Actually it was very well run, Yeah' they got the final papers out late but if you qaulified for it you knew about it a long time ago.
The reason for the low turn out I think is because last year they had to restrict everyone to the bay and it was miserable fishing. But that was very responsible of Stratos due to the fact we had 30+ mph winds and someone who was not used to that could have been killed. ( even I would not have liked being out there with a bass boat ).
The same weekend last year they held the RCL at the same time on the same waters and there was two walleye boats sunk, One swamped out and One actually flipped over, so with that in mind they made the right choice, I hated it too but it was the only decision to make.
The reason for the low payout of course is they figure it on a full field of 200 boats and they can't give out that second boat without a full field. Plus some of the entry for the regionals goes for the World Championship. If you qualify for the world championship there is no entry fee and you fish for two 201's plus everyone that fish's it gets a check. So there is a lot to win if you make it past the regional.
I Qualified by finishing 6th in the regional and this will be my third world Championship berth and I can't wait, They treat us like kings and it is an awesome event.