Yup, I guess that's what I am - Harsh!
I've listened to this same type of thing more times than I care to remember. Not just about fishing, but from all kinds of people who decided to throw their reasoning skills out the window and then complain about the consquences aftwewards. I can't see any reason to try to understand why Mr. Ply chose to do what he did, that was his choice. But I choose to say that it is rather ignorant that when he was faced with a potential record catch, he obviously didn't bother to think about what needed to be done to get credit for it. That is 100% his fault, and no amount of whining by him or others changes that fact.
I can also assure you that my type of harsh would be nothing compared to the what the current record holder would display if he lost the record to someone who decided not to bother with the rules.
You should get your facts straight before calling out others on being stupid...
This is all straight from the Bassmaster article:
"called multiple times to get Arkansas Game and Fish to come to us” and "went through two counties trying to find a scale that was big enough to weigh it....”
Bottom line is that the fish was weighed in front of witnesses but not the folks specified, and the marina scale – which was big enough to weigh the fish – was certified after the fact as accurate.
Because of that, Arkansas would not certify the state record – even though it apparently recently certified other records under the same, similar or sketchier circumstances.
Arkansas is okay with the bait but not okay with the way the fish was weighed even though it apparently has sanctioned records weighed like that in the recent past.
The lure I used is nothing more than a spinnerbait using two hooks and weighing 1.4 ounces.
IGFA rules state] two-hook lures are legal, and I was told [by the IGFA] my lure did not inhibit the fight of the fish or give me an unfair advantage in landing it, no more than any other lure
nothing more than a spinnerbait with two hooks and five blades