Today the first day of the State Championship. My Wife (Sharon Leonardi) and her partner (Name Not Given) broke down on their way back to the weighin at the mouth of the Detroit River.
They placed a call to the torunament director at approximently 4:00 (16:00) to explain that they need assistenance and would he please make an announcement and or contact my wife's partner son to let him know they were broke down. Of course this was only after the tournament director told them to find their own way back. It was made clear to them that no such announcement would be made.
They made a second call and this time they reached the president of the federation and his only concern was they would not be able to weigh-in their fish.
Much to my surprise I received a call expaining the situation so I rushed home from work to rescue them. It took some time to find them but we did get them back to shore. (5:30)
Now dig this, the president of the federation fishes the BFL and he knows darn well that another competitor can bring in fishermen and their catch in this type of situation and this is pretty much a standing rule in all major tournaments to include BASS, you know the one everyone is fishing to qualifying for in this tournament. Now you would think the tournament director would know this. So I guess you have to ask yourself are these guys kidding me or are they that ignorant and did they just bump their heads.
Now here is the real kicker. WHEN IN THE HECK WERE THEY GOING TO DO SOMETHING ABOUT THE STRANDED FISHERMEN AND THEIR BOAT? WHAT IF I WAS NOT AROUND? WHAT IF THIS TOURNAMENT WAS HELD ON THE GRAND OR MUSKEGEON AND THEY WERE STUCK OUT ON LAKE MICHIGAN OR FOR THAT MATTER THE BODY OF WATER THEY WERE FISHING, LAKE EIRE? WOULD WE SIMPLY HAVE TO WAIT FOR A CALL FROM OHIO, NEWYORK, PENNSYLVANIA OR CANADA? COME ON GUYS YOU HAVE TO DO BETTER THIS, THIS IS A SAFETY ISSUE.