Bass Madness: Bigmouths, Big Money, and Big Dreams at the Bassmaster Classic

January 18, 2012 by  
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Bass Madness: Bigmouths, Big Money, and Big Dreams at the Bassmaster Classic

In Bass Madness, fishing authority Ken Schultz goes behind the scenes of the so-called “Super Bowl of bass fishing” to uncover what turned an unassuming sport into a full-blown sporting spectacle complete with athletes, spectators, TV cameras, and intense drama. This is an entertaining and enlightening guide to the history, legends, and lore of bass fishing’s greatest championship.

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  1. David E. Dirks "SilverDoctor" says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great book!, January 11, 2008
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    This review is from: Bass Madness: Bigmouths, Big Money, and Big Dreams at the Bassmaster Classic (Hardcover)

    I read this book and couldn’t put it down. It provided insights that you’ll never see or hear about from almost any published source these days that covers bass tournaments in general. What some reviewers have called ‘cynical’ is nothing more than Schultz looking to draw some comparisons and contrasts to a sometimes overblown drama. In a multi-billion dollar industry, it shouldn’t come as any surprise that it’s all about the show and the money, folks.

    Schultz has an insider’s look at what really goes on in a bass tournament and is fully entitled to give us HIS viewpoint on what he has witnesses. Given the depth and breadth of his fishing industry experience, he has the credentialsl, credibility, and writing ability to make this book a great book.

    In the bass tournament world where everyone is politically correct and plays nice in the sandbox, it’s no wonder some don’t get the value of this book.

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  2. jsinger says:
    1 of 1 people found the following review helpful:
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Candid but disorganized, October 30, 2007
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    jsinger (Boston, MA) –

    This review is from: Bass Madness: Bigmouths, Big Money, and Big Dreams at the Bassmaster Classic (Hardcover)

    Bass Madness provides an interesting background on professional bass tournaments. It covers the history of BASS and the way the landscape has changed with its takeover by ESPN and the rise of FLW — very informative to us saltwater anglers who, as Schultz notes, were wondering why Sunday television is now filled with fisherman screaming at 12 inch bass.

    The book’s strengths are its honesty and candor, and Schultz’s longtime experience in freshwater fishing and fishing journalism. It’s disorganized, though, and issues are brought up repeatedly at various points, with no real structure to the book. It also frequently comes across as petty and cynical — another reviewer already mentioned the silly sniping at Denny Brauer’s grammar.

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  3. Charlie "Librarian" says:
    2 of 3 people found the following review helpful:
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Boring, August 6, 2007
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    Charlie “Librarian” (Virginia, USA) –

    This review is from: Bass Madness: Bigmouths, Big Money, and Big Dreams at the Bassmaster Classic (Hardcover)

    Plot: Schultz reports on the 2005 and 2006 Bassmaster fishing tournaments

    Pros: Well written, some parts are amusing and interesting, has occasional pictures.

    Cons: Boring, very boring

    Other Thoughts: The only thing more boring than reading about someone else fishing, is reading about someone watching someone else fish.

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