Gov. William Donald Schaefer was greeted by a chorus of boos at the BASS Masters Classic weigh-in yesterday, but undaunted, he invited the tournament to return to Maryland next year.
"Don't let the people who are booing me bother you," Schaefer told Ray Scott, president of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. "If you find that you'd like to come back, we would love to have you -- next year, any time."
Scott said Maryland still is in the running for next year but did not commit to a tournament based in Baltimore.
If the tournament were to come back to Maryland, there is a good chance it would be fished on the Potomac River rather than in the upper Chesapeake Bay.
* The Maryland B.A.S.S. Federation was named Federation of the Year this week, the fifth time it has won the award.
* This season, women will be permitted to fish in B.A.S.S. pro tournaments for the first time.
Larry Nixon and Roland Martin, both of whom have been fishing B.A.S.S. events for more years than they probably prefer to count, have opposite opinions on the inclusion of women.
Nixon, from Bee Branch, Ark., said early last week that he objects to fishing with women in tournaments.
"It's not that they are bad fishermen -- there are some fine lady fishermen," Nixon said. "Maybe I am old-fashioned or overly modest, but you spend eight hours in a bass boat with a man you don't really know and it can be confining.
"Spending eight hours with a woman you don't know can be real uncomfortable."
The pros are not allowed to leave their boats during hours of competition and are not allowed to be out of sight of one another.
Bass boats do not have toilet facilities.
"I fish three different tournament circuits," said Martin, of Clewiston, Fla., "and I have fished with women before and don't have a problem, even with the modesty issue.
"But my wife is not crazy about it."
* Rick Clunn draws crowds wherever he fishes tournaments, and usually the spectators on the water stay well back from the areas he is fishing.
This week on Middle River, however, one spectator was especially nettlesome.
"Every day this same guy picks me up at the mouth of the river," Clunn said. "I have tried to shake him, outrun him, everything I can think of, but he always finds me again."
The problem, Clunn said, is not that the fellow tags along, but that he fishes the same water.
"Now, it is public water," Clunn said, "and I can't make the guy leave. But he has really made an impact on my area."
Clunn said that at various times he has left a section of water to let the fish settle down and reorient.
"And when I come back, this same guy is still sitting there fishing," Clunn said. "It's his water, too, of course, but the fellow hasn't the decency to let me fish."
Yesterday, Clunn went to different water and did not catch a fish.
Generally, there have been few complaints from the pro anglers here about spectator intrusion.
* MISCELLANEOUS: Five fish died out of 423 caught in the 3-day tournament. . . . Lee Greenwood was the headliner at the pre weigh-in show, which was dedicated to the men of Operation Desert Storm. . . . The Baltimore Arena was not filled for the weigh-in, running about 2,000 short of the designed capacity of 11,800. . . . Local vendors at the attendant Outdoors Show at the Convention Center were less than pleased with sales on Thursday and Friday. But yesterday, a local merchant said, made up for it. . . . Said Charlie Reed of Broken Bow, Okla., who finished in last place, "There are only 2 people that will be remembered from here -- first and last." During the 3 days, Reed caught 2 fish for 3 pounds, 13 ounces -- 29 pounds, 5 ounces out
of the lead.