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Unfortunately the BASS(Bassmaster) TOUR will not be coming out west this year. The officialy TOUR schedule was announced earlier. Of course all the tournaments are back East including a bunch in Alabama. I guess all the bitching the pros did while they were here(California) this year in April did them good. I sat at the dinner table one night with Denny and Chad Brauer, Tom Mann Jr., and Mark Davis and all they did was cry about how they had to drive all the way to California. What they seem to forget is the fact that all the Western Pros had to drive back and forth all Spring to fish the TOUR this past year. And these jokers bitch because they had to make ONE trip this year. I know for a fact that some of the western pros drove back and forth up to 5 times this year. They even said that if BASS was to have any TOUR events out west next year, 2004, then they would already have their mind made up as to which tour they would fish. ie FLW instead of BASS. What these crybabies seem to forget is the fact that if it wasn't for BASS they would not be fishing for a living. So much for helping out those who helped you out. They are starting to become like REAL Professional athletes, no loyalty!. The official excuse BASS made as to why they are not having any TOUR events out west this year, "we are bringing back the Western OPENS this year". Big Deal, the OPENS are for anyone who wants to enter, not just the pros.
 

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They are really going to be in shock when Bass goes through the changes in the next year.
Rumor has it that B.A.S.S. will not be supporting the federation.

If this is true think about all the money they will be loosing on subscriptions, I bet there is a good % that only get the mag. because they have to if they want to be in a federation club.

If this is true looks like the classic wont have any federation guys in it like they do now.

Your also right about the pro fishermen acting like REAL Professional athletes.

Delw



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Awww...poor babies, cant hack it out west. I think they are afraid of reapers and swimbaits! Isnt it called the Pro TOUR? Driving is part of the game!!! Oh well..they can have Alabama.
Jason
 

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Del,
I am nnot sure that the rumor you head is true. A friend of mine works for the Federation as the national youth director. He told me there were so good things coming down the line for the fed. ANd here is the statement the VP of BASS told the state presidents:

Statement made to the Federation Presidents
By Dean Kessel, vice president and general manager of BASS
BASS Communications — Aug. 5, 2003

We recognize that many of the major issues involving the relationship between BASS and the BASS Federation are the result of failures in the communication process. To correct that problem, BASS will communicate directly with the State Federation Presidents, along with the five regional representatives, beginning immediately.

Presidents who wish to communicate with BASS through their representatives, rather than directly with us, may do so.

Commitments by BASS:

1) We are dedicated to improving the BASS Federation, and recognize that it is the backbone of this organization. We want to work with the Federation to make it stronger. That commitment extends to the highest levels of ESPN.

2) The five spots in the Bassmaster Classic reserved for top anglers from each of the five divisions will not be eliminated. These five anglers will compete for the same titles and prize funds as the pro anglers. Contrary to rumor, that will not change.

3) The very successful Federation Alliance sponsor program has been beneficial to Federations that have chosen to participate. Within the limitations of contracts with participating sponsors, this program will not be eliminated.

4) Rumors that BASS plans to mandate sponsorship agreements involving State Federations are false. There will be no new mandates of any kind, especially including those involving sponsorships and Federation bylaws.

5) A Federation Director will be appointed very soon. This person will be an avid fisherman who understands the Federation's needs and concerns. This person will also have the authority to make decisions and to respond to your questions and concerns in a timely manner.

6) We also plan to appoint two regional managers to assist with state programs. This will bring our staff supporting the Federation program to a total of eight.

7) Approximately six months from now, we will bring all of the Federation presidents together for a joint strategy session to put together a five-year plan for the BASS Federation. This plan, which is unprecedented in BASS history, will guide BASS and the BASS Federation as we work together toward common goals to benefit the sport, the resource and the Federation.

8) A weekend style tournament trail is still on the drawing boards. We recognize that this might conflict with some Federations in states where there are already too many tournaments being held. However, where this program would benefit Federation anglers, we would seek to offer additional competitions. BASS will work with the Federations to avoid conflicts and provide opportunities for BASS members where we can. In addition, Federation members will still benefit by receiving priority entries in those events, as they do in the Opens.

9) Within the next few months, BASS will roll out new initiatives designed to increase funding for state Federation conservation programs and other activities at the state level.

10) Actions speak louder than words. We ask that Federation leaders continue to work within the present framework over the next six months as BASS proves its dedication to the Federation program and its ability to make great things happen.

As BASS Founder Ray Scott reminded us in our meeting today, we've got to stand together, not divided. And that's exactly the course of action we plan to take.

So hopefully they hold true to this.
 
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Thanks for the note. It was worth reading.
Did you hear if FLW had anything to do in a buy out or something yet?

The weekend style tournys sound pretty neat.


Thanks
Delw
 
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The West has always been the stepchild of bass fishing yet every major advancement in the sport is spawned here. The latest and greatest is the Senko fishing and swim baits as well as drop-shotting. Before that it was spider jigs and tube baits. Before that it was flipping and split shotting. What will it be next? They only hope to know....
 

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EVERY MAJOR ADVANCEMENT? Geeeze, don't dislocate a shoulder patting yourself on the back! I don't consider the innovations you listed as major anyway. B.A.S.S., Bass Boats(Skeeter, Ranger), Electronics (Lowrance) those are the majors.

However, that being said, I do think you invented the barb. :roll:
 
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drop shotting was not "spawned" out here. It was "spawned" in japan and did not start to get big out here until the mid early 90's. It has been going on way longer than that though.
 
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Okay, excuuuse me. Let me rephrase that. POPULARIZED OUT HERE. Denny, you're a real ass if you think that a boat and electronics make a fisherman. If that were true then every dumb ass (like you) could BUY his way to the Bassmaster Classic. It takes much more than equipment. Can you say idiotic brain fart thing to say? Old man, repeat after me.... Champion Boats do not make me a Champion, Ranger Boats do not make me adept at fishing!!!!!!!!! Shut your frickin' ignorant non-fish-catching-pie-hole. You make me sick! What have you ever done to tell ME anything. Absolutely nothing. If you were even a miniscule player in the bass fishing world then I might be nice to you, even though you mock me at every turn. But do you know what? YOU ARE NOT EVEN MINISCULE. YOU ARE NON-EXISTENT!!!!!!! The gloves are off you silly old man. Lick the remains of my legacy while you squirm a worm-like, invisible existence. LMAO....Denny, Den, Big D!!!!!! Please, you have got to be kidding,,,right? I hope so...
 

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already cancelled my subscription to B.A.S.S.,after the terrible coverage this year of the Classic,what's so classic about it?Didn't even take time to interview our western boyz,(well ok,maybe Ish)[email protected],you tell 'em!!!
 

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Whatever Dreamer! I won't stoop to your insulting, name-calling level. Its just because you're opinions are always wrong, your "facts", are always wrong, and you obviously have a very high opinion of yourself. Ergo, that opinion is wrong too. QED
 
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Ummmmm, okay? I thought you started this by saying that I did not know what the EF I was talking about. Denny, admit it when you are wrong. It will make life easier. Trust me. Just do it. No one is perfect. Not even me!!!!! Come on man!!!!!!!!!!Hehehe.....you.............are.......................cracking................................ me.......................... up! I keep referring to you as the old man (which in my world is a complement) but the real truth is you are acting like a TEEN. Full of emotion but nothing in the notion. I am not out to attack anyone. You are attacking me. I will defend myself. You are losing. Repeat after me. Denny does not know everything. Denny is not a Bass God. Denny is human. If you say that 29 times then things should simmer down. If it doesn't then take 5 Valium and your beer of choice. Easy, pleasy, lemon-squeezy! You are a nice person. I know that. You are just a little pink in the gills. Slow down and take a few breaths. I do not think all this caterwauling is doing anyone, any good. JMHOFO!
 

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Keep probing dreamer, keep chucking those lures out there and see if I'll bite. I know your hot button and I'll push it whenever I damn please. Hehehe. Later. (_x_)
 
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Ummm...Rippinlips was it? You are right, I used the wrong word. Dang...that just goes back to may main point though! NO ONE IS PERFECT. I can admit it when I am wrong. Complement is pretty dang close to compliment, but I am not here to argue over the fact that I WAS WRONG. I used the wrong word. Although those words have very similar meanings, I used the wrong one. BUT I did not misspell it! I spelled complement right!!!! I simply.........AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH HHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH If
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(that's right, look it up to make sure I spelled it right!)
 

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I'm liking the weekend trail as well. I fish and support the federation and it is a good weekend trail. It's a 2 day draw style tournament.

I know for a fact that many GOOD fisherman don't fish the Federation. I wonder why? (Please explain here if you don't mind.)

I would like the Fed become a shared weight 2 day draw with a bit larger pot and hold 6 tournaments a year.
 
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Hey Joe, good question. I have often wondered why I have not been more involved in the Federation. I actually WANT to fish in this format but it always boils down to the complexity of it all. Join Gila or whoever and you do not need to fish the club level. Join A.B.C. and you do. I have really always just wanted someone to explain to me the politics of it all. I know it can not be that complex, but it is dizzying as far as what club to join and what to concentrate on as far as qualifying for the regionals and all that. I don't know, are their others out there that feel the same way? I do know that some of the "sticks" of the world have sprung from the federation such as that guy who died and the guy that won this year's Classic. Sorry, I am not into looking up names right now. Suffice to say, I have had the desire to fish Federation, I am just not in the know. Does that make sense? I hope...
 
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Del, you are hilarious. I will not be your non-boater but I would not mind fishing with you. It could be a kick. Later...
 
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