rick, good to hear most of what you said. the problem is, you are one of the very very very few tournemt bass anglers who are responsible and understand the realities. i have however talked to way too many with the attitude i ranted about abouv. the the use of a live well is only allowed during an official bass tourney, their use at any other time is illegal. and yes, they could stock other ways, but they are lazy enough not to drive an extra half hour to a propper bass lake, so coolers may be to much like work for them. and easier to get caught. i'm glad this was brought up at the nbsfa seminars, because this is your problem - the salmon and trout fishermen sure aren't doing this. this isn't personal Rick.
as memntioned, i like to fish smallies, so i'm not againts the fish per say, just their illegal distribution and the permenant damage it's causing.
do you remember when they first allowed you to use a live well and to cull bass here? it's not as long ago as you think! the tourneys were illegaly culling and using live wells untill some body noticed and told dnr...who then made the brilliant move of making it legal. this was only a few years ago.
i realy don't care about culling for a bass tourney, or any properly run tourney, but do the officials check to make sure the well is empty after weigh in? they should be! this is why the bass tourneys DO have something to do with introducing illegal fish. additionally the idiots that stock lakes just so they can practice closer to home would have no reason to do this if there wasn't a tourney to practice for.
as individuals simpley acting responsibly is fine. as a group you need to show this can be done safely and without harm. lately the bass groups are not coming across as responsible and i can no longer support them or agree that they should be allowed - the enviroment has to come first.
IPOP, Rick is right the bass tournments that exist in NB are not to blame for this problem. The NBSFA and NB Pro Bass Tour preach conservation and sportsmanship. You make assumptions that a "bass fisherman" introduced these fish because a trout or salmon angler would not do this. anglers cannot be classified like this, I am a member of the NBSFA and NB Pro Bass Tour and i fish many tournments in the run of a year, I am also an avid trout, salmon, pickeral and striper angler. I think it would be safe to say that there is a small number of people in the fishing community that are to blame for this problem. Blaming it on the tour guys is not a fair accusation.
I would blame this on the redneck angler (that i could call a trout fisherman) that fishes the same streams as me but kills evreything he catches. I have seen it many times, a man leaving the brook with up to 30 or 40 trout in his bag. But i am not going to say that evrey trout fisherman kills evreything he catches because i know that it is only a few that do this.
Smallmouth bass is my favourite species to fish and i would never itroduce one into a body of water. I consider myself a conservationist and i try to do my part for the invironment. If you saw me and some of my "BASS FISHERMEN" friends cleaning up bags of garbage from the hammond river, as i often do, trying to help the salmon have a clean place to spawn would you still curse all of us? I also only harvest one or two fish a year while releasing hundreds, and many of these "BASS FISHERMAN" do the same.
Just thought i would say my piece