Major League Fishing has changed the rules. Rather than allowing pros to score EVERY legal bass, now most MLF tournaments will only count anglers' five largest bass (but still released immediately, no 'weigh-ins').
I don't like it. When I watch an MLF event I prefer that every legal fish counts, encouraging anglers to target quantity over quality (a.k.a. more action). Kevin VanDam said, "This forces us to totally focus on big fish... this (five-fish) format requires a different mentality."
MLF claims they are bowing to the wishes of spectators and anglers (according to their surveys). But they didn't survey me and I'm against it.
I agree, the main appeal of the MLF series was that it was about catching numbers of legal fish. When I get a chance to go out and fish that's what I try to do. I like catching fish, sure I like catching big fish but I'd rather catch a bunch of 1 1/2 lb fish as one 5 lb fish. That's just me. I want to stay as busy as possible catching fish. I like to watch the pros when they are basically fishing for numbers. There is more action and the techniques and locations they target are of more help to me than what they do to just target big fish. I think this move will hurt the number of people who watch the shows in my opinion.
I'm kinda in the middle on this one. I love the current format for the openness the anglers employ. There is always something to learn - watching or listening - in the everything counts mode. While the best 5 format is more akin to how I fish, I'm concerned anglers will be less willing to be as open as they are in the numbers format. There will still be opportunities to sneak a peek at what they're doing. I just hope the how-they-did-it pieces aren't edited out.
I think it will rearrange a lot of the names at the top and may even out the field a bit. You have some flippers that caught weight like Tharpe and Shryock that didn't always get big numbers of bass. I think it will be interesting. i like both formats.