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    Wanted to but I got to be able to catch fish
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    Clark, alot of tx , out of Jordan,are limited to the amount of entries. So tx director doesn't have to pay for permit. And some ramps, only let ( x amount) . All big tx's on Jordan, come out of Farrington ramp , for that reason. Mlf this year did it. Even though there are better ramps

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mbsbeek View Post
    Clark, alot of tx , out of Jordan,are limited to the amount of entries. So tx director doesn't have to pay for permit. And some ramps, only let ( x amount) . All big tx's on Jordan, come out of Farrington ramp , for that reason. Mlf this year did it. Even though there are better ramps
    First time hearing this. Hard to believe if it’s true.


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    I’ve been in 80+ bass boat tournament out of farrington before so the boat numbers wouldn’t be any issue as far as a crappie tournament goes.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mbsbeek View Post
    Clark, alot of tx , out of Jordan,are limited to the amount of entries. So tx director doesn't have to pay for permit. And some ramps, only let ( x amount) . All big tx's on Jordan, come out of Farrington ramp , for that reason. Mlf this year did it. Even though there are better ramps

    Nc does not charge for a tournament wieghin permit, the purpose is soley to prevent and over crowded area with multiple tourneys going on at the same ramp, if you ever encounter this more than likely one of the trails does not have said permit
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    The NC Wildlife operates the Farrington ramp and the Park Service the other ramps (exception may be Robeson). The Park Service collects money during the warmer months. I hear Wildlife doesn't care how many tournaments and their ramps are open 24 x 7.

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    I agree with all the above, ya'll made some good points. As a 20+ year crappie tournament fisherman and putting on the MP Church tournament for 13 straight years I have come to the conclusion that there are a limited number of tournament fishermen in any given area. We have moved our tournament from lake to lake with very little difference in the number of boats. We have been on High Rock for the last several years because we seem to get the best turnout. We have tried many ways to get more boats. We were the first to go from 8 fish to 7 fish, we reduced the rod count from 16 to 12, we pay 11 places, male/female, parent/child, 1st big fish and 2nd big fish, skins game (up to $350 next year) and the biggie we pay non live sonar the same as live sonar. And the results? Well, we still get 30-35 boats no matter what we do. We pay out $4,650 in cash and over $500 in prizes. Our best year ever we raised like $2,700 +/- for the church. I sometimes think it would be more beneficial for the church to just give the $4,650 and not fish. But we fish to build interest to the sport, to have fellowship, expose kids to the sport, encourage men to fish with their wives, have fun and lastly raise a little money. There is the Lake Jordon group, the South Carolina group and our group. We do from time to time have entries from outside our immediate area as we did this year. I have fished the Jordan tournaments and some South Carolina tournaments as well. As a whole I tend to stick with the Yadkin Lakes. Guys I wish I had the answer but for me it depends on the date, my granddaughters softball schedule, my grandsons deer hunting, my daughters horse shows and numerous other church events. We take our turnout as a blessing. If its 20, 30, 40 boats or whatever. Just my thoughts.
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    With gas $3-$4/gallon and the expenses of everything else going up as it has, most probably don't have as much expendable income. I'd say that hurts as much as anything. Many can't afford a $100 entry fee, and certainly not a $400 one. Rod has the lowest entry fee's and the most participation year in and year out as far s trails go.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TreednNC View Post
    even though Pete and Josh put it to us this past weekend “old school” style. No doubt, as they showed, it’s possible, with Joshua showing strong in the Church tourny in HR a few weeks ago, and catching a 3+ on HR during YRT last year, but generally, barring their rock star performances, that isn’t the norm compared to a hammer with forward facing sonar. I’d be scared if they ever got it ��

    Is this a challenge Justin? ����
    For anyone that says they tournament fish for the money is completely full of crap!
    Im always glad to fish any tournament for a challenge, and the comorodory. Ive met some awesome folks over the last few years, and to be quite frank, tournaments are one of the few times i get to fish with my good buddy Josh!

    There are few people that you have that tournament chemistry with, and Josh is the only person (for crappie) i can say we do.

    We started last year with the hopes that there would be many participants in the non live scope division. We are pretty upset at the lack of turnout in both trails, but its not going to stop us!. Originally the thought was that too many folks are intimidated by it all, but that no longer can be an excuse with both divisions now.
    After seeing some of our finishes over the last few years, we can definitely hang in the top 6-8 in most events.
    No doubt that local knowledge (and some pre fishing) played a HUGH part in last Saturday for us. Some times we each prefish in our own boats, compare notes without even talking on the water once done for the day, then fine tune things on day 2 just before a tournament.

    The story about the 3lb fish from last year.....days prior, i had covid and we made the decision for me to stay away from the tournament crowd, so i helped prefish on my own boat. We had them fish dialed in the day before, and glad he got that hammer.
    I joke around with every hookset now and say "oh boy thats that 3.07 ��" (his was 3.06...caught on the side of the boat i would have been fishing! )

    As far as the whole livescope thing, i am primarily a striper fisherman! I still cannot justify getting it only to use for these tournaments and a little fun fishing! Better believe though that im a quick learner and may turn deadly!
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    I’d be worried if you got it �� not going to lie.

    I don’t fish for the money, but it’s a little harder to drive across the state, say for me, LKN to Jordan, to justify trying to fish for $400 first place, and the rest of the places respectfully, than it is $1000+ and then the rest of the places paid out below.

    It’s a weird sweet spot between enough to want to fish for and cost prohibitive to even try, for a lot of folks, myself included.


    My main reason is the knowledge I’ve gained and friendships made along the way. I’m not out to make friends, I’m perfectly content alone, but it’s nice to connect with like minded people people that gain your trust, and you their’s, and sharpening those skills.

    Before tourny fishing I’d leave and say “guess they weren’t biting”. Now I look back and say, “they had 9.55 and I had 7.43, where did I miss catching that extra 2.13 I needed to beat them”.

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