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Wild card field tops out at 49

The Bassmaster Classic Wild Card, a 3-day tournament set for later this week at Lake Okeechobee, will feature a 49-angler field, well below the 175-boat field B.A.S.S. has targeted when it announced the event in October 2012. The winner of the tournament will claim the final berth in the 2014 Bassmaster Classic.

The disclosure was made in a story posted at over the Thanksgiving holiday. B.A.S.S. typically does not publish field sizes or identities of registered competitors prior to competition. The event was open to all Elite Series anglers who failed to qualify for the Classic as well as anglers who competed in at least three Bassmaster Opens in 2013. The full field will fish the first 2 days and the Top 12 after day 2 will advance to the final day.

Among the 49-man field are 13 Floridians, a list highlighted by 9-time B.A.S.S. Angler of the Year Roland Martin. Shaw Grigsby, another Florida native, and former Classic champion Boyd Duckett are among 19 Elite Series anglers in the field.

To view the entire field list, click here.

McPherson-Spurgin Pull Of Victory at Eagle Mountain

Garrick McPherson|Dusty Spurgin

Nice sack brought in by McPherson-Spurgin the day after Thanksgiving on Eagle Mountain.

The day after thanksgiving tournament on Eagle Mountain directed by Jimmy Erwin turned into another slug fest with Garrick McPherson and Dusty Spurgin pulling off the victory with 21.63.

At the time of posting this we don’t have the full results but will update it as soon as we do. It was reported the conditions we’re challenging to say the least. But as always the field seemed to find the bite and weighed in some good sacks.

Congratulations to all the teams that cashed a check.

FLW Outlaws A-Rig

alabama rigWell, now the FLW has banned A-Rigs, Alabama Rigs, Umbrella Rigs…or whatever you want choose to call them. It won’t be long before other regional and local tournament organizations will follow. Soon after that you will be able to buy all the A-Rigs you want on the clearance racks at your local retailer.

I hadn’t seen a rush to buy a new technology since the introduction of the hollow belly swimbaits. Just think about all the baits that came to market in the past couple years in support of the A-Rig. New swimbait styles by the dozens. Swim head with every sort of hook you can imagine. I wonder now were or what will happen to all those things.

Here’s what FLW has to say about it…

In addition, for the 2014 season, umbrella rigs – commonly known as the Alabama rig or A-rig – will be prohibited from FLW Tour competition.

“FLW has thoughtfully studied the use of umbrella rigs for two seasons, and we’ve decided to no longer permit their use on the FLW Tour,” said FLW President of Operations Kathy Fennel. “The rigs have simply evolved to a point that we can no longer wait for state-enforced restrictions to be developed. That said, umbrella rigs will be permitted in our other tournament circuits, but with restrictions that limit them to a maximum of five wires outfitted with a maximum of five spinners and five lures, only three of which can have hooks. This decision is consistent with the wishes of a majority of our anglers while heading off potential conservation concerns.”

After taking a wait-and-see approach with regard to use of umbrella rigs on the FLW Tour in 2012 and 2013, FLW officials came to the conclusion, after seeking input from FLW Tour pros, that it was in the best interests of the sport to prohibit the use of umbrella rigs at the Tour level.

“It’s definitely a step in the right direction,” said 2013 Forrest Wood Cup champion Randall Tharp. “From the very first tournament of the year I saw where this was heading. The biggest reason I didn’t like it was that it made a whole lot of other technologies obsolete and that’s not good for the sport. The question for me was: Where do you draw the line? At Beaver Lake some people were throwing 20 baits on one rig. So where does it end? I realize that new technology has always been part of the sport, but I think in this case, FLW did a good job drawing a line where they did.”

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