MN state regs say you can only have one fish over 24″, so that might help minimize the damage a little bit..
Let’s be honest here, the only thing this tournament promotes is the 4-Season Bait shop, and mishandling of trophy fish.
Edit: I have no bias against 4-Season or anyone affiliated with them. It is a wonderful bait shop and sporting goods store, probably one of the best in the state. Seriously.
I’ll toss my two cents in here, but that’s all I’m giving.
Transporting a 50 pound flat in a cooler alive has and can be done. In fact, transporting 70 pound blues from MO to MN has been done in a cooler with no ill effects.
I’ve been fighting with the WI DNR for a number of years over the 25 flathead limit per day and I’m not overly thrilled of the 10 fish limit MN has on boarder waters either. Not to mention the snagging of wintering fish that goes on. Talk of a winter close season closes ears with the DNR’s.
TWENTY FIVE FISH LIMIT. Four anglers can legally take out twice as many fish in two days as this tourney could possibly take out…maybe. IF I was a WI resident I could use bank poles without ANY limit. NONE
So after all of this my question is, does any of the above promote cat fishing to anyone? It doesn’t. Having a live weigh-in in Red Wing does.
I sure wish I could muster this much passion when talking to the DNR’s from the catfish supporters we have.