You could have heard a pin drop

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ukey28
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You could have heard a pin drop

Post by ukey28 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 12:13 am

when Nate Wellman was on the stage! Not exactly the most popular guy in the contest Heh?? Personally I don't think he should be here.
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jmukes13

You could have heard a pin drop

Post by jmukes13 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 2:20 am

So... for those of us who barely know names of fishermen... what am I missing with this guy?

ukey28
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You could have heard a pin drop

Post by ukey28 » Sat Feb 23, 2013 4:13 am

You may want to google the name and the story. He was alleged to have offered his nonboater big bucks for a 4# smallie during an Erie Tournament he won. The no boater was a standup guy who took a lie detector test and offered to pay for Wellman to take one. Wellman declined. The other tour banned him and the PAA banned him. BASS dropped the ball.
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brendanc
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You could have heard a pin drop

Post by brendanc » Tue Feb 26, 2013 4:27 pm

He submitted this statement to B.A.S.S. after the incident:

Elite Series Pro Nate Wellman issued the following statement today:

"I regret the statements that I made to my co-angler during the Bass Pro Shops, Bassmaster Northern Open on Lake Erie Aug 25-27 2011. While I never intended for my statements to be anything more than an expression of my envy for his performance that day, looking back I can understand now why my co-angler would have misinterpreted my statements. My statements were wrong and should never have been made.

To be perfectly clear - I am not a cheater. I've never cheated in the past and will never do so in the future. I've dedicated my entire adult life to bass fishing, the sport that I love and no amount of money in the world is worth jeopardizing my career that I've spent my life working for. I am an accomplished angler and am confident about my future. Simply stated, I have no reason to cheat and would never tarnish my accomplishments nor compromise my future by cheating. I respect myself, my family, my sponsors and my sport way to much to bring it all down by cheating.

I apologize to everyone for my mistake, including B.A.S.S. and my co-angler for putting them in such an awkward position. Also a sincere apology to the fans of fishing for it was not my intention to tarnish the integrity of the sport."

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ukey28
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You could have heard a pin drop

Post by ukey28 » Tue Feb 26, 2013 11:53 pm

You buy'in it?
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jmukes13

You could have heard a pin drop

Post by jmukes13 » Wed Feb 27, 2013 2:42 am

Given what has been reported that Wellman said to the co-angler, its a bit hard to believe he wasn't serious. Who works out a way to accomplish the pay off and the switch of the fish if they were not serious? That's a lot of detail for a joke.

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