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#11325079 - 01/05/16 04:53 PM Bassmasters Classic - Brush Piles
Neal G Offline
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I read last years' Bassmasters Classic winner placed dozens of brush piles in the Classic's tournament lake - Lake Hartwell. This year Edwin is apparently doing the same as reported on BassFan. The comments below are from classic contenders James Watson and Edwin Evers which I thought were funny.

> Watson said he came across Evers planting brush piles in the back of a cove from a pontoon boat on one of his pre-practice days. "I came up behind him and I wasn't in my own boat, but I have a distinctive voice and he knew who it was," Watson said. "I asked him if he had the proper permits for that and he said, 'No, I don't have any permits, but I know I can throw a Horny Toad in this stuff."

Truth be told a lot of money is won in Texas on planted brush but it is not really mentioned too much.

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#11325170 - 01/05/16 05:51 PM Re: Bassmasters Classic - Brush Piles [Re: Neal G]
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Didn't know that. Lots of money is won on brush piles and I have no issue with it. Putting out good piles in the right location takes a crazy amount of time and effort.

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#11325282 - 01/05/16 06:46 PM Re: Bassmasters Classic - Brush Piles [Re: Neal G]
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The other Anglers will have every stick of it found with side imaging. Once it's in the Lake it's everyone's brush.
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#11325584 - 01/05/16 08:55 PM Re: Bassmasters Classic - Brush Piles [Re: Neal G]
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Good for him for putting work in

Some will be found but it only takes the right one not to be
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#11325779 - 01/05/16 10:20 PM Re: Bassmasters Classic - Brush Piles [Re: Neal G]
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Sounds like a great idea! I'm gonna figure out how to put out brush piles! Sounds interesting!
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#11325883 - 01/06/16 01:37 AM Re: Bassmasters Classic - Brush Piles [Re: Fish Killer]
Finesse Master Offline
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Originally Posted By: Fish Killer
Good for him for putting work in

Some will be found but it only takes the right one not to be


+1

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#11325890 - 01/06/16 02:19 AM Re: Bassmasters Classic - Brush Piles [Re: Neal G]
HawgWrangler Offline
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I have a good friend in Oklahoma that has made a successful reputation planting piles. It has then years of hard work. The real talent after locating them is understanding why and when the fish are using them. All sounds like serious effort to me.
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#11327056 - 01/06/16 02:49 PM Re: Bassmasters Classic - Brush Piles [Re: Neal G]
Rob Lay Offline
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Most of the pros and your local poters are doing it. Technically most tournament rules don't mention brush piles, but they mention you have to follow all other rules and many jurisdictions over lakes don't allow brush piles (or cutting, or trash like wire/pvc). So good luck when you get that generalized lie detector question "have you knowingly broken any rules?".
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#11327070 - 01/06/16 02:55 PM Re: Bassmasters Classic - Brush Piles [Re: SkeeterRonnie]
UTDmiller Offline
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Originally Posted By: Ronnie Manning
Sounds like a great idea! I'm gonna figure out how to put out brush piles! Sounds interesting!


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#11327110 - 01/06/16 03:14 PM Re: Bassmasters Classic - Brush Piles [Re: Neal G]
Bassslayerr Offline
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ive always concidered it especially with it being christmas time. you could go by the tree deposit, grab a few, then weight them and throw them in the lake.
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#11327119 - 01/06/16 03:18 PM Re: Bassmasters Classic - Brush Piles [Re: Rob Lay]
Andrew Y'Barbo Offline
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Loc: Lufkin Texas
Originally Posted By: Rob Lay
Most of the pros and your local poters are doing it. Technically most tournament rules don't mention brush piles, but they mention you have to follow all other rules and many jurisdictions over lakes don't allow brush piles (or cutting, or trash like wire/pvc). So good luck when you get that generalized lie detector question "have you knowingly broken any rules?".


Questions may only pertain to tournament hours. Take-off to check-in.

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#11327127 - 01/06/16 03:23 PM Re: Bassmasters Classic - Brush Piles [Re: Neal G]
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Why drop your own when in 1/4 of the time you can find other peoples.

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#11327132 - 01/06/16 03:25 PM Re: Bassmasters Classic - Brush Piles [Re: Neal G]
kellisag Online   content
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Registered: 12/08/06
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Loc: SETX
More power to him! Sinking enough brush to really benefit takes a lot of work, if he is willing to put it in then good for him.

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#11327148 - 01/06/16 03:38 PM Re: Bassmasters Classic - Brush Piles [Re: Neal G]
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I get hung enough with out putting more brush in the lake,.. fish

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#11327174 - 01/06/16 03:51 PM Re: Bassmasters Classic - Brush Piles [Re: Neal G]
Neal G Offline
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Loc: Texas
I do not have a problem with a tournament angler putting out brush piles but the fan in me wants to see the best angler win based on fishing skill as opposed to the hardest working & best brush pile planter. I am trying to think of another sport in which the competitors/players alter the playing field or court. Hunting comes to mind but not any of the ball & stick sports. ehhh never mind - Tom Brady.

In all seriousness, Edwin did have a pretty good video out years ago on making and planting brush. I would link it here but can not find it.
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