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On 7/25/2017 at 9:35 AM, Fishin' Fool said:

This will be my first time.  One month until the tournament, can't wait!!

A full write is required awards. ?

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On 7/24/2017 at 9:06 AM, 1simplemann said:

FF, I plan to register at the earliest date possible. The reason I asked about the the life membership was because I noticed that life members get to apply a week sooner. I wasn't sure if it was a 1st come, 1st serve situation. You make it sound that way especially since you said the sooner a guy a applies then the better his odds are at day3 marshaling. I think that potentially watching 3 pro's for 3 days is a great value. Even watching 2 pro's would be a bargain for $150. Any idea on how fast slot fill up? Did you apply early or was it some time before you applied?

I commented in April there were still slots avail. For the St. Clair event and that was well after the registration opened. So I'm assuming they don't fill up super quick. Maybe on the southern lakes they might. 

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Depends on where the event is located.

I was a marshal on Douglas lake in TN.

When registration opened for regular members( I think it was 9am) , I signed up a couple hours later and was 55th.

Nobody declined to marshal on Saturday so sadly I only got 2 days but 1 was with G-Man !!

 

The next time I do it I'll make sure I'm registering as soon as it is open to regular members.

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11 hours ago, 12poundbass said:

I commented in April there were still slots avail. For the St. Clair event and that was well after the registration opened. So I'm assuming they don't fill up super quick. Maybe on the southern lakes they might. 

That's good to know. I don't know what a Life membership will set me back but it's something I've been intending to do for a while now. If I do that, then I shouldn't have any problems. Depending on where the AOY tourney is then I might even register twice.

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7 hours ago, 1simplemann said:

That's good to know. I don't know what a Life membership will set me back but it's something I've been intending to do for a while now. If I do that, then I shouldn't have any problems. Depending on where the AOY tourney is then I might even register twice.

I think a life membership is around $500. AOY tourney is at Mill Lacs.

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1 hour ago, 12poundbass said:

I think a life membership is around $500. AOY tourney is at Mill Lacs.

2018 AOY tourney hasn't been set yet. I would love to go to this year's tourney. It's just not in the cards for me.

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Let us know, and have fun!

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2 minutes ago, J Francho said:

Let us know, and have fun!

 

I'm hoping for "The Prodigy" Brandon Palaniuk ;)

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11 minutes ago, Fishin' Fool said:

 

I'm hoping for "The Prodigy" Brandon Palaniuk ;)

 

He seems like he'd be a talker.

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4 minutes ago, J Francho said:

 

He seems like he'd be a talker.

 

If you watch any of his videos on bmpfishing it shows him with his marshal for the day.  Yah he seems cool.  Sitting there for 8 hours without a rod in my hand and someone that doesn't talk would be difficult.

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On 7/26/2017 at 11:06 AM, 12poundbass said:

A full write is required  ?

I agree!  I look forward to it.

 

@Logan S's reports from last year on the Potomac is my favorite thread on BR about any pros.

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Jesse Wiggins. Not a big name draw but he put the hurt on some smallies at Cherokee Lk.

It was pretty cool because you have a nice dinner with the pros after the marshal meeting and their meeting.

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59 minutes ago, Fishin' Fool said:

Jesse Wiggins. Not a big name draw but he put the hurt on some smallies at Cherokee Lk.

It was pretty cool because you have a nice dinner with the pros after the marshal meeting and their meeting.

Enjoy your time tomorrow. Do you know yet how many days you're getting? 

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39 minutes ago, 12poundbass said:

Enjoy your time tomorrow. Do you know yet how many days you're getting? 

 

Two for sure. Probably won't make the 3rd.

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Day 1 was a success. Wiggins sitting right at the cut line with 17-6. Check out my marshal pics. Tough day for many guys and then many 20+ bags. I drew Keith Poche for day 2 which I'm excited about because he had 17 something for 4 fish and said he figured something out late in the day. So I'm hoping he's on em tmrw. Exhausted for now. Report back later.

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On 8/23/2017 at 6:05 PM, Fishin' Fool said:

Jesse Wiggins. Not a big name draw but he put the hurt on some smallies at Cherokee Lk.

It was pretty cool because you have a nice dinner with the pros after the marshal meeting and their meeting.

 

I drew Jesse for day 3 on Dardanelle back in June. He's a very nice young man (called me sir). He's very driven and wants to compete well every day. I expect him to do even better in to coming years!

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I volunteered as a Judge for the TTBC on Rayburn back in May (TTBC is free). It was an experience for sure. However, because the launch site was actually nearly an hour away, they required us to assemble WAY too early to pick up scales, lunch etc.. then ride the bus to the lake. The blast off time was 7 a.m. but we were at the lake by about 5:00-5:15. THEN, wanted all 109 of us down on a large dock to be picked up by our pro one at a time. Most of the pros complained they were losing precious morning bite time (which they were) On day two many Judges and pros had figured out to make arrangements to meet at the ramp and help launch just as it is done at all the other tourneys. That saved a bunch of time. I drew Boyd Duckett on day 1 and had an absolute blast. I had ate dinner with him the night before at the social so we were already associated with each other. While on the water I had asked questions and he was all to eager to answer, sometimes rather bluntly! LOL The water was rough both days I volunteered (3-5 foot rollers) which was the worst part because of my bad back. These guys will not let up for nothing. So if you end up in the program be prepared! Boyd and I only ran about 5 miles south then 5 miles back all day. Day 2 I was with James Neggemeyer., We ran south about 3 miles for a while then ALL the way north up into the river. I have been chasing these little green fish all my life and near 30 years as a boater and have never been beat up so bad. You'll not find a nicer guy than James. Hes a big family man that preys prior to each days launch. I had bowed out for the next 2 days because I had a tourney of my own to fish but a few friends from San Antonio were there and were selected for day 3. The TTBC having a different format than all the other Elite tourneys is an experience. Some pros like it others hate it. Trip Weldon told us all to expect more tourneys to have this format. Judging and Marshaling are a little different. As a Judge you observe for rules violations and actually weigh the fish, and report it to Basstraks, and document each catch. You accompany the pro all the way to the electronic weigh in for verification. Whereas, a Marshal sits in the boat all day doing nothing but observing and making sure the pro does not violate any rules. When you get to the weigh in site you part ways--IT'S BORING, at least for me it is. If you are selected or volunteer for a tourney keep in mind you have ZERO say as to whom your with. The pros are just like you and I. They have good days and bad, some will talk your ear off and others will rarely say a word and a few act less than professional at times (some more so than others-- NJ must be a bad state LOL). It is something all bass anglers should experience at least once. For novice anglers it is a chance to learn from the pros lots of stuff in a short period of time. Advanced anglers will find it boring because for the most part the pros do nothing different than you may be already. Keep in mind you cannot assist the pro catch fish in any way shape or form. Some of them take this to the extreme and basically ask you to say nothing concerning fishing. You can ask questions but cannot tell them things that could help them on that or any lake on the schedule.

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I'm so sore after riding with Poche yesterday. He ran down to Erie and he runs hard. I was so sore after yesterday that I didn't even stay to see if I could have marshalled Day 3. I will update my experience probably either late Sunday or sometime next week.

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