RE: Balog on displacement Everything Joe points out about moving tournament-caught bass to a new location is a problem, but it does not have to be. Several years ago I developed a tournament format that would help the displacement of large numbers of bass. It was titled "Cash-In, Check-In", and it worked like this:
Each contestant had to have the following coins to score his partner's catch 4 pennies, 1 nickel, 4 dimes and 2 quarters (total: 99 cents).
You could only keep your two largest bass for weigh-in, all others must be released alive as they were caught. The first bass your partner caught and released was scored by you giving him 1 penny. Nos. 2 and 3 were also scored by pennies. Any bass that was put in the livewell to be weighed in was not scored unless it was released later, then it was scored. No. 5 was scored with the nickel and the 4 pennies returned to you. Same scoring followed for Nos. 6 through 9, then No. 10 was scored with a dime and the pennies and nickel returned to you. No. 11 through 24 were scored same way and No. 25 was scored with a quarter and the other coins were returned. Follow this same scoring to No. 99 and score No. 100 with a dollar bill or anything that represents a dollar, such as a slip-sinker, hook, etc.
Keep your coins in two small coin purses so they are not mixed with the ones you receive from your partner.
You can only weigh in two bass, so you first go to the Cash-In station and show the coins that you have received from your partner for bass caught and released. Remember, all bass can be scored regardless of the size or weight. Present your coins to be totaled, (for example, you have 1 dime and 3 pennies, so your cash-in score is 13). Now your partner shows the coins he has left, which should total 86 cents (these plus the 13 you scored total 99 cents and are returned to be used again). Now your partner cashes in the same way and you move to weigh-in with only two bass each.
Your bass are weighed-in and totaled (example: 8.023, Bass should be weighed on digital scales in hundredths or thousandths of a pound to eliminate ties. So your weight of 8.023 is totaled with your cash-in of 13 and your daily score is 21.023.
This format leaves all but two fish released alive at the location, it scores all bass that you catch and it prevents crowded livewells of bass rom being relocated. It keeps you fishing instead of burning gas looking for five bass. It allows you to use light equipment and different methods to catch bass, as all count on your score.
This format could also shorten tournament days as it keeps you fishing instead of running, so you catch more bass and you are not just running and looking for five large ones. But the best thing it does is releases all but two at the location instead of relocating them miles away.