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I fish in a small club of about 30 members. We fish 12 tournaments a year in South-Eastern Kentucky and North-Eastern Tennessee. You can enter each tournament as a boater or non-boater and you draw for your partner. During the tournament if you catch a keeper fish you measure it and your partner witnesses, and you record the length and immediately release the fish. We have a conversion chart that converts length to weight, sometimes it's over and sometimes it's under but it is the same for everyone and it evens out pretty close. The tournament is an individual tournament, so the man in the boat with you is fishing against you. We don't fish for much money mainly bragging rights and points. You receive points each tournament based on your finish and at the end of the year each anglers best 8 tournaments are added up and we have a banquet honoring the top 6 anglers and the Fisherman of the Year. It is a fun method for small clubs, and very good for the fish, especially during the spawn.

I was wondering if any other small clubs have adopted this technique, or what anyone thought of it.

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Our club is having two paper tournaments this season during the catch and release only season that we have here.  Our regular season tournaments are more traditional.

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Fished my very first bass tournament this way in Feb, we were fishing Sutton lake here in South Eastern NC and its illegal to possess bass from Dec 1 to Mar 31 in this particular lake.  We measured, weighed and took pics for the day and it was a good experience for me.

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My Uncle used to live in NC, and fished Lake Sutton alot. There are some nice fish in there. He kept trying to get me to come down and fish it with him, but I never got the chance. He lives here now in South-Eastern Kentucky, but we still talk about making the trip.

I'm glad to here that some other clubs are starting to do this, at least on a limited basis, and that the over all opinion is good. It is not as thrilling as packing them up to the scales, but it's a lot better for the fish.

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we will do paper tournies when the water gets over like 85 degrees cause when its warm the fish are far more likely to die in the live well.

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I've always thought this was the way to go.  Of course it wouldn't fly if money is involved but where fishing is for fun, than I don't see why not.  Where do I sign up?! :)

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thats how we do it in our club. our club this yr purchased scales. all the same and we check them before we hit the water. catch, measure, weigh with the other guy watchin, then release. i take pictures for fun.

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The Club  I belong to is all - Measure and Release, Of course it is easier because no money is involved....

I like it,  We measure and each length gets so many points. It is totally an honor system since the fish is released right after being caught.

I don't think it would work like this for $$$$ !!

-bpa

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