Once, Twice, Three Times a Tourist

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Obviously, Tuesday’s press release from the MLF crew created a frenzy among bass fishing media and fans.

My phone, email and Facebook accounts have been blowing up since then with questions about what I know and what I think about the state of the fishing world from here on forward. More than one person has asked “When are you going to write about it?”

Well, here I am writing about it. Cautiously. Tentatively. Honestly.

No matter what I say, people are going to think that I’m withholding info or pushing a particular agenda. After all, I work for B.A.S.S., used to work for FLW, and have a number of friends and contacts who will presumably be a part of this new operation. I was even hired and fired on multiple occasions by the last upstart national tournament organization, the PAA. How’s that for perspective? All I can guarantee is that when I do write about this topic, or any other, in this blog you should realize that I’m pushing no agenda other than my own.

So here’s what I’ve got to say about the new circuit and its impact on the sport:

NOTHING

I’ve got lots of questions about how things will shake out, but insofar as we’ve received relatively few hard-and-fast facts about entry fees, payouts, schedules and tournament fields, it would be irresponsible to offer opinions. It would probably be nearly as irresponsible to ask my questions in a public space, because readers may infer that I’m implying facts not in evidence.

Accordingly, I’m going to be quiet…for now.

I’m also going to enjoy the opinions the dozens of commenters on every major fishing forum who seem to think that they know a lot more about what’s going on than I do. Maybe I’ll learn something.