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Thursday, September 14, 2006

They ain't catchin' fish

The CITGO Bassmaster folks have set the competitors on the Women's Bassmster Tour up for failure this weekend by setting the competition on Arkansas' Bull Shoals Lake.

In an effort to get the women's tour more publicity, they've put the womens' events up on a fishery near a men's event, so that their weigh-ins can take place on the same stage. That means that the women have had to compete on secondary fisheries all season.

The fifth and final event of the season is set on an Arkansas lake that isn't noted for giving up big stringers of bass. The first-day leader, Tammy Richardson, had a 6 lb., 5 oz. stringer. That's not bad if you're the fifth place finisher in your local club tournament, but for an event that has a $50,000 first place prize, that amount is horrible.

Worse, none of the 190 pros and co-anglers had a 5-fish limit, and only 37 of the pros (15 co-anglers) brought a fish to the scales.

The BASS folks should be commended for starting the women's tour, but they need to look at placing the women on more productive venues next season.


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