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Sonny 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?
*Juls-  yes
*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
*fishrgirl78(MT)-  oh
*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
RCL?
*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
*Guest-  cool
*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
*Juls-  cool
*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
*Juls-  lol
*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
*Juls-  cool...
*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-  wow
*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
tonight!!!!!!!!!
*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 .. sonnyr@opbass.com or h2oworks@apex.net
... 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

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