Twice as Much, Half the Battle?

By Pete Robbins

Today marks the first day of the Elite Series event on the St. Johns River, the first day of the 2016 Elite Series season. It’s also the first day of the FLW Tour event on Lake Hartwell, the second event of the FLW season.

That’s disappointing.

By the time you add in the Classic, the TTBC and other postseason shenanigans, we’re looking at about 20 tour-level events per year. There are 52 weeks in the year. It would be nice if they could be spread out a little.

I don’t blame B.A.S.S. or FLW for this overlap. For all I know, they had their reasons and their limitations that forced them into this particular week, but for those of us who live and die with the outcomes of these tournaments, it’s too bad that we’re doubling up.

I’m sure it’ll hurt the feelings of some of the anglers, too. There exists a possibility that some pro will earn the crowning achievement of his career this weekend and when he wakes up on Monday he’ll be the second story on BassFan or, worse yet, placed in the “Dock Talk” section. Unless you’re A-Mart or Andy Morgan or KVD, titles and trophies don’t come around every year, so when you finally get a big break or even a moderate breakthrough, you want to see your name up in lights.