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is putting brushpiles in a lake cheating? #13305624 10/08/19 08:16 PM
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the winner of the recent bass open on grand lake claims he won the tournament on some green brush piles he had put out just prior to the tourney...big debate going on BBC lounge as to whether this is cheating...also there's is some discussion of whether putting crawfish,shiners,dog food into brushpiles is legal or not...
my thoughts are almost anything is legal unless it involves getting fish out of a basket or hooking tied off fish....if a fish is free to swim anywhere in the lake and you can entice the fish to bite your bait,it's a legal fish....also believe putting brushpiles in a lake is good for the fishery especially our aging reservoirs where the cover has deteriorated...

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Re: is putting brushpiles in a lake cheating? [Re: beartrap] #13305650 10/08/19 08:38 PM
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I don't think so. Between side imaging and 360 I can find them and abuse them. Is that cheating?


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It is NOT cheating as long as it is legal to do so on said lake


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Re: is putting brushpiles in a lake cheating? [Re: beartrap] #13305658 10/08/19 08:49 PM
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Is it littering?

Re: is putting brushpiles in a lake cheating? [Re: beartrap] #13305674 10/08/19 09:14 PM
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No different to me than someone who spends 200 days at a given lake out of the year. Yes they have an advantage but anybody else can do the same thing if they choose to do so and have the resources/flexibility of schedule



Re: is putting brushpiles in a lake cheating? [Re: saibling] #13305693 10/08/19 09:25 PM
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Originally Posted by saibling
Is it littering?


Is it trash?


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Re: is putting brushpiles in a lake cheating? [Re: beartrap] #13305696 10/08/19 09:28 PM
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If you want to put the time in to do what others won’t, you deserve to beat them.


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Re: is putting brushpiles in a lake cheating? [Re: beartrap] #13305701 10/08/19 09:30 PM
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Sunk some brush at Fork last week and before that at Texoma. It's the right thing to do. thumb


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Re: is putting brushpiles in a lake cheating? [Re: beartrap] #13305713 10/08/19 09:41 PM
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Thing of it as public housing for fish.

Re: is putting brushpiles in a lake cheating? [Re: beartrap] #13305721 10/08/19 09:53 PM
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Not cheating at all. The people that think it is. Are the ones that get beat all the time

Re: is putting brushpiles in a lake cheating? [Re: beartrap] #13305798 10/08/19 11:24 PM
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Sinking brush piles is not cheating

Baiting a brush pile prior to a tournament is typically not allowed.


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Re: is putting brushpiles in a lake cheating? [Re: CCTX] #13305847 10/09/19 12:14 AM
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Originally Posted by CCTX
Sinking brush piles is not cheating

Baiting a brush pile prior to a tournament is typically not allowed.



if a person wanted to sink some dog food into a brushpile,how much time before the tourney would you have to do it...2 days,2 weeks,2 months?
wasn't able to pull up the rules for BFL tournys and it's been several years since I fihed them but don't recall reading anything about no dog food in a brushpile...my own thoughts are that putting dog food in a brush pile is no different than just putting out a brushpile….you re trying to attract fish with either....

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When I read tournament rules; there is often a rule against “baiting a hole”
Putting dog food on a brush pile prior to a tournament is baiting a hole

The dog food will attract blue gills/other sunfish; the bass will follow

Baiting a brushpile prior to a tournament is unsportsmanlike, and would also fall under any generic unsportsmanlike wording in the tournament rules

A friend that baits a brushpile and then gives you the coordinates of the baited hole is also unsportsmanlike


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Re: is putting brushpiles in a lake cheating? [Re: beartrap] #13305865 10/09/19 12:23 AM
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how many tournament trails have a rule against
putting out brushpiles?
putting dog food in a brushpile?

Re: is putting brushpiles in a lake cheating? [Re: beartrap] #13305870 10/09/19 12:28 AM
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Haven’t seen rules against putting out brush piles
I remember some famous fishermen public-ally putting hundreds out prior to the Bassmaster Classic a few years back

I see verbiage against “baiting a hole” regularly in tournament rules


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