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Posted by FishingwithRusty
3/9/2021 9:52 AM
can someone please explain to me why the CFF only fishes til 2pm? why arent we going til 3 like standard tournament hours or even take advantage of the later afternoon bite and go til 4 if its really about having fun and catching fish.

youve already committed the day to fishing, another hour or two isnt going to make that big of a difference after the tournament but can sure make a difference during the tournament.
Posted by rippinlips2win
3/9/2021 10:34 AM
I second this motion...
Posted by dd22fish
3/9/2021 10:42 AM
IF YOU HAVENT CAUGHT BY TWO YOU ARE NOT GOING TO CATCH THEM.EVER YEAR WE GET A LITTLE FUTHER AWAY FROM WHY THE CFF WAS STARTED DD22FISH
Posted by FishingwithRusty
3/9/2021 10:59 AM
dd22fish - 3/9/2021 11:42 AM

IF YOU HAVENT CAUGHT BY TWO YOU ARE NOT GOING TO CATCH THEM.EVER YEAR WE GET A LITTLE FUTHER AWAY FROM WHY THE CFF WAS STARTED DD22FISH


not true Gary, how many times have you caught a key fish in the last hour? or last few minutes even.

i thought these tournaments were for the fun and comradery, well its more fun to catch fish and this time of year the afternoon bite is often better.
Posted by elwestb
3/9/2021 11:17 AM
Rusty, when I first became involved with the CFF many years back it was explained to me that the objective was to have a low entry fee Tx. event with shorter hours. They were also trying to attract and introduce more anglers to a friendly Bass Tx. competition. They shared information, gave fishing reports. They tried to show and teach others about the sport. They did not want to have a a large payout pot but rather pay out more places. Orginally the pay out was a maximum of $200 for first place. That since was increased to a whopping $300! They set a 3 fish limit instead of 5. Again, this was trying to attract new anglers because anyone could catch 3 fish but 5 might be a little more difficult. There were several father and son teams along with some husband and wives teams at that time. Many of the participants were a little older. As you know during the day events it gets quite hot. Simply put the CFF officers did not want to have any dog eat dog 8, 10 or 12 hour marathon competitions. We now have Tx. events on Chickamauga just about every day of the week and on other nearby sournding lakes also. If someone wants to fish longer or even shorter events they have quite a selection to chose from.
Posted by FishingwithRusty
3/9/2021 12:07 PM
what a polite way of telling me to go elsewhere to fish Earl.

certainly dont consider an 8hr tournament a marathon.
Posted by elwestb
3/9/2021 12:51 PM
No sir! That wasn't my meaning at all. You asked for an explanation as to why the CFF had the 2pm cut off and that was about as accurate as I can get in explanning what they were trying to accomplish. Maybe I failed in doing so. The CFF wants to attract more new participants, not stir them away. Everone has preferences or differences in their opinions about about everything. That is the reason they make chocolate, vanilla, strawberry and countless other flavors of ice cream! People can choose and select what flavor they think best suits them. I was just saying that if you or anyone else wants to fish longer or shorter events either one, they are available.
Posted by FishingwithRusty
3/9/2021 1:17 PM
if the current participants want to fish til 3pm, how hard is that to change?
Posted by FirstLight
3/9/2021 1:41 PM
Some people, like myself, like a 2pm weigh in at times.

Yes, I have caught key fish in other tournaments that weighed in at 3pm or 4pm right before the buzzer. But I have also caught key fish at 1:55pm before a 2pm weigh in as well.



Posted by elwestb
3/9/2021 2:05 PM
If there were interest in our participants for the change then the Tx. Committee would discuss and vote.
Posted by Justfishin
3/9/2021 5:29 PM
I like the 2pm weight-in as well. Like Earl said it started that way let’s keep it that way.
Posted by B-TRACKER
3/9/2021 5:42 PM
I like the 2pm weigh in. And one more thing rusty you need to pay close attention to the blast off rules at Chester frost before someone says something. It really didn’t bother me but it might someone else. I am not trying to stir up anything either I am just trying to help you out.
Posted by rippinlips2win
3/10/2021 7:47 AM
B-TRACKER - 3/9/2021 6:42 AM

I like the 2pm weigh in. And one more thing rusty you need to pay close attention to the blast off rules at Chester frost before someone says something. It really didn’t bother me but it might someone else. I am not trying to stir up anything either I am just trying to help you out.


First, Rusty wasn't driving, I was. I apologize for passing the aluminum boat that blasted off in front of me but I thought they were heading across the creek until they turned back toward the mouth and I was already going by them. I will idle out farther next time to see where the boat in front of me is headed before I put it on pad and pass somebody. I promise you that my ranger is not a speed demon and I do know the rules and respect them.

Posted by B-TRACKER
3/10/2021 8:13 AM
Brother I didn’t mind I know my boat is the slowest there. And I don’t mind if you go around me at all. Just trying to help out in case you all didn’t hear him. Not trying to stir up anything. Just giving you a heads up. You can pass me anytime don’t matter to me. But someone else might.
Posted by rippinlips2win
3/10/2021 8:32 AM
B-TRACKER - 3/9/2021 9:13 PM

Brother I didn’t mind I know my boat is the slowest there. And I don’t mind if you go around me at all. Just trying to help out in case you all didn’t hear him. Not trying to stir up anything. Just giving you a heads up. You can pass me anytime don’t matter to me. But someone else might.


no worries, its a rule...I don't break tx rules intentionally. noted and thanks for the feedback.
Posted by Dropshot
3/10/2021 8:48 AM
I started on the tournament committee right before Earl did. At the time, we set it up so that the tournaments were more about fellowship and fun than being part of the BFL. We urged anglers to bring their kids to fish, and pushed the idea that if you fish until 2pm, you still have time to get home and enjoy part of the day with the family. We saw how other tournaments did and made the decision we did not want to be like the others.
Posted by silvertalon
3/10/2021 10:03 AM
3PM, it's only once per month. It's not like we are out there every Saturday till 4pm neglecting our families! It's only an hour extra (actually a normal 8 hr tx).
Posted by AirrusBoy
3/10/2021 10:21 PM
rippinlips2win - 3/10/2021 7:32 AM

B-TRACKER - 3/9/2021 9:13 PM

Brother I didn’t mind I know my boat is the slowest there. And I don’t mind if you go around me at all. Just trying to help out in case you all didn’t hear him. Not trying to stir up anything. Just giving you a heads up. You can pass me anytime don’t matter to me. But someone else might.


no worries, its a rule...I don't break tx rules intentionally. noted and thanks for the feedback.


Ha Ha!
Posted by gobigorange
3/11/2021 10:02 AM
I have to say I do like the 2pm especially when i have a limit already it does give you time to have an afternoon and evening out
Posted by drdetroit
3/12/2021 7:23 AM

2pm good for Dean and I!!!

 Dr Detroit 

Posted by FishingwithRusty
3/12/2021 10:04 AM
thank you for taking the time to explain the history behind the 2pm weigh in. it appears the majority of folks prefer it.

asking questions or even challenging the status quo is how things are made better. its very indicative of our current societal state, the responses that came from asking a question/proposing a minor change. simply changing the weigh in time by one hour would NOT have been a fundamental change to the intent/format of the CFF trail.

i enjoy tournament fishing and have met some really good folks through the CFF trail. i did not disparage the tournament committee and maybe one day i'll get a chance to be a part of it.
Posted by rippinlips2win
3/12/2021 1:45 PM
how do you become part of the tournament committee?
Posted by elwestb
3/12/2021 8:26 PM
Committee members nominate worthy candidates when there is an opening and then they vote on them.
Posted by Volfish
3/13/2021 9:40 PM
Believe me when you get in your seventies you will appreciate 2 o’clock weigh in.
Posted by drdetroit
3/14/2021 3:04 PM

I agree!!!!!!!

 Drdetroit 

Posted by Chick68
3/15/2021 2:15 PM
could not agree more
Posted by AirrusBoy
3/15/2021 7:37 PM
FishingwithRusty - 3/9/2021 12:17 PM

if the current participants want to fish til 3pm, how hard is that to change?



It's easy. Fish til 3pm, and show up after everyone has left...or start your own tournament trail. Call it Rusty's Tournament Trail.



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Posted by churly
3/16/2021 8:24 AM
I was part of the original committee, man I sure do miss those days! Hate we dont see Rob and AL anymore. But anyway, I dont have much of a dog in this race, but I want to remind the 5 people that voted for the 3 pm weigh in that you can fish the CBA or the Catch tx and go till 3 or 4.

I actually pushed for the 2 pm weigh in as I liked having the option of fishing a tournament that allowed me to get home in time on a Saturday to hang out with my kids and wife. The other side of that is that in the summer months 3-4pm is the roughest time on the lake, Its almost impossible to fish open water with the cruiser waves going nuts and its terrible to run in that with fish in the livewell.
Posted by fischnrod
3/16/2021 10:01 AM
churly - 3/16/2021 9:24 AM

I was part of the original committee, man I sure do miss those days! Hate we dont see Rob and AL anymore. But anyway, I dont have much of a dog in this race, but I want to remind the 5 people that voted for the 3 pm weigh in that you can fish the CBA or the Catch tx and go till 3 or 4.

I actually pushed for the 2 pm weigh in as I liked having the option of fishing a tournament that allowed me to get home in time on a Saturday to hang out with my kids and wife. The other side of that is that in the summer months 3-4pm is the roughest time on the lake, Its almost impossible to fish open water with the cruiser waves going nuts and its terrible to run in that with fish in the livewell.


Those were the fun days and the Rob I'm thinking of got to share his boat with none other than Kevin Drake as a very young boy at the time. Good Times !
Posted by BulletTJ
3/16/2021 4:28 PM
I have never understood why some people seem to want to change things. I could understand if their options are limited. But, that is not the case. You can pick any ramp you want on Saturday morning on Chickamauga and you will be able to fish a tournament. This lake is getting hammered so if you don't like the hours find one you do like. There are people that fish the CFF because it is over at 2 and only has a 3 fish limit. I just wish I was off on more Saturdays.
Posted by hoop235
4/5/2021 3:30 PM
Volfish - 3/13/2021 9:40 PM

Believe me when you get in your seventies you will appreciate 2 o’clock weigh in.


Now that’s funny!!!
I just hit 60 and I can already feel it!

Edited by hoop235 4/5/2021 3:31 PM
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