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It's the opening  week of bass season and I've never seen so many pro style/equipped bass boats working the area from Clayton to Alex Bay. Is there some kind of tournament going on or are folks just out enjoying the area? Got to be good for the motels and bait shops and most notably, gas stations. Publicity appears to have drawn a lot of out-of-staters.

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Yeah all the big names going to be there - pretty big event.  We had them coming down our docks two wide.....

 

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The bass we caught in that area weren't exactly the ones I think they were looking for......

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Personally these bass tournament boats are super annoying.  They come through our area with these ugly boats, huge motors, and fish finding tech that borders on unfair chase.

They pick off the big females from the points of our shoals and take them 30 miles downriver.

They horse their fish in with these heavy lines, pop them in the live well, and off they go to the next waypoint on their computer that they input when they "prefished" with the sonar the previous day.

 

I know they bring money to the north country, but for those of us who have been up in the 1000 islands for generations, to see these yahoo's blow through our little fishing spots with the nascar outfits and the gaudy 300hp boats, we call em the human cormorants.

 

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Personally these bass tournament boats are super annoying.  They come through our area with these ugly boats, huge motors, and fish finding tech that borders on unfair chase.
They pick off the big females from the points of our shoals and take them 30 miles downriver.
They horse their fish in with these heavy lines, pop them in the live well, and off they go to the next waypoint on their computer that they input when they "prefished" with the sonar the previous day.
 
I know they bring money to the north country, but for those of us who have been up in the 1000 islands for generations, to see these yahoo's blow through our little fishing spots with the nascar outfits and the gaudy 300hp boats, we call em the human cormorants.
 

Haha agreed but I think the proper name would be Basshole!


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On 6/27/2021 at 9:07 AM, nasc620 said:

The MLF tournament that is going on now they weigh the fish on the spot then let them go.


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Thats so great to hear.  Was hoping the tourneys would evolve to a pure catch n release like that.

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Sounds like jealousy. We put a lot of money and time in our equipment. I'm a local that is tired of the "locals" aka people from Rochester, buffalo, not even close to here, that think they own the river cause they have 1/10 of an acre. Get over it, some people fish for a living to get by as it's their passion. No, instead we gotta put up with people like the above that complain about everything. Get over it. Tournaments are going to happen. And I bet the ones complaining are the ones who drive their barely water worthy boat down the river half on plane creating a giant wake that destroys the shorelines, beats boats of docks, about throws others out I their boats, but that's ok.

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Sounds like jealousy. We put a lot of money and time in our equipment. I'm a local that is tired of the "locals" aka people from Rochester, buffalo, not even close to here, that think they own the river cause they have 1/10 of an acre. Get over it, some people fish for a living to get by as it's their passion. No, instead we gotta put up with people like the above that complain about everything. Get over it. Tournaments are going to happen. And I bet the ones complaining are the ones who drive their barely water worthy boat down the river half on plane creating a giant wake that destroys the shorelines, beats boats of docks, about throws others out I their boats, but that's ok.

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Chill out already , neither money nor passion allows anyone to behave disrespectful of other people


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On 7/10/2021 at 6:12 AM, Team Perch Lake Effect said:

Sounds like jealousy. We put a lot of money and time in our equipment. I'm a local that is tired of the "locals" aka people from Rochester, buffalo, not even close to here, that think they own the river cause they have 1/10 of an acre. Get over it, some people fish for a living to get by as it's their passion. No, instead we gotta put up with people like the above that complain about everything. Get over it. Tournaments are going to happen. And I bet the ones complaining are the ones who drive their barely water worthy boat down the river half on plane creating a giant wake that destroys the shorelines, beats boats of docks, about throws others out I their boats, but that's ok.

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Definitely don't think I own the river, although watching my kids (4th generation of river rats) enjoy it as much as my grandparents did probably makes me a little overprotective of the area.

 

My issue is the technology has gone so far past fair chase that it's laughable.  The sonar tech was bad enough, but now we see the tournament guys 20 feet off our breakwall looking into these cones that go into the water and they can actually see the fish now with these devices.  They're harassing these poor breeder bass into reaction strikes and horsing them into their boats, then off they go watching their tv screens for the next victim.

 

Sorry but that makes me sick to my stomach, its unsportsmanlike and so far removed from what I believe fishing should be.  These bass don't stand a chance and these tourneys that don't release fish on the spot are out of touch with reality.

 

I'm glad its dumping rain right now on the river, maybe they'll take the hint.

 

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On 7/17/2021 at 3:12 PM, KevinFarrell said:

Definitely don't think I own the river, although watching my kids (4th generation of river rats) enjoy it as much as my grandparents did probably makes me a little overprotective of the area.

 

My issue is the technology has gone so far past fair chase that it's laughable.  The sonar tech was bad enough, but now we see the tournament guys 20 feet off our breakwall looking into these cones that go into the water and they can actually see the fish now with these devices.  They're harassing these poor breeder bass into reaction strikes and horsing them into their boats, then off they go watching their tv screens for the next victim.

 

Sorry but that makes me sick to my stomach, its unsportsmanlike and so far removed from what I believe fishing should be.  These bass don't stand a chance and these tourneys that don't release fish on the spot are out of touch with reality.

 

I'm glad its dumping rain right now on the river, maybe they'll take the hint.

 

Here's a direct quote from the article on the guy leading the Waddington tourney

 

"Essential to his execution was Johnston’s use of a Flogger — a cone-shaped device with a clear, flat screen that sits at the water’s surface and allows him to view details below. Similar to looking through a dive mask, without the submersion, the Flogger provides key perspective that aids in presentation.

“It shows you your bait, it shows you where the fish is and it shows you the sweet spot,” Johnston said. “You’re seeing how the fish reacts to your bait. I can catch them eventually, but it just speeds up the process.”

 

Fish in a barrel.  Textbook definition of unfair chase and these guys are so far gone with their technology they don't even realize how ridiculous the sport has become.  He's actually SEEN the exact fish he's going to catch prior to the tourney and he seems to think its normal.

 

 

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I have waited to post on this topic.  Kind of went sideways.  I have never seen, other than stream fisherman shouldn't keep steelhead argument, fisherman so divided as bass fisherman.  Live bait versus artificial and it goes on from there.  I don't think electronics catch fish.  I think fisherman catch fish.  I also think for me, personally, I like to keep it simple.  I fish with people with electronics and I will be honest.  sometimes it is nice to find fish quicker.  Other times I am bored and annoyed of just searching with the graph.  But with that said I don't like shrimp either but I don't give a rat's ass if you do.  That is how I feel about these really expensive rigs.  Not my money.  Speaking of money,  How many businesses in the thousand Islands region cares about what equipment they have?  The community is better off having them there. I loved that river as a kid.  Last two times I was there, I didn't feel it.  Zebra muscles have changed it a lot.  Makes me happy when I see Kevin and Prof T posting successful trips out.

 

If I offended you, I sincerely apologize, I know your heart is in the right place.  I just don't agree with your assessment.

 

MLF is the only tourny fish show I watch and it is because of the format.

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I fish all species of fish in Lake  ontario and NY  state . And fishing in general for bass and Salmon trolling tech wise has gotten crazy . It gets better , and More intrusive each year . Bigger faster boats with  crazy better electronics , that see,everything and position you perfectly . And it's easy to get caught up in that .  I considered the tourney life but did not and am glad . 

 

I fish because I love to . I have a rag tag 16 ft Barely sea worth boat I absolutely love . Nothing beats being out first light , quiet, seeing wildlife , no pressure .

That might be hard for some to understand . 

 

When it becomes all about winning and competition , it would change it for me  . 

 

Some of these guys I see I wonder ... 

 

It seems they like the idea of being a pro  fisherman with all the glitz and fame more than they like fishing . 

 

 

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Want an eye-opener?  Go to the marina where these superstars have to do their weigh ins about a day or two after they all pull out of town.  All around the docks you're going to see a whole bunch of dead bass that these "pro" fishermen just threw out on the parking lot and the shoreline.  Unfortunately, they are coming back to Waddington in August so you can expect to find at least two glitterboy boats in every spot you know pounding the water, dragging breeders out and running back to Waddington at 60+ MPH.

They don't even have the courtesy to give these fish away.  "Oh the seagulls will eat them!"  NO THEY DON'T!  They just sit there and rot.  It's disgusting to see and it happens every time they're here.

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