My friend Bill Heller and I have fished Lake Ontario since 1985. We fished the ESLO, Pro- Ams, and just about any other tournament that was offered. We started out as Team Outcast, then Trophy Teasers, and more recently as Dodger/Outcast with Jim Skolny. The Pro-Ams were best back in the beginning, when they were only held in Niagara County. We fished in the late 80's and early 90's and even though we didn't fare well back then, we always had a great time. The Pro-am started to go down hill when the rules started to get changed almost ever year. We never knew exactly what kind of Tournament we would be getting into. Last year was the final straw for us, when the Amature division was all but eliminated. Here are some of the rules we liked. We would hope that some of these suggestions might be considered. Thanks
1)Closed communication. (Prevented large groups from stacking the odds)
2)Mandatory observers. (Prevents cheating)
3)Same fishing time for Pros and Amatures. (With staggered starting times for safety)
4)Two Divisions. (Three with Open division)
5)Eliminate set time for being back to pier head. (Caused unsafe rush to port) Just set a time to be in line for weigh-in.
6)Allow culling in the spring and no culling in the summer. (not too important)
7)Set limits of ( 3 for Open), (6 or 9 for Amatures), (12 for Pros)
Have fishing start and end times controlled by Observers and/or Radio announcements by the Committee.(Can't erase smile)
9)Keep GPS tracking of catch.
10)Have bonus Lake Trout in limit.
11)Have Friday and Sat. as Tournament days. Made for a much better Weigh-in and time for teams to socialize.