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Continued: Anderson: Alabama bass-fishing rig banned for FLW tournaments

  • Article by: DENNIS ANDERSON , Star Tribune
  • Last update: August 30, 2013 - 1:18 AM

Fennel, of FLW, thought state conservation agencies would restrict or ban the rigs over time. But that didn’t happen, and now that so many variations of them are on the market, and likely account for a significant portion of recent bass lure sales, restrictions might never be forthcoming.

“We didn’t want to have a knee-jerk reaction when these rigs first hit the bass fishing scene,’’ she said. “Instead, we decided to give them time and leave it to states to regulate them. But that hasn’t happened in many states where we hold tournaments, and we couldn’t wait any longer to take a stand.’’

Dennis Anderson • danderson@startribune.com

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