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D.W. Verts

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A Story
« on: June 14, 2018, 10:25:51 PM »

It was the early 80's, and my friend Guido Hibdon was just starting to make a name for himself in professional fishing. It was a typical summer deal- there was going to be a night buddy tournament on Lake of the Ozarks, and Guido and his partner were gonna fish it. And fish it they did.

As per usual, Gete and Jim brought in the ten fish limit that was allowed then, and most of the other anglers in the tournament knew that they had more than enough to win. Now views change over the years, but I re-hashed some of the facts with his partner of that night at Gete's funeral to make sure I had my story straight.

Apparently, as many as ten of their fellow competitors got together and filed a protest against Gete and Jim. The charge was "icing" their fish. Which they had done. As had most everybody else for that matter. It was hot, the water was very warm, and using ice to help keep the water temps down in the livewell was standard procedure in those days of those 12-hour, catch 'em and kill 'em marathons.

But wait- the "icing" rule was written to keep competitors from putting dead fish on ice to preserve them, and to keep their length. It never had anything to do with using ice to keep your fish alive. Not at all.

So the tournament director (who in my opinion was a real Richard Cranium, but that's neither here nor there as far as the story is concerned) had a dilemma on his hands. Almost two-hundred guys were fishing his fledgling series, and a fair number of them had filed protest.

So Gete and Jim were DQ'd.

Several folks plead Gete's case, and even after the disqualification, the tournament director was asked to please make a public retraction, and to keep it on the down-low as much as possible. Which he actually did.

You see, my ol' buddy Gete's career was just taking off. He was being eyed by serious sponsors including Ranger boats and Evinrude outboards. In those days cheating was pretty rampant, and getting caught could very well be the end of a career.

Well, now you've heard the story, and you know how it all turned out. And if you don't, you need to.

There's more, but that's enough for now. Peace.
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Re: A Story
« Reply #1 on: June 14, 2018, 11:18:25 PM »

I fished a few of those tournaments and cheating was common among a small group of guys. They were eventually banned. Two brothers who staked bass were caught by competitors and had a hospital visit. Gete was respected and I never heard anyone talk about him without awe for his skill and the fact he was a gentleman. After 1978 my tournaments dropped to zero as my career in federal service advanced. There just wasn't enough money in fishing at that time to make a living and have a family.

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Re: A Story
« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2018, 05:58:10 AM »

Thanks for the story Dale, it's good to know the stories behind the greats!!! Hibdon was one of my heros and I learned from him!!!
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Re: A Story
« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2018, 11:18:25 AM »

Dale,

Keep them coming. Our history is important to remember.
Thank you sir.
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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2018, 01:05:50 PM »

Thanks for the behind the story look Dale and love to know what happened.  ~c~ ~c~ I guess back then they didn't have as good a live well system as we have today or the other advances to keep the fish alive in the live wells like we have today.
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« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2018, 03:06:09 PM »

Well Jerry, livewells HAVE came a long way. But it was the ten fish limit and 12 hour enduros combined that was so hard on the fish. Not to mention even in those days the fish would take a beating on our little inland ocean.
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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2018, 08:38:24 PM »

Well Jerry, livewells HAVE came a long way. But it was the ten fish limit and 12 hour enduros combined that was so hard on the fish. Not to mention even in those days the fish would take a beating on our little inland ocean.
I could see where 12 hours in a little livewell would be ruff on a fish use to a big lake.
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