Saturday, February 21, 2015

Changed Weigh-In Dynamic

Tournament weigh-ins have changed dramatically in character over the past several years. Between fans and media Tweeting and posting on-water observations on social media, on-water tracking of estimated weights and now even live cameras on some anglers during the day, much of the story gets told before the weigh-in begins.

If you chose to pay attention and are watching the Day 2 weigh-in at the Bassmaster Classic, which is going on as I write this, you probably kind of know who caught them, and you may even know specific stories about big fish caught and big ones that go away.

The BASStrakk weights are estimates, so some anglers always have more or less than everyone expects, and many stories from the day don't get told till the anglers are onstage. I've also yet to see the winner known for sure going into the weigh-in of a Classic or a Forrest Wood Cup. Still total surprises are largely gone. That's not necessarily bad. The live element is fun to track. I could save the surprise, but I never do. I just find it kind of interesting how things continue to change.

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