From a tournament manager's perspective...

I’m ecstatic that we were able to get a second day of competition in at the Bass Pro Shops Bassmaster Northern Open on Lake Erie in Sandusky, Ohio.


Great Lakes fisheries bring us giant bags of smallmouth bass, vast fisheries and often challenging weather that can take a toll on equipment and competitors alike. As tournament managers and directors, we are often faced with making decisions that affect the competition. None more so than the decision to cancel a day. That literally has an impact on the entire field and not one that is easily made or taken lightly. But we must take into account the safety of the competitors and what is in the best interest of the majority of the field. I firmly feel B.A.S.S. was right on track yesterday when we decided to cancel the day and roll the full field into today’s final competition day.


I personally want to thank all the anglers for their support, professionalism and understanding as we worked through the inconvenience that Mother Nature dealt us yesterday. I truly feel blessed to work with so many great individuals and “top-notch” anglers.


Looking forward to a tremendous final day weigh-in at the Shelby Street Boat Ramp in Sandusky beginning at 3 pm. This is a world-class trophy fishery and more than worthy of being part of any tournament schedule. Today we crown a champion and likely award another 2014 Classic spot. Life is good.

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