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Discussion Topic: Should Maryland Ban Summer Tidal-Water Bass Tournaments?

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July 30, 2009

Discussion Topic: Should Maryland Ban Summer Tidal-Water Bass Tournaments?

By Dave Hurteau

Local Maryland bass anglers are livid after an FLW Stren Series bass tournament apparently left more than 600 bass floating dead along a six-mile area of the Mattawoman Creek and Potomac River, believed to be victims of delayed mortality after being released alive. The Maryland Department of Natural Resources concedes that even more dead bass may have been carried away on the tide, and the agency has now instituted several new rules to govern tournaments.

From the Washington Times:
Because of the bass deaths, the service has said it will register all large tidal water bass tournaments . . . to discuss procedures and perhaps gather data on contest sizes and bass catches. . . . There also will be a rule stating the water temperature inside tank-equipped release boats should be within 5 degrees of the water temperature . . . .

In addition. . . the DNR will require that bass are kept within well-aerated containers of water (near or above 100 percent oxygen saturation) before and after the weigh-in.

Henceforth, DNR personnel will be present at all large tournaments (100 or more boats) [to] assist tournament directors in matters relating to fish health. . . . Rules eventually can include sharp reductions in the handling of fish.

But according to this story, local anlters want more, some of them calling the new rules “pretty lame” and calling for a total ban on summer tournaments.

What are your thoughts?

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from country road wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

I don't know any detail about that situation other that what was in the article, but that many dead fish indicates that there is something BADLY wrong with what they are doing at the event and that some sort of corrections need to done. Big time.

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from weve_25 wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

I agree country road. Over 600 bass? Really? Something about that smells a little fishy to me.

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from ggmack wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

i am surprised this is even a necessary step. this should be standard procedure.

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from bluecollarkid wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

Well, if you fellas have ever seen the Potomac - its a dirty river and fish kills sometimes happen - tournament or no. As for doing away with them (tournaments that is), as a Maryland angler I am fine with it. More fish for me and keeps the tourists away.

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

I can understand why they are pissed but calling a ban on the rest of summer fishing tournaments.... thats a little far fetch. The guys in the tournaments probably (hopefully) did not know that the fish were going to die so why should they be punished so harshly. Now that it has been discovered, they are making rules/regulations to make sure it does not happen again.... what more could you ask for?

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

I have often wondered when watching a Bassmasters weigh-in on TV what the mortality rate would be. Is this a totally isolated occurrence or has this happened many times on a smaller scale i wonder?

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from flyguy wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

The “casting for cash” crowd just don’t have the same stewardship values as typical catch and release anglers. Like anything else, once money and competition become involved, many higher principles are casually forgotten. I’ll stick with the long pole on a quiet creek. All in support of a ban on these types of event.

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from country road wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

I don't know any detail about that situation other that what was in the article, but that many dead fish indicates that there is something BADLY wrong with what they are doing at the event and that some sort of corrections need to done. Big time.

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from weve_25 wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

I agree country road. Over 600 bass? Really? Something about that smells a little fishy to me.

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from ggmack wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

i am surprised this is even a necessary step. this should be standard procedure.

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from bluecollarkid wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

Well, if you fellas have ever seen the Potomac - its a dirty river and fish kills sometimes happen - tournament or no. As for doing away with them (tournaments that is), as a Maryland angler I am fine with it. More fish for me and keeps the tourists away.

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from FloridaHunter1226 wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

I can understand why they are pissed but calling a ban on the rest of summer fishing tournaments.... thats a little far fetch. The guys in the tournaments probably (hopefully) did not know that the fish were going to die so why should they be punished so harshly. Now that it has been discovered, they are making rules/regulations to make sure it does not happen again.... what more could you ask for?

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from steve182 wrote 4 years 37 weeks ago

I have often wondered when watching a Bassmasters weigh-in on TV what the mortality rate would be. Is this a totally isolated occurrence or has this happened many times on a smaller scale i wonder?

+1 Good Comment? | | Report
from flyguy wrote 4 years 36 weeks ago

The “casting for cash” crowd just don’t have the same stewardship values as typical catch and release anglers. Like anything else, once money and competition become involved, many higher principles are casually forgotten. I’ll stick with the long pole on a quiet creek. All in support of a ban on these types of event.

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