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Bass Fishing in Louisiana

Bass Tournaments

I would like to know if anyone else feels the same way that I do about the way some of the Bass Tournaments are being done in the past few years?? More and more of the tournaments are allowing the boaters to trailer anywhere. I don't know how you call this a tournament? Everyone is fishing diff waters! Even the St. Jude Bass Tournament has gone to this. I love to fish some of the local tournaments but I have just about gave up on it, so has many of my buddies, because I don't think it is right that everyone is not fishing the same waters. Maybe I wrong on feeling this way but I just can't see how anyone can call it a BASS TOURNAMENT when everyone is fishing diff waters? Everyone should be fishing the SAME WATERS...
February 04, 2011 at 10:54pm
23 Comments
CaptJS Profile Photo
Posted February 04, 2011 at 11:10pm
Everyone gets a fare break

Most fisherman in a local tourn. do not have the money to purchase a boat that say can run to Venice La. This way he can drive there with any size boat. Several years ago there was a bass fisherman that won a ton of tourn. becuase his boat was fast and he went to Venice from everywhere. Also if someone knows the area where the tourn. is being held he has a major advantage. Back in my day the locals at False River were impossible to beat. Feels this give everyone the same change with knowledge and boat size.

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larry thomas Profile Photo
Posted February 04, 2011 at 11:20pm
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to me that is not a tournament. maybe they sould say everyone trailer to Venice or someother waterway. but everyone should fish the same water. and as far as the St. Jude Tournament, in the past, they stoped everyone running to Venice. they put limits on the area you could fish. they do have ways they can keep boaters in the same area, but when you can trailer anywhere that is not a tournament? and i have fished many false river tournaments and yes the locals have an upper hand, i haven't placed in any of them, but that is fishing and no matter where you fish someone is always going to have the upper hand. that is just fishing.. but everyone is on the same playing field.

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mike breaux Profile Photo
Posted February 06, 2011 at 5:06am
tournament

larry man, youre getting confused...you keep saying its not a tournament....it is still a tournament, its just not a tournament confined to a certain body of water....they are doing it to attract more entrants....more entrants=more prize money...im not saying that i agree with it or disagree with it...just clarifying...

my problem with the trailering tourneys is the fish being displaced.....i disagree with the bass from the spillway, or marsh, or venice or false river, or wherever being caught, transported to cabelas and then released wherever the tourney officials see fit...especially considering where ive heard they released them this last tourney...

i really wish someone with stroke would get involved in this...all these years of catch and release in the struggling basin, and they gonna trailer bass from the basin or wherever to release 'somewhere' in gonzales????

there needs to be more enforcement in what happens to the fish after weighin...

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mike breaux Profile Photo
Posted February 06, 2011 at 5:11am
but

but remember...if youre putting your money up to fish, you can trailer to venice also....

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 the fishdoctor Profile Photo
Posted February 06, 2011 at 9:48am
Trailered Tournaments

Two points, 1) if you don't like the rules, don't fish. 2) the bigger the (team) tournament, the more likely hood that someone is going to cheat. I have fished with people in draw tournaments that tried to cheat and know of others that have cheated in draw tournaments. So you can just imagine what goes on in a team tournament. Your choice.

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fish_finder Profile Photo
Posted February 07, 2011 at 11:48am
trailering

I'm not getting into the argument with this tourny in particular, but fishing the same water is part of the tournament process in my opinion. When your in a club and fish 10 different locations together to see who may be your angler or team of the year each location matters.

It helps you get better when you have to fish unfamiliar waters.. You'll learn how to adapt to a new area and find fish.. Thats how you get better.

Some where along the trail it may be at your home lake where you have the advantage.

its just part of fishing and how a tourny should be.

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skeeter6 Profile Photo
Posted February 07, 2011 at 6:14pm
tourny

all competitors should have to launch from same boat ramp and run to where ever they wanna fish by boat. u dont see the guys on the elite series tralierin anywhere. part of the tournament is travelin by boat. if ur fish is far from launch then its ur fault that u didnt find any closer that would give u more time to fish. and to that one guy that said his dad would win em all, thats a joke, no one wins every tourny unless they r cheatin. and boat size dont matter. i fished an open tourny where rick clunn fished out of an aluminum boat. mark manendez won a tourny in an aluminum boat.

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The Asian Persuasion Profile Photo
Posted February 07, 2011 at 8:14pm
To Trailor or Not to Trailor

I think it should be left up to tournament officials. If you are fishing a tournament that you can trailor to a nearby landing and fish your fish, then I don't see an issue...as long as it's public waters. It's not like you would show up for registration that morning and then they tell you, you can trailor anywhere to go fish 'Public' waters. When you entered, you knew whether you could trailor or not from the get-go. It sounds like some of you are getting disgruntled because you are getting 'whipped' by someone who trailored to Venice. Ohhhkay...so trailor down to Venice, find some fish, and compete in a trailored tournaments. If you don't like tournaments that allow you to trailor...then don't fish them. There's plenty of tournaments throughout south Louisiana that doesn't allow you to trailor. Fish those then. If you want to run to Venice, then make that run. You can't fault a guy or team that goes to Venice and comes back with a winning stringer. Everyone has that choice...everyone can run to Venice or anywhere...especially in south Louisiana. I can't remember anyone complaining about individuals or teams that made a long run to Des Allemands or Cataouchie from Doiron's Landing...or from Segnette to Bayou Black...it just soooo happens to be Venice. Go spend the time and the money, like other's have done, and learn Venice if you think that is what it takes. If you can't afford it...then don't fault the guy that can. It's really that simple. At the end of the day....'YOU STILL HAVE TO BRING 'EM TO THE SCALES!'

It's really disheartening to hear people imply or say someone is cheating in Tournaments. 'True' BASS fisherman don't do it for the money. It's the competition...it's the comraderie amongst fellow fisherman...it's the sense of belonging to a certain group that is bound by one thing...a love for figuring out how to catch 'em when the 'wannabes' can't! Name me one person that feeds his/her family by fishing local tournaments in South Louisiana. There's not enough money in local tournaments down here. Even if you would win every tournament in South Louisiana...you might win $40K..total...and that's being generous. Good Luck feeding a family with that.

On another note...most 'trailor' tournaments are Charity driven. Let's not forget that and let our egos get in the way.

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CCBC BASS Profile Photo
Posted February 07, 2011 at 8:19pm
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skeeter 6 is right your boat size has nothing to do with it most guys have these nice rigs but doesn't mean you can fish it just looks like they can, I being one of them lol. Its very hard to win them after all alittle luck is always a part in any tournament win, Kevin VanDam is the best in the world and he can't win them all. As far as the 'big boys' thing goes no one posting on this is in the 'big boy' category trust me, myself included. Those guys are fishing the delta next weekend in the Classic not local tournaments.

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mike breaux Profile Photo
Posted February 07, 2011 at 11:39pm
woh!!

nameofbike, man lighten up buddy...i know your dad, and i dont think this subject was about whether or not runnnng to venice was cheating...its about TRAILERING...so ease up on the 'defense mode' and the 'crybaby' comments...your dad won those tourneys, not you...

personally id like to see your dad still fishing..lord knows he took a bunch of my money in a couple year timeframe...my hats off to him, nothing but respect..it was always a gamble fishing at doirons trying to figure out if someone was gonna run to venice...of course, there are quite a few guys making that run nowadays....

as far as the topic at hand, it has been said already...if you choose to fish a trailering tourney, be prepared......if you want to compete on blind river only, then enter a tourney that doesnt allow trailering...

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Capt. Ron S Profile Photo
Posted February 08, 2011 at 1:03am
just my 2 cents

Wheteher or not a tournament fisherman travels a long distance by boat or truck as long as its legal im ok with it. Mostly because when you spend that much time traveling, whether by boat or truck you can give up ALOT of fishing time to catch your limit. Running all the way to venice could potentially take away half your fishing time. So if anyone wants to legally do it then i say let them do it. If the fish arent there they just WASTED alot of precious time not to mention money.

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larry thomas Profile Photo
Posted February 08, 2011 at 8:00am
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When I placed this post I wasn't thinking about Cheating or someone having the upper hand by running to Venice. It was just to say that I don't think it was right that in a bass tournament everyone is fishing diff waters. And as far as all of the guys that has won the trailering tounaments by fishing down in Venice I give them a hand. I'm happy for them and don't want to take anything from them. They are good fishermen. I just think that everyone should be fishing from the same waters.

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rpg2006 Profile Photo
Posted February 08, 2011 at 12:03pm
name of bike

first off tournament fishing is suppose to be fun. i feel that for everyone to be on the same playing field everyone should fish the same waters. thats only fair and its just my opinion. now as far as the st. jude or whatever other tournament that lets anyone trailer anywhere thats there choice. id fish it cause its for a good cause and i going in fishing that morning having my heart set on not winning. i just know that i may have helped a sick kid in some kid of way. thats why i would fish those tournaments. as far as 'name of bike' i seriuosly doubt they stopped making everyone fish venice because your dad is some super hero who wins every tournament he fishes. maybe they did it for saftey reason. ever thought of that. oh and its not what type of boat you fish in either. i think i can out fish you in my 16ft bateau with my godevil. i think you need to chill a little.

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timojohn Profile Photo
Posted February 09, 2011 at 3:29pm
name of bike

Just a little word to the wise. You say you are trying to go pro? That's great, it looks like you are the perfect age for it and we need more pros from this area. Although, one of the main criteria for becoming a pro is lining up sponsors. With an attitude like you are displaying on a public forum what sponsor would want to consider you? I know your reaction to this post will be some other rant but take the high rode man, that's what professionals do.

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BAYOU-BIGGIN Profile Photo
Posted February 09, 2011 at 6:05pm
Agree

I was thinking the same thing.. My business would never sponsor somone with that kind of attitude and mouth.

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Admiral Rabbit Profile Photo
Posted February 09, 2011 at 7:57pm
'Splish Splash Catch'n Bass'

...the Kentucky Derby should be run at many different tracks this year for each horse...so is the Indy 500 ???...even golf pros can play the course of their choice...and bowlers can also choose their own alley...scores and notes will be compiled at a collective central location by a unnamed committee (like Louisiana Lotto)...ain't 'technique' wonderful ???...cheers ???

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Andy Crawford, Louisiana Sportsman Profile Photo
Posted February 09, 2011 at 9:44pm
My thoughts

Hey, Larry, I don't really have a strong opinion one way or the other, but I'm not sure there's a real difference between trailering from, say, the Belle River launch to, say, Lake Cataouatche and running the boat from the Belle River Launch and Cataouatche. And that does happen. I've even known guys running from the Basin to Venice.

Again, I don't really have a dog in the hunt (since I really don't fish tournaments any more), but I don't see the difference other than the fact that anglers remain in their boats the entire time.

larry thomas Profile Photo
Posted February 09, 2011 at 10:32pm
'Splish Splash Catch'n Bass'

WELL THIS POST HAS HAD A FEW GOOD COMMENTS AND FEW BAD COMMENTS FOR SURE, I HAVEN'T SEEN MAY REPORTS WITH THIS MANY COMMETS, BUT I THINK THAT I WOULD SAY THAT I DO THINK THAT I WOULD AGREE WITH THE COMMENT THAT SAY'S 'the Kentucky Derby should be run at many different tracks this year for each horse...so is the Indy 500 ???...even golf pros can play the course of their choice...and bowlers can also choose their own alley...

THIS IS WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. EVERYONE SHOULD BE ON THE SAME PLAYING FIELD. NOW IF SOMEONE HAS A BOAT THAT CAN RUN TO EGYPT I'M OK WITH THAT. BUT EVERYONE SHOULD BE ON THE SAME WATER WAY....

NOW LIKE I HAVE SAID BEFORE.... I DON'T WANT TO TAKE ANYTHING AWAY FROM SOMEONE THAT HAS WON A TRAILERING TOURNAMENT. IF THAT IS THE RULES THAN I WILL NOT TAKE THAT FROM THEM. NO MATTER WHERE YOU FISH IT IS A CHALENGE. SO I WOULD BE HAPPY THAT THEY HAVE WON. I KNOW THAT IN ANY TOURNAMENT THAT WE ENTER WE 'DO' KNOW THE RULES. AND ''YES '' I WILL ALWAYS ENTER THE ST. JUDE TOURNAMENT BECAUSE IT COULD AND DOES HELP OUT ALL OF OUR CHILDREN.

P.S.

NAME OF BIKE...

I HOPE THE BEST FOR YOU AND YOU GOING PRO.. JUST TAKE IT EASY.. WE NEED TO ALL SUPPORT ONE AND ANOTHER NO MATTER OUR VIEWS. I KNOW THAT I WOULD SUPPORT YOU IF YOU EVER GO PRO OR IF YOU WIN ANY LOCAL TOURNAMENT AND I WOULD HOPE THAT YOU COULD DO THE SAME AND UNDERSTAND THAT WE ALL HAVE DIFF VIEWS AND THAT THEY MAY DIFF FROM YOUR OWN. WE ALL HAVE DIFF VIEWS ON THINGS AND JUST NEED TO GET ALONG.

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Andy Crawford, Louisiana Sportsman Profile Photo
Posted February 10, 2011 at 7:35am
thanks

Larry, these are the kinds of respectful debates we love here, so thanks for posing the question. It's always interesting to hear what others think about the the issues that affect us in the outdoor community.

Any other thoughts about trailering tournaments, guys?

PaleRider Profile Photo
Posted February 10, 2011 at 8:08am
My $.02

I think trailering tournaments are worthless. I'll also say that when a tournament is launched from a specific site, boundaries should be put in place to limit the amount of area being fished. When I was a kid I wanted to be a BASS fisherman more than anything. There was no way I was going to be able to afford entering in local tournaments and having to run to Venice or Delecroix to fish when a tournament was held on the Tchefuncte River. It seemed like a rich man's game. It is also a huge waste of gas and like mentioned earlier, it should be a competion on that body of water. Now something like the ST. Judes tournament I can see them wanting as large a field as possible to raise money and that's fine, but for the most part I hate it and it has made me to never even consider getting into tournament fishing. It's a good thing too cause I would smoke y'all! ;)

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Spoon Man Profile Photo
Posted February 10, 2011 at 8:52pm
Tournaments

Variety is the spice of life. If you're the average weekend warrior/occasional tournament guy like my self then why not try something different every now and then. It's all in good fun. Besides, many of the tournaments you mentioned all support good causes. Now if you plan on going pro one day then those tournaments might not meet your ultimate goal. No harm no foul in my humble opinion. If you don't like the rules then don't fish. As long as the sport of fishing and conservation is promoted in a positive way then I'm all for it.

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Kruser Profile Photo
Posted February 11, 2011 at 7:01pm
Unique Area

I think we have a unique area, actually the best in the world. All our waters are connected, I guess it's not like fishing a lake up north where there are clear boundries.

Personally I think tournaments should make contestants launch at the same launch and then it's wherever you can get to by boat.

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larry thomas Profile Photo
Posted February 11, 2011 at 9:19pm
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yes, i think that everyone should take off from the same launch. But,, I do under stand that if the rules say any launch than that is what it is and i will be ok with it. i may have sounded hard nose on the way i felt but know after seeing the comments that has been posted i have seen the other side.. but,, i still think that we should all fish the same water. Thank all of ya'll for your comments..

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