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Posted by AirrusBoy
5/14/2020 8:55 AM
Let's not forget a special thanks to Steve Kite for being so butthurt about other tournaments besides the one he chooses to participate in. Also, I was there with a relative, and people did a good job of social distancing. The reporter from Channel 9 tried to bait the students with one-sided questions, including telling them "they should not be here". A group of them told him where he could go and it pissed his sissy butt off. If you are a local fisherman, please do not give the media the luxury of an interview, as the few I have seen only made things worse.

Recent studies are showing that sunlight kills the virus, and if I am not mistaken we had bluebird skies. https://www.ndtv.com/world-news/sunlight-destroys-coronavirus-quickl...

The county, under the direction of the incompetent Coppinger, is showing to be as bad as Kissing Berke. Taxpayers have a right to be pissed off, especially when you see the other people at the ramp and their actions.

derek81 - 5/13/2020 10:11 AM

churly - 5/13/2020 9:50 AM

so the CBA met with the director of parks and rec for Hamilton Co. last night. The guy was super nice, unlike Rusty described. He is just doing his job and the decision was made over his head, in the Mayor's office based on the direction of the health department who was alerted to the situation by the Channel 9 news story. Here's the facts I know;

There were not 400 people in the tournament (200 is what I estimated and I was there)
There was about 75 boats
There was a ton of other spectators and other boaters out doing what they do on Saturday's around here
A local fisherman who doesnt like out of state tournaments blew the whistle - Steve Kite
The local news media (CH. 9) blew this out of proportion to get a "Gotcha" on Hamilton Co. and the tournament fishermen - Yes they did. Reporter was butthurt over how he was treated over his one-sided questions.
calling the Mayor's office or the director of parks and rec will only make things worse at this point - I would call ALL my politicians, from County Commissioners up.

CBA will go on as scheduled out of Grasshopper, and we will be doing our "corona" protocols. Be looking for announcements from the officers real soon about details.


Being one the of the people involved in the tournament Saturday Justin is 100% correct, there was little over 200 people there and other than the top 5 photo everyone did a decent job staying away from each other. Most of you mouthing off here were not there and know nothing other than what you saw on the news and just want to stir shit so get off your high horse. These are high school kids that just wanted to finish their year and thanks to one of your TN fisherman this is all a mess now, not some kids from GA. The news was contacted by one of your own, they did not bother to mention anything about the other 400 to 500 people gathered in the park, piled on the play areas and picnic tables but why would they bother reporting the entire story.
Posted by billyc
5/14/2020 1:28 PM
Bronzeback what exactly is lame about my comment about Georgia tournaments coming here to Hamilton county facilities holding tournaments and either not abiding by guide lines or pissing off tv reporters and we the individual fishermen may pay for it. Not saying you as an individual fishermen shouldn't fish lake in Tennessee. You are not a tournament entity you are a individual . Just like I don't think it would be right for all of us in Tennessee to go down to and hold a tournament on Georgia waters and have same thing happen . Just an opinion not trying to condemn anyone but we all need to be careful when we hold tournaments anywhere so we don't give people in government reason to cut tournaments off completely. And for the comment someone else made about how sunlight kills virus wouldn't put alot of stock in that considered it is going through alot of countries in desert areas and southwest where there's lots of sunshine and heat doesn't seem to faze it.
Posted by FishingwithRusty
5/14/2020 1:31 PM
or how about we stand up for our rights and act like free people...................js
Posted by ByrdDawg
5/14/2020 4:11 PM
This was a prime example of Fake news. The reporter Isaiah Kim-Martinez is from Miami Florida not a close to being a local. I agree that the NWGHSAA could have done a better job on conducting the tournament. It was the first one that was allowed since things are opening back up. Many of the boys had on face mask from Medical style to handkerchiefs. News Channel 9 failed to mention a lot of the things that were done right by the directors who are all volunteers that did the best they could to put on a safe tournament. The crew had several young men that refused to give interviews because they were able to see where the interview was going.

The right thing that should have been done was to have official giving recommendations for upcoming tournaments. As everyone hear know these tournaments start at safelight they had registration and check in for this event starting at 5:00am many of the volunteers were at the ramp at 4:00 am. This organization is makes big differences in the lives of the boys and the adults that help mentor. While the organization may have came up short it was a learning experience for everyone involved.
Posted by jdw2920
5/14/2020 10:02 PM
Most of the high schools that fished this are closer to this lake than any other lake around geographically sorry it’s across a state line. Would you rather them go to Lanier so you can run the risk of 13-18 year olds having a much greater chance of drowning due to high boater traffic or maybe carters lake where they possibly are enough space for 40-50 boats. I’m sure the area around cashed in on those 400-500 people from Friday through Saturday whether it be via food or purchasing fishing supplies fishing license etc. as stated could they have done better; likely but should someone have reported them and then whine about causing them to not possibly fish other tournaments, no. What about today because too many people were there on the beach and now he is saying he will shut down the park if they can’t do better. Start pointing fingers and now it’s under a microscope and the news will beat it it to death

Edited by jdw2920 5/14/2020 10:03 PM
Posted by bassnman
5/14/2020 10:13 PM
Next thing you know the government will be shutting down businesses,,,,, shut boat ramps and parks ,,,,no wait,,, they already did . What is the next right they take from us.
Posted by bronzeback45
5/15/2020 12:13 AM
Billy, I'm about done with tournaments in general, I use to be a big contributor on the CFF, I met a lot of my friends on here, even your partner Steven, we met by chance @ CFP , when his boat slid off trailer. He knew I went through a lot with my father and his mother even offered help. I only wished people would just stop acting like they are and mind their own dang business..
Posted by billyc
5/15/2020 7:23 AM
Leonard you were the one who elected to take a comment made in general personal that's on you . As far as fishing tournaments I think we are all done now.
Posted by FishingwithRusty
5/15/2020 8:31 AM
just gonna leave this here, you could make a phone call and voice your opinions................
Hamilton County Mayor's Office (423) 209-6105
Posted by gobigorange
5/15/2020 1:29 PM
If you live in Walker and Catoosa and consider yourself a resident of Chattanooga then its not okay to fishing tournaments on Tennessee waters in Hamilton county but if you live in Meigs or Rhea county its okay...Huh?
Posted by Dgreen
5/15/2020 2:24 PM
I've read this and started to comment a time or two. Guys it doesn't matter what state your from. We all live in the United States of America. Just sitting back and watching this can you not see how the government and the media are turning us against each other. Something to think about!

Edited by Dgreen 5/15/2020 2:26 PM
Posted by Blazer09
5/15/2020 9:30 PM
Social media at it’s finest
Posted by Blazer09
5/16/2020 12:14 PM
Anybody got knights number I live in Georgia And was gona see if I could get permission to fish Sunday Ha ha
Posted by FishingwithRusty
5/18/2020 2:17 PM
just gonna leave this here:

https://uncoverdc.com/2020/05/18/medical-misinformation-part-3-the-b...
Posted by ranger518vx
5/18/2020 3:19 PM
I agree Dgreen! The fake news media/social media is the cause of alot of this mess.
Posted by silvertalon
5/18/2020 8:30 PM
wildturkey - 5/12/2020 6:04 PM

Best Idea yet- meet at an island and set up a scale- weigh 'em and git! for now. Not big events of course, lol.
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Edited by silvertalon 5/18/2020 8:33 PM
Posted by silvertalon
5/18/2020 9:16 PM
Over in SW Missouri, The white river shorelines are owned by the Army Corp Of Engineers. A good friend of mine on Table Rock told me today- "There are No tournaments over here, The Corp pulled all permits a long time ago and will not issue Any". So we should feel sorta lucky we have the smaller ramps however, this is going to Really overcrowd them and intensify the issue. The local gov and media, need to be reasonable and at least limit the size of event permits allowing the smaller orgs a shot at having their events. . These GA HS events have been a real problem over crowding the park anyway. I can see the frustration with that. It happens several time per year. Yes, they should go to Lanier! More accidents will probably occur anywhere they go -like the 3 dead on Pickwick- so sad. The sport is growing too rapidly with the addition of HS and now, Junior leagues!? FLW and such promote this all in the name of big sponsorship and money putting human safety and fish species on the back burner. But with the latter aside, we need to contact gov reps about being reasonable and sensible with permits. One more thing... Doesn't make any sense that the gov's office would get involved in this... didn't they just reopen the state parks and ramps? So it would have to do with the size of CFP.? H Co. shouldn't be giving out 100 boat permits anyway. There's no room and parking for this. It blocks out the general public and small tournaments anyway. IMO
Posted by Blazer09
5/19/2020 2:23 PM
Here’s some species at risk info 214 fish weighed in 3 dead that say a lot for a bunch of high school kids iv seen more dead fish floating after a 20 boat dogfight so there evidently being taught how to take care of fish as for safety There’s no comparison to 84 high school boats compared to all the pleasure boaters and idiots that go buy a boat and no nothing about driving it you cannot fish past 11 on weekends to dangerous Anyway give these kids a break some of them are seniors and didn’t even get to finish there senior year out at school this was there first tournament since pandemic hit I think they did good job for bunch of kids could have been a lot worse
Posted by billyc
5/19/2020 5:57 PM
You know at some point we might want to stop feeling sorry for everyone who doesn't live here and wants to come here and have their big tournaments and classics . If we keep letting this happen not only do we run the risk of giving tournaments a black eye and not be able to have them but we aren't going to have any fish left . At that point the people who live here are going to have to drive 50 to 100 miles to fish when they had one of the best lakes in the country right in our back yards . No body I think has any resentment to these high school kids fishing , God knows I wish we had it when I was in school , but we can't support everybody and their brothers tournament on our home waters.
Posted by gobigorange
5/21/2020 2:07 PM
billyc - 5/19/2020 6:57 PM

You know at some point we might want to stop feeling sorry for everyone who doesn't live here and wants to come here and have their big tournaments and classics . If we keep letting this happen not only do we run the risk of giving tournaments a black eye and not be able to have them but we aren't going to have any fish left . At that point the people who live here are going to have to drive 50 to 100 miles to fish when they had one of the best lakes in the country right in our back yards . No body I think has any resentment to these high school kids fishing , God knows I wish we had it when I was in school , but we can't support everybody and their brothers tournament on our home waters.


The high school tournament that was held they do live here. Catoosa and Walker are suburbs of Chattanooga
Posted by drdetroit
5/21/2020 2:55 PM
Go take photos of the CFP beach area this weekend keep a close eye for social distancing! Oh! Wait that is only for bass tournaments!

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