(This post has been updated) Nobody wants to talk about it, but the impact of dominant teams on their respective regions has been dogging team fishing for years. When the “guns” take to the water, the opportunities for “just any team” to cash drop off significantly. So much so, in fact, they often quit showing up, or pick another circuit that fits them better.
But what happens if you take away the powerhouse teams? Or what happens if you find a level playing field that accommodates the techniques that most team fishermen use throughout the various regions, which lessens the advantage of the barracudas.
Take nothing away from Wes Carey (pictured left) and his new-to-the-game partner Trevor Young (far left). They were strong this past weekend at the Tri States South. Beating the likes of Ma & Pa Morrow, the “Monster” Mike Hart or Gang Grover, and you’ve done something. Catching 21 pounds over two days with only one fish over 2 1/2 pounds was an excellent performance in the desert.
Still, the championship roster had some gaping holes. No Rooke & Bailey from Havasu; no Keniry and Dickson from the Inland Empire; no Goodwin brothers from Havasu; no Scott Brownlie, a former Tri States winner on Havasu and no Mike and Kevin Martin from San Diego.
Everybody (who didn’t make it) had a reason for not showing, of course. Some were financial, some competitive, some inexplicable. But all were personal.
But you can see the net result. New faces on the leaderboard. And new confidence in those faces.
That doesn’t sound like a bad thing to me.
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Good job guys!