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Cabela's "Wanna Go Fishing For Millions" Challenge

Published by Dave Kile [dkile] on 04/20/2011 (4924 reads)
So we are here now?

When I first saw this press release I thought the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC) was offering scratch-offs at Cabela's. Seriously “Wanna' Go Fishing for Millions?” is this the same agency that promotes the Hollywood Casino?

jaws flyfishingNow I know fishing derbies have been around for a long time. There are many news stories of fishing contests in the 1800's. This is well before scratch-offs.

The more recent derbies in the U.S. have been set up for kids. Many are sponsored by local governments or sportsman clubs to raise awareness for fishing. I was at a derby a couple years ago at Brookville and there is no doubt the kids were catching fish and having fun.

This latest opportunity by the PFBC and Cabela's seems to prey on gamblers rather than encouraging young anglers. It looks like there will be eight waters containing "winning" fish. Sorry couldn't pass up a Charlie Sheen reference.To make it even more exciting the contest will coincide with the Fish-for-Free Day on May 30. This will make the shark hunt scene in Jaws look like a Longwood Gardens tea party.

Sign up here. I wonder if you can bring dynamite Powerbait?
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Published: 2011/4/20 22:26  Updated: 2011/4/20 22:26
Joined: 04/03/2010
From: Emmaus, Pa
Comments: 26
 Re: Cabela's "Wanna Go Fishing For Millions&quo...
Maybe LRSABecker's pals from the Jordan on first day will be there in full camo again, hunting the fish with knives commando-style.
Published: 2011/4/21 9:50  Updated: 2011/4/21 9:50
Joined: 08/24/2008
From: Mount Joy, PA
Comments: 158
 Re: Cabela's "Wanna Go Fishing For Millions&quo...
I can't even begin to imagine the pressure this will bring to these eight waters. It'll be like opening day times ten!!!
Published: 2011/4/21 10:26  Updated: 2011/4/21 10:26
Joined: 06/26/2010
From: Along the Lehigh Above the Gap
Comments: 124
 Re: Cabela's "Wanna Go Fishing For Millions&quo...
I hope so! Heck, I am going to try this. This is my best chance to win a million dollars!
Published: 2011/4/21 10:41  Updated: 2011/4/21 10:41
Joined: 12/13/2006
From: Other side of the tracks
Comments: 2440
 Re: Cabela's "Wanna Go Fishing For Millions&quo...
What's the big deal?

Here is a reality check.

Dave didn't say much, but it was clear that he was not a fan of this derby. if you do a google on Dave's title, you can find info. Read it.

These are in lakes, not in your beloved trout streams, and probably not tagging trout, either. It's a fishing derby similar to Carppiethon which is quite popular among warm water anglers. Do a search on Crappiethon.

So what if a few more people go out for a little lake fishing. In fact, that is exactly why they are doing it. It is lake fishing, they won't hurt the lakes one bit.

The derby lasts for 2 months.

These types of derbies have been around for a long time, it's just the first one that Cabela's did (as far as I know).
Published: 2011/4/21 12:00  Updated: 2011/4/21 12:00
Joined: 09/08/2006
Comments: 731
 Re: Cabela's "Wanna Go Fishing For Millions&quo...

Correct it is has not been announced that it is going to happen in any streams. I know I can be a little sarcastic, but I just think the whole thing is seems more like a carnival rather than something of a sporting nature.
Published: 2011/4/21 12:05  Updated: 2011/4/21 12:05
Joined: 08/24/2008
From: Mount Joy, PA
Comments: 158
 Re: Cabela's "Wanna Go Fishing For Millions&quo...
Not to mention, if you were to win the $1 million prize, it's payable only in an annuity - $20K for 50 years. Meh....
Published: 2011/4/21 17:10  Updated: 2011/4/21 17:10
Joined: 09/16/2006
Comments: 68
 Re: Cabela's "Wanna Go Fishing For Millions&quo...
20k a year for 50 years. meh? I'll take it.
Published: 2011/4/21 20:31  Updated: 2011/4/21 20:31
Joined: 08/24/2008
From: Mount Joy, PA
Comments: 158
 Re: Cabela's "Wanna Go Fishing For Millions&quo...
I want to quit my job!!!
Published: 2011/4/21 21:53  Updated: 2011/4/21 21:53
Joined: 12/13/2006
From: Other side of the tracks
Comments: 2440
 Re: Cabela's "Wanna Go Fishing For Millions&quo...
Dave Kile, you sir, are a trout snob!

Seriously, I bet you assumed trout (re: power bait). In any case, I think you are making it out to be more than it is.

The article I read said it is just in lakes, and I think it said lakes near stores. It may be a publicity stunt, but I say these do more good than harm if it is handled like crappiethon. It gets people interested in fishing, and pumps money into the local economies.

I honestly wouldn't care if they had it in my favorite panfish lake. Plenty of water.

Years back I'd sign up for crappiethon. It would have been cool to catch one of the tagged crappies, but I never did. Even cooler to see a young kid catch a tagged one, but I never saw that either.
Published: 2011/4/21 23:04  Updated: 2011/4/21 23:04
Joined: 11/10/2006
Comments: 355
 Re: Cabela's "Wanna Go Fishing For Millions&quo...
This really isn't anything new, even in scale. Back when I was a fishing kid in the late 1950's and 1960's there was the nationwide (I think) Atlantic Gasoline tagging program. A few tags were still showing up from those fish in the late 1970's.
Published: 2011/4/25 11:17  Updated: 2011/4/25 11:17
Joined: 03/06/2007
From: West Chester, PA
Comments: 25
 Re: Cabela's "Wanna Go Fishing For Millions&quo...
When you go to register, it actually says "lakes"... No mention of streams/rivers...

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