Posted by Z3 MEDIA STAFF on 12/07/2018

Most seasoned tournament anglers can remember a time when they entered a tournament day full of hope and excitement, only to look in the livewell as time expired and see one lonely bass swimming around.

Knowing that there’s zero chance of cashing a check with a single fish, the prospect of spending an additional 45 minutes waiting in line to weigh-in a “meaningless” bass doesn’t sound very appealing.

In today’s Tales From the Cast, Six-time Bassmaster Classic qualifier David Fritts recalls a tournament on Lake Murray in the early 1990s where the decision to throw back a single keeper at the end of a tough tournament day, rather than weigh-in the fish, ended up costing him more than he could have ever imagined at the time.

(Note: Fritts states that the tournament was in 1992, but the incident actually happened at the 1991 South Carolina Bassmaster Top 100 on Lake Murray.  Fritts would go on to make five consecutive Classics between 1993 and 1997.)