Major League Fishing (MLF) Executive Vice President and General Manager Don Rucks today issued an updated statement regarding violations of angling regulations at the recently concluded Bass Pro Tour event at Mille Lacs lake in Minnesota:
Based on the response from fans and anglers, we realize that we have created some confusion regarding the two-line rules at the Mille Lacs Tournament, and would like to clarify the situation.
Major League Fishing bears full responsibility for what happened with violations by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR).
As previously stated, MLF Bass Pro Tour Rule #33 allows an angler to use a second line once per period. It was an oversight that this rule directly violated Minnesota DNR fishing regulations, and we did not properly communicate this to our anglers this week as we normally do. It is correct that two anglers received citations from the MN DNR, however, Major League Fishing takes full responsibility for these violations and the league will pay any fines incurred by our anglers.
The two line rule was created as a compelling aspect of fishing to create excitement for the competition and viewing experience. The rule, however, does not comply with Minnesota DNR regulations. This is the mistake of the MLF.
Once again, we sincerely apologize to the State of Minnesota, Minnesota DNR, Minnesota Outdoor Men and Women, and our Bass Pro Tour anglers for creating this conflict. We have implemented new processes to ensure that this error does not happen again.
Anglers who received citations under the two-line rule were two-time Angler of the Year Jacob Wheeler and Alton Jones Jr.