Will Professional Anglers Do the Right Thing?

 Most people know what the right thing to do is, for example, fishing with out a license or poaching deer, these actions can not radically change the population of game. But a true sportsman would agree that it is just not ethical to be irresponsible. Laws, restriction and regulations are in place for reasons not always recognized by each individual or group for that matter.      

 We ambassadors for fishing that are sharing our views and thoughts as outdoor communicators are the voice of reason in the outdoors. We have a right to our opinion but what we say and write can directly or indirectly influence others. A sportsman will almost always return to just doing the right thing. For most, the rewards are very personal and the outdoorsmen will never lose sight of the fact that they are examples to those around them. In my heart and in my mind, I hope that professional anglers, the organizations that they represent and the sponsors pouring millions into the industry will realize this concerning the new fad of the ?Alabama Rig?.         

 This quote is from the press release provided by the TWRA, ?We didn?t just make this regulation up to ban the Alabama Rig in Tennessee.  It?s been on the books for almost 10 years? says TWRA Chief of Fisheries Bobby Wilson. ?In effect since 2002, it was established over concerns about catching too many fish at the same time and foul hooking large sport fish, primarily striped bass and hybrid striped bass.?      

 The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agencies first responsibility is to protecting the resources of the state, while trying to welcome anglers of either professional organizations or individual tourist to the state to enjoy our wonderful fisheries. And with this, the Alabama Rig can legally be fished in Tennessee waters following the restrictions set forth for umbrella rigs. If an angler reduces the number of baits attached to the Alabama Rig to three or less it would not meet the definition of an umbrella rig and could be fished with any size or style of hook. My hope is that all anglers, especially the pros promote responsible ethics to new and young anglers by doing the right thing. Just because something is legal does not mean that it is always right. Fishing is a sport, in many ways much more difficult than a team or field sport; in this sport it is the fish that decides the champion. Presenting a school of bait in a time of transition to this writer makes me question sportsmanship of the competitors. And I ask, will profession anglers do the right thing?  One rod, one lure, one fish at a time keeps the playing field level for everyone as well as the resource.   

Happy Fishing!

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