I really enjoyed the tournament last year and was looking forward to this year's. I hope that you can find a new lake next year that will allow airboats to participate.
I'm going to give my 2 cents in on this. I understand the pr approach completely. But when people start talking about how good this is for our sport to push it out towards bigger names like oakley and big name sponsors I don't see them throwing there names on a lot of troller rigs... You go to a big wakeboarding contest or a bass tournament and the biggest baddest boat out there is gonna have the best looks and the most names on the side. They aren't going to want a 1648 jon boat with "NIKE BOWFISHING" down the side of it. I can't argue that airboats are loud. And I'm sure the only way they could have the tournament again this year is to ban them. But *IF* this sport does ever grow in to a main stream sport, I can guarantee you that the biggest, fastest, brightest, Loudest airboats are going to be the ones people want to support and see.
There is a decibl limit on every lake we have shot from South Carolina to west of the Miss. .Guntersville we usually have no problems till you get around the houses and you have to respect the houses..that's the underlying issues is common sense and respect.
Pick a lake not so populated..
Putting together a team to shoot........sorry about air boat restriction!! Can't afford one, but think they're cool. Don't mind competing against them
I shoot a troller rig with a fan. And just won't be useing fan. Last year tourney was good for my team we filled boat with fish total of 88 beauty's and that was n a pos 1848 with steel deck n 29hp mud motor. This lake is a Great Lake. We shoot it all year long and kills nice fish. There is Alota nice areas for people. It sucks for no air boats and fan boats but still this is a great tourney and should have great turn out again.
Seems like a tourny like this would be held on waters that allow all boats....if bull shoals is open to the tourny, airboats should be allowed to shoot the Arkansas side of it at least...My opinion, cutting blow boats and fan boats out completely is weak but I will be there and it'll be a good time regardless I am sure!
I'm just drop the fan off at the judges booth. Unbolt it and just gun it n reverse and slam on brakes. Problem solved. Loading that heavy whore back on boat b different story
bowfishingrandy is online now I got shafted!
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Well I shouldn't get into this but: I love bowfishing out of airboats, fan boats, trollers and wading period we knew this may happen last year we can't change the state law, and yes there was a world championship in Missouri before on Truman Lake I think we had a permit for that night also but it's a flood plain lake it has very few homes close to the water and the hills are not steep the noise on this lake with tall hills plus everyone that lives on that lake are well off, they don't own the lake but they do know high ranking people to put pressure on the corp of engineers not to issue another permit if air boats, this is not up to Bass Pro they have to go by the rules, and they own a lot of places on this lake so this tournament is easier for them to have there without added expenses, please don't bash Bass Pro or J.P. he does not have to put on this tournament I for one am glad he does and I may or may not be there it depends on my mothers and mother-in-law health at that time. Guys it's a bowfishing tournament go or don't go but bashing on here just helps the anti-bowfishing people think before you type. I love bowfishing from a airboat my partner has a bowfishing guide service out of air boats i'm not against airboats but i'm for bowfishing if it was a wading tournament and I could go I would be there, Go ahead bash me it's happen before thanks J.P. For better outdoors take a kid hunting & fishing it's our future. randy
I dunno...I have been looking forward to making this tournament for the past 8 months. It does suck air power is out this year because I personally enjoy checking out all the big rigs before a tourney. But bashing isn't going to help anything and neither is boycotting it to prove a point and stick together. From my knowledge this is the first type of tournament endorsed by a company like BPS. They gave it a chance last year and got put between a rock and a hard place with complaints and local laws. They could have just said screw it and shut it down right there. Yea if u own air or fan boats it sucks u can't use it but u should be glad BPS is still willing to support the growing of our sport.
I don't think that it's fair to the owners of airboats either but Bass Pro is sponsoring it so I can see where they can dictate how it will be run. If it were my dime I'd want the say also.
We were in your hole hmm. We finished 6th. Wait for it.... Wait for it..... Scrolling down..... Scrolling.... Oh there u are 53rd lol
You might wanna check your spelling there greenhorn
We weren't in your hole.... I heard u was in Mikes hole after the donkey hole got banned
Lmao! Now that was funny! All I know is we had a peaceful cheap trip to table rock the day of, shot our fish, and went home with more money than we spent! Moving lakes would make much more sense...but what do I know!?
Wishful thinking fruitcake!
Too bad about the air boats. There money in the pot makes it larger. I do agree that the future event needs to be on a body of water where everyone can compete. To have a tourny like this I want to fish against the best........period. Or have it so the air boats can only fish bull shoals because of the lack of house there. At least the air boat fisherman could fish that body of water if the still wanted to fish. I do think that the teams should be 3 fisherman max per team. This might help even the odds for guys with smaller rigs who might be hesitant to compete because the size of thier boat.
Sience when did mo put a ban on airboats/fanboats. The restriction is on noise leavels and there is not many boats out there that actually meat the deciplel leavel look at your bas boats none of the meet it hell for that matter my boat with an 85hp don't meet it. I agree with everybody eles on here its just one step closer to banning our sport all together
Well it sucks for me cause I got a airboat but I'm sure bps and Jp are equally disappointed in the no airboats rule.With that being said,if I can find a troller rig to jump on I'm there.Last year we had a blast and we were surprised at how smooth everything went!!
Even with all the pissing and moaning I can't wait to shoot this tourney again. We had a blast and got to see a bunch of good friends and meet new people
IMAG0402.jpg a picture of last year's U.S. Champions boat. It's a troller and I was embarrassed to have it in the parking lot at the open just about every boat there was bigger and badder them mine but they all finished behind me. As far as the fishing not being good it wasn't it was great I have a 250 hp and couldn't get the boat on plane because fish were to the top of the gunnal rails. THANKS Bass Pro
But for the love of God, please do NOT say the fishing was 'great'. I can honestly say that it was some of the least productive, dissapointing, must boring water I have fished. When you troll the shoreline for HOURS and don't see so much as a single fish, that my friend, SUCKS.
I understand it was early, and cold, and obviously 99% of us didn't have that home field advantage, but Christ man, back home even on a crappy night we fill up a barrel or two with big commons.
Hopefully this year will be better conditions. The tourny was ran perfect, and was a blast, but the fishing was....well...borrring....
I think we had 44 or so-just over a 10lb average. Pretty sad. What's really sad is that weight got us 32nd outta 130+. But you're right-we needed a few grassies to hang with the big dawgs.
On the flip side, it was kinda cool having some tough conditions that really split up the field.
I hated it, but loved it at the same time...