Carl and Boyd too close for fishing paycheck comfort.Is there another sport where the pros are unleashed on one field all at the same time to find and capture the win? There are sports where the field is large but the pros take turns on it. Not so in fishing and for that reason there have always been rules of fishing that go unsaid. There are certain laws and fishing etiquette that exist that maybe needs to be reiterated from time to time.
Some fishing folk thing that Jocumsen being in the lead should have had dibs on the fishing spot. Some fishing folk say that all is fair in love and war and the game of fishing. They both fished it on Thursday, Friday being the day in question.
Jocumsen caught a seven-pounder on the spot the day before and when he came back to it the next day Duckett was sitting on it. The thing in everybody’s mind is would Duckett have done this to a seasoned pro like Kevin Van Dam or Skeet Reese? One can never tell but the difference in years of experience and respect are waning.
Lake Gunterville Elite Series. BassFan has an article about another incident Duckett similar to this in 2009 with Kevin Langill. The article says Duckett had been using the spot for day one and part of two and left it because he wasn’t catching anything. Duckett says Langill pulled right up next to him and began fishing to which he filled a protestation at the end of the day. That time other anglers who were fishing the area also said something to Trip Wheldon tournament director about it.
Day 2 Duckett was there and Langill according to Duckett, “Came flying in on pad and almost hit me coming off plane. He came in ready to fight. I protested him again. I’ve tournament fished since 1977 and I’ve never been treated this way.”
- Carl Jocumsen in first place in his first Elite Series on Winyah Bay
Langill said their boats made contact (marshal said the boat drifted, not on purpose and that Langill was being railroaded) but that he had two waypoints that were twenty yards apart and he never cast over Ducketts line or anything. Langill said just ask the people who were there in the area as his only defense.
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The Key testimony were the Bassmaster marshals that ride in each boat and the interviews, from there came the decision. Langill was disqualified and said he was getting an attorney. “First check of the season and I lose it because of Boyd Duckett whining about somebody fishing beside him.”
Boyd Duckett left a post on his Facebook page Tuesday April 12, 2016. “I am stunned. I am absolutely blown away at what Carl Jocumsen said publicly about us fishing around each other during the Elite Series tournament last weekend. I promise you. I mean I PROMISE you that is not how it happened. And I’ll add this there were other people on the water around us AND there is no video that can show you he is not being honest. In fact we actually worked well together. What’s even more frustrating is Carl saying I never caught on fish on what he called his sweet spot….The next few days I have to attend Major Fishing League meetings and then I’m traveling to Bull Shoals. But sometime in the next few days I intend to address this more fully. In fact now I am thinking what I else I need to do than just telling my side of the story. This is wrong.”
- Elite Series Britt Myers spearheads day two on Winyah Bay
Australian fishing folk are mad that one of their own was treated so poorly and it was a bad showing for the fans watching and waiting for Jocumsen to take the lead again. Brett Myers came in first place with a total of 56.3 and a check for $100,000. Brett Hite took a close second at 55.15 and Kelly Jordon 55.3 for third place.
4th place-Brent Chapman 47.11
5th-Randy Howell 47.11
6th-Keith Combs 46.13
7th-Gerald Swindle 46.7
8th-Jacob Powroznik 46.2
9th-Boyd Duckett 45.5
10th-Chris Zaldain 43.9
11th-John Hunter 40-14
12th-Mark Menendez 39-2
April 12, 2016 the Elite Series pros will be on Bull Shoals Lake in Missouri.
Missouri says they have a state record by Marvin Bushong, fishing in the Pontiac Cove area he pulled out a 13-14 bass.