September 3, 2011

Elite Series Angler Nate Welman Fined and Put on Probation

The news that Nate Wellman was fined and put on "probation" following his win at Erie was pretty shocking.  All of the other sites have posted the press release from B.A.S.S. and angler's are definitely voicing their opinions about this on the Facebook feed at the bottom of the story.  The BBC Boards also have quite a few comments on this story.  The majority of the comments are blasting Wellman, but the few that suggest the co-angler shouldn't have said anything are more shocking.

If you didn't read it, he was fined and put on a one year probation for comments he made to his co-angler on the final day (where he went on to win and gain the automatic Classic berth).  The Co-Angler reported the comments after feeling uncomfortable of the situation.

The press release doesn't officially say what exactly he said but the common topic that keeps coming up was that he offered to buy a fish from his co-angler.

Overall, joking or not, it shouldn't have happened.  I wasn't there so I can't say for sure what he did/didn't say, but it is a black eye for him and B.A.S.S. for not doing more about it.

From this I have two major questions:

What is B.A.S.S. probation?  Does he have to report to someone or do anything extra?

What does it take to be actually DQ'd?  This looks like a good enough reason for me.

I'd like to hear your thoughts on this.

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