What’s the buzzword right now? Fake news. Let’s examine our own fake news being perpetuated in the club right now.
The fake news is that the reservoirs are in decline and that an 8-fish tournament limit is the reason.
Where’s the proof that an 8-fish limit for our tournaments has hurt the fishery? Can anyone give me evidence? I’m going to show you evidence of the complete opposite.
Here’s what I can tell you as fact.
In ALL the years before 2013, there was never a single team in any tournament circuit who caught more than 100 pounds in six tournaments in a single season. From 2013 to 2016 (4 seasons), it has happened 17 times in just our club. Yep, the fishing has really suffered.
Let’s look at it another way. Here is the average amount of fish caught per team, per tournament, over the last 12 years.
2005 – 4.3 fish per team
2006 – 4.5 fish per team
2007 – 4.51 fish per team
2008 – 4.23 fish per team
2009 – 3.34 fish per team
2010 – 4.03 fish per team
2011 – 5.34 fish per team
2012 – 5.74 fish per team
2013 – 5.93 fish per team
2014 – 5.89 fish per team
2015 – 5.28 fish per team
2016 – 5.73 fish per team
Oh no. Maybe we better stop fishing all together! We’re only averaging 1.5 MORE fish per team over the last 6 years versus the 6 years before.
Add to this the 13 year-old record for the all-time heaviest bag of fish was topped by 2.24 pounds this year. And it wasn’t on the lake that I’m expecting to produce a 40-pound stringer!
Will anybody else join me in saying BS to the idea that an 8-fish limit is responsible for declining fishing in our reservoirs? Better yet, is there anybody who still wants to claim fishing is worse now than it was before?
Here’s something to consider. Two teams leading this call to lower the limit are two teams who most consistently weigh-in some of the heaviest fish in any given tournament. What does this mean? It means that they have consciously chosen to fish for fewer, but higher weighing fish. THEIR CHOICE!
I'll maintain that conservation is the furthest thing fueling their desire for a smaller limit. Simply put, they believe a smaller limit substantially increases the likelihood that THEY will win. It’s that simple.