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Kudos to FLW for doing the sensible thing..... #13477203 03/18/20 07:49 PM
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they decided to go ahead and have their tournament on Lake Martin this week...below is their statement on why they decided to go ahead and the measures they took to reduce the spread of the corona virus....



""These are unusual times, not only in the fishing industry but throughout the world. Efforts to combat the spread of COVID-19 have forced Americans and everyone to make incredible sacrifices, including, in many cases, postponing the activities we enjoy most. In fact, yesterday, FLW announced that it was postponing all tournaments through April 5. This week's Lake Martin event is an exception. The field of pros was already in Alexander City, Ala., when the decision was made to postpone events. FLW worked with its angler panel to develop a plan that was safe and fair for everyone, and therefore decided to move the tournament up a day so anglers can fish and then hustle home to their families. Other measures are in place to ensure everyone's safety. Only essential FLW staff is on site. There will be no marshals this week. Instead, the anglers will self-report their catches to media, and they'll run POV cameras in their boats to ensure all rules are followed. FLW is encouraging fans to not attend weigh-in, and to instead watch on FLW Live. There was no pretournament meeting. FLW instituted new launch and weigh-in procedures to maintain a safe distance of at least 6 feet between every person. That's the distance recommended by the Centers for Disease Control to minimize the likelihood of transmitting the virus. Gloves and other safety gear will also be on hand for staff and anglers.
As for the fishing, things are taking off in Alabama. Catching fish is not at all a problem on Martin. It's full of fish. Getting bit is easy. Catching good ones is a little tougher. A lot of pros will wind up weighing in 8- to 9-pound limits of spotted bass this week. Getting a big largemouth will separate anyone from the pack. There's a very good chance we'll see some fish caught off beds in this tournament, too. What we don't know is whether the spawners will get picked off in a day, and then that pattern will fizzle, or if more fish are coming to the bank by the hour and replenishing the supply. Regardless, the shallow bite could be the ideal way to catch a kicker.
One last note about coverage: FLW is running a small media crew and relying on anglers to self-report their catches. Therefore, you can anticipate that the leaderboard and live blog will be updated a little slower, and a little less often. We apologize for the inconvenience. You can always follow along live during the daily weigh-ins to see how your favorite angler did each day""

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Re: Kudos to FLW for doing the sensible thing..... [Re: beartrap] #13477236 03/18/20 08:28 PM
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Reasonable move. Eliminates half the people possibly affected just removing the Marshall's alone.


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Re: Kudos to FLW for doing the sensible thing..... [Re: beartrap] #13477267 03/18/20 08:54 PM
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would be surprised if more than a handful of marshals would have participated.

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Re: Kudos to FLW for doing the sensible thing..... [Re: beartrap] #13477319 03/18/20 09:38 PM
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Good for them.


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They are fortunate to be fishing at a place not being regulated... Corps of Engineers and SRA have put a stop to all events at their facilities in Texas. Dallas County made it a class b misdemeanor to organize or host a recreational event of more than 10 people and I am hearing Tarrant and Collin county will follow suit. They are even asking people who see gatherings of 10 or more to call them in so police can be dispatched. Several more trails would hold their events if the regulating authorities of the water body would allow it.





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Originally Posted by buda13
They are fortunate to be fishing at a place not being regulated... Corps of Engineers and SRA have put a stop to all events at their facilities in Texas. Dallas County made it a class b misdemeanor to organize or host a recreational event of more than 10 people and I am hearing Tarrant and Collin county will follow suit. They are even asking people who see gatherings of 10 or more to call them in so police can be dispatched. Several more trails would hold their events if the regulating authorities of the water body would allow it.


Absolutely ridiculous. Smith County is one of the "hotspots" but we have four coronavirus cases among 230,000 residents. Now it's too dangerous to be in boats 25 yards apart in open air, and of course there is the dreaded weigh-in where people might be within 10 feet of each other for a few seconds.

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This did get me to thinking about alternative ways to run a tournament. You could do the vast majority of it without crowds, I'd think. Use drones, cameras from the boat, make it interactive with the fans at home from their TV/Computer/laptop. Pay so much to "follow" a pro for a day/half day/tournament/etc. Get to ask questions of the pro. I think some of those could be incorporated now to make it more interesting. Just a thought.


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I was signed up to fish the BFL Cowboy division @ LOP I hope they move that one to a fall date. If this virus thing blows over pretty quick they still might get it in before the really hot part of summer gets here and I'd be good with that, Everybody stay safe!

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Re: Kudos to FLW for doing the sensible thing..... [Re: beartrap] #13481463 03/21/20 02:28 PM
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They moved the finish up to saturday, todays the final day

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