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Bassmaster Disqualified for Overstepping Boat Rules

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Bassmaster Disqualified for Overstepping Boat Rules

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Bassmaster Disqualified for Overstepping Boat Rules

Bassmaster Disqualified for Overstepping Boat Rules

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Competitive fisherman Gerald Swindle was ousted from the second day of competition in the Bassmaster Classic over the weekend, after he was ruled to have run his boat too close to other boats and spectators on Lay Lake in Alabama.

The disqualification of Swindle, one of the sport's most popular personalities, brought the angler to tears — and moved many fishing fans to outrage.

The Bassmaster Classic, one of the sport's most prestigious events, has a top prize of $500,000, which was won by Boyd Duckett. Competing in his first tournament, Duckett caught the largest fish of the weekend, at 8 lbs., 2 ounces.

Melissa Block talks with Mark Zona, host of the ESPN program Bassmaster Tournament Trail.