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  • Alex Posey of Cumming, GA writes:

    RE: Chaconas opinion – I'm dying to know who this angler was.

  • Greg Finchum of London, OH writes:

    RE: Chaconas opinion – Two words: delayed mortality. There are many, many scientific studies done on fish care and long-term effects. Should be standard reading for all anglers.

  • Tim Eutsler of Fredericksburg, MD writes:

    RE: Chaconas opinion – You are 100% right, Steve, on calling the angler out for taking pictures in that manner. I don't care if l ever take another picture but l know a lot of people who do and they need to read this post. All anglers in any series who hinge a bass's lower jaw and shake wildly (usually two fish) should lose that weight. After you release your limit, your two biggest fish now have dislocated jaws and die from the inability to eat again.

  • Carter Northcutt of Frankfort, KY writes:

    I am glad to see Mr. Kernan won his appeal and that B.A.S.S. made the right decision in the appeal case. Like Mr. Kernan, I too wonder about some of the coincedences he mentions. I was already thinking that whoever made the protest was somehow connected with the company that said the water is private. In a court of law, I don't believe his protest would have been accepted as it would be considered hearsay. Let's hope that this incident will bring about more positive changes.

  • Dennis Pentecost of Milford,IL. writes:

    RE: Kernan DQ – Come on, D. Tietje, who does not think you were trying to improve your position in the standings? You have stained your reputation forever. Ask N. Wellman!

  • Chris McCall of Brookeland, TX writes:

    RE: Chaconas opinion – I could not agree more. With all the social media and Facebook, people have forgotten that the bass need oxygen! I am so tired of looking on Facebook and seeing the guys practicing all day or fishing all day and carrying five bass around all day to take their picture at the end of the day! When I am practicing I try not to stick many, let alone take them for a boat ride and then organize a photo shoot of my practice day!

  • Harold Sharp of Hixson, TN writes:

    The more you read or know about the DQ at the Sabine River, the more it smells. Several things happened that need to be corrected by B.A.S.S.

    B.A.S.S. Rule C1 states: "Interpretation and enforcement of these rules shall be left exclusively to the Tournament Director or his/her designee at a tournament." Then a few lines below that it states: "Subject to the appeal process set forth in paragraph C22, below, the decision of the Tournament Director, his/her designee, or the rules committee shall be final in all matters."

    Rule C22 should have never been included in the B.A.S.S. rules and should be removed ASAP. Rule C1 states "left exclusively to the Tournament Director or his designee," then C22 allows a three-member appeals committee to overrule the Director's decisions. That's direct conflict that needs correcting.

    B.A.S.S. Rule C13, Permitted Fishing Locations. This rule clearly states: "Tournament waters shall be established by the Tournament Director for each tournament. Each competitor must obtain this information from B.A.S.S. Tournament Department. Any waters within these boundaries posted "OFF LIMITS" or "NO FISHING" by state or federal agencies as well as the live-bass-release area established by the Tournament Director and announced at the Tournament Briefing will be Off-Limits.

    Was the water involved in the Sabine DQ posted by a state or federal agency, as stated in this rule? The report was that it was posted by private owners, not a state or federal agency.

    The more you read about this DQ, the more you see mistakes. There is no re-do button to push to correct them. Here's a suggestion to B.A.S.S. that could help correct it as much as possible – B.A.S.S. should allow Mike Kernan to return to the Sabine with a B.A.S.S. official or marshal and fish on Saturday with no advance PR to draw a bunch of spectator boats, no camera boats to draw attention. He should fish the same hours as he would have on Saturday before the DQ. His catch should be weighed on the B.A.S.S. scales and inserted in the standings. If he then makes the cut to fish Sunday, fish under the same conditions and have his catch inserted into the final standings and let the chips fall where they land.

    This should not affect the final standings of the tournament. If it costs B.A.S.S. more money. that should be their loss. They have already offered $10,500.

    The Sabine DQ was not handled correctly. There's many flaws in the B.A.S.S. rules that need to be corrected. Professional bass fishing events should not be subjected to this much bad PR. B.A.S.S. needs a wake-up call.

  • Josh Viator of Jennings, LA writes:

    RE: Kernan wins appeal – In a situation like this, I think that the angler should be able to fish and weigh in the fish that he catches the next day after being DQd until the appeal process is complete. That way if he ends up weighing a good sack on Saturday and advances to Sunday, he can fish Sunday and have a shot at winning. When the appeal process is done, if he wins the appeal, the weight counts on Saturday and Sunday. If he loses the appeal, then dont worry about the weights. At least that way everyone knows what the outcome would have been for Mike. Heck, he might have won the tournement or placed higher than 12th. Now we will never know

  • J.T. Palmore of Blackstone, VA writes:

    RE: Chaconas opinion – Steve, I know who your are talking about and I agree with your stance on the fish care. It was not the best way to handle the fish. However, I disagree with the way you handled this. You stated your opinion on his Facebook post and then feel the need to bring it to an even bigger limelight by using your writing venues to further diminish the reputation of this person?

    It isn't very hard to search Facebook and find out who you are talking about. My point is, what good comes of badmouthing this individual? If you wanted to write an article on fish care, then by all means, go ahead. If you wanted to write an article on tournaments negatively impacting a fishery, then go ahead. I just don't understand how anyone can benefit by making someone else look bad publicly. Educating the public can be gained without the, "he said this ... and I said that."

  • Steven C. Rockweiler of Luling, LA writes:

    RE: Chaconas opinion – FIsh care is one deal where the pros are totally lacking. If they are to be looked upon by the many younger anglers coming up as an example of how to do things right, it is sad. Almost all will flip bass into the boat if it looks well-hooked ... to flop all over the carpet. Come on, guys. We can and should be a better example of how to handle our resources!

  • Remi De Matteo of Poydras, LA writes:

    RE: Kernan DQ – It is so frustrating to live in this poor excuse of a Third World country known as Louisiana. The federal navigable water laws are apparantly superceeded by the wealthy landowners here (who think they're "sportsmen"). The "gated" canal issue has been around too long and somehow has to be declared illegal. But with organizations such as Coastal Conservation Association refusing to come down on the side of the fisherman, Louisiana fishermen are continually denied access to navigable waters. Thanks Louisiana politicians for continuing the feudal system you're all used to.

  • Pat Leach of The Colony, TX writes:

    RE: Chaconas opinion – Steve, great article. Another thing that gets my ire up is when these pros on TV catch a small fish and just pitch it back in the lake. I don't mean just drop it over the side but throw it back in the lake. How disrepectful to the fishery to treat a resourse like that. You will even see some do it when they cull. I applaud you for calling the pro out. If they truly are pros, then respect the fishery and treat the fish as a valuable resource.

  • Sheron K. Brown of Worcester, MA writes:

    RE: Chaconas opinion – I'm a big fan of NOT laying fish on anything to gauge the size and quality, let alone for bragging rights! The Pro in question should know better and hold himself to higher standards. Next time show them all battered up and ready for the frying pan!

  • Chad Hill of Goreville, IL writes:

    RE: Chaconas opinion – I applaud Mr. Chaconas for calling out the pro. I wish it would have sparked a positive conversation about the importance of fish care, and maybe it will. On most waters in my part of the world, tournament anglers are loathed. As a weekend tournament competitor, I fight against the stereotype all of the time. Laying 10 quality fish out on carpet like this just gives the haters more fuel to throw on a fire that is already getting hotter.

  • Johnny McLean of Little Rock, AR writes:

    RE: Chaconas opinion – Great article, Steve. When you really think about it, are "professional" fishermen really conservationists at all? They run around the county burning thousands of gallons of gas, all the while pushing their magic equipment that supposedly gives you an edge over the next angler. In recent months, I have really gotten turned off by their attitudes, from Iaconelli to Swindle to Monroe to Zona. They could all use a piece of humble pie.

  • Kevin Fountain of Madison, WI writes:

    RE: Chaconas opinion – B.A.S.S apparently recognizes "the importance of protecting the slime coat. B.A.S.S. says fish secrete a protective 'slime' or mucus as a barrier to disease and every effort should be made to avoid removal of the mucus coat. Even touching the slime coat should be avoided." However, they seem to completely contradict this by disallowing landing nets, which leads to fish being hugged and boat flipped to flop all over the floor. It seems so obvious.

  • Jann B. Swaim of Auburn, AL writes:

    RE: Balog on Kernan DQ – So I guess Joe is saying "shut up and fish!"No matter what? I see no credibility to this article.

    I will say that both B.A.S.S. and FLW should eliminate gray areas by staying away from these types of venues. I'm sure the pros have all they can handle without worrying about imaginary boundary lines on the water. If these high-paying venues want the events, let them change the ordinances. Easier said than done.

  • John Paul Plemons of Blooming Grove, TX writes:

    RE: Kernan wins appeal – I'm glad Mike prevailed in the appeal. I've had the pleasure of being around him some years ago. He is a good guy and the kind of honorable competitor who will go all out to beat you fair and square, but has way too much class to cheat.

    As soon as I read about the DQ, I knew he had not knowingly cheated. It's just not his nature. However, this deal sure leaves ol' Dennis looking bad.

  • Terry Jackson of Flowery Branch, GA writes:

    RE: Chaconas opinion – Bigger fouls happen every tournament day when they swing bass in the boat that get dropped on the carpet to flop around and really damage the slime coat. Bring back nets for the bass's sake and eliminate swinging.

  • Nick Renier of Green Bay, WI writes:

    RE: Kernan wins appeal – Very well-written article! I'm glad you guys let all parties be heard! Glad to see the B.A.S.S. appeals process work, as well.

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