around “their” honey holes.
A North Carolina angler practicing in Pittsburgh this week for the $700,000 CITGO Bassmaster Classic left town early after confrontations at two marinas, which are being investigated by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission.
Marty Stone, a veteran of two Classics, called police after people at private marinas on the Monongahela and Ohio rivers threatened to “put holes in his boat,” and otherwise harassed him, he said, as he tried to fish around their docks.
Private docks may be off limits, but the water around docks on navigable waters — waters large enough to support commerce, such as Western Pennsylvania rivers — belong to the public, according to the fish commission, which enforces recreational fishing and boating.
Looks like it may be some time before the Classic comes back to the ‘Burgh. Especially if the Steeler folks keep acting like Eagles’ fans.
Tracking with OTB
I was out their for the classic this year and the locals didn’t seem to thrilled. Their wasnt much for them to protect, after all the lunker was just over 2 pounds. I was routin for Iaconelli because he lives in my neighborhood but I really dont care who won.
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The entire Bassroom system is stored in a handy transportation bag that can easily be tucked away in your boat until needed. With a total setup time of approximately a minute, you can quickly construct your Bassroom in times of an emergency and leave the unit assembled while you continue fishing or simply fold down and store.
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