Regatta Bass Tournament Takes Shape

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
28 June 2011
By Bob Frye

One year ago, there was some question as to whether the annual Three Rivers Regatta was going to include a bass fishing tournament.

That's not the case this year.

The sixth annual Regatta Cup tournament will be held July 4 on the Allegheny River. First place in the two-man buddy tournament will be a guaranteed $3,000.

"Everything's a go, the fishing looks like it could be pretty good, and we're excited to see what happens," said

Denny Tubbs, outreach and education coordinator in the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission's southwest region office and a Regatta board member.

Members of the Pennsylvania BASS Federation Nation will help with the event. But, as has been the case in the past, the tournament is open to anyone regardless of whether they're in a club or not.

The student anglers from the LaRoche College Fishing Club also will help with weigh-ins, in what could be a precursor. Tubbs and some others are hoping to lure FLW College Bass Fishing tournament organizers to hold a Northern Division event in Pittsburgh.

The three-year-old tour - where college fishing teams compete for money for their clubs and their schools -- is coming to Pennsylvania this year. The Northern Division championship is scheduled for Sayers Lake near State College from Sept. 1-3. The winning team there will head to the tour's overall championship next February.

That's for another day, though. In the meantime, the Regatta tournament is on top, and -- unlike at the 2005 Bassmaster Classic and 2009 Forrest Wood Cup -- the fishing might be pretty good.

"Depending on the weather, the fishing should be great," said Tubbs. "The largest spawn of bass in the rivers was recorded in 2005, and these fish could be in the 2- to 3-pound range now. With a little luck, there could be some very large river fish weighed in."

Some recent research supports that theory. Matt Kinsey, a biologist in the commission's southwest region office, said some survey work done on the Monongahela, Allegheny and Ohio rivers earlier this spring revealed good populations of smallmouth bass in particular, though some largemouth bass and spotted bass are also there to be caught.

And if the Allegheny produced the fewest fish of the three rivers, it still provided some decent fish, he said.

Bob Frye can be reached at or 724-838-5148.