What's up with Central Opens and fish-offs?

Chris Bowes had a bit of fun. At the end of Saturday's weigh-in, he announced, "We’re going to send them out in about an hour.”


Bowes raised some eyebrows, but then told all that B.A.S.S. has no tiebreakers in place for first-place ties in Opens competition, and that a fish-off was in order for Sunday.


Brent Chapman and Josh Bertrand were to stay over and fish for 5 hours to decide the champion of the event, along with the berth to the 2013 Classic on Oklahoma's Grand Lake.


It's not the first time Opens have produced fish-offs. In 2009, there were two occurrences, both in the Central division.


In the first on Toledo Bend, James Niggemeyer and Jerrel Pringle tied, and they went out for 3 1/2 hours of overtime the next day. Niggemeyer took his third title. See the story here and check out the slideshow.


Later that same year, Mark Smith and Elite pro Edwin Evers tied after three days on the Atchafalaya Basin. Evers won after a full day of overtime. See the story here and the photo gallery.