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.
The festive weigh-ins will be held at the Baltimore Arena, and the concurrent BASS Masters Classic Outdoors Show will be held at the Convention Center. The weigh-ins and outdoors show are free and open to the public.
Fishing waters for the Classic apparently will be limited to those bay waters and tributaries above the Bay Bridge and the lower 10 miles of the Susquehanna River.
"Maryland offers some of the nation's best bass fishing, as well as some of America's most scenic and historic areas," said Helen Sevier, chairman and CEO of B.A.S.S. "We're excited about the 1991 Classic site, not only because the fishing will be great for the Classic contenders, but because Classic fans will find the area fun and interesting to visit."
The daily limit of bass that may be brought in by the 41 tournament pros and amateur anglers who will participate in the Classic will be five smallmouth or largemouth bass, each of which must be at least 12 inches long.
Practice fishing days will be Aug. 19 and 20. Competition will begin Aug. 22 and end Saturday afternoon, Aug. 24.