The Bassmaster Classic has been used as a showcase for highlighting
host cities and the quality of their fishing waters, but the July 29-31
event could backfire on Pittsburgh.
Veteran pros such as
Jay Yelas of Tyler say they caught few fish in the Pittsburgh area
during practice sessions, and all the fish were small.
Classic record for smallest three-day total for a winning angler
occurred on the Ohio River in 1987. Arkansas angler George Cochran won
with 14 fish that weighed 15 pounds, 5 ounces.
bass pro Gary Klein got a last-minute reprieve from B.A.S.S. Klein, who
barely missed the Classic cut, disputed how the tournament points were
awarded at the Lake Wissota Bassmaster Elite 50 in Wisconsin. B.A.S.S.
officials reviewed the issue and agreed with Klein. The popular veteran
is qualified for the 2005 and 2006 Bassmaster Classic.
Phil Dill Boats has expansion plans
Phil Dill Boats has plans to build a 30,000-square-foot service
department at its Lewisville location, 1520 North I-35. The added space
will help Phil Dill Boats handle customers it inherited through the
July 8 purchase of Barber Boats.
"The purchase gave us
additional inventory that we think will help our company," said Phil
Dill Jr. " Dill said his company will honor warranties and repair boats
and engines purchased from Barber Boats.
Giant catfish proves fish surprises remain
The pending world record Mekong giant catfish netted by Thai fishermen
recently is a pretty good example of what we don't know about the
potential of fish that live in many portions of our world. The fish
weighed 646 pounds, much larger than the existing world record of 124.5
"It's amazing to think that giants like this still
swim in some of the world's rivers," said researcher Zeb Hogan, who
tried to convince the fishermen to release the huge fish. They ate it,
instead. Fish are the primary source of protein for 73 million people
who live along the Mekong River.