Default Challenge Reminder

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andy
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Default Challenge Reminder
Just a friendly reminder that the Default Challenge is only to be used when that week's challenge is not possible for you. For example, if your state or province didn't allow catching minnows and using them for bait for the Food Chain Challenge. The Default challenge isn't meant for times you tried the weekly challenge and failed to reach the goal, but decide to fall back on the 10 species you caught that week. Keep the awesome entries coming, it's so fun to see you all getting creative and pushing your angling skills!
Gunnar
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That's not how I understood

That's not how I understood it. 

Crap. Iris is going to kill me.

 

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andy
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This week

I think we will let this week slide if anybody resorted to the Default Challenge because there was some confusion.

 

 

Graceclaw
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Hmm

That's not how I read it originally either. Interesting. Thanks for clarifying.

GeluNumber1
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Thnaks for the clarification

With this in mind the next five challenges will definitely test a lot of our skills

All fish are beautiful.

TonyS
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I thought it was clear but

I thought it was clear but obviously some room was left for interpretation since it seems a number of people intrepreted the default challenge.  Thankfully we have the water clean up challenge this week! Fortunately (unfortunately) everyone can participate in that!  July 5 for those in the USA is historically my worst day for the amount of trash picked up while fishing.  I filled my station wagon with trash at a single spot a couple years ago and I didn't even get all the trash out

Mike B
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Impossible challenges

Not that I'm complaining -- these challenges are really cool and fun -- but at least two were impossible for me (Week 1 - sunfish and ciclids; Week 4 - bingo). Week two theoritically possible but finding five standard species of fish in the Northwest Territories that would eat grocery goods would definitelty require a mission to the beyond. I should've been on deck for the Week Three food chain challenge but failed to initiate. Week 5, definitely have a plan to pick up some trash at a local lake nearby but I'd be on fire if I were to land three species there. Fun stuff so far! Really enjoying people's entries. 

mike b

TonyS
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Man MIke, I forget just how

Man MIke, I forget just how low the species diversity is up there.   Then again, when I lived in Colorado I never caught 5 species in spot either.  Good reminder of how spoiled I am that could pick almost any fishable water within 60 miles and have reasonable shot at 5 species in basically all of them

Corey
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Default

Mike - the default challenge was created exactly for your situation (where it's impossible to attempt the challenge). The situation we've run into is the folks that have every species available to catch but find the default challenge easier, or just count all species toward a default challenge and then just pick whichever one gives them more points. It's my fault for not making the rules better; it simply didn't occur to me.

Mike B
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No worries Corey, I'm

No worries Corey, I'm actually going to get off my butt this week and compete. I might actually have a shot at five species and some trash but can I go to two locations? The problem for me is there is not really anywhere I can get five standard species in one location in the NWT. The spot I want to go to Wednesday night has a lot of garbage so it can use some cleanup. Walleye and pike would be easy there, yellow perch quite possible, lake whitefish would be a first for me there, but that would be about it as far as standard species go -- so four at the very most which would be a lot for most bodies of water here. If the default species-poor handicap were extended to this challenge I could try another location this week and maybe clean up trash at another spot and nab a grayling, lake trout or inconnu. No big deal if that's too much of an ask. I'll be happy to go to my spot tomorrow and cleanup some trash and enjoy some fishing while I'm at it.

And Tony, rules for the contest have been quite fair. For the reasons stated above, five species in one location extremely unlikely. But otherwise, for a variety of personal and professional reasons, I just haven't been able to get my act together this month for the other challenges. Cheers. 

 

 

 

mike b

Corey
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Mike

That's fine, I'll amend the rules slighly for the species-poor regions.

Corey
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Default Challenge Change

After getting feedback from users, we decided to let you complete the default challenge even if you attempt or can attempt the regular challenge. However, the default only nets you nine points. Otherwise, there's no reason for anyone to attempt the actual challenges and we're back to a boring old species contest!

Mike B
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Ok, that's excellent Corey.

Ok, that's excellent Corey. Will pursue this course of action.

 

mike b