Pro angler Nate Wellman has now been banned for one year from participating in FLW Outdoors bass fishing tournaments. The tournament organization did their own investigation with the parties involved in the Lake Erie Bassmaster Open tournament controversy a week or so ago and determined that Wellman’s actions undermined their Rule 9. In essence the ban stems from the part of that rule that has to do with banning, disqualifications and other penalties levied in other fishing tournaments.
Wellman was fined and put on 1 year probation for joking or otherwise suggesting that his day three co-angler sell him one of his larger bass to make sure he won the tournament and secured his berth in the Bassmaster Classic.
Wellman may re-apply for participation in future events after the one year ban. However FLW Outdoors reserves the rights to refuse entries of any tournament angler that doesn’t maintain the highest levels of ethical behavior in fishing tournaments