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PLEASANTVILLE, NY — Do you know how to fish with a “gitzit?” What is the
best way to pause spinner bait? When is the best time of year for trolling?
Six of the country’s top professional anglers will share their expertise at
Pace University this spring, for B.A.S.S.* Fishing Techniques 1997. The
program, part of the University’s Sportsman Series, provides a unique opportunity
to “school” with the pros in a classroom setting.
Pace University’s Environmental Center has been sponsoring the Sportsman Series
for eight years, allowing fishing enthusiasts of all ages and skill levels to
learn about the best techniques for catching trophy fish. From February through
April, the Center offers two and a half hour evening seminars on topics ranging
from salt water and watershed reservoirs fishing, to jigging for bass and rowboat
fishing for trout. There is also a fly-casting clinic to demonstrate basic techniques
and principles of casting and line handling.
“Even though I’ve probably watched every fishing program there is on TV twice, I still
walk out of these seminars with new ideas,” said James Eyring, assistant director of
Pace’s Environmental Center, who has been fishing for 38 years. This program is one
of only a handful of university-based Sportsman’s Series in the country.
For part of the Series, the Center will host B.A.S.S.* Fishing Techniques 1997 on
April 12-13, drawing six of North America’s leading competitors to campus. They will
conduct 12 workshops during the weekend and lead an informal “think tank” session to
share their secret techniques, stories and anecdotes. This year’s instructors are
Kevin VanDam (Michigan), George Cochran (Arkansas), Jay Yelas (Texas), Kenyon Hill
(Oklahoma), Rich Tauber (California), and Mitch Paul (Maine).
For more information about the 1997 Sportsman Series, call (914) 773-3789. Advance
registration is required.
Pace University’s Environmental Center is an affiliate of the department of biological
sciences and specializes in equine science and nature studies. It offers both credit
and non-credit courses and workshops to the University and surrounding communities and
is committed to educating people about the importance of conservation and protecting
Pace is a comprehensive, independent university with campuses in New York City and
Westchester County. Nearly 14,000 students are enrolled in undergraduate and graduate
degree programs in the Dyson College of Arts and Sciences, Lubin School of Business,
School of Computer Science and Information Systems, School of Education, School of Law
and Lienhard School of Nursing.
* The Bass Anglers Sportsman Society (B.A.S.S.) was founded more than 25 years ago as a
service organization. Its primary aim is to help anglers get the most out of bass
fishing — whether it’s by protecting the fishing environment, reporting on the newest
products and techniques, telling them about the latest “hot spots,” or providing an arena
for professional and amateur fishing competitions.