keep outI’ve heard of bass tournaments being cancelled for lack of entries, for high water and presumed dangerous conditions. And I’ve fished events where days were cancelled due to high winds and have read of those being delayed for both fog or hurricane.

But when the Federal agency over the Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NRA) cancelled the permit for this weekend’s ABA year-end bass fishing championship, I’d have to say, that was a first.

And having the doors closed on the event (even though I wasn’t participating) is painful to watch. True, the host organization has a contingency plan for holding the event in November, I’m almost certain it will be much harder for the contestants to feel the same way about the make-up event.

It’s just hard to stop-and-start your emotions and focus.

Now, it’s possible, some of the qualifiers may actually be relieved they won’t have to set out on the big, bad desert lake. Maybe some are just satisfied they were qualified. Others, if they fished the Open and were disappointed with their finish, might feel frustrated that they can’t get back there now for a little redemption.

Those who are fully committed to the ABA championship and believe they have a chance to win, may have a different mind-set. When (and if, I suppose) the lake reopens to the public, these “professional” teams will need to get back to the lake to see how it fishes. With summer in the rear view mirror,  it almost certainly will require contestants add some new on-the-water research time.

I congratulate the ABA guys for making it to this point. But I share their disappointment over the closure.