One item of feedback we've received from the past tournaments is the interest by some anglers in a way to make the competition "more interesting" with some side-pot competitions. So this season we are going to hold three "side-pots" for those that wish to enter" - $20 - Shortest single fish (of team’s submissions) - $100 - Longest single fish (of team’s submissions) - Note, this is in addition, and on top of the $25 Optional Big Fish competition, but you must be entered in that to enter the $100 side-pot - $150 - Longest two-fish total (of team’s submissions)
Teams may optionally enter the any or all of the side-pots. This competition will be only across those that enter the given side-pot - for example the “Shortest single fish” pot will pay out to the team in this side pot that has the smallest fish of those in the side-pot only. Tie-breakers will be decided by the same mechanisms for the main competition (shortest fish will use the same criteria as longest fish - with time of submission being the main tie-breaker).
Looking for feedback from folks on the "side-pots" for the December tournament. After a number of folks saying they wanted to have a way to "raise the stakes" we only had a couple of teams get in the bigger dollar pots. Its not a huge hassle to manage, but we only want to do this if there is enough interest to make in "interesting".
Open to feedback here on the specifics around these side-pots - what types (biggest, total length, smallest, other), and also the amounts....
I personally didn't do them last tournament just for a money reason. I think the $100 entry with a $25 big fish is a good number. My opinion is alot of folks are able to fish the mafia tournaments because it's not very expensive.
I have been striper fishing pretty hard for about 5 years and I have fished in every Mafia tournament held at SML. At first, I didn't think I would fish the tournaments at all. It is mostly due this forum and the Striper Club that I decided to join in and I am glad that I did. It has been a real blast. I enjoy the competition and meeting others with like interests. I enjoy the preparation and even the stress that goes along with the whole process. I commend and respect those that finish in the top several places. These folks are good at what they do but they are usually the same 8-10 teams that finish in the money. I haven't placed in the money yet but I am willing to keep working at it in an effort to earn some of that same respect. I always try for big fish but have no real intention of trying the side pots because I still have so much to learn and feel that my odds are poor.
The goal from be start has always been to run these as affordable to most - that likely keeps some from remote distances out but the goal is for it to be fun.
The side-pots would be for those wanting other chances for payout - and more than a few had expressed wanting to see higher stakes / entry fees - we didn’t want to raise entries for everyone hence trying this - guess I was hoping to hear some feedback form those that had expressed interest in some higher stakes action.