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    Jerry McKinnis Blog
from Buzz  
6/27/2012 6:23:26 AM


  to view map of Green Bay and Boundary's see the Website
a box at Green Bay

By Jerry McKinnis
Jun 26, 2012

Oh my, am I going to get in trouble for what I will say today.
Before I say it though, let me make a few points.
Here at B.A.S.S. we always like to claim ourselves the biggest and baddest when it comes to bass fishing information and education. And we are.

Along with that, I think we have a responsibility alongside of all state agencies to oversee the waters that all bass anglers use, and I think we do a pretty good job there as well. Our Conservation Director Noreen Clough is an absolute gift from heaven, and she leads an incredible group of Federation Nation directors. I’ll bet very few of you bass fishermen out there know about these people, but believe me, they’ve got your back.

I also want to point out that all of our Elite anglers are not only real bass pros when it comes to finding and catching bass, but they are tops in the areas of teaching and conservation as well. You know what else? They’re very accessible to the fans and just darn good people to be around.

My last point is this. There might be 25 million bass fishermen out there -- not all are members of B.A.S.S. -- but we still have the responsibility to speak up when something happens that’s unfair to any of these 25 million.

OK, here comes the statement that will surely get me sent to prison. (Not really).

All the people I have just mentioned, professional anglers, weekend anglers, conservation folks, and the B.A.S.S organization plus the tourism people in the state of Wisconsin, have been totally insulted by the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources.

The B.A.S.S event that will happen this week out of Green Bay was our mystery event. It was to be something truly special because our anglers didn’t know where we were headed until the last few weeks before it kicked off.

On the day that the Green Bay mayor announced the location, the DNR hit B.A.S.S. with boundary lines for how far we can go from Green Bay that were absolutely silly. Although they will attempt to give good reasons for their boundaries, they are still insulting.

Folks get out your map, and take a look at how large Lake Michigan is and then realize our Elite anglers have been put in a little bitty box. We have been told that transporting bass over 25 miles in a boat livewell will kill fish. Well, we have to be dealing with people who have not paid attention to the bass fishing world. The modern day boat livewell is unbelievable when it comes to fish care, and the anglers themselves, well, there is no one on earth who takes better care of fish than an Elite angler.

They had more reasons for the “Boundary Box,” but let’s not get into them because they are all alike. They are insulting. We didn’t fight them hard at the time because I was afraid we would get in even more trouble. But now I am thinking what difference does it make.

We just got finished spending the week in La Crosse, Wis., where the crowds were off the charts, fishing was top notch, and the people were the best. It had to rank in the top two or three Bassmaster events I’ve ever been to.

Now we are just down the road at Green Bay, which has access to possibly the best smallmouth bass fishing in the world.

But we are not allowed to fish all of it. We’ve been excluded from maybe the best parts, which will stop us from really showcasing what Green Bay has to offer to bass fishing. At a time when every state needs every tourist dollar it can get, I’m bewildered by this “Boundary Box.”

I hope that when the fish weigh-in starts we blow the doors off this area with great catches, in spite of being regulated. The people of Wisconsin deserve that exposure.

I also hope someone from the DNR reaches out and says they’re sorry for making the bass fishermen feel so unwanted, and next time let’s work together.

My response to that would be, “I am sorry too, and yes, let’s start working together.”

Till then, the “Boundary Box” stinks.

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   Jerry, you are t o be commended for telling it like it is. from Bill Hunter  6/27/2012 8:16:26 AM
I am a B.A.S.S. member/angler and appreicate the ownership of B.A.S.S. standing up and fighting for us. I remember several years ago, at Ross Barnett in Mississippi a issue came up during the tournament about taxing the anglers. Ray stood up for the anglers and fought it tooth and nail. I don't think B.A.S.S. has had a major tournament there since. To bad you can't just pick up and move elsewhere.

   A shame DNR is so narrow mined from Rangerman  6/27/2012 8:33:47 AM
Life B.A.S.S. member since Hitler was a private. A total power trip for them. Don't see how it can be enforced.

   2005, 2006 study from 1sg  6/27/2012 10:54:04 AM
It appears the DNR did a study in 2006 that was decided a Bass in a certain water temperature range(above 80) had a maximum distance the DNR would allow them to be transported in a livewell was 40 miles.

I guess they came to an agreement for a distance around 25 miles one way. So if an angler stops close to the ramp and catches a fish and then runs to the outer limits and back it could be around a 50 mile trip.

   refilling livewells from Buzz  6/27/2012 11:03:45 AM
At the Classic in New Orleans some years ago, BASS had anglers pump out and refill livewells at a designated point. This helped with the long distances that were involved.

   i like from 1bigsnakehead #18631  6/27/2012 12:10:25 PM
how he thought it was a mystery lake to any of the anglers.

   If I was King of BASS from Rangerman  6/28/2012 8:37:48 AM
it would be a Mystery Lake, I'd move the whole tournament to another lake and state and let their local business' gain the big $$$$$$ BASS brings to town.

   Smoke Screen from Brett M  6/28/2012 9:24:19 AM
The whole thing about transporting bass is rue. Simply a way to hide the true intent. The Chamber sponsoring the event put up good money to bring BASS to town-- knowing that DNR would oppose. This ruling is a thumb in the eye of the Chamber.

The DNR of Wisconsin dispise cometitive fishing, especially bass fishing - Hinse the people of Wisconsin. Yes,, the people-- If you elect them, they represent the majority (and the minority) Even if the decision makers at DNR are not elected, that means they are appointed by someone that was elected.

I personally live by the rule "if Im not made to feel welcome then I don't come back".

It's no secret that Wisconsin is not "Competition Friendly" and even pondering having an event in this region is at risk for something like this. Maybe it will still turn out well for the community. - The fisherman will catch them anyway!



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