RE: Balog on MLF Joe, I love your articles. Anything that makes me think about a topic in a new way, I give a good grade. The question you pose is: Should a tournament be the biggest five or the most keepers? I was looking through some old Bassmasters the other day (early '70s). It is amazing to see bass being held up on stringers at the weigh-in! I can't believe they used to do that!
Tournaments used to be about bringing in the most fish. Soon, sanity prevailed and I guess they said only bring in 10, which must have later got turned into only five. Still, the original concept was the most fish.
I like MLF a lot. With today's technology, we can actually pull this off with out hurting the fish. We will see where this goes, but we have to ask ourselves, when we are looking at a 2050 Bassmaster magazine, will we say, "I can't believe we used to make those fish ride around in a hot livewell for 8 hours"?