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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,Sun Staff Correspondent | February 22, 1991
ANNAPOLIS -- The BASS Masters Classic will be held on Maryland waters this summer, sources in the Department of Natural Resources and the bass fishing community said yesterday.The Classic, a $200,000, three-day tournament among the top 41 professional and amateur bass fishermen in the nation, would be headquartered in Baltimore, with fishing operations based at Dundee Creek Marina in Gunpowder State Park.The Classic would be the first major bass tournament on the upper Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries.
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By CANDUS THOMSON | September 1, 2002
A neighbor's kid has a T-shirt that says: "Warning. I have my cranky pants on." Well, I not only have the pants, I've got the whole outfit. So, it's time to open a vein and lower the old blood pressure. Things will be back to normal after Labor Day. Promise. First, to the guys who run ESPN: Put fish back in the BASS Masters Classic. Fish, as in fishermen, and Fish, as in Fish Fishburne. Having watched the Classic final weigh-in in person this year and a tape of the live show, there's only one conclusion: The only thing flatter is an Ocean City flounder.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1998
The BASS Masters Classic, one of the richest and toughest bass fishing tournaments in the country, is going to the Big Easy.The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society announced last week it has selected New Orleans and the Louisiana Superdome as the site of the 1999 BASS Masters Classic. The dates for the competition, which draws an international audience for the tournament and an outdoors show, are July 29-31.The waters for the tournament will be the southwest delta area of the Mississippi River.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | July 28, 2002
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- All tournament long, Jay Yelas counted on power from two sources: Alabama Power and God. Neither let him down as the angler from Tyler, Texas, led the 32nd annual BASS Masters Classic wire-to-wire, winning yesterday with a decisive three-day total of 45 pounds, 13 ounces. His catch of 14 fish included the largest bass each day, which increased his $200,000 Classic payday by $3,000. He is the first Classic winner to sweep the "Big Bass" payout. Yelas' strategy involved waiting each morning until the electric utility began generating power at Logan Martin Dam, which increased the current on Lay Lake and raised the level at his favorite fishing spot by 3 feet.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | August 4, 1996
Next Saturday evening in Birmingham, Ala., 41 bass fishermen will be wheeled into the Birmingham Civic Center and mount the weigh-in stand at the BASS Masters Classic. Throughout the parade, spectators will cheer, flash bulbs will pop and video cameras will whir.But the focus will be on the last few anglers towed in, sitting atop Ranger bass boats, on which live wells will hold a limit or a few lunkers that will win $100,000 cash -- and the prospect of earning $1 million or more from endorsements or personal appearances over the next year.
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By PETER BAKER | February 3, 1991
At the close of the BASS Masters Classic last August in Richmond, Va., there were those who were hopeful that the 1991 tournament could be held in Maryland waters. In the time since, representatives of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society have been deliberating their next move, and no decision has been made on where the Classic will be held this summer.However, Gov. William Donald Schaefer and aides met Wednesday with representatives of B.A.S.S., and the possibility of the Classic coming to Maryland remains -- with a few interesting twists.
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By FROM STAFF REPORTS OCEAN CITY | August 8, 1997
OCEAN CITY -- The money game continued at the White Marlin Open yesterday with good catches in the white and blue marlin competitions -- including a 599-pound blue marlin that moved its angler into second place.Diane Burley, of Ocean City, caught the blue marlin aboard the Frances K and bumped Dave Campion, of New Brunswick, N.J., to third place with his 497-pounder caught Wednesday.Tournament director Chuck Motsko said Burley's catch will be worth about $30,000 if it holds up through the end of competition today.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | August 3, 2001
NEW ORLEANS - There are almost as many bass tales as bass tails at the 31st BASS Masters Classic, starting with how each of the 45 anglers got to the sport's premier event. At 61, Roland Martin is the sentimental favorite to win the $100,000 first prize, and it's not because he needs the money. Martin, who looks like a famous country singer whose name you can't remember, has been Bass Anglers Sportsman Society's Angler of the Year nine times and won 19 tournaments. Except the big one. He was at the first Classic in 1971, when 24 anglers competed for the winner-take-all $10,000 prize, and has made the cut for 22 others.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | August 3, 2001
NEW ORLEANS - You don't need a weatherman to tell which way the wind is blowing at the 31st annual BASS Masters Classic. Brewing Tropical Storm Barry off the coast of Florida yesterday meant the 45 competitors had to buck rough water as they raced around the Mississippi Delta looking for a productive fishing spot. A half-dozen anglers returned without a single fish. "Things have changed a lot in the last two days. You have to have a Plan A, B, C and even D," said Kevin VanDam, in his 11th consecutive Classic.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | July 26, 2002
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The "Bass Boss" is back at the event he founded, and now he's looking to return to television with a new weekly show. Ray Scott hopes to find a network - perhaps ESPN or Outdoor Life - to air Eagles of Angling, a bass competition that permits only 4-pound test and doesn't allow anglers to use nets to boat their fish. The 13-week show would pit two teams of two anglers against each other for a day of fishing, with the winner moving on to the next round. "I'm more convinced of this concept than I was when I started BASS," said Scott, who founded BASS in 1968 and sold it to his deputy and an Alabama investment firm in 1986.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | July 26, 2002
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The "Bass Boss" is back at the event he founded, and now he's looking to return to television with a new weekly show. Ray Scott hopes to find a network - perhaps ESPN or Outdoor Life - to air Eagles of Angling, a bass competition that permits only 4-pound test and doesn't allow anglers to use nets to boat their fish. The 13-week show would pit two teams of two anglers against each other for a day of fishing, with the winner moving on to the next round. "I'm more convinced of this concept than I was when I started BASS," said Scott, who founded BASS in 1968 and sold it to his deputy and an Alabama investment firm in 1986.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | August 5, 2001
NEW ORLEANS - Call it Classic Lite. Just two years after 55 pounds, 10 ounces of fish won the BASS Masters Classic here, the magic number dropped to 32 pounds, 5 ounces. But the dramatic weight reduction didn't faze Kevin VanDam, who won the Classic yesterday after 10 tries. When the payday is $100,000 with the usual $1 million in product endorsements, a win is a win is a win. "I've waited a long time for this," said an overjoyed VanDam, an angler known for his poker face. "The feeling that I'm feeling right now is awesome."
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By CANDUS THOMSON | August 5, 2001
NEW ORLEANS - Can ESPN move the sport of bass fishing from the lakes and rivers to prime time? That's the $40 million question. The media giant bought the country's oldest and largest bass fishing organization for about that amount in the spring and is already gussying up the image of the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society. Eight cameras were out on the Mississippi Delta last week covering the 31st annual BASS Masters Classic for a nightly show, coverage of the weigh-ins and a wrap-up after the finale.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | August 4, 2001
NEW ORLEANS - They got an alligator stew and a crawfish pie and Gulf storm blowing into town tonight, or pretty darn soon. With apologies to Mary-Chapin Carpenter, the 31st annual BASS Masters Classic is sounding more like a weather report than a fishing tournament, as Tropical Storm Barry hovers off the coast. With the Day 2 results in, Kevin VanDam, of Kalamazoo, Mich., has taken over the lead for the $100,000 first prize with a five-fish bag weighing 10 pounds, 2 ounces, giving him a total of 21 pounds, 7 ounces.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | August 3, 2001
NEW ORLEANS - There are almost as many bass tales as bass tails at the 31st BASS Masters Classic, starting with how each of the 45 anglers got to the sport's premier event. At 61, Roland Martin is the sentimental favorite to win the $100,000 first prize, and it's not because he needs the money. Martin, who looks like a famous country singer whose name you can't remember, has been Bass Anglers Sportsman Society's Angler of the Year nine times and won 19 tournaments. Except the big one. He was at the first Classic in 1971, when 24 anglers competed for the winner-take-all $10,000 prize, and has made the cut for 22 others.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | August 3, 2001
NEW ORLEANS - You don't need a weatherman to tell which way the wind is blowing at the 31st annual BASS Masters Classic. Brewing Tropical Storm Barry off the coast of Florida yesterday meant the 45 competitors had to buck rough water as they raced around the Mississippi Delta looking for a productive fishing spot. A half-dozen anglers returned without a single fish. "Things have changed a lot in the last two days. You have to have a Plan A, B, C and even D," said Kevin VanDam, in his 11th consecutive Classic.
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By Candus Thomson and Candus Thomson,SUN STAFF | August 4, 2001
NEW ORLEANS - They got an alligator stew and a crawfish pie and Gulf storm blowing into town tonight, or pretty darn soon. With apologies to Mary-Chapin Carpenter, the 31st annual BASS Masters Classic is sounding more like a weather report than a fishing tournament, as Tropical Storm Barry hovers off the coast. With the Day 2 results in, Kevin VanDam, of Kalamazoo, Mich., has taken over the lead for the $100,000 first prize with a five-fish bag weighing 10 pounds, 2 ounces, giving him a total of 21 pounds, 7 ounces.
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By Peter Baker | February 27, 1991
Gov. William Donald Schaefer postponed a news conference scheduled yesterday to announce that the BASS Masters Classic will be coming to Baltimore and the upper Chesapeake Bay this August, but the Bass Anglers Sportsman Society officially acknowledged the Super Bowl of bass fishing will be here Aug. 22, 23 and 24.Schaefer plans a formal contract signing at a later date.The fishing operations for the Classic, B.A.S.S. spokeswoman Ann Lewis said, most likely will be based at Dundee Creek Marina in Gunpowder State Park, a few minutes north of Baltimore.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | November 1, 1998
The BASS Masters Classic, one of the richest and toughest bass fishing tournaments in the country, is going to the Big Easy.The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society announced last week it has selected New Orleans and the Louisiana Superdome as the site of the 1999 BASS Masters Classic. The dates for the competition, which draws an international audience for the tournament and an outdoors show, are July 29-31.The waters for the tournament will be the southwest delta area of the Mississippi River.
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By Peter Baker and Peter Baker,SUN STAFF | August 24, 1997
MARBURY -- Early on, the list of leaders in the Kmart Bassmaster Top 100 pro-am tournament was sprinkled with familiar names -- Martin, VanDam, Eaker, Houston, Fritts, Grigsby and Guido Hibdon.But the man of the hour in bass fishing, Hibdon's son, Dion, who won the BASS Masters Classic in Alabama a few weeks ago, was far down the board on the pro side of the standings.So far down, that Mike Terry, a pro from Tennessee in 25th place after Day 1, was more than 2 pounds ahead of the Classic winner's 12 pounds, 2 ounces.
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