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#11554223 - 04/20/16 09:09 AM BASS Elite Angler - Matt Vermilyea
Neal G Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 11/06/09
Posts: 598
Loc: Texas
BASS Elite Angler - Matt Vermilyea pulled the plug on his 2016 season. $ funding was the reason given. Sounds like a nice enough guy but he obviously made a poor decision to accept the Elite invitation with not having enough support to make it through one season. He was up front and open from the beginning about his tight budget. Although I did not see enough tournament success and experience (outside of his home area) in his tournament history to think that he had a great chance at the Elite level - he did qualify and I understand the attraction to fish them. His blog is here: Matt Vermilyea Blog

Which brings me to the Elite qualification process that I will cover in a different post.

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#11554304 - 04/20/16 09:35 AM Re: BASS Elite Angler - Matt Vermilyea [Re: Neal G]
fouzman Offline
Methuselah

Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 45539
Loc: Houston, TX
Sounds like he rolled the dice on being able to cash a check to keep fishing. Two tournaments into the season, 107 in AOY standings and no checks. Seems like poor judgement on the angler's part. Though I suspect there are a bunch of guys at the Opens level that would take that same gamble.
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#11554331 - 04/20/16 09:41 AM Re: BASS Elite Angler - Matt Vermilyea [Re: Neal G]
Jaret Latta Offline
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Registered: 01/06/07
Posts: 6828
Loc: Austin, Tx/Nacogdoches, Tx
Probably smart to get out now instead of risking debt further into the season.

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#11554382 - 04/20/16 09:54 AM Re: BASS Elite Angler - Matt Vermilyea [Re: Neal G]
crna13 Offline
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Registered: 03/12/09
Posts: 328
Loc: Whineville
Great blog. He lived a dream that many of us have and probably will never get to do. You only live once

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#11554389 - 04/20/16 09:56 AM Re: BASS Elite Angler - Matt Vermilyea [Re: Neal G]
Josh Seale Offline
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Registered: 02/06/08
Posts: 470
Loc: San Angelo
Tough deal when you are banking on cashing checks to stay in the game. Good luck to the ole boy. At the end of the day he can say he fished two more Elite tournaments than most of us.
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#11554405 - 04/20/16 09:59 AM Re: BASS Elite Angler - Matt Vermilyea [Re: Neal G]
RayBob Online   content
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All fishing is not the same as fishing Erie and Northern smallie waters. My experience with Northern smallies is they are aggressive and tend to make you think you can fish with the pros.
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#11554412 - 04/20/16 10:01 AM Re: BASS Elite Angler - Matt Vermilyea [Re: Neal G]
Chris_K Offline
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Registered: 01/14/15
Posts: 1164
Loc: TX
I really don't see how anyone new coming in can afford to compete unless you come from the college ranks or FLW. Sponsors aren't going to give a big check to someone unproven.

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#11554439 - 04/20/16 10:11 AM Re: BASS Elite Angler - Matt Vermilyea [Re: Neal G]
criglizard Offline
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Registered: 05/22/08
Posts: 302
Can't blame him for trying. Is there some sort of penalty for pulling out for the remainder of the season?

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#11554482 - 04/20/16 10:24 AM Re: BASS Elite Angler - Matt Vermilyea [Re: criglizard]
fouzman Offline
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Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 45539
Loc: Houston, TX
Originally Posted By: criglizard
Can't blame him for trying. Is there some sort of penalty for pulling out for the remainder of the season?


Don't know for sure, but I imagine he forfeits the entry fee for Bull Shoals, which he already paid.
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#11554672 - 04/20/16 11:24 AM Re: BASS Elite Angler - Matt Vermilyea [Re: Neal G]
Dbranch3 Offline
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Registered: 02/08/15
Posts: 215
I think it's great he gave it a shot, may have been his only chance to fish the elites!

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#11554766 - 04/20/16 11:58 AM Re: BASS Elite Angler - Matt Vermilyea [Re: Neal G]
InTheClear Offline
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Registered: 09/28/12
Posts: 1394
Loc: Southwest Texas
I thought they had to pay all entries for the season upfront to secure the spot?

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#11554782 - 04/20/16 12:07 PM Re: BASS Elite Angler - Matt Vermilyea [Re: InTheClear]
fouzman Offline
Methuselah

Registered: 01/20/09
Posts: 45539
Loc: Houston, TX
Originally Posted By: InTheClear
I thought they had to pay all entries for the season upfront to secure the spot?


No, they can do it in stages, but it costs more.
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#11554798 - 04/20/16 12:13 PM Re: BASS Elite Angler - Matt Vermilyea [Re: Neal G]
NoWeighers Online   content
Pro Angler

Registered: 05/09/07
Posts: 803
Loc: Zapata, TX
From talking to several Elite fishermen, I believe that they can make a few payments on the entry fees.. But I can't vouch for BASS rules for sure..

There are probably very few of us that have not dreamed of walking across that stage carrying a big bag of fish with a [censored] eating grin on our faces.. Or hoisting that trophy over your head on the final day..

If the situation availed itself to me forty years ago. I'da went in a minute.. I could have always went back to driving nails..
That don't mean I would have made it any farther than the first tournament..

In a famous movie Clint Eastwood said, "A man's got to know his limitations.."

Sometimes it takes jumping out there to find out what they are..

So I'll give him credit for giving it a shot.. And best of luck in the future.. I'm sure he is not gonna quit fishing..
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#11554895 - 04/20/16 12:54 PM Re: BASS Elite Angler - Matt Vermilyea [Re: Neal G]
M Wyatt Offline
Angler

Registered: 06/09/15
Posts: 286
Loc: North Texas
I give him credit for trying - you don't know how it'll go until you go do it.
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#11555285 - 04/20/16 03:35 PM Re: BASS Elite Angler - Matt Vermilyea [Re: Neal G]
shotgunwilly Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 06/22/08
Posts: 760
Atleast he's smart enough to throw in the towel now and not when he is neck deep in debt.

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