What's even more f'd up is I personally talked to John before the first one and asked him if I could have the boat on the water, rods locked up and just go graphing. He said he'd prefer all boats not be on the water at all to avoid any conflict.... Grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr I could have used the time on the water just to find more spots.
Now that I have reread the rules, they are ambiguous.
15. PRACTICE FISHING
There are NO "OFF LIMITS" effective September 1, 2008. You can fish the lake when ever the lake is open prior to the tournament. You may pre-fish at anytime up until midnight the day prior to the tournament.