The recent win for the Douglas Lake Open event brings back memories for me. Here on this expansive Delta, for decades, has been the use of "jump boats." What is a jump boat? These are aluminum boats, rigged with tunnel hulls and hydraulic jackplates, designed to run in inches of water and "jump" into isolated holes in the marsh. The Elite pros entering the Opens, have picked up in this idea, I see. The tournament was won out of a jump boat, and the fisherman in 2nd the first two days was also in a jump boat fishing up the river, until he damaged his lower unit.
B.A.S.S. addressed this issue in the Elites, but I feel they need to also address this in the Opens. Many of the Elite pros, who have been successful, have the resources to invest in a "jump boat" ... they are not cheap. This, to me, is just another deal for the aspiring anglers who want to move up to overcome. If an angler wants to use an aluminum rig when he sees the schedule released for the Opens, then B.A.S.S. should have in their rules that the same type of boat must be used in all the Opens fished. So if a pro wants to use this rig in a certain tourney, they cannot unless they used it in all of the Opens they fished.
I have some other dislikes on on jump boats from competing against them since 1970, but the list would fill this page.