The PAA has prohibited Nate Wellman from competing in its events for 1 year, according to a published statement. Wellman did not fish PAA events this year. He was fined and placed on probation by B.A.S.S. after the recent Sandusky Bassmaster Northern Open.
PAA president Dave Mansue said: "Violations or harm to the integrity of the sport hurts all anglers at any level, the organizations and the entire industry. It's unfortunate when something like this occurs. The PAA recognizes the difficult position B.A.S.S. officials were placed in by Mr. Wellman's actions. We applaud the co-angler who stepped up to inform B.A.S.S. officials after the tournament and also FLW Outdoors for taking the steps it did.
"Actions that undermine the integrity of the sport are not to be condoned at any level," Mansue added. "Everyone from top professionals to weekend anglers in a jackpot tournament expect and should demand the highest levels of honesty and integrity."