But I've thought all along that Go Fish would likely end up making more money for the state than it costs, in the form of increased sales taxes. You spend $19 million in state money to build fishing facilities, you get who-knows-how-much back (scroll to the bottom) when more bass tournaments come to Georgia.
This is from the governor's office today:
ATLANTA — Governor Sonny Perdue joined FLW Outdoors Chairman Irwin Jacobs and other state and local officials this afternoon to announce Lake Lanier and Atlanta as the site of the 2010 Forrest Wood Cup presented by BP and Castrol. This championship fishing tournament, which is scheduled for August 5 – 8, 2010, will draw the top bass anglers in the country as they compete for a $2.5 million purse. The tournament will be staged out of the Go Fish Georgia mega-ramp currently under construction at Laurel Park on Lake Lanier.Now, if you want to talk about the appropriateness of building the state's "Go Fish" headquarters and hatchery in the middle of a county known a hell of a lot better for being Sonny Perdue's home than it is for fishing, go right ahead.
UPDATE: Johnny Fly-too-close-to-the-Sun disagrees.