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Reynolds 5/10/00 - RCL Chat
*ebijack- Please Welcome our host tonight SONNY REYNOLDS!!!!
*Sonny Reynolds- Look's like a good crowd tonight
*ebijack- clap clap clap!!
*Roy G (PA)- welcome sonny
*Juls- clap clap clap clap clap...welcome Sonny!
*Team Dunn- clap clap clap
*Driftr- Welcome Sonny!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*Swat1- :-) Hi Sonny
*Sonny Reynolds- Thanks folks
*fishrgirl78(MT)- Sonny, first question Okay being a MT girl, what is the RCL?
*ebijack- howdy sonny, how about telling everyone how you got started running the RCL
*fishingmac- hey sonny
*Sonny Reynolds- Well I have been in the fishing industry for about 25 years, with Operation bass for 15
*ebijack- bear with sonny,,he's a finger typest like alot of us :)
*Juls- The RCL (Ranger, Crestliner, Lund) Millenium tournament on Green Bay in Oct. Fishrgirl.....biggest walleye tourney ever...
*Sonny Reynolds- About 2months ago I was fired and then rehired in 10 seconds as the director of operation walleye and the RCL
*fishrgirl78(MT)- Sweet, sounds like fun
*Swat1- RCL stands for Ranger Crestliner and Lund ,all Genmar products and they are having their own tournament this year
*ebijack- sonny, how many have qualified so far, and tell us what the requirements are
*fishrgirl78(MT)- do you have to own a Crest, Lund or Ranger to be in it?
*Markum(SD)- Is the SD Gov cup Qualifer?
*fishrgirl78(MT)- I guess I'm out! LOL
*Sonny Reynolds- We have bout 125 entries now and more on the way
*Swat1- And only certain types and years too I think right Sonny
*ebijack- you have to be an original owner i believe
*Sonny Reynolds- Yes
*fishrgirl78(MT)- Whats an "original owner"?
*Markum(SD)- Is my Lund American out?!
*fishingmac- doesnt genmar make glasstron also
*Sonny Reynolds- You must have bought the boat new
*Sonny Reynolds- yes
*ebijack- sonny, is there a limit on boats to qualifiy?
*Guest- sonny, what if you bought a pro v new in 1995 and you are original owner and you have qualified to fish
*Sonny Reynolds- If you have purchased a ranger ,lund or crestliner after july 1,1996 then you can win bonus money re; 150,000.00
*Guest- with older boats you can still qualify?
*ebijack- sonny, is the tourney a pro/am or are the qualifiers to fish together out of one boat like a team
*Sonny Reynolds- yes, as long as you are the original owner
*Sonny Reynolds- it will be a pro-am
*ebijack- sonny, how with they draw ams?
*Sonny Reynolds- total pay back will be 1.4 mill with the bonus's
*Juls- Unbelievable...;-) too cool
*Guest- sonny, how many amateurs are signed up?
*Sonny Reynolds- random by computer
*ebijack- sonny, is it true that all the lund/crestliner/ranger dealers have all the forms etc and details?
Sonny Reynolds- this will be a tournament like the Walleye industry has never seen before
*Sonny Reynolds- they should have
*ebijack- sonny, so the am's have to be original owners also?
*Sonny Reynolds- yes
*Juls- this tourney will be televised?
*Guest- sonny, the walleye fishermen and women really appreciate this tourney!!! good job!
*Sonny Reynolds- yes, on ESPN and the finale day will be live
*ebijack- sonny, how many boats do you expect to have qualified by august
*Juls- how many pros and ams will there be? 200? 250? what is your guess?
*Sonny Reynolds- The final two days will be in a WAl-Mart lot, like the FLW
*Sonny Reynolds- 200 is a full field but we could have 225
*ebijack- so, in order to get in this tourney you better be QUICK!!
*Sonny Reynolds- If there are Am slots open in August, we will open it up for any owner to fill them
*ebijack- about qualifying
*Juls- shouldn't be hard to get them all......this is getting more exposure now that you and Sharon are making all those road trips to other tournaments and telling all about it...;-) Keep up the good work you two!
*Sonny Reynolds- We try .... pant,pant
*ebijack- sonny, will there be eliminations after the first day like the flw?
*Sonny Reynolds- after day two it will cut to the top 12, then the top six for day four
*Guest- cream of the cream fishing day four!!!
*ebijack- what lake is this tourney going to be on sonny?
*Sonny Reynolds- after the cut their weight starts over
*Guest- good idea!!!
*Juls- only pros go on to day four right? am are done after three days?
*Sonny Reynolds- It will be at Green Bay, Oct. 3-7
*Sonny Reynolds- yes
*ebijack- is all connecting waters open sonny?
*Swat1- Sonny how does this work for the Pro's who have Memo boats or boats registered through the marina and not to them?
*Sonny Reynolds- yes, the DNR has indicated no boundries
*Guest- how far can we go up the river sonny?
Sonny Reynolds- The boats must be Registered to the fishermen
*ebijack- so that eliminates alot of full time pros'
*Swat1- Yep it sure does
*Guest- Sonny, i apologize; do the pros and ams fish the final day?
*Juls- most but not all ebi...;-)
*Sonny Reynolds- I know that Lund is being the financer for there Pros so the boat will be in their name
*Swat1- That's the standard Memo Deal
*Sonny Reynolds- We are undecided about that for now
*ebijack- sonny, are you the MC for the event?
*Guest- undecided about the pros and ams on the final day?
*Sonny Reynolds- We may have both on the final day for safety reasons
*Guest- both seems right to me
*Swat1- But a bunch of them have boats that are registered through the marina. They Promote the product all year long but don't get to fish the RCL. Ouch!
*ebijack- sonny, who is MCing the event
*Sonny Reynolds- Tommy Sanders from ESPN
*ebijack- sonny, are you going to be continuing with the rcl or going back to operation bass
*Sonny Reynolds- The final day will be live in every Wal-Mart in the country
*Sonny Reynolds- We are working on something now, can't say what it is yet
*ebijack- sonny, will there be the same advertised boats used like in the flw?
*ebijack- and a camera in every boat on the last day
*Sonny Reynolds- We will have Ranger, Crestliner and Lund boats for the RCL ...All rigged alike
*Sonny Reynolds- yes
*Sonny Reynolds- Plus a chase boat
*ebijack- i ment in the way of advertising...timex, land o lakes etc
ebijack- great format! the flw...when they show it!
*Guest- operation walleye is awesome... good idea . bye for now. good fishing.
*Sonny Reynolds- Not this tme, we wanted to but could not get it worked out
*ebijack- sonny, so with 6 boats, each manufacture will have 2 boats for the final day?
*Sonny Reynolds- It depends on the fisher men, they will be in the brand that they run ... could be all one or the other
*ebijack- sonny, is there a cut off date for pre-fishing?
*Sonny Reynolds- we will have 15 of each so we can be prepared
*Sonny Reynolds- no
*m.n.obucket- thanks juls
*ebijack- sonny, do you know if the big topic of late of handlining will be illegal to use?
*Sonny Reynolds- the boats will be rigged with kickers, rod holders, electronics, etc
*Sonny Reynolds- we will allow handlining, its a great presentation
*ebijack- sonny, is there one manufacture of electronics sponsoring this?
*Sonny Reynolds- there will be only one ... don't know which one yet
*ebijack- sonny, i take it there will probably be 3 flights of boats?
*Sonny Reynolds- with 200 boats 5
*ebijack- sonny, how many fish per team to be weighed in
*Sonny Reynolds- 5
*ebijack- wow...5 flights?
*ebijack- how will you alter each day of flights
*Sonny Reynolds- If anyone need's brochures give me a call and we will send them to you
*Sonny Reynolds- reverse the field for the second day
*ebijack- just trying to get all the info i can out of you sonny :)
*Sonny Reynolds- day 3 and 4 will be by finish
*Sonny Reynolds- that's what I'm here for
*ebijack- sonny, what are the expectations for next year
*Sonny Reynolds- This event is designed to raise Walleye fishing to the next level
*ebijack- different water every year?
*Sonny Reynolds- yes
*Sonny Reynolds- maybe a RCL Tour
*ebijack- sonny, is there a chance of this becoming a full circuit?
*Sonny Reynolds- possible
*ebijack- sonny, when do you get to have a staff :)
*Sonny Reynolds- we are working on it
*ebijack- you mean your wife is working on it :)
*Sonny Reynolds- that to ... she doe's a great job, my best suppopt
*ebijack- sonny, the rcl because of greenbay is a "no-cull"?
*Sonny Reynolds- bonus boat is a boat purchased after july 1.1996
*ebijack- that's that mean sonny
*Swat1- Wrong motor Wrong Boat guess I don't need a brochure.... Thanks anyhow Sonny...LOL
*Roy G (PA)- swat jumped right in
*Roy G (PA)- to keep things going
*Sonny Reynolds- If you should win the Tournament, there is 250,000 in bonus money for 1st place
*Sonny Reynolds- 150 from the boat and 100 from the motor
*ebijack- sonny, how are you taking to being connected with walleye fisherpeople
Sonny Reynolds- I love it, fishermen are fishermen, North or South great people
*ebijack- sonny, what qualifies the order of blast off
*Sonny Reynolds- random draw
*Juls- you got that right Sonny...great people for sure
*ebijack- sonny, are you going to be at most of the pwt events this year promoting the RCL?
*Sonny Reynolds- the field reverse's the second day re;200 first out, and there time balances then
*Sonny Reynolds- I'm trying to go to as many different events as I can
*Sonny Reynolds- We are planning to go west and north more
*Juls- will you be at Big Stone next weekend Sonny?
*ebijack- sonny, how long were involved with operation bass
*Sonny Reynolds- We hope that the different Events will help out and promote the event .. it's the fishermens dream come true .. 4,000,000 to win
*ebijack- sonny, do you know of any advertising about the RCL?
*Sonny Reynolds- We are advertising in Walleye Central, NPAA, and other publications
*ebijack- most folks i talk to don't know anything about the RCL
*Sonny Reynolds- We are corporate sponsors of the NPAA
*Sonny Reynolds- As time go's we will be doing alot of media advertizing
*ebijack- sonny, do you know if ESPN will be advertising this tourney?
*Sonny Reynolds- I don't no
*ebijack- sonny, where are you headed next, to what tourney
*Sonny Reynolds- We have Qualifying Tournament Banners available for For the different events also
*Sonny Reynolds- Not sure right now
*ebijack- sonny, do you know if walleye clubs are informing their members about the RCL?
*Sonny Reynolds- Plan on making some USFA tournaments, Wave Wackers and Merc Nationals ... plus some in Iowa, SD and out West
*ebijack- sonny, are you rep for all 3 manufactures?
Sonny Reynolds- Some are for sure and really excited about it ... some are not :)
*ebijack- are there any more questions for our host tonight?
*Sonny Reynolds- I am not a factory rep, I fished for Ranger up until i went to work for operation BASS
*ebijack- I'd like to thank SONNY REYNOLD for hosting
*Swat1- Thanks Sonny
*Roy G (PA)- thanks sonny
*ebijack- thanks sonny!!! clap clap clap
*Juls- clap clap clap clap clap clap...thanks Sonny!! Great Job!
*Roy G (PA)- clap clap clap clap
*Driftr- thanks Sonny
*Den- thanks sonny
*Sonny Reynolds- Thanks eveyone ... hope to see you out there
*ebijack- sonny, how about your e-mail or phone number if folks have questions
*Sonny Reynolds- Email .. email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
... phone 270-362-5225 direct to my office
*Sonny Reynolds- I had a ball .. wish I could type faster
*ebijack- i hope i didn't miss to much while i was gone/booted
*Den- ouch, lol
*Sonny Reynolds- not really
*Swat1- No you didn't
*ebijack- we'll have you back to update us sonny
*Sonny Reynolds - That would be great .. I will try to keep updates on the message board also