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"The new format has awoken a sleeping giant and those with deep-rooted interests in BASS are getting involved to the highest level" said Tom Bowler, president of the Iowa Federation Nation.
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"I feel like everybody's heart is in the right place," said Iowa Federation President Tom Bowler."There's been a noticeable difference in the way BASS is listening to the presidents."
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"We don't have a problem with ...
"We don't have a problem with the three-fish bag limit or the new rules, unless they become too restrictive," said Prairie du Chien resident Tom Bowler, the president of the Iowa BASS Federation Nation.Bowler, who organizes two tournaments per year in Prairie du Chien, said that he is in favor of "whatever is best for the resource."
"We have a really good relationship with the Wisconsin and Iowa DNR's," Bowler
said."And we would like to keep that." Bowler
noted that he
organizes one tournament in May and another in September.Both tournaments are non-profit."We don't do it for the money," he
said. Bowler noted that his tournaments determine who qualifies as a team or as an individual for other tournaments throughout the nation.
In the past, some participants have gone all the way to the BASS Masters Classic.Bowler
said that the vast majority of the anglers in his
tournaments are "regular working guys, weekend warriors."
"Our tournaments have a huge economic impact," said Bowler
."We generate $100,000 in hard cash that weekend."It has been estimated that there are 400 tournaments in the state of Wisconsin annually, many of which bring in 10s or 100s of thousands of dollars to those communities. Bowler
said that if some tournament organizers were to feel that permit fees are becoming too high or if rules become too restrictive, some tournaments may simply relocate across the river.
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"The new Federation Nation is full of members that have diverse interests and are dedicated to achieving goals and milestones in the areas of conservation, youth initiatives and tournament opportunities," said Tom Bowler, president of the Iowa Federation Nation.